If you’ve watched the show Parks and Recreation, you’ll know immediately where the term “Galentine’s Day” originated. If not, allow me to explain: Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day and it’s a day to celebrate your gals, your girlfriends, your BFF’s.
A lot of companies have noticed the trend and started making décor and party supplies to honor the day of female friendship and in my opinion, it’s usually cuter than the Valentine stuff.
But what do you do on Galentine’s Day? How do you celebrate it?
I’ve got you covered with a few ideas.
The first and most obvious idea is a cute brunch with your best girlfriends. You have quiche and croissants and mimosas and just be girly and enjoy each other’s company.
You could even make it a tea party, and everyone dress up and drink yummy tea and have scones and fruit.
They only problem with this idea is the chance of G-day falling on a weekday is pretty likely and most people aren’t able to leave work in the middle of the morning. You could always do a Galentine’s brunch the weekend before or after, though! Just make sure you’re considering your friends when you make the menu.
I feel like the stereotypical Valentine’s date is going out to dinner or dancing. This usually means prices are up and places are crowded. But you know what doesn’t take place on February 14th? Galentine’s Day! That’s right, you see where I’m going with this.
You could easily plan a night out or an evening on the town with your ladies on the 13th and, depending on the day of the week, it probably won’t be that crowded.
And you don’t even have to go all Sex and the City style with Cosmos and fancy food; you could go out for burgers or pizza and wine or really whatever you and your ladies like to do.
If you’re like me and my bff’s, you would probably enjoy just going to Chipotle or Chick-fil-A and then running over to Target to have a stroll.
Whatever your idea of a Girls’ Night Out is, do that.
Take a Class
I have a good girlfriend of mine who loves baking as much as I do, and honestly, I can’t think of a better Galentine’s date than us taking a baking class together.
Maybe you and your best friend enjoy a nice glass (or two, or three) of wine? You could do what Kristin and I did this past summer and take a wine tasting class – ours was “Unpretentious Pairings” and we tried different wines with snacks like popcorn and cheese puffs and gummy bears. It was a lot of fun and we got a little tipsy and ate yummy snacks. Really, what’s not to love? And we didn’t have to go to a winery or anything fancy; Total Wine does tasting classes at their stores.
Oh! Or you could do those wine and painting classes? Obviously, you can just do a painting class that doesn’t revolve around alcohol if you don’t drink, because really our society is a bit too alcohol dependent as it is, buuutttttt if you wanted to do a wine and paint class, you totally could.
The point is that you find a class that y’all want to do together and would have fun doing and just do that!
I really feel like nights in and sleepovers are vastly underrated. I’ve talked about my love for them in this post, but suffice it to say, sleepovers are just more fun than they were when you were a kid.
But even if you can’t have a sleepover (stupid jobs getting in the way of our fun), you can definitely have a night in.
You could do the stereotypical stuff like face masks and manicures and watching “girly” movies if you want. You could cook together or order in and just have like a home spa, rosé and pizza night. That actually sounds hella fun.
Or you could be fancy AF about it and have a dinner party with candles and fancy outfits. Maybe some sparkling drinks and cute décor.
It’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with and/or what you and your ladies will have fun doing. Just don’t drink and drive. That’s always a bad idea.
See a Show
Whether it’s a movie you want to see (On the Basis of Sex is a good one to see with your girls), a play that looks good, or a concert you’re all interested in, make a night of it.
And if there aren’t any movies or plays or shows going on that you’re just dying to see, check out what’s happening at locally. There are likely many local theaters near you with shows all throughout the week. For live music, check out local coffee shops to see their weekly lineup.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day however you want. No matter what you do, though, just try and spend it with your best girlfriends. It’s so good for the soul.