It was invented by Leslie Knope on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation, but Galentine’s Day has morphed into the perfect annual antidote to the schmaltzy Hallmark holiday most couples love to moan about.
Screw romance, for today (that’s February 13th, but any day will do) is the ideal occasion to celebrate all the fabulous girls in your life.
So gather your best gal-pals, pop open the bubbly and embrace the fast-growing trend of Galentine’s – a celebration so feminine and fabulous it might forever more bypass your actual Valentine’s Day.
Here are our top five tips for hosting your very own Galentine’s party:
1. Get your e-invites right
These days, WhatsApp and iMessage have both made snail mail rather redundant. So save on paper, and send around a sweet e-invite to your girly bash instead.
There are lots of perfectly themed Galentine’s templates to find on Pinterest – we couldn’t help but giggle at this printed one, though:
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2. Brunch and Bubbles
We think it’s hard to go wrong with a fabulous boozy brunch. Not only will this ensure that you have all afternoon to chit chat and drink Prosecco, it’s also more fun and less formal to get together over something that isn’t a three-course dinner.
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3. Get your menu right
Brunch is such a fun way to entertain, and often lets you be a little more creative than you would be with a full-on dinner. How about setting up a bagel bar? Just let everyone help themselves to toppings.
You can do the same with yoghurt and granola – all you need is a few different types of yoghurt (make sure you include some dairy free options like Coyo or soy yoghurt) and tons of fresh fruit, nuts, granola and maybe even some roughly chopped dark chocolate.
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Two words, ladies: Mimosa bar.
Seriously; brunch and mimosas go together. This follows on your DIY theme from the bagel- or granola bar. Only your imagination (and budget) is stopping you here, but Pinterest is your best planning friend. There’s a ton of tempting and gorgeously inspirational ideas for your very own mimosa bar online.
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5. Go ALL out with decor
Again, you are only held back by your budget and inspiration on this one, but a good place to start is fresh flowers, a beautifully laid table and some heart-shaped balloons and confetti. Make it personal by using name cards. For the day that’s in it, there is nothing wrong with going over-the-top with both pom-poms and tassels either – go on; you (and your gal-pals) are worth it!
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