There is nothing more fun than a girls night out. Cocktails, a swank meal, catching up on all the latest dirt – it’s the best! But sometimes even the occasional night out gets a bit tired. The same old restaurants or bars? Meh.

If you’re bored with all that familiar stuff and wanna add some mystery and a twist, why not make it a tarot girl’s night (out – or in)? Think about it: good drinks + food + fortunes – oh my!

That’ll give you a lot more to talk about than just the latest drama at work.

Sound like fun? It IS.

Here’s how to make a special tarot-themed girl’s night out, whether you decide to hit the town or host it at your pad.

EASY. Look for tarot events such as spiritual or psychic fairs. You might also want to explore metaphysical shops in your hood – or even restaurants or bars that might have a “tarot night”. (I once went to an event that was hosted on a boat!)

Once you find the right place, head out to that BEFORE dinner. Why? You want to be present and sober. (Tarot readers do not enjoy reading for drunks. Plus you won’t remember a darn thing.)

Decide if you will sit in on each other’s readings or not – and be sure to ask the reader if they are comfortable with more than one at the table should you decide on the former.

Get your readings – and then head out for dinner and drinks – and dishing! Trust me, hanging out and comparing notes is great dinner conversation. This might become your new thing.

But if you’re not the bar or club type, hosting an event at your home may be the way to go!

Start by deciding whether you want to hire a pro – or just read each other’s cards. If you are going to read your own, it’s as simple as gathering a deck or two along with a book of interpretations for newbies. (I recommend Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading the Cards by Barbara Moore.)

If you are going to hire a tarot professional, pick one that you trust. Not sure? Ask around. Get a good referral. Word of mouth is always the best guide.

Next, contact the tarot reader and find out what they charge and how they best like to work. For example, some may prefer a quiet room while others may love to entertain a crowd. Be sure that you are clear on this so everyone will have a good experience.

Now you’ll want to set the mood! You might want to give your place a bit of a “mystical” vibe with soft lights, beaded curtains, colorful pillows to sit on, and cool music lilting in the background. I recommend a custom playlist with songs such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” and Marilyn Manson’s rendition of “I Put A Spell On You” for extra funky fun.

Create a tarot-inspired menu. Look at your deck and get your creative wheels turning. You might want to serve “Queen of Wand Kabobs” or “The Devil’s Food Cake”. Or my favorite: “tarot-misu” (no, I did not come up with that one – though I wish I did!).

Serve wine or custom cocktails. I present – the High Priestess’ Third Eye. Toss some ice cubes in a glass. Pour equal servings of chocolate liqueur and Bailey’s Irish Cream, being as careful as you can not to mix ‘em. This represents the pillars on the High Priestess card. Next, add a spritz of whipped cream. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds on top – voila!

Want to get a little over-the-top? Encourage your guests to wear something to represent a different tarot card. For example, you might want to choose a bright red dress to represent the Emperor’s robe or perhaps fun head jewelry to symbolize the Empress’s crown of stars.

Start the readings at the beginning of the event so that everyone is sober – and can chat about it later over drinks. If you have hired a pro, let everyone take their turn.

If you and your crew are doing the readings, shuffle your deck and take turns reading for each other.

Remember, tarot decks come with a little white book so even newbies can play along. You are going to have a blast! Just dive in, read the cards, and have fun!

However you decide to roll, this is a great way to bond with your besties, shake up your girls’ night routines – and maybe even get some guidance. So what are you waiting for? Grab your deck, your homegirls – and get your tarot on!


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