11 Fabulous Galentine’s Day Ideas to Celebrate Female Friendships

If you feel sad about flying solo on Valentine’s Day, don’t worry! There’s a special day for celebrating the love between friends. It’s called Galentine’s Day! This alternative to Valentine’s Day is a great way to show appreciation to your closest companions. Love isn’t just about romance, after all. It can be just as meaningful in friendships that are based on trust and mutual support. In this blog post, you’ll find 11 great ideas for celebrating Galentine’s Day and strengthening your bonds with your favorite people.

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What Is Galentine’s Day?

Do you remember the iconic character Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation? We have to thank her for Galentine’s Day, which is traditionally celebrated on February 13th. This day focuses on platonic love for friends and the amazing women in our lives. The term “Galentine’s Day” is a combination of “Valentine’s Day” and the English word “Gal” which means female friends.

But don’t worry gentlemen, you can also celebrate this day, as love for your friends is not a question of gender! Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for singles to nurture the richness and warmth of friendships.

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11 Best Galentine’s Day Ideas to Try!

If you want to make your get-together with your friends extra special and unforgettable, there are a variety of Galentine’s Day ideas that you can consider. These ideas can serve as inspiration for your to-do list and make planning much smoother.

1.) Special Invitation

A special Galentine’s Day idea begins with a special invitation. To make your Galentine’s Day celebration exciting, start by sending your friends a lovely e-card or a handwritten save-the-date note. This adds a personal touch to the planning process.

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2.) Romantic Galentine’s Day Decor

There is no celebration without decoration. Let your creativity run wild with heart balloons, streamers and confetti, fresh flowers, and garlands. Create a magical atmosphere for your Galentine’s Day.

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3.) Galentine’s Day Brunch

Invite your ladies to an extensive brunch with a variety of snacks. Make sure to ask about any possible allergies or intolerances in advance, and prepare some effortless bites for a memorable get-together. My tips for simple and delicious treats are charcuterie boards with cheese, fruits and veggies, sweet crêpes, or waffles.

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4.) Vision Board Workshop

There is nothing better than manifesting wishes together with your best friends. Vision boards are a powerful method for gaining clarity about your own goals. Use the positive energy of your Galentine’s Day celebration for a magical vision board workshop and inspire each other for the future. Tips for an unforgettable vision board party can be found in this blog post.

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5.) Galentine’s Day Gift Exchange

Consider this unique Galentine’s Day idea to make your celebration more memorable: have a little gift exchange with your girl squad. It doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. You could try a Yankee swap, for instance. Each person brings a funny gift they already have at home and would like to give away. Beforehand, everyone draws the name of the person who will receive the gift. This will undoubtedly add some laughter to the party.

6.) Pamper Party

What would a girl’s night be without an extensive beauty and self-care session with your besties?

Gather your girls and visit a spa. Or organize a spa day at home with facials, soothing face masks, manicures, and massages. It’s the perfect way to show appreciation for yourselves and each other. This Galentine’s day idea is sure to make your friends marvel!

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7.) Crafting Jewelry

Another great Galentine’s Day idea is a crafting session. There are countless ways to explore your creative side – you could make friendship bracelets or design jewelry with polymer clay, for example. The best part? At the end of the session, everyone gets to take home a self-made souvenir that will always remind them of their celebration.

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8.) Mix Drinks

Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best friends by mixing signature cocktails that represent each of their unique personalities. Try making some classic drinks, like the Cosmopolitan, Mimosa, White Lady or Piña colada. Allow enough time for everyone to mix and mingle, trying each other’s creations, and sharing laughs over the experimental combinations.

If you prefer something non-alcoholic, you could make some mocktails with similar flavors, like Shirley Temple. Alternatively, you can serve some sweet apéritif, like cotton candy prosecco to stimulate your taste buds.

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9.) Candy Bar

Celebrate the sweetness of friendship and satisfy your sweet tooth with a candy bar. You can organize one for your Galentine’s Day party by serving some delicious treats such as cupcakes or pop-tarts with cute messages, heart-shaped chocolate bars, macarons, or other colorful pastries.

Try to choose a color scheme that aligns with the overall vibe of your other Galentine’s Day decorations. Classic options include shades of pink, red, and gold, which can be complemented by heart-shaped decorations.

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10.) Gesture of Gratitude

As the hostess of a fun Galentine’s Day celebration, consider taking a moment to show your gratitude to your friends. Just like Leslie in Parks and Recreation, you can write some lines of appreciation or prepare some small, personalized gifts like surprise bags. Heartfelt gifts, big or small, will make your Galentine’s Day gathering a memorable one.

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11.) Galentine’s Day Movie Marathon

A themed movie marathon creates the perfect Galentine’s Day atmosphere. Watch films together with a storyline that focuses on strong women and shows the power of friendship. Here are some movie tips:

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Boys On The Side
  • Legally Blond
  • Sister Act
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Now and Then
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Steel Magnolias
  • The Sweetest Thing

Cheers to Galentine’s Day!

Celebrate the better version of Valentine’s Day this year and redefine the paradigm of love and relationships. Gather with your girlfriends for an unforgettable day filled with friendship and fun. With these Galentine’s Day ideas, not only will you make memories that last a lifetime, but you’ll also establish a tradition that brings happiness to everyone involved. Remember ladies, sisters before misters 😉

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