What is a Galentine’s Day Party and what are ideas for celebrating it? Galentine’s Day has been identified as a top consumer design trend of the moment and we’re super excited to investigate it a little more.
If you ever watched the hit television show Parks and Recreation, you probably have wished at some point that the lead character Leslie was your BFF. Leslie Knope, played by the actress Amy Poehler, is a crafting queen and all around good friend. A perfect example of Leslie Knope’s caring and creative character is when she invented Galentine’s Day.
“Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Galentine’s Day has grown every year since the episode debuted in 2010. The idea of a celebration that honors the power of friendship resonated with women everywhere. In this fast-paced, online world that we live and work in, the value of real-life friendships and face to face gatherings is more valued than ever. Want to start your own Galentine’s tradition with your circle of friends? Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Galentine’s Day Party Ideas:
To celebrate Galentine’s day as Leslie Knope intended it, meet your friends for brunch. Find a place near you that hosts a Galentine’s day party brunch, or host your own. Pour up some mimosas and serve up lots of tasty goodies to treat your favorite friends with.
This mega mini muffin pan from Wilton makes a whopping 48 bite-sized mini muffins. What could be cuter than a tray full of adorable little goodies? Plus, the pan is dishwasher safe which makes clean up a breeze.
Another fun idea for a Galentine’s day brunch at home is to set up a chocolate fondue pot. ChocoMaker’s Candy Melter Pot has two settings, warm and melt, so you can fill the two-pound pot up and keep it on all day as you celebrate with your gals. Set out an assortment of pretzels, strawberries, and other tasty dippers that you can all enjoy together.
Crafternoon with Friends
Plan a crafternoon event to celebrate Galentine’s Day. Your local Makerspace, public library, or art studio might have classes that you and your friends can sign up for together. If not, order craft supplies in bulk and host your friends for a crafty afternoon that celebrates friendship and making.
If your childhood memories include summers spent making friendship bracelets, why not revisit this old hobby with your friends? It’s easy to do using the Darice Friendship Bracelet Kit. The brightly colored kit includes everything you and your gal pals need to start making your own friendship bracelets. There is even a double-sided, color-coded chipboard disk with easy to follow instructions that will make this crafternoon activity a breeze.
The Delicately Yours Mixed Bracelet Set is a quick and easy way to create bracelets if you don’t have a lot of time to craft but still want to make stuff together. The coordinated set includes three bracelets and three charms, so you can your friends can create matching sets for each other.
The character Leslie was ever the overachiever. For Galentine’s Day, she showered her closest friends with very thoughtful yet time-consuming handmade gifts. First, she made each friend a hand-crocheted flower pen. Then she made a custom mosaic portrait of each person. Her final gift was a 5,000 word essay for each person explaining why she loves them. Whew! If you are not as ambitious (and don’t have as much spare time) as Leslie did, there are still thoughtful DIY gifts that you can make for your Galentine’s Day party exchange.
This DIY Milk Bath Gift is quick and easy to make, and it is a great way to pamper your favorite people. The recipe is simple to make, and the gift looks so luxe in these gold accented milk box containers.
Succulent soap bars are another cute and easy to make gift that your friends will love. Use multiple molds to make several batches at once, saving time. This gift is so cute that your friends might want to display them rather than use them!
Throw a Party
Maybe you aren’t a brunch kind of girl and prefer the night life. Throw a Galentine’s Day party instead. You could even have a Parks and Recreation watching marathon as part of the event. Skip the hearts and flowers and decorate with a punchy red, white, and pink theme. Go for pre-made decor to save on time and decorate quickly, so you can focus more on all the fun that you will have with your best friends.
This fuchsia tissue tassel is six feet long and can be used to decorate walls, tables, and even your guests! This cute party supply is a fun and simple way to turn your home into party central. Pair them with the 8 piece paper party decor kit for an instant party look.
These pink acrylic goblets are perfect for a Galentine’s Day party! How fun will it be to toast your friendship with this adorable drinkware? Be sure to check out the rest of Darice’s party supplies to find coordinating tableware and partyware like acrylic plates, decorative napkins, patterned paper straws, and much more.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about celebrating friendship with my besties on February 13th. How will you celebrate Galentine’s Day?
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.