“Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.” Our lord and savior Leslie Knope said it best. If it weren’t for her, galenites day would not exist. That’s okay if you haven’t heard of Leslie Knope or watched Parks and Rec, I’m sure you know about galantine’s day. Galentine’s day is a holiday in replacement or addition to Valentine’s day but celebrated with your best gals and pals. Always be inclusive! We’ve done the hard work for you and created a checklist if you will. All of the things you need to make sure you have the best galantine’s day party is at your fingertips.
1. The Hard Part
It’s imperative to pick a theme. It’s okay to have a generic Valentine’s Day theme with red, pink and white, but what does your party entail? Having trouble getting those creative juices flowing? Take a look at our 10 Galentine’s Day themes that are sure to knock the socks off your guests. The options are limitless from a relaxed girls spa night or a rowdier game night. Also consider who you’re inviting and what their interests are. You don’t want your cutie artsy friend feeling nervous when you had her the karaoke microphone!
2. The Good Stuff
Food and snacks make or break any and all get togethers. No snacks? Then count us out. Once you decide on a theme, then you can build everything else around that. Great options to always have at a party are finger foods and little nibbly bits. Charcuterie boards, chips and dip, and veggies are all classic snack foods to have, but maybe take it up a notch and make homemade pizzas or have a potluck! You can have each guest bring their favorite breakup comfort snack.
3. The Boozy Stuff
Wine is a must. No if, ands, or buts. Find this as an opportunity to bring out your inner bar tender and create some fun mixed drinks. Not much of a drinking crowd? Test your luck with some fun mocktails from Pinterest or YouTube.
4. The Cute Stuff
I know what you’re thinking “There are a lot of must haves.” And to be honest you’re right! It takes a village to make something great! Décor is IMPERATIVE to a good party. Your guests are going to be shocked with how creative, quick, and easy all of your decorations were once they ask. Sometimes minimal effort is all you need to make something look good. Spice up whatever space you’re using with fake flowers, balloons, cheap tablecloths, and a little confetti, or maybe a lot. Always look back at your theme and consider if what you’re using to decorate is adding to the theme! You can find cheap and reusable décor in
With all this good food and delicious drink there is bound to be a little movin’ and groovin’. Don’t be the flop of the century and play your breakup playlist from your 2018 breakup. There are amazing curated playlists on Spotify and apple music that will get you and your girls in the right mood. From 90’s throwbacks and Y2K jams it’s going to be impossible to not shake it all night. Not confident in your dj’ing capabilities. Pass the aux cord to someone who can. Rule number 7 of Galentine’s day: Thou shall not go without the bops. Sorry we don’t make the rules, we just work here.
6. The Fun Stuff
We know you’re tired of saying to look back at your theme, but it really is the foundation of ANY party or gathering that you throw. Pick a theme that has an activity to go along with it. The Great Galentine’s Bake Off or Paint and Sip are great examples of themes that have an activity built into it. Crafts, baking, spa nights, karaoke, and at home pizzas are all great options when planning your theme. These themes give you the opportunity to do something fun and creative while still getting to chit chat and interact with your favorite people.
7. You’re Invited
These aren’t necessary, but they are so fun and will really add the style points when it comes to hostess of the year. You can make easy and free invites and other templated visuals on a number of different apps. My go to is Canva. You can use this on a laptop or application on your phone. There are so many free templates that all you need to do is fill them in with your information, maybe change a few colors here and there, hit save and BAM! Send those puppies out. The invites will be so cute that you can count on everyone RSVP’ing.
8. Sweet treats
We had to give this one its own category because they are NECESSARY! You cannot have a girl’s night without all of the sweets. Once again you have a lot of room for creativity. Make a candy and chocolate version of a cheese board or even a fun ice cream bar. It doesn’t need to be expensive for it to be cute and fun. Plus, nothing tastes better than chocolate. Am I wrong?
9. Lil Gift
This is not necessary by any means, but you will most definitely win MVP for hosting the best Galantine’s Day get together of all time. Getting shirts made with a little saying or even getting the group matching pajamas can be a great way to make the day extra special. It doesn’t even need to be clothes! You can do small framed pictures for everyone or even get a little plant for everyone in the group. Hopefully those love ferns will grow and thrive just like they did for Andy the how to girl.
10. Gals and Pals
Your Galentine’s Day would not be complete without all of your favorite girlies. Or even your favorite guy friends. We don’t discriminate around here. Having people around you who lift you up and make you feel loved is what it’s all about.
Whether you’re throwing a full-blown Gatsby themed Galantine’s day or even a chill selfcare night with your bestie, there’s no harm in going a little all out. No need to spend too much money though. Most of what you need you have at home or can be picked up quick from places like the dollar store or Michael’s. Happy Planning!