Girls’ Night In – Book Review

Thanks to the lovely Crafty Magazine I have been invited to be part of a Book Tour for the newest title from Hannah Read-Baldrey – Girls’ Night In: Crafts, Cakes and Cocktails for the Ultimate Party.

I’m not one for going out, so I was excited to see what this book offered as I already own Everything Oz, one of Hannah’s previous titles.

Girls' Night In Book

The cover and pink candy striped/polka dot pages set the uber girly scene right away and Hannah shares tips on getting organised for a party.

The book is helpfully split into sections, the most substantial being the Craft Projects. The Bunting Necklace below is definitely on my (massive) to-make list. Filled with jewellery makes, home furnishings, clothes, fun party accessories and even burlesque showgirl tassles(!) – it offers a huge range of simple and fun crafts.

Bunting Necklace

Beauty fans will love the Bourdoir Beauty section with hair tips and nail art patterns to try.  Face mask and scrub recipes put a handmade twist on it. Perfect for a pamper party.

Beautiful Blossom Nails

There are plenty of recipes for Saffy Savouries, Sweet Treats and Cocktails to ensure your party is well catered for. Lots of scrummy makes including the Leggy Ruffle Cake, Mini Quiches and Cupcakes in a Cone which I’ve never managed to make successfully!

Cupcake In A Cone

I’m probably the wrong person to comment on the cocktails, as I don’t drink alcohol, but I could definitely see myself making some virgin versions of the Pink Lady and Ginger Driver!

Cocktails for Girls Night In

In between chapters you will find silly party games and playlists, a little twee for me, but all in good nature of course. Hannah features her friends throughout the book who make very worthy models and offer a glamourous insight into their girly parties.

This personal touch makes Hannah’s approach to entertaining relatable and enjoyable and not in any way pretentious.

Girls Night In Acknowledgements

Overall, a fun book with a considerable amount of content, well balanced with fun and quirky photographs. One I’ll visit when I invite the girls over for our craft and dinner club!

Make sure you hop on over to the next blog in the book tour, one of my faves – Lulu Loves.


* I was sent this book to review as part of the Crafty Magazine book tour. I received no payment and all opinions are my own.

9 thoughts on “Girls’ Night In – Book Review

  1. Ok the description of this book kind of made me wince. Not that there’s anything wrong with the way you wrote this – you’re great. But come on! – Yet another craft book that’s aimed at “girls” and is pink and fluffy. Men can have craft parties too.

  2. Ooh I looked at this book at work the other day, I didn’t realise it was the same author that did Everything Oz. I was intrigued by it but it reminded me a bit of the sleepovers I had ten years ago (minus the alcohol obviously) and I’m not entirely convinced my friends would be so interested in doing this kind of stuff now!

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