4 Tips For Hosting The Best Galentine's Day Celebration

Fun, thoughtful and feminist – all in one party.

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So, what’s Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year.

For those of you wondering which #girlboss invented this new take on the romantic holiday, look no further than Leslie Knope: a government employee played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation. She's known for her equal-opportunity task forces, her hard-line on breakfast foods and – above all – her unwavering commitment to female friendship. 

So she invented Galentine's Day, which, in essence, is "ladies celebrating ladies: every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick-it, breakfast style." Because let’s face it, our true soul mates are our closest girlfriends.

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So, instead of revisiting the ghosts of Valentine's past this year, why not embrace the real loves of your life. Here are 4 quick tips for how you can plan your very own Galentine’s Day celebration:
1. Get a theme going. In order for your event to have a cohesive feel to it, think about the angle from which you’d like to approach Galentine’s. Whether you decide to keep it sugary-sweet with red hearts and chocolate or put a classier spin on things (who doesn’t love getting dressed-up circa 1920 and making cocktails?), having a theme will help you decide on decor, the ideal party playlist and the accessories you’ll need to set up that coveted, Insta-friendly atmosphere. Just make sure not to fall into hackneyed stereotypes (the anti-Valentine's Day party).
 
2. Put a spin on tradition. We all know the stalwart get-togethers: movie night, board game showdown, sleepover and brunch. While these are great starting points, Galentine's isn't your standard celebration. Encourage some extra bonding by having everyone bring in their favorite poem and read them to eachother, provide movie options that celebrate female friendship, like the classic John Tucker Must Die or the girl power guidebook that is Legally Blonde. Play throwback middle school games that will evoke nostalgia and bring you closer (Truth or Dare, anyone?). Or create a new tradition by going on a small adventure none of you have experienced together before, like trying salsa dancing or hitting up a sleek jazz club.
 
3. Devote some time to activism. Under a political administration that doesn’t always act in favor of female empowerment, and legislates orders that exclude refugees in need, it’s time to put our pussy hats back on. Use a small portion of your evening to call or Tweet your senators or members of Congress, encouraging them to push against Trumpian policies (ahem, #nowallnoban). Research organizations to support in this political climate and discuss how you could pitch in as a group. Or just do some online shopping for rad tees that will make a difference. What better way is there to bond as women than to stand together for important causes?
 
4. Give a thoughtful send off. Whether this be a handwritten card, print-outs of your favorite Instagram snaps, or personalized gift bags, don’t let your friends leave without a thoughtful token showing them how much you appreciate them and their friendship. If you have Polaroids from the evening, or a Galentine-approved playlist, slip those in there too. It might be a little extra work, but if your friends walk out feeling loved, it’s all worth it.

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Galentine's Day Card - $4
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You Are Loved Postcard/Print - $2
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