While many are busy planning date nights with their significant others, we’re far more excited for the real event of the season – Galentine’s Day!
If you’re a stranger to the TV show Parks and Recreation, the concept of Galentine’s Day is probably foreign to you, so we’re here to brief you in. In the words of Leslie Knope herself, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”
In an era where we need to lift up the women in our life more than ever, Galentine’s Day could not come at a better time. And since we know you’re probably busy, we did all the planning for you – there’s something for every kind of girl gang!
In true Leslie Knope style, plan your festivities for during the day. Galentine’s Day falls on Friday, which could make breakfast tough between work/college/running errands. So, maybe consider a late brunch! Make reservations at your favourite cafe or, host a brunch at home. Opt for brunch classics like waffles, pancakes,fresh fruits and eggs. If you’re feeling particularly festive, have heart shaped cookie cutters laid out to customize your pancakes and waffles! Go the extra mile, and send out personalised invitations to your friends – it’ll make for cute momentos for the party, and there are a ton of downloadable options online. Scour through Pinterest for a cute invitation that you can easily fill out and send!
Start Galentine’s Day off right by taking a fun workout class together! Try pilates or yoga, which is perfect because it’s an easy way to get your heart rate up without tiring you down for the whole day. Plus you won’t feel guilty indulging after you’ve done something good for your body! End the day with a round of smoothies and a gossip session with the girls!
We all need a day off every now and then. And the best way to do that is by treating yourselves to a spa day with the girls! It’s the perfect way to reflect and recharge, while still spending some quality time together. Make appointments at your favourite salon, or better yet, host a spa day at home! Decorate with scented candles, and play calming music to set the mood, while making homemade scrubs and painting each others nails. Serve cucumber water or detox lemonade to hydrate!
Nothing screams Galentine’s Day more than a night of rom coms and popcorn! A girls night in, watching movies and catching up on each other’s life is the therapy we ALL need. They create a safe space while investing in the relationships that truly matter! Put together a list of your favourite movies, from mystery thrillers to cheesy Bollywood romcoms. Have a collection of healthy and not so healthy snacks laid out, so everyone has some options – or go the easy route and order pizza for everyone for a laid back night in.
Take advantage of the chilly weather and host a rooftop bonfire! Create the mood with blankets and throw pillows for all your guests to lounge around on, and hang a few strands on fairy lights to add to the festive feel. Serve a variety of snacks that your guests can toast throughout, like smores. Add hot chocolate and green tea to the mix so all your guests can stay warm!