How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Party

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I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago about hosting a Galentine’s Day Party for my girlfriends and I got so. many. messages asking about it! So today, I’m sharing all about Galentine’s Day and how to throw your own party with girlfriends!

What is Galentine’s Day?

Exactly what it sounds like – Valentine’s Day, but for your gals. It can be credited to Leslie Knope, the enthusiastic and ambitious small-town government employee played by Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec. If you don’t know about Parks and Rec, you’re beyond help. Leslie is allllll about girl power and showing aggressive kindness to her friends – thus, Galentine’s Day was born. Technically, Leslie and her gal pals celebrated on February 13th, but I pick any day in February to get together with girlfriends and party.

What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we come and kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies.

Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec

The setting: casual and cute with lots of pink

I keep Galentine’s Day fun, festive and casual – with lots of pink. My decor is pretty minimal, playing up hearts and all things girly. I’ll a roll of statement wrapping paper with red hearts as a table runner, then sprinkle on some confetti for extra fun. Turn down the overhead lights and put some twinkle lights on & burn a pretty candle.

I’ll put a classic chick-flick on in the background on mute as the guests filter in; the mere presence of Elle Woods as a celebratory, women-power air. All of my plates and paper goods are from Target, as are these cute heart-shaped ramekins. I stock up on Valentine’s Day themed goodies at the end of February and stow them away for the next year’s festivities.

The food: cheese and chocolate

For food, do whatever feels right: delivery pizza, strictly dessert, or a brunch spread. We’re doing fondue this year because I couldn’t think of anything cozier or more celebratory. You can find so many great fondue recipes on Pinterest – or grab a fondue kit from Trader Joe’s. Pieces of artisan bread, slices of seared steak, fresh veggies, soft pretzel bites, and roasted fingerling potatoes all make great dipping options for fondue. So yummy and fun!

I asked each of my girlfriends to bring their favorite cookie or candy to make dessert smorgasbord that dreams are made of. If you need some pointers on putting together your own charcuterie spread, I have a post all about it here. Same principles apply to making a killer dessert tray!

None of us drink alcohol, so we’re serving for water, seltzers, Dirty Diet Coke (diet coke with fresh lime, and sugar free coconut syrup – totally to die for! But the signature drink of the night is the Leslie Knope: a Shirley Temple served in a champagne flute with a cotton candy garnish. Girly, fun, total sugar rush.

The games

My ideal party is just a lot of talking and joking and preferably some great dance moves thrown in at some point. You can find so many girl power play lists on Spotify (think: Spice Girls, Beyonce, Lizzo) to shake it to with your girlfriends.

We’re going to play a new game of my own invention: guess the female icon. I collected some of my favorite quotes from powerful ladies and made a cute little quiz from it. You could do it Jeopardy style, and split into teams, or have everyone fill out a quiz and play over dinner. The person with the most correct answers wins! You can grab the printable version below along with the answer key.


ANSWER KEY: 1:G, 2:E, 3:F, 4:C, 5:B, 6:A, 7:D.

I also scooped up The Voting Game for this party. Think of it like Apples to Apples, but for people. Each player is assigned a number, and you all get a card with the numbers of each player. Then, a card is played with a hilarious description on it: “Who has the most obnoxious self-imposed dietary restrictions?” “Whose spirit animal is an accountant?” Some are surprisingly sweet “Who would you trust to plan your wedding?” But mostly they are hilarious – a perfect game to play with close friends. I should note that there were some raunchy ones that I excluded from the deck; play at your own risk.

You know my code. Sisters before misters, uteruses before duderuses, ovaries before brovaries.

Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec

I hope this inspires you to celebrate Galentine’s Day with the ladies in your life – girlfriends really are one of the greatest assets we have as women, and I love to party with mine. Cheers!

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