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Your Ultimate Guide to Galentine's Day

Feb 13, 2020

Treat yourself well today -
It's the only good fake holiday on the calendar according to
Created by Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Rec” character, Galentine’s Day’s is a celebration of female friendships – an entire day committed to celebrating the unwavering support that women find in other women.
Considering it was created less than 10 years ago, Galentine's Day is probably not going to pop up as an official holiday on your iCal. But that doesn't mean it's not worth celebrating! Truly, if you're going to pick one fake holiday to get pumped about, it shouldn't be National Pizza Day, Star Wars Day, or whatever should be Galentine's Day. Why? Because it's a whole day dedicated to smothering your female friends with even more love than you usually do. Read on to learn more about how to properly recognize your new fave holiday.
Okay, what the heck is this?
According to Urban Dictionary, Galentine's Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before that other made-up holiday (ahem, Valentine's Day). It's a day for celebrating the love you have for your lady friends, whether they're single or not. Basically, it's a day dedicated to showering your closest friends with love and attention...more than you do every other day.
Who invented it?
Excellent question! The best thing about Galentine's Day is that it was created by a fictional character: Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. In 2010, the second season of Parks and Rec included an episode called "Galentine's Day," in which Leslie gathers a group of her closest gal pals for a brunch of waffles and love. "Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style," Leslie says in the episode. "Ladies celebrating ladies." And thus, Galentine's Day was unofficially added to everyone's calendar. No, seriously: According to the Atlantic, it's such a widely recognized fake holiday that some companies now run Galentine's Day promotions. What could be more real than that?
I'm stressed. How do I celebrate?
OMG! Don't be stressed. First off, just like Valentine's Day, you are free to skip Galentine's Day. But considering it's all about showering your friends with affection, why would you want to?
There's no wrong way to celebrate. You could pay tribute to Leslie Knope, the foremother of Galentine's Day, by hosting a waffle brunch. Or you could gather your pals for a wine-and-cheese happy hour, make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, make a group mani-pedi appointment, or pop champagne and celebrate how great it is to be in a room without men for a few hours. It's your Galentine's Day and you can celebrate however you want.
Does this mean I need to buy stuff?
Only if you want.
Is Galentine's only for ~LaDiEs~?
Nah. Anyone and everyone can celebrate Galentine's Day. At its gooey heart, Galentine's Day is a celebration of friendship and the people who stick by your side as romantic relationships come and go. Like the holiday it precedes, it's a day dedicated to showing the most important people in your life how much you care about them. It's corny. It's cheesy. And that's what makes it great.
7 Genius Tips for Throwing an Epic Last-Minute Galentine's Day Party
Hint: Lots of heart-shaped pizza and Prosecco according to Danielle Tullo.
Galentine's Day (n): A fictional holiday created by Leslie Knope in a 2010 episode of "Parks and Recreation" that falls on Feb. 13 (Valentine's Day Eve) every year. It is a time for celebrating the best women in your life with a boozy brunch.
I have always loved Valentine's Day. And, honestly, it has nothing to do with my relationship status and everything to do with the fact that I love chocolate, Champagne, the color pink, and telling the people I love that I love them. So as you could imagine, Galentine's Day really speaks to my soul.
Throwing a Galentine's Day extravaganza has always been one of those things I tell myself I'm going to do. Every year I pin new heart-shaped images to my Pinterest board, and every year the day comes and goes. This February, though, I finally did it.
So if you want to throw a Galentine's Day party of Pinterest board dreams but have no clue where to start, start here. I am, by no means, an event planner or a DIY queen; I am just a twentysomething who wants to sip on cocktails, take cute pictures, and listen to Britney Spears with her friends. But somehow, I managed to pull off a pretty damn cute gathering, and you can too:
1. Choose a theme.
