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Your Ultimate Guide for Hosting an Amazing Galentine’s Day Party

If you want to spread the love to all of your lady friends this Valentine’s Day season, you should throw a Galentine’s Day party. This guide will provide you with 10 helpful tips that will...

If you want to spread the love to all of your lady friends this Valentine’s Day season, you should throw a Galentine’s Day party. This guide will provide you with 10 helpful tips that will ensure your gathering is a smash.

What is Galentine’s Day?

For many women, Galentine’s Day is the happiest day of the year because it’s a celebration dedicated to spending time with all of the lovely ladies in their lives. Made popular by Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day parties can take any form you and your friends adore.

One of the best parts about Galentine’s Day is that it gives all the single ladies a chance to feel appreciated. Whether your friends are single, in a relationship, or married, everyone will have a blast at your party.

1. Consider a Theme

Although themes aren’t necessary, having one can make preparing for your Galentine’s Day festivities easier. You could stay true to Leslie Knope’s vision by hosting a brunch or combine all the things you and your friends love. A sleepover, pizza night, champagne and chocolate, 80s night, or even anti-Valentine’s Day are just a few of the many themes you can pick.

2. Send Your Invitations

Once you have a theme, you can start thinking about the smaller details like the date, time, and location. Galentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, but you can adjust the date to accommodate your friends’ schedules.

The coziest Galentine’s Day parties take place at home, but you can also consider other venues such as a bowling alley, a paint and sip studio, a rooftop bar, or a spa. Make sure to contact the venue beforehand to see if you need any reservations or if there are any group discounts available.

Now that you know when and where your party will take place, you can design cute invitations to send to your friends. Don’t forget to include the theme on the invitation so your guests can come prepared.

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3. Start Shopping for Fun Decorations

Nothing sets the tone of the party more than fun decorations. Since Galentine’s Day is all about showing your friends some love, your party can mimic classic Valentine’s Day party decorations. Red, white, pink, and gold are the must-have colors in your decoration palette.

Balloons, streamers, and banners can add tons of cheer to your party space. And with the variety of balloon options available, you can get heart-shaped balloons or spell out “Galentine’s” or “#GALS.”

If you plan on having a sit-down meal, you should also set up your dining area. A colorful tablecloth, pink roses, and candles can help you create a stunning spread.

4. Build the Ultimate Bar

No party would be complete without a nice selection of boozy beverages. You can keep it simple by displaying gorgeous bottles of pink rosé and red wine or make your own tasty concoctions. Sangrias are one of the best Galentine’s Day party drinks because they’re red, refreshing, and they can be made in advance.

Strawberries and chocolate are other classic Valentine’s Day flavors you can experiment with. These Galentine’s Day cocktail recipes can teach you how to make unbelievable combinations like strawberry-basil cocktails, chocolate martinis, and sparkling peach bellinis. As you sip on these heavenly drinks, you and your gals can feel like the true goddesses you are!

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If you want to take your drinks to the next level, you can serve them on a bar cart. Bar carts are great to use during parties because they can serve as decorations and they’re portable. Move the bar cart to the couch area and relax with your drinks.

5. Create a Menu Full of Heart-Shaped Treats

People eat with their eyes first, so make your friends fall in love with your menu by serving plenty of heart-shaped foods. For a traditional Galentine’s Day brunch party, some heart-shaped food ideas are pancakes, eggs in the basket, bacon, and a red fruit platter. For a casual get-together later in the day, you can never go wrong with heart-shaped pizza or using pepperonis, bell peppers, or another red topping to create a heart on top.

Once you figure out the main dishes, have fun getting creative with party snacks. Cookies are always a crowd-pleaser, and you can even set up a cookie decorating station as one of your party activities.

Strawberries are a classic Valentine’s Day food. Learn how to cut strawberry hearts for a beautiful presentation. To add an extra layer of decadence, partially dip your strawberry hearts in chocolate.

Although heart-shaped foods add a lot of personality to your spread, feel free to serve other foods that give off Galentine’s Day vibes in different ways. For example, candy may not be heart-shaped, but you can buy specialty Valentine M&M’s that come in red, pink, and white colors.

6. Set Up a Craft Corner to Make Galentine’s Day Cards

Making Galentine’s Day cards is a sweet opportunity to write heartfelt messages to all of your friends and get in touch with your creativity. It may seem silly at first, but your friends will feel loved once they have the chance to read how much they’re valued. Multitask by playing a rom-com in the background, listening to music, drinking and snacking, and chatting.

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7. A DIY Photo Booth Will Help You Take the Best Pictures

If you and your girls are dressing up for Galentine’s Day, make sure you take plenty of Instagrammable pictures to celebrate your beauty, confidence, and friendship. Setting up a glamorous photo booth area in your house is a lot easier than it looks.

Find a blank wall space big enough to fit your group of friends. Once you know where you’ll be taking pictures, start decorating the space. Use some of the streamers, balloons, and banners from your other decorations to brighten your photo booth.

Jazz up your DIY photo booth with different props on hand. Big kissy lips, hearts, and a “Be My Galentine?” sign can make posing even sillier. After setting up your decorations and props, take a few test photos to make sure the lighting is perfect.

8. Plan Plenty of Games and Activities

Prepare plenty of games and activities to keep the party energy high. Watch goofy rom-com movies while playing a drinking game. Have everyone write down their worst first date experience and put it in a hat, then take turns reading the stories aloud and trying to guess who wrote them. You can also buy plenty of beauty products for a DIY spa day. Make friendship bracelets for a nostalgic activity.

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9. Make a Playlist Full of Girl Power

Create a playlist that pays homage to all the successful ladies throughout history who’ve been inspiring other girls to be their best selves. Choose catchy songs like "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé, "That’s My Girl" by Fifth Harmony, and "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. Streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube have hundreds of different playlists made by other users.

10. Don’t Forget Cute Party Favors and Thank You Cards

Send your guests home with party favors as a thoughtful way to show your friends how much you love them. Personalized champagne flutes, necklaces with heart beads, photo frames, and matching t-shirts are pretty and practical options. Slip a chic thank you card into their goodie bag or send them more formal thank you cards after the party, using pictures from the event to design yours and write personal notes.

Are You Ready to Spread the Love This Galentine’s Day?

Follow these 10 tips to throw a Galentine’s Day party that makes all of the incredible ladies in your life feel special. Now that you know how to host the best Galentine’s Day bash, it's time to start planning. Check out our free party invitations on Greetings Island to design gorgeous, personalized invites. Let's spread the love this Galentine's Day!

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