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The Ultimate Galentine’s Day Guide

Valentine's Day isn't for everyone so why not throw a Galentine's Party? Here is our ultimate guide for throwing the best Galentine's Day party.

Are you planning a Galentine’s Day bash this year but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. We’re going to share our top Galentine’s Day ideas to help you plan the best celebration. Whether you want to keep it low-key or make it an unforgettable affair, you’re sure to find the perfect idea on our list.

Galentine’s Meaning – What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating friendships and the platonic love between friends. Let’s face it – Valentine's Day isn’t for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your besties.

Galentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.

Think of it as the perfect excuse to get together with your girls (or non-binary friends) to honor the connection you share. There are no hard and fast rules for celebrating this day, so the sky is the limit if you want to go all-out.

How to Plan the Best Galentine's

Planning your Galentine’s Day doesn’t have to be complicated. After all, it’s all about spending time with your best friends. Here are some fun Galentine’s Day ideas for inspiration:

Plan a Trip

If you want to go all-out on Galentine’s, plan a trip. It could be a:

  • Weekend getaway in a big city
  • A road trip or beach getaway to enjoy some relaxation

Make sure that everyone is in on the planning, and that you choose a destination everyone wants to visit.

At the end of the day, sharing experiences is more valuable than any material gift. Taking a trip together will create lasting memories that you’ll look back on with joy in the future.

three girls laughing while sitting on a bench in a flower field
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Have a Galentine’s Day Party

If you can’t take a trip, why not host a Galentine’s party? You can decorate your home or apartment, plan a feast and share laughs with your friends.

During the party, you can play games, watch movies, or just chat it up. Your party can be as low-key or extravagant as you want.

If you don’t want to worry about the food, you can order catering or have everyone bring a dish to share.
three women standing in front of door wearing flowy skirts
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Go Out for Brunch

Brunch is a popular way to celebrate Galentine’s Day. It’s a great excuse to eat waffles, sip on mojitos and share some laughs.

Some people start the day with brunch and plan activities for the rest of the day. Others use brunch as a way to get together to share a meal and play some games before going on with their daily routine.

You don’t have to host brunch at your home. You can go out to your favorite restaurant, or you can take the celebration outdoors. A picnic in the park is a great option if the weather is nice.

Some people have dress codes for their Galentine’s brunch, asking everyone to dress up or wear certain colors.

The only real rule here is to make sure there’s plenty of delicious food.

Plan a Paint and Sip Party

Sip and paint parties are so much fun. There are always plenty of laughs to go around, and everyone gets to enjoy doing something together.

You can serve wine or any other drink you like at your party – it doesn’t have to be alcohol. Make sure you have plenty of snacks, too.

For the painting itself, you’ll need just a few supplies:

woman painting canvas

You can find lots of step-by-step painting tutorials on YouTube made just for these types of parties. Or you can let everyone freestyle their paintings.

The great thing about a paint and sip party is that everyone walks away with a nice souvenir from this special day.

Have a Spa Day

Spa days are perfect for Galentine’s Day because everyone can enjoy a day of pampering and relaxation.

You can host your own spa party, or you can book a day at a local spa of your choice.

If you’re having an at-home spa party, you can have everyone wear comfortable clothes, serve healthy and tasty snacks and enjoy spa treatments.

If you’re heading out to a local spa, you can plan to go out to lunch or dinner afterward to keep the celebration going.

three women sitting in bathroom and laughing

Host a Movie Night

Another great way to celebrate Galentine’s is to host a movie night. You can binge-watch your favorite rom-coms or whatever movies you want.

Make sure that you have plenty of finger food to serve. Another option is to order pizza or have everyone bring a dish to share.

three women eating out of popcorn bowl

Take a Cooking or Mixology Class

If you want to get out and do something with your friends, why not book a cooking or mixology class? Classes are a fun way to learn something new together, share some laughs and meet new people.

Plus, you can show off your new skills to friends and family.

Search for cooking classes or mixology classes near you, and you’re sure to find opportunities you and your friends will love. However, be sure to check the rules, costs and what you need to bring before booking an experience.

two women cooking

Plan a Gift Exchange

It’s common for people to give gifts on Valentine’s Day, so why not extend this tradition to Galentine’s Day?

Have everyone pick a name out of a hat and give that person a gift. You can exchange gifts on Galentine’s Day at dinner or a little get-together.
two women throwing colorful balloons

Have a Game Night

Game nights can be so much fun, and you can turn the evening into a party to celebrate Galentine’s Day.
Gather your favorite board or card games and spend the night playing each one. You can also ask everyone to bring a game to the celebration. Serve drinks and food to make the evening complete.

hand holding a deck of cards
Photo by Alessandro Bogliari on Unsplash

Final Thoughts

Galentine’s Day is a special day that honors friendships. There are no rules on how to celebrate this day. The most important thing is to spend time together, sharing laughs and making memories. Whether you plan a trip or a quiet game night, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate Galentine’s.

For more Galentine’s Day and girl’s trip inspo, visit the Celebrations Wishes blog.

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