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Activities for Friends that Don’t Surround Eating or Drinking

Activities that Don't Surround Eating or Drinking I’m a huge fan of getting together with friends, but I get tired of visiting restaurants and bars all the time.  Eating and drinking non-stop is not what I want my friendships to be based upon.  Rather, I much prefer that my relationships be based on true conversations that occur over fun activities.  Our relationships do not need to cost us a ton of cash flow or demand us sitting still.  Use some of the below suggestions to add a little spice into your friendships.  You might find a whole new activity for your guys to regularly enjoy together in the future!

Create a Walking Group


Walking together is a great way to connect with friends that live nearby, as well as lower blood pressure, increase your heart rate, boost your metabolism, and not spend a cent along the way.  Change up responsibility for whom is responsible for picking the route to see different areas of your current home town.  However, if you’re still having difficulty convincing your friends to join a walking group, then read up on some great hints on American Red Cross or Create the Good.  Huge bonus points for you if you start your own group!

Have a DIY Craft Night

12 15 15_4 I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Gild Collective!  As a group of non-DIYers, I’m still incredibly impressed with how our earrings, mirrors, and jewelry displays turned out.  And it was so much fun!  Letting us be creative, but still sharing the “how-tos” of how to make everything allowed us to end up with incredibly different pieces at the end, but still a classic product that we can all use in everyday life.  I HIGHLY recommend Gild for an amazing girls night in.

Host a Board Game Night

80s-girl-talk-game We’ve always loved game nights, and don’t like you weren’t a fan!  Playing old board games is a sure way to beat the boredom and have a fun little blast from the past.  Personally, I highly recommend “Apples to Apples,” “Connect Four,” or “Card Against Humanity” for a good time.  But if you can find an old “Girl Talk” game, can I come play?

Take a Dance Class


Taking a dance class is a great way to burn some calories and enjoy life together.  Whether or not you and your girlfriends are past dancers, classes like Zumba or Beginner Hip-Hop end up being a ton of fun and become memorable experiences for you guys to talk about for years to come.

Volunteer Together

11 16 15_7 Being able to bond over a common cause that benefits others is one of the best ways to come together with your friends.  Benefitting our communities through volunteering at a homeless shelter, an animal shelter, or by joining a women’s group like Junior League (such as myself, pictured above) ensures that there’s plenty of previously organized activities to be done, and there’s always an available outlet to make the world a better place.


What are your favorite ways to bond with your friends?

If you’re not at a restaurant or bar with your friends, where do you enjoy spending time together?

Create a great life!

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  • Reply The Heart of a Gypsy

    Great list, thanks for sharing some good ideas!

    January 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Hope they’re helpful next time you’re looking for a fun activity!

      January 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Alexa

    I love this! I hate how girls always think that you need to go out to have fun, there is so much more to do

    January 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally with you! Having awesome activities is such a fun way to bond. 🙂

      January 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Trang Do

    Lovely post! Sooo much fun! Thanks for sharing these ideas!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    January 25, 2016 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely! I hope they inspire some fun times. 🙂

      January 26, 2016 at 6:04 am
  • Reply Sara

    I love your ideas! I’ve done a dance class before with a friend a couple years ago and it was a blast 🙂 One of my fav ways recently is pottery painting! It fun, we can talk and we have something to take home with us. Another way I’ve done is making jewelry at a bead shop in our city, for the same reasons!

    January 26, 2016 at 4:01 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Those sound like so much fun! You’d love Gild that I shared in the post, but I’ll have to explore those options in Denver, too!

      January 26, 2016 at 6:06 am
  • Reply kaarlaa88

    This is such a great post! I sometimes get tired that a lot of hanging out ideas involve foods or drinks because most of the time they are unhealthy. These are such great ideas!! 🙂

    January 29, 2016 at 8:44 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      So true! I’m always going out for wine or dessert. It’s fun to mix it up!

      January 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply 10 Lessons I Would Have Told My Younger Self | Semi-Sweet Tooth

    […] Just like most younger gals, I was committed to romantic dates with my boyfriends through Junior High, High School, and College.  Granted this typically meant Junior High dances “with a ghost between us,” watching my High School boyfriend play football while I gossiped on the sidelines, or going to some terribly themed sorority mixer in College.  All my true definition of romance.  But though all of these years, the people I still talk to regularly are my girlfriends.  They know my past, and they sometimes (often) know me in the present better than I know myself.  Plan “dates” with your girlfriends to stay in touch and keep your bond strong.  (And if you need any ideas, check out Activities to Do with Your Girlfriends that Don’t Surround Eating or Drinking.) […]

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