Girls Night Out tradition grows strong

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Friends Meghan Hedquist and Kaitlyn Grossman jump for joy during their girls night Oct. 4. Some BYU students host girls nights during Priesthood Session of LDS conference. (Emilee Gailey)
Friends Meghan Hedquist and Kaitlyn Grossman jump for joy during their girls night Oct. 4. Some BYU students host girls nights during priesthood session of LDS general conference. (Emilee Gailey)

Women who felt lonely while the men were at the priesthood session didn’t have to go very far for fun. Girls Nights Out events and activities popped up all over Utah County.

Girls Nights Out activities, fully stocked with sweet treats, chick flicks and pedicures, have become a household tradition for women during the Priesthood session of LDS general conference.

Some female BYU students take the time to catch up on studying and homework. Others catch up on some girl bonding time.

Emily Miller, a student studying human development, started the “girls night out” tradition with her mom when her dad had tickets to priesthood session.

“My mom, sister and I decided to walk over to the Gateway in Salt Lake to do some shopping to pass the time,” Miller said. “Some women may have dinner together; others craft; my mom and I like to shop.”

Students without family nearby plan on having girls nights with their roommates.

Makenna Rowley, a student studying marketing, got jealous every time her brothers and dad got pizza and ice cream after their session. The girls wanted to do something too, so the tradition of watching movies and eating good food together started. This year Rowley won’t be with her family, so she is starting the tradition with her roommates.

“We are having a ‘women’s dinner’ together,” Rowley said. “I think it’s important to gather as women; it creates a unity and greater love for one another. I’m excited to talk, play games and get to know each other.”

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures follows the trend with a Girls Night Out activity every year as well. The event has been a big hit. Amanda Chase, the event planner for the museum, pulled out the stops for the event.

“We are having a delicious cheesecake bar,” Chase said. “We have two guest speakers coming, but they are a secret for right now, so you have to come to find out who they are. We promise they are going to be awesome.”

Women at this Girls Night Out could serve while they were there too.

“We’re making princess tiaras for girls in the pediatric unit in Utah Valley hospital,” Chase said. “We are also filling goodie bags so the hospital can hand them out to the kids.”

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