Yes, you're having a Galentine's Day party, but picking a more specific theme will let you zero in on tiny details and make the get-together even more exciting. Plus, getting dressed up (or down) for a themed event is the damn best.
I went with a pajama theme and a pink, gold, and red (duh) color scheme. Way too often I feel the need to dress up in uncomfortable heels, so the idea of dressing down with my closest friends was everything. We got comfy, ate pizza, and drank a whole lot of Prosecco.
2. Pick a signature cocktail.
I appreciate a delicious cocktail more than anyone, but when you're hosting a party where your guests are making their own drinks, simplicity is just as important as taste.
I went with a ~Love My Ladies Berry Much~ Prosecco cocktail, which was equal parts Prosecco and raspberry juice. I garnished it with cherry rock candy and raspberries.
When my friends got to my apartment I already had the drinks prepared in Champagne flutes, and when the time came for a second round they had no problem going to the ice bucket and refilling on their own.
Party rule from my mom: No guest should ever be thirsty or wait too long for a refill. So instead of making everyone measure out an over-the-top cocktail, this two-ingredient recipe was perfect.
3. Order heart-shaped food.
Pizza, but make it Valentine's Day. Since the theme was pajama party, this was an obvious choice, but I wouldn't settle for a standard pie. You'd be surprised how many pizzerias are willing to make a heart-shaped pizza if you just ask! Luckily for me, my sister owns a pizzeria, but I also called a few restaurants in my area, and they were totally down for the challenge. Heart-shaped carbs and cheese will always be a good idea.
My friends loved them — and, honestly, we took a sh*t ton of photos with them (how could we not?).
I was even able to snag some heart-shaped cookie-dough cups.
4. DIY photo booth.
Speaking of taking a million pictures, making photo station sounds like a lot of work, but it actually takes minimal effort, and anyone with a phone/Snapchat/Instagram will love it.
I ordered two light pink and two gold foil fringe backdrops to hang on one of my empty walls. With double-sided tape, I hung the gold ones side by side and added the light pink ones on top. This created more depth and also was in keeping with the party's color scheme.
I wanted to add a little something more, so I looked around my apartment to figure out what I could snag for the station. I already own a faux-fur pink rug, pouf, and heart-shaped pillow (yeah, I know), so I took them from my bedroom and threw them against the backdrop to really create those pajama-party vibes. That, plus the 20 heart-shaped balloons I ordered from Etsy, made the photo wall complete. Next to the decorations, I had a Polaroid camera with film ready to go, so everyone could live her best Insta-worthy life.
5. Assemble the bar cart of your dreams.
If I could spend all of my time decorating and re-decorating my bar cart, I certainly would. I love bar carts! They're so fun, and you can do literally whatever you want with them.
My favorite part of the cart were the balloons on the wall that said #GALS, plus a letter sign that said, "Ladies celebrating ladies ... and wine. Lots of wine." I also added candy, wine, a heart-shaped cake, and two flower arrangements that I threw together with a stemless wine glass and mini cocktail shaker.
Sure, you can look up some inspiration online, but when it comes to your cart, you do you.
6. Give out amazing party favors.
Parties come and go, but memories last fOrEvEr~*. That's how the old saying goes, right? Well, to be sure of that, I loved the idea of giving my friends something to bring home when the night ended.
I ordered personalized Champagne flutes from Etsy. They were adorned with everyone's name, so they could drink from it during the party and take it home afterward. It was perfect, because 1) everyone knew which drink was whose, and 2) they'll never forget #GalentinesDay2K18!
7. Add little details that'll go a long way.
Never underestimate the power of balloons. A dozen took my decorations from, Aw cute, to, Oh my God it looks sOoOoO cute in here! Above my coffee table, I let pink heart-shaped foil balloons and standard rose gold ones float freely. In addition to those, I used my coffee table to lay out cocktail napkins that said, "Ladies celebrating ladies," desserts, and pink candy.
Petition to celebrate my favorite people with heart-shaped treats, Prosecco, and pizza every day?


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