Valentine’s Day: A day to celebrate our significant others via grand declarations of love, usually over a scrumptious meal and perhaps a bottle of wine.
Taking a day to celebrate the love we share with our partners is great. But what about a day to celebrate the love we have for our friends?
In a world focused on romantic relationships, it’s easy to overlook the value of friendship. This year, consider taking a page from the beloved TV show Parks and Recreation by celebrating Galentine’s Day instead (or in addition to) Valentine’s Day.
Galentine’s Day, coined by the fabulous and quirky Leslie Knope, is a day dedicated to celebrating the bonds of friendship with your closest pals. Remember the days when we eagerly exchanged Valentine’s Day cards with all of our classmates? Those youthful gestures were simple yet profound expressions of friendship. Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect opportunity to revisit that feeling and shower our friends with appreciation! Whether it’s a heartfelt message, a thoughtful gift, or a simple hug, let’s take the time to show our friends how much they mean to us.
Fun ideas to celebrate Galentine’s Day
Looking for inspiration on how to celebrate Galentine’s Day? Here are some fun ideas to get you started!
Galentine’s Day lunch
Gather your friends for a delicious lunch at your favorite restaurant or host a potluck-style gathering at home. Share laughter, stories, and plenty of good food as you celebrate each other’s company.
Want to kick it up a notch? Go full-on Leslie Knope with goodie bags of gifts for your besties (mosaic portraits made out of soda bottles optional). 😂
Plan a movie marathon featuring your favorite films or TV shows. Set up cozy blankets and plenty of snacks, and spend the day laughing, crying, and reminiscing together. Don’t forget the popcorn!
DIY craft day
Get creative with a DIY craft night where you can unleash your inner artist. Whether it’s painting, pottery, or crafting, spend time making memories and meaningful keepsakes with your friends.
Galentine’s day spa session
Treat yourselves to a day of relaxation and pampering at the spa. Whether it’s massages, facials, or manicures, indulge in some self-care alongside your closest friends. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on whatever comes your way.
Take advantage of the great outdoors and plan a fun-filled day of hiking, picnicking, or exploring a nearby park. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the company of good friends as you embark on an adventure together.
Coffee date catch-up
Life can get busy, and sometimes we forget to check in on our friends as often as we should. Galentine’s Day serves as a gentle reminder to reach out and reconnect with those who hold a special place in our hearts. Even if your schedules don’t align for a full day together, a quick catch-up over a cup of coffee can mean the world to a friend. And if you have friends who don’t live nearby, making the time for a phone call or virtual chat can give you the boost of friendly warm fuzzies you both need.
Let’s prioritize these moments of connection and make them a regular part of our lives.
This Galentine’s Day, let’s celebrate the incredible friendships that enrich our lives by showering our friends with love, laughter, and appreciation. Whether it’s a simple gesture or a grand celebration, make sure our friends know just how much they mean to us.
Happy Galentine’s Day to all the amazing gals out there! 👩❤️👩