Observed on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women.
Where does Galentine's Day come from?
On February 11, 2010, the TV sitcom Parks and Recreation released an episode called “Galentine’s Day” (Season 2, Episode 16). In this episode, the effervescent and earnest lead character Leslie Knope explained the made-up holiday, Galentine’s Day: “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” The word galentine itself blends gal and valentine.
Since the episode, Galentine’s Day expanded into the broader popular culture. Some actual Galentine’s Day celebrations involve getting together with friends to exchange small gifts and eat brunch, especially waffles, a favorite of Knope’s character on Parks and Recreation.
Galentine's Day Ideas
Valentine’s Day may be all about the guy who stole your heart, but Galentine’s Day is all about ladies celebrating ladies. Every year, more women are shaking up the Valentine’s season for a night with their girl squads. Whether you’re married, single or somewhere in the middle, here are ideas to make this Galentine’s Day with your favorite women one to remember.
1. Eat, drink, and be merry
Perhaps you'll take a feather from Leslie's cap and get the girls together for brunch (waffles in particular), or maybe your girl gang is more of a bottle-of-wine-at-happy-hour plus a cheeseboard type of group. Nothing brings friends together like food, and Galentine's Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in something delicious with your favorite ladies by your side.
2. Nail Decorating Party
Pamper yourself this holiday with a nail design party. Pass a bottle of their favorite polish and this free printable out to your gals as they arrive.
3. Make It A Slumber Party
When was the last time you had a full-on slumber party? Invite your friends over for a sleepover, and make sure they pack their favorite pajamas and slippers. You can watch movies, do face masks, cook dinner, and make some funny prank calls.
4. Plant fruits and vegetables
What better way to celebrate friendship than working in a garden, sowing and reaping together? Depending on where you live, February can be the ideal time to plant certain fruits and vegetables.
5. Galentine's Gift
One great way to celebrate is to plan a Galentine's Day gift exchange, where you and your girls can shower each other with playful, encouraging gifts. our galentine's day gifts. That's why we've put together a guide of the best Galentine's Day gifts 🎁 Click here to see more...