Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day with a pint of ice cream or your special someone, don’t forget to celebrate with all your besties on Galentine's Day!
What is Galentine's Day?
Galentine's Day (made famous by Leslie Knope from the tv show Parks and Rec) is the day before Valentine’s Day where you have the opportunity to celebrate with the love interests in your life- yes, your best friends. So this February 13, pop the sparkling beverages, champagne or juice, and celebrate the people who are there for you during the job interviews, breakups, and all the awkward moments in between!
How to Plan the Perfect Galentine's Day Party:
In order to make this the best Galentine's Day you’ve ever had, make sure you PLAN PLAN PLAN. Having cute invites, snacks, party games and girl talk will keep even Sad Sally from crying about her single status.
Good Ole' Fashion Valentines:
We might not be in middle school anymore, but we can still show people how we feel with some stunningly simple valentines. Head over to the Pieces of Me website for cute and meaningful printable valentines. These valentines will highlight one of ten qualities you admire about your friends.
Choose from: Confident, Creative, Determined, Leader, Loving, Loyal, Passionate, Sassy or Strong for the perfect way to say 'I love you' for who you are!
The Best Gifts to Get your Gals for Galentine's Day:
Do you struggle finding the right words but want your best friend to know that despite her fears, she will be great? Gift her a strong cuff or necklace to let her know you believe in her. Pieces of Me gives you the ability to tell those closest to you exactly what you appreciate about them for who they are and all the strengths they have to offer the world!
Pieces of Me jewelry connects you to the ones you love, and will always remind them how and why they are valued. Give a constant reminder in the form of a cuff or a beautiful necklace that they are compassionate, loving, or driven.
Gift “sassy” to the friend that always knows the right, witty thing to say to bring a smile to your face and never shies away from confrontation. There are 24 traits you can choose from to show your friends just what makes them… them!
Showing your appreciation through jewelry will never go out of style, and neither will jewelry from Pieces of Me. This is because each piece is designed with thoughtful consideration and a simple-yet unique design!
Set the Stage: Party Preppin'
Decorations for the party:
There’s more to planning the best girls night than cleaning and fluffing some pillows (but yes, do that too). Make your environment a focal point of the party. Cut some fresh flowers, pink, white, yellow or any color that gets you excited!
Before you get started, find some inspiration. Check out Franceska Garza on Youtube, for her video about planning the perfect Galentine's Day Party. It's packed with so many cute DIY's that are perfect for you and your gals.
Choose the room you want the party to be in but make sure the other rooms are party-prepped too. If you picked the living room, add some decorative pillows to the couch, move the coffee table, and place pillows or thick blankets around it. Make the room feel comfortable- that's how the juicy gossip will start! If you picked your bedroom, make sure the bed is made, there aren't pajamas on the floor and you have plenty of room for all your girls to get comfortable!
Tie blankets are not just a Grandmas favorite Christmas gift, but they can also be an inexpensive and personal touch for your party! Head to your local craft/fabric store like Joannes or Hobby Lobby, pick out your favorite fleece fabric, grab a nice pair of scissors and choose good netflix show to watch while you tie. (Highly recommend: Queer Eye, and Jane the Virgin)
A quick Pinterest search, or Randi, creator of A Fresh Squeezed Life, gives an easy to follow, how-to-guide on making the best fleece tie-blanket! You can never have too many blankets, so pick out some colors for Galentine's Day or even match your room and keep these blankets for future use!
It doesn't matter what room you're in, as long as your decor is on point! Make this decor the best for you and your group. This year, lets shy away from the passionate red decor. Save that for the lovers on V-Day, let's put pink frosting on your cupcakes and switch out the red wine for rosé.
There’s no shame in going #extra with table cloths, napkins, and plates all matching the same theme. Consider a bold X and O pattern DIY from Meghan Winsor Design , or a plain white tablecloth and provide markers to all your friends. They can write their names and messages down so you can keep it forever. Bring back the high school yearbook nostalgia with this one, even years down the road you can look back at this table cloth and reminisce.
Throw some pink confetti around the tables and on the floor, this is a cheap but perfect touch to showing your girls that this party means business! Check out the confetti from PaperBoy Party on Etsy.
