The time has come again, as everywhere you look you see hearts, chocolates and red roses aplenty. Yes, we’re talking about the joys of Valentine’s Day. But this holiday of love doesn’t need to be all about couples. Some of the best love is found in friendships and there’s no better time to celebrate the love you have for your own besties than with a fun-filled Galentine’s Day.
What is Galentine’s Day?
For those who have seen Parks and Recreation, the Galentine’s Day meaning will be all too familiar. But for those who haven’t, the concept was catapulted into the world thanks to Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, in this popular American TV show. After the idea of Galentine’s Day gained so much support and visibility, the world said “yes” to Knope in 2010 and eight years later, gals around the world are still living out the joys of this very real event.
Hosting your own Galentine’s Day Party
Traditionally celebrated on the 13th of February, Galentine’s Day (also known as “Palentine’s Day” is focused on the enjoyment of female friendships. More specifically over a prosecco-laden brunch, chowing down on waffles and pancakes with whipped cream. Its popularity has grown over the years with various celebrities getting on board the ”Valentines for friends” train. So, how can you have the best Galentine’s Day party imaginable and truly ‘kick-it breakfast style with your ladies’?
Think about your Galentine’s Day party guest list
This special occasion is all about celebrating love, and there’s no better way to show love to your friends on Valentine’s Day than with an intimate dinner party. You can, of course, choose to host a party of epic guest list proportions but by keeping it small, you’ll get to really cherish the time spent together. And isn’t that what a Valentine's Day party is all about?
What’s a Valentines party without some Valentine's Day party decorations? Add splashes of classic red and pink Valentines decor into your home. Think banners and balloons for the hallway, and confetti and candles for your tables.
You can also create something from the heart with DIY decorations. These are a great way to show your guests just how much they mean to you. So pick up some coloured paper and glitter and create some loving, homemade Galentines party decorations.
For unique touches, not to mention tasty treats for your guests to munch on, take some clear bowls, cocktail glasses and champagne flutes and fill these up with sugary tokens of your affection. Thankfully, shops will be brimming with heart-shaped sweets, chocolates and other goodies all in the name of love.
Add a Palentine’s Day theme
A great way to inject a little fun is with a Valentine’s Day party theme. Dress up as famous loved-up couples or even get your friends to come as life-sized Valentine’s Day cards! Better yet, cover yourselves in flowers and hearts from head to toe and literally wear your heart on your sleeve.
And if you don’t feel like getting all dressed up, you don’t have to.
A Galentine’s Day party can be just as fun in a casual capacity. Just throw on a pair of cosy pyjamas, feast on some delicious home-cooked Valentine’s party food and spend this loved-up occasion with a selection of pink cocktails and trashy romcoms. Another great idea is to throw a pamper evening, where you can offer treatments such as manicures and pedicures for the ultimate Galentine’s Day party.
For a more hands-on Valentine’s Day party theme, why not host a loved-up craft-ernoon? Pick up ribbon, card, gems and pots of paint and get creative with your friends! What better way to show your besties how much you treasure them than with a little handmade treasure of your own? You could even cut out some paper hearts with written forfeits for a fun Valentine’s Day game or make a home-made red beanbag and toss it around for a game of ‘who can catch my heart?’.
What about your Galentine’s Day treats?
Party food and drink should be a staple on any Galentine’s Day party list. Kick things off with a special love potion made up of any red or pink drinks of your liking (cherry juice and pink lemonade is the perfect combination). And when it comes to the food, there are plenty of edible ruby-hued snacks to choose from. Offer up mini bowls of tomato soup, heart-shaped pepperoni pizzas or some white chocolate covered strawberries to go with your waffles, a la Leslie Knope Galentine’s Day style.
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