What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!
Does anyone get the Parks and Rec reference?! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can’t forget about Galentine’s Day- the spoof off of Valentine’s Day where you celebrate the love with your gal pals. Valentine’s Day can often be a miserable day for single people because of the overwhelming feeling of being alone and unloved- cue the indulgence of copious amounts of chocolate and wine- so, Galentine’s is all about being thankful for the love you do have in your life through your many friendships. To show you how we set up for this glamourous party, we met up with our newest living + style contributor, Orfa Fermin, who graciously offered us her home to host this event. Through the years we’ve discovered the secret to hosting a successful Galentine’s Day party is in the sweets. As long as you have tasty cupcakes and Valentine’s inspired goodies (conversational hearts, chocolates, cookies, etc.) you fill the Valentine’s “void” if you will. Oh, and champagne is always a good idea. You don’t need to spend much at all to ensure your lady friends have a ball. In fact Hannah hosted a successful Galentine’s get together on a college student budget for the past three years in her dorm room with just mini cupcakes and bubbly.
Sticking to the Galentine’s theme, we asked guests to embrace the holiday by dressing in red, pink, or neutrals, and asked that they have fun with sparkly accent jewelry. There’s no real wrong way to dress though. The point is to look and feel comfortable with your girl friends.
Hannah’s Outfit Ingredients: dress- Forever 21, tights- Kate Spade, boots- Aldo, and necklace- Loft
Orfa’s Outfit Ingredients: top- Forever 21, pants- Madewell, shoes- Talbots
In order to create a festive yet comfortable environment, first you’ll need to choose a color scheme that suits your fancy. We gravitated towards a theme centered around pink and gold with a touch of light blue. That way we not only pulled from conventional Valentine’s colors, but also incorporated the overarching feeling of togetherness by adding the blue. After all when it comes to your color scheme- in a true Galentine’s spirit- don’t limit your love to just one.
As for seating, create options around the room where groups of 2-4 can sit, as well as a main area where a larger group can interact. You can always bring in stools or chairs from other areas of your home and rearrange your furniture to optimize the space.
Create a designated area for cocktails and refreshments and add festive decor to keep it consistent with the rest of the room. You can use a bar cart or create your own with a console table. If you’re hosting brunch, a mimosa bar is always a good idea. If not, maybe opt for a sweet drink like lemonade. We served ours with colored straws and fruit skewers.
We were excited to serve baked goods from our local bakery gem, Crust Artisan Bakeshop. Crust even did custom heart cookies for us! We were especially smitten with the large and mini pastel pink macarons.
An activity is by no means necessary, but it can be a fun addition that gives your party a focus. Twenty Question Cards- A throwback to the classic game—can make for a great icebreaker activity if not everyone knows each other. The get-to-know-each other playing cards are printables that can be downloaded for free from: Pizzazzerie.com. Get as creative as you want, but don’t overthink it—the whole point is to spend quality time together.
Nail art: Host a mani/pedi party for your pals.
Get crafty: Pick a fun project that you can all do together, or provide a variety of colored paper, pens, glitter, and other craft supplies, and let people make their own Valentines at the party.
Play games: Charades, Taboo, Celebrity bowl, Apples to Apples… they’re all more fun after a couple mimosas!
Watch a movie: Once brunch is over, bust out the popcorn and host a screening of a crowd favorite like Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, or another favorite rom-com or comedy.
The Party Favors
For those who know the show Parks and Rec, Leslie Knope is an over productive angel-goddess who gives everyone in attendance at Galentine’s Day party a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, and a personalized 5,000 word essay about why they are is so awesome. But here in the real world, we must be realistic. If your friends are anything like our, getting everyone together for laughter and mimosas is enough of a gift in and of itself. But if you want to go the extra mile, here are some ideas:
Gift bags: If you want to send everyone home with a treat (yo self!) bag, fill it with fun, girly, and affordable items like stickers, candy hearts, and your favorite beauty and polish goodies.
Secret Cupid: Want to avoid feeling sad because you do not have a significant other? Try playing “Secret Cupid” with your gal pals. It’s like Secret Santa, except… all Valentines-y. Have friends drew names beforehand and set a $25 limit, and everyone brings a special gift for a special someone.
Go grade-school style: Make Valentine containers for each person using manila envelopes, paper bags, or shoe boxes. Ask your guests to bring a card for each person and then pass them out.
Lipstick & nail polish exchange: Ask guests to bring a $10-or-under lipstick or nail polish for a gift exchange!
Heart straws, cutout hearts, and paper pompoms: Dollar tree
Ceiling decor, balloons, paper bags, white gift boxes, colored pompoms, black and white XoXo plates, and plastic bronze utensils: Michael’s
Gold balloons, tinted glasses (Lilly Pulitzer), gold dove candle holders, and ombre metal wine cooler: Target
Marble serving tray: Crate & Barrel
White cake stand: Home Goods
Heart candy dish, turquoise tinted bar glasses, and bar cart: Thrift store finds
Special thank you to Crust Artisan Bakeshop for donating the wonderful treats! ♥
+ Orfa (our newest contributor)