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10 Sweet Galentine’s Day Ideas

The Valentine’s Day parties don’t have to end after elementary school. Whether you are single or happily partnered, hosting a Galentine’s Day with your best friends is always a good idea. It’s the perfect excuse to dress up and get everyone together for a day of sweet treats and guilty pleasures. Celebrate with these Galentine’s Day ideas that will be sure to have everyone feeling the love.

1. Screen your favorite romantic movie

Galentine’s Day is all about female friendship. Celebrate with romantic comedies and chick flicks that showcase powerful bonds between friends like Always Be My Maybe, Someone Great, or Isn’t it Romantic? Or, turn to classics like The Notebook, You’ve Got Mail, Love Actually, When Harry Met Sally, The Proposal, and 13 Going on 30. If romance isn’t your style, rent a female empowerment movie like the latest remake of Little Women or Charlie’s Angels. And, of course, don’t forget the popcorn and movie theater box candy! This is one of those fun Galentine’s Day ideas that will keep everyone entertained and inspired.

2. Get crafty with conversation hearts

If your love language is words of affirmation, exchange some sweet sentiments with your pals with a fun conversation heart craft. A classic symbol of Valentine’s Day, this nostalgic treat is fun to use as inspiration for throw pillows, cards, coasters, cookies, or T-shirts. There’s no limit to the kinds of crafts you can create!

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3. Set up a photo booth

Rent a photo booth to create lasting memories at your party. Gather some props like foil balloons, hearts, and flowers and grab a Polaroid for instant printing. As a final touch, create a cute hashtag like #GalentinesGirlGang so everyone can share the party on Instagram. For a cheap, do-it-yourself option, set up some PVC pipes and pink fabric for a cool backdrop.

4. Celebrate with brunch

Show your gal pals that you love them a b(r)unch with a Galentine’s brunch! Serve things like mimosas, red velvet pancakes, muffins, fruit salad, and quiche, or have everyone pitch in and make it a brunch potluck. Decorate with red, pink, and rose gold accents, place a vase of roses on the table, and set up a coffee station complete with creamers, flavored syrups, and whipped cream. If you’re feeling nostalgic, invite everyone to come in their pajamas for an extra cozy event.

5. Have a puppy party

This is one of many adorable Galentine’s Day ideas to which everyone is sure to RSVP. Spend time with your girlfriends and the cutest little furry Valentines while also raising awareness about shelter animals. It sounds too good to be true, but in many places, you can actually “rent” puppies in exchange for a donation to the shelter hosting the puppies. PuppyParty in NYC is just one example of such a service, but there are shelters all over the country that do this. Just Google “rent puppies” (it may sound a bit sketchy, but trust us, it’s a thing!). You may even end up with a new best friend!

6. Make it a cocktail party

Sip on some “love potions.” Serve some pretty-in-pink drinks — think strawberry flavors, drinks with grenadine, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice as mixers, and rose cocktail recipes. Use festive glasses or cups, cute Valentine’s napkins, paper straws, and flowers as garnishes for Insta-worthy libations. Also consider offering nonalcoholic options like Shirley Temples, cherry Coke, and strawberry lemonade.

7. Dress up the party with a dessert table

Create a sweet setup for your gal pals by going all out with a dessert table! Include classic Valentine’s Day treats like Hershey Kiss roses and chocolate covered strawberries. Fondue, red velvet bundtinis, whoopie pies, cupcakes, macarons, and custom fortune cookie valentines are also perfect for the occasion. But for the ultimate Galentine’s day treat, celebrate badass women and show off your baking skills with these cookies.

Once you have selected your sweets, complete the look with cute paper plates from the party store, a pink or red tablecloth, a garland or banner with hearts, and cake stands. The dollar spot at Target is an excellent place for bargain finds for a festive tablescape. For more inspiration for displaying your sweets, check out this blog.

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8. Celebrate self-love!

The most important Valentine you have is you. Focus on self-love with a self-care themed Galentine’s party. Buy some face masks and adult coloring books or other relaxing crafts, put on some soothing music, and serve some light refreshments and sweets. Listen to a loving kindness meditation, ask everyone to write valentines to themselves, and watch movies that emphasize self-love, like Penelope or I Feel Pretty. Consider hosting the party in a yoga studio to set the tone (you can find one on Peerspace). 

9. Give back

Spread the love and do something for women in your community. You could make care packages for women’s shelters, or opt to collect clothing donations for Dress for Success or clothing closets that provide gender-affirming clothes to transgender women (many college campuses have initiatives set up for this purpose). You could also collect menstrual products for those in need (to find out where to donate them, read this article). As everyone works, serve festive appetizers and drinks. If possible, accompany the care packages and donations with sweet notes or haikus, because that’s what Valentine’s day is all about! 

10. Party in a sweet space

Make the day extra lovely with some sweet digs! Peerspace can help you find a mansion, loft, or cafe that your friends will adore, or even a pretty garden full of all of the Valentine’s flowers you could ever want! This way, you don’t have to worry about not having enough room to invite all of the friends you love.

Forget wallowing in self-pity on so-called “Singles Awareness Day.” Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romantic love. Celebrate the joy of having friends with which you share platonic love, and host a party that shows them how much they mean to you. That’s right — you don’t need a partner to buy you chocolate and flowers. Treat yo’ self and your valentine friends with these sweet Galentine’s Day ideas.

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