16 Things to Do Tonight if Your Plans Fall Through at the Last Minute

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Whether a friend canceled at the last minute, the weather got in the way, or you had to work later than expected, never fear, because we have some options for entertaining things to do tonight anyway. Perk yourself up because sometimes you end up having more fun when you do something spontaneous. We strongly suggest refraining from curling up in bed and wasting a good night (unless a night of R&R happens to be your new plan, in which case, good for you).

It’s worth noting that our options can be done in the comfort of your home or outside of it, so no matter the season or how late in the evening, there’s still a slew of activities to choose from. There are also plenty of solitary activities in case you want a little alone time or all your friends happen to be away this weekend. Choose one of these things to do tonight, and make your own fun—we dare you.

Call a Friend You Haven't Spoken to in a While

There’s always one person who you owe a marathon phone session to (we bet you even have a few on your “must-call list”). Reach out tonight and properly catch up since you don’t have somewhere else you’re running off to for once. Pour a glass of wine, and it will almost be like they’re right there with you.

Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Let’s be honest, is there anything better than an ice cream sundae bar? Stop at the store to load up on all your favorite fixings.

Start Your Holiday Shopping List

It’s never too soon to start planning what you’ll get those nearest and dearest to you. You can even closely monitor when prices drop to make sure you get the best deals.

Go on Bumble Bizz

If you're single, take a break from the frustrating dating apps and make some time for networking. In case you missed it, Bumble has expanded to help link you up with career mentors and others in your industry. All you need to do is download the original app and go into Bumble Bizz mode.

Practice Gratitude

Whether you choose to make a list of some things you’re grateful for or opt to say them out loud, it never hurts to take a moment to count your blessings.

Burn a calming candle to get into a thankful mood.

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Plan for Something

Whether it’s a vacation, a dinner with a friend, or an outing to the theater to catch that play you’ve been dying to see, tonight’s the night to make plans. Having an exciting event on the horizon will give you something to look forward to, and you deserve it.

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Have a Movie Marathon at Home

We’re talking popcorn, candy, and a Gilmore Girls-style marathon complete with a theme (and sheet masks). If you’re too tired to go all out, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to Seamless and an entertaining new release.

Do Your Seasonal Clothing Swap

It’s time for a clothing swap in your closet and there is always work to be done when it comes to your wardrobe. How to get yourself to finish the closet cleanout? Plan on rewarding yourself with a new wardrobe staple once the last sandal is stored away and the final boot is on display.

Send a Handwritten Card

A lot of people underestimate the power of a handwritten card or note. Write something sweet to someone you care about, even if it’s for no reason at all. We bet you’ll get a phone call or text later that week from them letting you know that you made their day.

Cuddle up With a New Book

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You don’t need to be in a book club to start reading again. Go on Goodreads and find something that tickles your fancy (or just text a friend for their top book picks). Either way, we bet you’ll find a title that will whisk you away for the night.

Organize Your "Trouble" Cabinet

We all have that cabinet (or drawer or closet) that basically explodes on us every time we open it. Finally, take stock of what you need to do to remedy the issue. It will probably involve some contraptions from The Container Store (but Marie Kondo would be proud).

Take a Walk to Nowhere

Seriously, just lace up your comfy shoes and walk without a route in mind (obviously be mindful of your safety). The freedom of not knowing where the path will lead can be empowering, especially if you queue up a fun playlist for your journey.

Learn Yoga at Home

It only takes one advanced yoga class for you to get a little weary about learning the poses in the studio. Instead, try out Manduka x Yogaia’s interactive at-home yoga classes that let you use your webcam to get feedback from your instructor in real-time.

Declutter Your Desktop

If your computer’s desktop looks anything like ours, it’s probably in need of a little cleanup (like right now). Organize your photos and documents into folders so you’ll know where everything is. When your space is clean, your head will follow.

Make Friends With the Neighbors

It never hurts to get to know the people next door (before you lock yourself out of your place). Bake a batch of muffins or leave them a bottle of wine with a note to have dinner sometime.

Host a Chill Game Night

It doesn’t matter how many people you ask over, request them to bring their favorite board game (or try gathering at a local bar that has its own selection). For next time, purchase a lesser-known pick like Ticket to Ride so everyone is on the same playing field.

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