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how to throw the ultimate Galentine's Day party

Galentine’s Day has officially transcended the television screen, where it was mentioned by Leslie Knope on “Parks & Recreation,” to become a holiday that many hold near and dear to their hearts. Celebrated on February 13, the holiday is meant to be a day wherein you celebrate the leading ladies in your life–and we can’t think of a better reason to gather around the table (or bar)!

While Galentine’s celebrations can really take any form you’re partial to, we’ve rounded up some food, drinks, and party accessories that will help you toast to the leading ladies in your life.

Step 1: Set The Scene

You’re definitely going to need to set the scene, but don’t worry—that doesn’t mean breaking the bank. In addition to purchasing some cute decorative accessories, make sure to bust out the pink and red throw pillows, duvets and throws that you already own. You’ve got this!

XO Garland, $6.80 on Etsy

Etsy

This garland would be so perfect for the mantle, door frame, or even draped across your kitchen cabinets. It definitely makes a big impact for less money.Get It

Flower Shop Candle, $24.50 at Bath & Body Works

Bath and Body Works

There’s no better scene-setter than placing candles around your home. Bath & Body Works has some beautiful (-looking and -smelling!) candles available that are perfect for any Galentine’s celebration.Get It

Vintage Goblets, 6 for $36.99 on Amazon

Amazon

These gorgeous vintage goblets are the perfect scene-setters for your Galentine’s bash. Their light pink hue is so pretty you’ll definitely use them year-round.Get It

Valentine’s Dish Towels, $7.99 at TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx

While you don’t necessarily need to decorate your entire place in pink and red, make sure to grab some fun dish towels or other small details that will make all of your friends grin. These cuties are from TJ Maxx.Get It

Alma Cake Stand, $18 at Anthropologie

Anthropologie

This cake stand would be perfect for displaying your Galentine’s treats!Get It

Step 2: Drink Up!

Galentine’s Day calls for the most delicious, friendship-affirming cocktails. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to throw in a couple of wine options as well. While you’re welcome to pre-make some cocktails for the girls, it could also be a fun activity to do together.

Honeymoon in Paris

Del Frisco’s Grille

The Honeymoon in Paris, which lives on the menu at Del Frisco’s Grille, is the perfect sweet, fresh cocktail that will have the girls asking you for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Cognac
  • 1/2 ounce Benedictine
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lavender syrup
  • 1/2 ounce apricot nectar

Instructions:

  • In a shaker, combine the ingredients with ice and shake well.
  • Strain and pour.

D.O.M Benedictine Liqueur (price varies), on Drizly

Twenty seven carefully selected herbs and spices make this liqueur unmistakable.
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Zuma Mai Tai

Zuma Restaurant

It may be the middle of winter, but you and your best girlfriends will think you’re on the beach with this take on a classic Mai Tai from the restaurant Zuma.

Ingredients:

  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat (almond cordial)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce blood orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple puree
  • 2 1/2 ounces Zuma grog (or try our Grog recipe)

Instructions:

  • In a shaker, combine the ingredients with ice and shake well.
  • Strain into a pint glass with crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a mint plouche, dried lime wheel, cherry skewer, and a straw.

Angostura Orange Bitters, $10.97 on Amazon

This snappy selection from the OG bitters producer will make a frequent appearance in your cocktails.
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Monin Almond Orgeat Syrup, (price varies) on Drizly

No Mai Tai is complete without sweet and nutty almond cordial!
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Little Black Box, $49 at WineSociety

WineSociety canned wines

WineSociety

This little box is not only pretty, but it contains the most perfect red, white, and rosé wine blends that all of your friends are absolutely sure to love.Get It

Don’t forget the treats! While you’re welcome to host a full-blown feast, having the girls over for some tasty treats is never the wrong move. Plus, fun fact: calories don’t count on Galentine’s Day.

Step 3: Let Them Eat Cake!

Everyone looks forward to food at any party, so make sure it’s warranted. I’ve rounded up some sweet treats that will bring a smile to all of your girlfriends’ faces.

Red Velvet Cake

red velvet cake recipe

Chowhound

Red velvet cake is not only one of the most delicious, decadent desserts—it’s absolutely perfect for Galentine’s Day. Our simple recipe is is based on the one from “The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook” by Matt and Ted Lee. Cream cheese icing? You better believe it. Get our Red Velvet Cake recipe.

Heart-Shaped Pizza

how to make a heart-shaped pizza for Valentine's Day

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It never hurts to have some actual, non-dessert food available for the girls that showed up hungry. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the perfect gear to help you make a heart-shaped pizza.

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You’re also welcome to order a few snacks ahead of time. After all, no one has ever complained about having more food options.

Frosé Ice Cream Bar, $58 at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

While an ice cream sundae bar would also be amazing, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream went the extra mile and created a flavor just for the best unofficial holiday. This frosé sorbet is light, refreshing, and perfect.Get It

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, $30 at Sheri’s Berries

Shari’s Berries

Is there a better treat for the ladies than chocolate-covered strawberries? Sheri’s Berries is offering a full dozen with a variety of flavors, including milk, dark chocolate, and white chocolate versions!Get It

Doughnut Plant Mini Valrhona Rose Cake Doughnuts, 12 for $65 at Goldbelly

Goldbelly

Doughnuts are always a hit, plus it’s super easy to arrange them on a gorgeous cake stand for presentation. These Doughnut Plant treats feature a chocolate cake doughnut with a rosewater glaze and gorgeous rose crystals on top. Don’t worry, I’m sure none of your friends will mind if you go the Krispy Kreme route either.Get It

Step 4: Entertain the girls!

Valentine’s Day Photo Props, $10 on Amazon

Snap a photo to commemorate your sweet evening with good friends.Get It

Cupcake Decorating Kit, $11.99 on Amazon

Amazon

This doesn’t have to be a huge part of your evening if you don’t want it to be, but you could set up a cupcake decorating station and let your friends head on over and decorate to their hearts’ content!Get It

Step 5: Don’t forget the party favors!

Check out our Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

The Best Galentine's Gifts for Your Best Girls

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