It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year. No, I’m not talking about Christmas (although that’s second on my list). I’m talking about Galentine’s Day!
So I’m guessing you’re either as excited about Galentine’s as I am, or you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. If you’re a newbie, let me break it down for you. Galentine’s Day is a holiday invented by Leslie Knope on the show “Parks and Recreation”. It falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, and as you may have guessed, it’s all about celebrating your gals. It’s a time to come together with your friends and celebrate each other, the love you share, and girl power. I’m personally all about girl power, and when I found out people actually celebrated Galentine’s, I was stoked. Now, I celebrate it every year. It’s by far my favorite holiday, even though it’s not exactly an official one.
So, now you know all about Galentine’s. Excited? Me too. Now for the next step: throwing the Galentine’s party. It’s quite similar to Valentine’s, but there are a few things that are Galentine’s-specific. Let’s get started.
1) Type of Party
Every group of gals is different, and one party style might not work for everyone. So decide what type of party best suits your group of friends. Are you guys more mimosas-and-pajamas people, or would you prefer to dress up and have a full-blown party? Do you guys like to craft, or read, or eat? Choose a style that works best for you guys. You have complete free reign over how you want your party to be. I’m just here to guide you. Here are a few ideas if you’re not sure what theme fits your group:
- Pajama and Pancake party (complete with mimosas, of course)
- Crafting Party
- Chill Potluck
- Old-fashioned Hollywood (excuse for everyone to dress up!)
- Baking Party (bake a bunch of sweet, pink-and-red treats)
You can also reach out to your girls and ask them what they’d like to do. If your group decides they don’t want a theme, you could always go for a classic red-and-pink theme.
2) The Invitations
For Galentine’s, cute invitations are a must. Opt for cute paper invites instead of a text or an email. The invitations make everything feel a little more personal and old-fashioned. You can either search the Internet for free printables or if your gathering is a little smaller, you can make your own out of good ol’ paper and cute stickers. It all just depends on what you prefer or what you have time to create. Here are some cute supplies to get you started:
- Foam Heart Stickers
- Candy Heart Stickers
- Scratch-and-Sniff Valentine’s Stickers
- ColorBok Designer Paper Pad
- RedHot Red Cardstock
When you’ve decided what type of party you’re going to throw, it’s time for the decorations. Personally, this is my favorite part of any party. Transforming your place into party central is always a blast, especially if you have friends helping you out. You can scour the Internet or go to your local party store, but either way, get ready to dress your place up! Here are a few basic ideas that can fit any party theme:
- Heart Strings (for your doorway, maybe?)
A few extra tips when it comes to decorating:
- Print out cute Galentine’s day quotes and put them up around your place for an extra touch of girl power
- Put out a giant jar of pink Starbursts and put it on the table or in the entryway.
- Hang up some string lights for an extra cozy feel. These battery powered lights that change light patterns will work perfectly. (They’re also multicolored!)
4) Food and Drink
Ah, yes. The food. No party is complete without a nice array of snacks and treats, and for a Galentine’s party, there’s NO end to the adorable (and often easy) snacks you can make. Ask each of your gals for a snack they’d like at the party, and then make a few of your own! Here are a few ideas:
Dipped and Decorated Pretzels
These super easy-to-make treats can be easily customized and always taste great/
- Melt some candy melts in the microwave (go for pink or white melts).
- Dip the pretzels in, then roll in sprinkles.
- Put pretzels on wax paper and let dry.
Breakfast-themed party? Go for a waffle bar! This is also a perfect nod to Leslie Knope, who adored waffles.
- Decide on a place for the bar.
- Stet a plate of fresh waffles, plates and utensils at the beginning of the table.
- Put various fruits (strawberries, blueberries, etc) in bowls and set on the table after the waffles.
- Do the same with a few sweet treats (chocolate chips, melted caramel, sprinkles, etc.)
- Finish the set up with a couple cans of whipped cream and a bottle of syrup and you’re good to go.
5) The Playlist
The music is one of the most important parts of a party. It determines the vibe and the tone that the party has, so it’s important that a Galentine’s Day playlist is full of positive, girl power anthems. Ask your friends what their favorite powerful anthems are and make a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music, whichever one you have. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Ugly Heart by G.R.L
- How Far I’ll Go by Alessia Cara
- Ready For It by Taylor Swift
- Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
- Homemade Dynamite by Lorde
- Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce
- Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys
- Wings by Little Mix
- Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by Shania Twain
- Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
I hope your Galentine’s is full of friends, food, and love!