February 13th marks Galentine’s Day: a special day to show your girl friends how grateful you are for your friendship and how much you care for them.
It is easy to get carried away by the unrealistic expectations that TikTok, Pinterest, and Instagram set, especially with all the cute couple’s content surging.
So, here is a guide to a realistic but fun and festive Galentine’s Day.
Organize A Dinner
Dinner seems to be deemed a cliché activity, but what about cooking with your gals? Create a menu with your friends – think appetizers, main course, dessert, and a fun cocktail – go grocery shopping, and get your hands dirty! For example – make some heart-shaped pizza, pink pasta, etc.
This can be a bonding activity, creating beautiful memories for the future. You can also bake cookies with pink and red M&Ms, decorate a cake with food coloring, or make chocolate-covered strawberries – the options are endless.
If cooking dinner seems like too much of a hassle, try out a themed dinner party. Come up with a theme – like breakfast for dinner, indoor picnic, color groups, or even a period in time – and assign food for each participant. This can be a creative way to have some fun, and the perfect excuse to dress up.
Use pretty plates and a tablecloth to create a fancy ambiance – do not forget the lit candles! Make sure to create a romantic (or not) playlist, and don’t forget the wine!
Organize a small gift exchange amongst your closest friends as a way to show your appreciation to each other. Make sure to set a budget as a way to make these gifts symbolic of your friendship – rather than focusing on price. Consider stores like Flying Tigger or Amazon.
To organize this, you can use Secret Santa generators, and the person assigned to you will come straight to your inbox. Think of it more like Secret Cupid than Secret Santa!
Another sweet exchange can be hand-written letters if you are good with writing – expressing appreciation on paper can be the most meaningful gift of all.
Art & Crafts
You can also consider a unique and fun activity – an Arts and Crafts station. This is a fun way to spend time together, catching up, and taking home a keepsake. There are several options to choose from: paper cut-out hearts, candle making, friendship bracelets, collaging, canvas painting, clay sculpting, etc.
It’s important to remember that February is still a busy time for everyone. So take advantage of this day to relax with your friends! Buy some facemasks and cut up some cucumbers! Try a session of group meditation or yoga. You can also try to do your nails or your hair.
If you need more noise: try karaoke! Blast your favorite songs and sing your heart out – just beware of disturbing your neighbors, although maybe if you’re lucky they are out for dinner on a V-Day date.
You can also consider a game night, with your favorite board games and cards.
Another way to spend quality time with your friends – is movie night! Choose your favorite Rom-Com, and don’t forget the popcorn. It’s fun to watch with your friends – you can comment on the movie and laugh, or cry if you need to!
Check out this extensive article by IMDb describing the best Rom-Coms to watch this V/G-Day.
A fun activity with a group of friends can be bar hopping. Walk around your city and hit up your favorite local bars – try drinks that you normally wouldn’t and enjoy a night of fun stories that you will never forget.
No matter what you end up doing, don’t forget to take photos. This way you can cherish memories, while also documenting your Galentine’s Day. You could even do a photoshoot!
Finally, Enjoy Time Alone
With all the commotion of Valentine’s Day coming up, it is important to realize the importance of self-love. So, show yourself some appreciation, it’s okay to be single!
Write your future self a letter, reorganize your messy playlists, buy yourself some flowers, and splurge on a pretty gift! Take some time off to find peace within yourself.
Galentine’s Day is a time to appreciate your girl friends and your friendship. This list can help you with inspiration but get creative, and add a touch of what you and your friends love the most – don’t get carried away by what others post on social media, celebrate Galentine’s Day your way.