What to serve at a Galentine's Day Party:
Girls night will always feature junk food and wine, but this year for Galentine’s day, let's take it up a notch! Keep this night feeling sophisticated and fresh by skipping the greasy pizza and overpriced Chinese takeout.
There is nothing better than hearing your friends compliment YOUR cooking, so wow them with simple-yet-delicious recipes and show off your knowledge of wine pairings.
Begin the night with a sophisticated cheese plate, packed with a variety of cheeses, sliced meats and even a few nuts. Take the time to find the best drink to pair with your tray, this is a great way to welcome your friends to a fun Galentine's Day party.
If you make it right, the cheese tray will not last long, so be prepared with a couple appetizers to serve your guests. A proper Galentine's Day won’t have a three course meal where you are stuck at a table for hours- but an open concept with constant snacking!
Make sure you have a variety of sweet and salty snacks. Take into account any dietary restrictions and you will really hit it out of the park if you can wow your friends with a tasty vegan recipe they have never tried before.
For those salt-lovers, feed them these spicy but tame jalapeño poppers topped with cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon. Make sure you make plenty because none of your friends are going to have just one! Being Vegan is in, but eating grass and bread all day-is out. So show your friends that being vegan can be tasty (disclaimer: you don't have to be a vegan to enjoy these!) with stuffed mushrooms -they are perfectly bite sized and delicious!
Now for those sweet lovers, don't just make the classic chocolate covered strawberries, because what goes great with chocolate? MORE CHOCOLATE. Consider making brownies, cookies or a cake for dessert. Rachel, founder of Stay at Home Chef has recipes that can put your grandma out of business. Show off your baking skills, and remember- there is no such thing as too much butter :)
Finding an assortment of tasty drinks that are both alcoholic and non- alcoholic are a necessity for this upcoming holiday. There's nothing better than a delicious dessert you can drink! So take the old classic root beer float, and trade it in for a CUPID FLOAT!
Substitute root beer for Cherry 7-up, vanilla ice cream and provide a red licorice for a fancy straw. These drinks are age friendly, so even the youngin's can enjoy these. Those of drinking age can add their favorite creamy alcohol (highly recommend: Baileys Almond, this will match perfectly with the ice cream. Trust me!).
You want your party to be sweet- significantly sweeter than the banter you will have with your friends. So for those of you of drinking age, try this Sweet Strawberry Sangria. Garnished with strawberry hearts and vibrantly pink. This isn’t just a drink but it’s decor as well!
Galentine's Day Game Night:
Every girls night should include an old fashioned game of truth or dare. Find out who Becky's work crush is, and make Sarah finally send that text to Chad. But don't stop there, head over to Amazon to find some of this years hot new games!
What Do You Meme, is for all you internet-pop culture lovers out there. Think of Cards Against Humanity but for meme lovers! Most Likely To, is a great option for your best friends, “who is most likely to show up late for their own wedding?” call out your friends in a fun, hilarious way. Whether you keep score and hand out prizes, or just play for fun, game night is always a good time!
Do it for the Gram:
Document your Galentine’s Day with a sassy Instagram post! Create a backdrop for photoshoot in front of a blank wall with this incredible DIY Galentine's Day Balloon Tattoos project by Studio DIY. Cuffing season is far from over, and make sure everyone knows that even if you’re single, you're still cuffed by your best friends and those gorgeous Pieces of Me bracelet cuffs!
Take a group shot doing the classic sleepover move- jumping on the bed, popping the champagne or pouring wine! And don't forget to show off your decorating chops with a few “before the guests arrive photos”.
(Check out this amazing photographer I found: Alexandria Monette this is her photo)
Here are some fun, witty caption ideas you can use when posting on social media:
- “They brought the booze, I brought the party.”
- “Just taking the time to celebrate my wing woman and maybe they'll find me someone to celebrate on Valentine's Day with.”
- “It’s like Valentine’s Day, but better.”
Valentine’s Day can be wonderful whether you're single or in a relationship. It’s a day where Hallmark forces us to be a little bit nicer to the ones we care about, what can be wrong with that? So this year just make sure you bring all the best vibes into February 14th, by living it up with your favorite girls on February 13th.