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A Guide to Galentine’s Day

Feb/11/2024 / by jordana-weiss

Celebrate female friendship with great food and fun

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Although it was originally created for the second season of the television show “Parks and Recreation”, Galentine’s Day has been a critical part of the lexicon of female friendship for years. This holiday was dreamed up as a friendship-centric alternative to Valentine’s Day, where women could get together to celebrate their female friendships. Typically, it’s celebrated on February 13th

While its origins were purely fictional, many people now take a leaf from Leslie Knope’s book and celebrate it in real life with enthusiasm and joy.

Who Can Celebrate Galentine’s Day?

While Galentine’s Day first appeared on-screen as a celebration of female friendship, it’s important to note that there’s more to it than gender. “The focus is on platonic relationships and the strong bonds between women, rather than romantic love,” writes one columnist in “The Standard”.

Celebrating the bonds of friendships as opposed to romantic love is the most important aspect of the holiday, which transcends gender identity or presentation. If there are friends, sisters, family members, or anyone else in your life who deserves recognition for their love and friendship, Galentine’s Day is a great time to do it.  

Tips for a Great Galentine’s Day Celebration

On “Parks and Recreation”, Leslie Knope celebrated Galentine’s Day with brunch, plenty of waffles, and lots of personalized gifts. You can do the same, or you can plan a celebration that’s more in line with your friend group’s preferences. However you choose to celebrate, here are some tips to help make it fun, relaxing, and filled with love.

Decide On The Type Of Celebration

There are lots of celebrations you can host for Galentine’s Day, but the number of invitees will depend on your preferences. Are you more interested in a gathering of your closest girlfriends, or do you want to expand your social circle and help facilitate connections with new friends? Based on the number of invitees, you can then choose an activity. For example, a party at home is more enjoyable with a larger group, but getting mani-pedis may be more fun with just a few friends.

Make A Personalized Playlist

If you’re going to host an event at home, set the mood with a personalized playlist. Galentine’s Day is a great time to blast female empowerment anthems like “Run the World”, “Shake It Off”, or “Dance The Night” from the film “Barbie”.

Try DIY Décor

Get creative with DIY decorations to add a personalized touch to your gathering space. You can print out goofy photos of your friendship over the years, design a few delicate floral centerpieces, or set up festive garlands to match your tablescape.

Pick A Group Activity

Crafty activities like making friendship bracelets, baking, painting mugs, or learning how to arrange flowers can enhance the festive atmosphere and serve as memorable keepsakes of your Galentine’s celebration. There are many ideas on sites like Pinterest, or you can poll your friends to see which activities interest them the most.

Express Your Gratitude

During the celebration, take a moment to express your gratitude to your friends for everything they add to your life. If you don’t mind speaking publicly, you could make a brief toast and invite others to do the same. You could also write letters or cards to share with your friends at the end of the event. This thoughtful gesture will strengthen your bond and create lasting memories.

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