It feels like Christmas was just yesterday so I can’t believe we are on to the next holiday already… Valentine’s Day! Every Valentine’s Day, I am excited to celebrate with Edwin in some capacity, big or small. However, I also love to celebrate Valentine’s Day by honoring other people I cherish too like my family, favorite lady friends, and best gals. I like the excuse to celebrate with girlfriends. One year, a girlfriend of mine threw the perfect Galentine’s Day party that I still think was so much fun. She completely mastered everything so I’m excited to share how to host a Galentine’s Day party of your own! If you’re planning to get together with girlfriends on the unofficial Galentine’s Day – February 13th – then take a few of these tips and you’ll have a lovely time with your besties!
What Is Galentine’s Day?
I find this so funny! Did you know that Amy Poehler’s character in Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope, created the Galentine’s Day holiday!? Yup, she went so far as to declare it “the best day of the year!” I love any excuse to get together with girlfriends as I always think it’s so important to maintain friendships, especially after you get married and put a ton of focus on that relationship. Nothing beats girlfriend time! So, Galentine’s is just about the best excuse to get together with your gfs (or your sister, mom, or grandma!) and watch rom coms, drink champagne, and wear cutesy pajamas. It’s basic, no denying that, but who doesn’t need a basic party every now and then!? Did you know, “technically” Galentine’s Day is, the day before Valentine’s Day on February 13th, but celebrating on the 14th works just as well too! Leave your husbands and boyfriends at home because below are some fun Galentine’s Day party ideas to set the mood for ladies celebrating ladies.
How To Host A Galentine’s Day Party
How To Set The Ambiance
Ambiance and setting is everything! The Galentine’s party in this post was at the beautiful house of a girlfriend. It was the perfect backdrop to swoop in on with fabulous balloons, goodies, and treats. Add a few flowers of your choice and voilà, your Galentine’s Day party prep is complete! It was time for us to leave our husbands and our boyfriends for the get together.
What to Serve for Food + Drinks
I think it is easy to do a perfect job picking food and drinks for a Galentine’s party. Nothing beats bubbles when celebrating and Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day has always called for sweet treats so why not find the cutest + healthiest ones in town!? The vibe of the party was completed with healthy donuts (yup, they were gluten free, egg free, dairy free, soy free, and so delicious!) and champagne sips. Cheers! I recommend doing something similar with champagne or by creating a signature cocktail (lots of ideas here!) and then serving a healthy sweet treat (lots of ideas here!). You want the food to be fun but no one likes leaving a party in a sugar coma. If you’re hosting a brunch, then I love the idea of heart shaped pancakes or waffles!
Make it a Pajamas Party
Pajamas are a must for every Galentine’s Day party! The only exception here is if you decide to host your Galentine’s Day party out and about at a nail spa or a wine bar (also so fun!). If Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day is your thing and you want to go all out, then gift your besties matching pajamas for the occasion and maybe even think about a sleepover with a movie marathon. Slumber parties are so fun! It can be a really lovely surprise to gift Galentine’s Day gifts to your gals. All the girls at the Galentine’s party in this post got Toss Designs pajamas. So fun!
Watch Romantic Comedy Movies
Edwin will be the first to admit that I always try to watch romantic comedies. He shoots them down most of the time so I need girlfriend time to get my rom com fix. I like watching a movie and feeling happy and light on my feet afterwards and romantic comedies just do that. A Galentine’s gathering is the perfect excuse to toss on some face masks and rom coms! Sounds like a reason for my friends and I leave our +1s at homeIf to me. you need some suggestions, here’s a list…
Favorite Romantic Comedies:
You’ve Got Mail • Something’s Gotta Give
It’s Complicated • Father of the Bride (I & II)
Something Borrowed • Home Again
The Parent Trap • Notting Hill
When Harry Met Sally • How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days
10 Things I Hate About You • Sweet Home Alabama
Midnight in Paris • Funny Face
Sleepless in Seattle • The Philadelphia Story
Annie Hall • Roman Holiday
Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? If so, I hope this post gave you a little last minute inspiration for how to host the perfect Galentine’s Day Party! If you want to go all out, then don’t stop at my suggestions. Go crazy and get a photo booth, hire a caterer, or whatever tickles your fancy! It’s not too late to call up your best gals or the ladies in your family for a little gathering. Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to remind them how much you value them for always being there for you! P.S. head here for tons more Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day inspiration. xx
Photography by Sirena White-Singleton