FRIEND DATES: HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEXT VINA PLAN A SUCCESS

A party of one is never fun. Vina plans are so exciting to put together, and equally as fun to attend! It’s a great place to make a new friend and do something fun at the same time. You meet people that already share a common interest, so you can pretty much guarantee that no one will end up staring into their latte because it’s more interesting than the conversation. But what happens when you host a VINA plan and no one shows up? This vina knows and can tell you firsthand how to make your next one a success!

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THE UGLY TRUTH

You have to admit that when someone selects ‘Maybe’ to a plan that you’re hosting, you get a little flutter of hope that it’s going to turn into a yes. Truth is, people are busy and things come up, so don’t take it personally. And sometimes staying in alone and watching Netflix beats a night out with new people, and that’s perfectly okay. You are looking to plan something that will allow you to meet people on your schedule doing something you like, so if you don’t get any responses, chances are you just haven’t caught the attention of the right people yet! Don’t lose faith!

TRY, TRY AGAIN

So no one RSVP’d with a yes to your last plan. Take a look at what you wanted to do, and when you were offering it. Time and place are essential when making plans with other people, especially when those people are new to your circle. Try switching it up. Instead of brunch at the crack of dawn on a Wednesday, try Friday night drinks at 6 p.m. Changing up the time, venue, or day will help expand your pool of vinas who are interested. Take a look at the location and the distance from other vinas too. Walking distance is good for big cities, while our countryside vinas will have to plan for driving time.

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Although I live 15 minutes from NYC and I would love nothing more than to visit a museum with some vinas, it’s just not feasible. I’m a single mom that has her son alternating weekends, and when I don’t have my son, I like to spend my time visiting my boyfriend. For most of us time is sacred, so sacrificing it for a new experience can be challenging. I usually have to wait for just the right time when I know I will have alone time and not be committed to someone, or something else.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS, YOU SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

The best way to host a vina plan is to attend a vina plan. Revolutionary right? Find a plan in the VINA app that you want to go to. While you’re there, network, socialize, and make friends (that’s what you’re there for). By going to a plan hosted by someone else, you are already taking the preparation portion out of making your own plan. Then as everyone is gathered together, the next idea is bound to come up! When it does, jump on the opportunity to make it your own VINA hosted plan! That way, you already have a guaranteed group of gal pals you can count on showing up!

Hosting an event is so much fun! You get to pick out where you want to go and spend it with people that want to be there too. It’s a bummer when no one else responds, but just remember, it’s not you! Soon enough, vinas will be lining up to hang with you, so get out there and meet them!

Ready to host your next big event? Download the Hey! VINA app now and get planning!

THROW THE BEST INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY EVER

Here comes one of the most lit-up holidays of the year: 4th of July! Make this one great with some of these party ideas.

Dress the Party

First and foremost, when you wake up on 4th of July, you’ll want to look Vinalicious with your most festive red, white and blue attire that is a never-fail for this occasion! In addition to your outfit, paint your nails red, white and blue, use blue eyeliner, and put on red lipstick to really set off this look!

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Make an independent statement via  @doseofcolors

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A festive blue boho romper for the party via Milanoo

Pick Your Side

Vinas know that poolside or lakeside is the way to go when talking about early day 4th of July fun. Round up some friends, throw some music on, and prepare yourselves for a day of cannonballs or boating on the lake. Nothing says “celebration relaxation” like floating on a fun-shaped pool floatie and soaking up the sun on this summer holiday!

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We love pizzas! Via Toy Splash

That Playlist is Fire(works)

To set off the right mood for your 4th of July shenanigans, you’ll want to craft the perfect playlist to get everyone dancing and having a great time. Some suggestions to get you started are: “Firework” by Katy Perry, “American Girl” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and “Party in the U.S.A.!” by Miley Cyrus.

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A chic outfit featuring jean shorts and the American flag via Wachabuy

Festive Foodie

Once you’ve dried yourself off from the pool, you’re going to be hungry from all that swimming! Start up the BBQ and put the full spread on the table!

Here are some fun food ideas to impress your friend’s tastebuds:

1) Dip half strawberries in white chocolate and cover the bottom portion with blue sugar for a red, white and blue effect!

2) Take ice cream sandwiches and cover vanilla portion with red, white and blue sprinkles!

3) Pour Koolaid Tropical Punch, then Gatorade Frost and finally G2 Blueberry Pomegranate to create a tasty red, white and blue drink for your Vina squad!

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Patriotic sprinkles are a must via Freutcake

Fireworks, Fireworks Everywhere! 

If you and your Vina tribe love to travel for special events like the 4th of July, you’ll want to check out one of the following “most anticipated” fireworks display in the country. Cities that can boast about their 4th of July fireworks include: New York City, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Boston! If you’re only a few hours away from one of these cities, it would be totally beneficial to have an awesome night out of town with your vinas for some holiday bonding!

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Celebrate Independence with your Vinas! Via Pinterest

We hope you have a happy, fun-filled 4th of July, Vinas! Remember to dance, sing and swim your way through this holiday! Grab your besties when the sun goes down where you all get to “Ooh and Aah” to the gorgeous colors in the sky to celebrate this patriotic holiday!

Tell us how you plan to spend your 4th in the comments section below!

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PARTY SAFE WITH THE COLLEGE PARTY VINA BUDDY SYSTEM

Not to bring you down on this fine day, but let’s be real: Rape culture is a thing. It’s a very real, scary thing that we as women face on a daily basis. It means we have to be careful and look out for ourselves and other women because no one else is going to look out for us in the same way.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women are raped during their four years at university in the U.S. It’s not just rape and sexual assault that we have to look for a college parties. The vina buddy system can help protect against creeps, over-drinking, and/or peer-pressure of all sorts.

The world can be a scary place, which is why we unfortunately need to be prepared. For our ladies entering their first year of higher ed, it’s an exciting time that may or may not involve going to parties. Great! You should totally get out there, meet new people, and go to parties. But you should also have a system in place with your vinas to keep you safe.

There’s really only two things that are absolutely necessary for a successful vina buddy system:

CHOOSE THE RIGHT VINA

Your urge might be to choose your new roomie or that extroverted social butterfly living down the hall. Those would definitely be convenient choices. But try to be more strategic. The social butterfly will get you to the party, but ask yourself: will she be around when you’re ready to go home? Your best bet is to choose someone you can count on to care more about the overall safety of your little twosome than the party itself. This might be your roommate or floormate, but it might also be a vina from class or an extracurricular club!

DON’T DITCH

Don’t be flaky! If you’ve agreed to make sure your vina gets home safe (and vice-versa), don’t ditch her no matter what happens. Even if you hit it off with the Cutest Guy Ever or have a winning streak in that game of beer pong – if she wants to leave, don’t let her go home alone. This is true for the end of the night, but also for during the party. Stick to each other as much as possible, help watch each other’s drinks, and keep the creeps away. If all else fails and that frat bro just won’t take NO for an answer, you can always try this:

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