Heart-shaped chocolates and candlelit dinners with your significant other may totally be your thing, but if you’re looking for a holiday that celebrates the bond and love between girlfriends, then let us introduce you to Galentine’s Day.
If you aren’t a fan of Parks and Recreation then you may be clueless as to what this fictional holiday is. And if you are clueless and you aren’t celebrating it then you’re totally missing out.
Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show:
“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it. Ladies celebrating ladies.”
If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day this year with your leading gal pals, here are three tips for making sure you’re the hostess with the mostess.
1. The Decorations
Even if you’re hosting the celebration in the comfort of your own home, don’t skimp on the setting. A custom linen, a fresh floral centerpiece and an established color scheme will instantly elevate your stay-at-home party from drab to fab. Since you are acknowledging a holiday that celebrates all things girl power, play it up with bright colors or let fun props serve dual purposes such as unicorn plush animals acting as place cards.
2. The Sips
Champagne is always a good idea. Stock your bar cart with a variety of champagne, juice and fruit options for your girls to mix and match. Consider having a signature drink like a Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail. Simply place a bit of cotton candy inside your glass. Add a splash of St. Germain and then fill to the top with champagne. This drink is certain to be a conversation starter and is as simple as it is sweet.
3. The Favors
Don’t let your B.F.Fs leave empty-handed. And what girl doesn’t smile when receiving a bouquet of flowers? Put together a couple small bouquets of fresh flowers to give as takeaways. To incorporate and keep with the Galentine’s theme, we printed these floral wraps and adorned each bouquet with a girly-themed pin. You can never go wrong with fresh tulips and your leading ladies will appreciate the attention to detail and thoughtfulness.
We all know that Valentine’s Day is all about the romance. But whether you’re single, in a relationship or are checking the “it’s complicated” box, celebrate and show appreciation to the most important loves in your life, your girlfriends.