How to Have an Unforgettable “Galentine’s Day”
While the concept of “Galentine’s Day” originated with NBC’s Parks and Recreation in 2010, the idea of a celebration of female friendship has widespread appeal. The holiday can be celebrated whether you’re single or coupled (or anything in-between), and it’s a timely reminder that all forms of love in our lives can be exciting, enriching, and worthy of attention. A
The holiday can be celebrated whether you’re single or coupled (or anything in-between), and it’s a timely reminder that all forms of love in our lives can be exciting, enriching, and worthy of attention. As the Parks and Recreation Wiki describes it, “Every February 13th, Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style.” And brunch is only one of many great ways you could celebrate. Here are some tips on how to have your best Galentine’s Day yet (or start an awesome new tradition):
Commit to it
While Galentine’s Day is a relatively new phenomena, the idea of a girls’ night out isn’t—and with good reason. The value of our platonic relationships is worth acknowledging and celebrating. Committing to Galentine’s Day shows a broader desire to invest in the women who help us get through the long days at work, family issues, and even breakups.
As women with multiple social and professional roles, many of us often become busy managing the details of our everyday lives, and scheduling time with friends can be hard. Galentine’s Day provides a reason to take a break with some of our favorite people. Ultimately, Galentine’s Day is fun, and we could all use a little more fun in our lives.
Remind yourselves just how awesome women can be
Galentine’s Day is a great time to get in touch with your inner feminist. TIME Magazine suggests woman-centric activities—such as “women’s-only charades,” a Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift dance party, and a high stakes poker game with proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee to fund a year of a girl’s education—to the list.
While Galentine’s Day is largely about having fun, it also makes a political argument for women’s solidarity. Women have progressed significantly in recent years, and commemorating that can help give us the strength to keep going and achieve exciting new things. Who knows what we’ll do in the years to come?
Don’t be afraid to be silly . . .
Friendship often thrives on laughter as much as emotional support. Wearing silly hats or playing ridiculous party games can be a lighthearted way of bonding, and a handmade card can be as touching as it can be dorky. Buzzfeed recommends slumber parties à la 7th grade, crafting, writing and reciting odes to your gal pals, photo collages, and makeovers. Acting like a grown-up is often overrated; take a break on Galentine’s Day.
Deciding on a theme for the night could also help everyone get involved and into the spirit of the occasion. Whether you go for hearts and flowers or tarts and makeovers is up to you. This is a great opportunity to let loose with the people you can trust to know how to handle you at your silliest and love your quirks.
After all, being a little foolish can create some great memories.
. . . Or to party it up
Galentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, providing the opportunity to go out and have a great time and still get to sleep in the next day. While you may want to save some energy for your time with your partner on Sunday, going out for drinks and touring downtown with the girls could be a great break from your routine.
The options for a night out are endless, from dancing in a nightclub to treating yourselves to a fancy dinner. Additionally, you could get tickets to a concert, visit your favorite dive bar, or have a glamorous evening with just the girls via a limo ride, complete with sparkling wine and snacks. If you’re prepared for a Galentine’s Day marathon, you can start with brunch and continue into the evening (or even the early hours of the morning, if you don’t have anything strenuous planned for the next day).
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