How To Celebrate Galentine’s Day
Why not party down on the one day that’s devoted entirely to female friendships?
Galentine’s Day is a time to celebrate your sisters from another mister, your friends. The tradition, introduced by Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope character on Parks & Recreation, takes place the day before Valentine’s Day. While many assume that it’s a time for single women to get together with their single friends, that’s simply not true.
Single, married, dating, your friend who’s addicted to Tinder – they’re all invited! Let’s celebrate:
Stay In And Throw A Party
The best part of any party, as many elementary school-aged children would argue, is the goody bag. Ask friends to bring typical goody bag fare: Small toys and trinkets (plastic jewelry, party horns, confetti) from the Dollar Store.
Have any free samples from Sephora lying around that you’ve never tried? Or maybe some leftover items from a beauty box subscription you didn’t use? Most of us have a small stash. Ask everyone to bring theirs and do a mini-swap for new beauty products.
If you’re feeling fancy, another idea is a bath bomb exchange. They’re small and portable, and come in enough varieties that everyone can leave with one that’s a different scent than what they brought.
Of course, candy is a holiday staple for both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day. But forget the Whitman’s sampler or any of the other crappy chocolates in a heart-shaped box. This year, try candy from around the world. Have your guests volunteer to bring goods from a specific region or country.
Japan? Snag a bag of green tea Kit-Kat off Amazon. The United Kingdom? A Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar is always a crowd-pleaser.
Lastly, ask your friends to bring a fun picture frame that everyone can trade and then later fill with a snapshot from the night. It doesn’t have to be expensive; check out the clearance section of a home goods store.
Start A Galentine’s Day Chain
Gather up a bunch of friends and pick names out of a hat, a la Secret Santa. Everyone mails or e-mails a Galentine’s Day card to the person they selected. This works particularly well for long-distance buds that can’t be there in person on the big day.
Or, download (right click + save as) and send some of our specially designed Galentine’s Day cards:
For Your Therapist Friend
For Your Personal Cheerleader
For Your Wingwoman
For Your Partner-In-Crime
For Your Mentor Friend
Go Out And Try Something New
Galentine’s Day is all about bonding with your friends. And, as the old adage goes, sometimes the best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Try a culinary class and learn how to roll sushi or decorate a cake.
For the more adventurous crew, why not aerial yoga, trapeze or indoor rock climbing? Nothing says, “I’ll always be there for you” like an activity that involves a harness.
On a budget? See who can get the most ridiculous makeover at a department store beauty counter. Bonus points to whoever walks around with theirs on for the longest without taking a makeup wipe to their face.
Or, after a few drinks, draw each other’s portrait on a napkin at the bar. It’s just like Jack and Rose in Titanic, minus the nudity. Or maybe just as much nudity. Depends on your friendship dynamic and your feelings about getting arrested. Give a prize for the best artistic interpretation. Spoiler alert: The prize is more alcohol.
There are so many holidays dedicated to celebrating our significant others and our families, but not many focused on our female friendships.
So, instead of treating Galentine’s Day like Flag Day and letting the holiday roll by without any recognition (“Hey, want to come to my Flag Day party?” said no one ever), try celebrating this year. It may lead to a fun story, a new skill or some indulgent treats. At the very least (wait, no, most!), it’s a chance to give and receive appreciation with the women most important in your life.
Dana Hamilton is a New York-based writer who has a passion for all things having to do with the body. She writes about sex, body image and dating/relationships as DanaDigsYou on The List App. She has written four erotic novellas with HarperCollins under a pseudonym that she will take to her grave. Follow Dana on Twitter @DanaDigsTweets.