Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pajama Party

Over the holiday break, I took as much time as I could to relax. There was even a day after the holidays that Ash and I had an official pajama day. What's pajama day? A day when you don’t get out of your pajamas, you don’t leave the house and you barely leave the comfy confines of your bed or couch unless you need food. We made a big breakfast that morning, and after we ate, we tried to figure out what we had to do that day. The answer was nothing that couldn't wait. Within minutes, we were back in bed for a Netflix-fueled pajama party complete with snacks left over from our Christmas Eve family party and plenty of cocktails. It was a great time! Mentally, I could use one of these days every weekend but I’d never get anything done.

Instead, I decided to plan one every few months. What do you need for an adult pajama party? Let's start with the pajamas. I have a few sets of pajamas but I seem to find myself going back to yoga pants and a tank top most of the time. Comfort first. Then, my sister got me cute (and comfortable!!) pajamas for Christmas that I’ve fallen in love with. It got me thinking outside of the yoga pants box. Time to window (at least virtually) shop! Here are some of my favorites:

I’m not a huge fan of the formal pajama set, but love the pop of color on these pajamas by Bedhead ($145).

You can also go for a bargainista option and grab these cuties from Old Navy ($12), which can be paired with a simple cami ($6).

I’m also a fan of the nightshirt. These are from DKNY ($29), PJ Salvage ($48), Josie ($46) and Calvin Klein ($59).


Warmer climates (or houses like mine where the heat is cranked up to tropical) call for lighter, cooler options. I usually go for something like this romper from Josie ($68) or a chemise like this one from Gilligan and O'Malley for Target ($13).

To complete your pajama party, you just need great snacks and easy cocktails (or mocktails). We were lucky because we had so many snacks from the party. Load up a tray (like this one from the $25 and under gift list) with some of your favorites. We went with dips (hummus, spinach and artichoke dip, guacamole) and things to dip (pita, veggies, tortilla chips, crackers), toasted or flavored nuts, and a selection of cheeses. I also made margaritas (nothing fancy--I used the pre-made mix, added some tequila, salt and some extra lime juice). Finally, choose a couple of movies or TV shows you've been wanting to see from Netflix, Roku, Hulu Plus, or your cable company's On Demand option. Crawl under the covers, fall back into the pillows and indulge in a lazy day.

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