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 Feb. 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 anything pink and red you already own. Also acceptable: glitter and metallic gold.
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.Buy Now
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, whether you want to get cutesy with a candy-inspired option or go elegant with sophisticated floral scents.Buy Now
These gorgeous vintage-looking goblets are the perfect glassware for your Galentine’s bash. Their light pink hue is so pretty you’ll definitely use them year-round.Buy Now
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. This subtle heart-stitched cutie is under $3 at Target.Buy Now
This classic cake stand would be perfect for displaying your Galentine’s treats, but the pale pink color and clean lines make it usable for the rest of the year too. (If you don’t want to invest quite as much, here’s a similar model in melamine for $18.99).Buy Now
These pastel plates are simply adorable, whether you use them to serve up cake or snacks or stick them up on the wall as a temporary art installation. You get 8 different colors in each pack and can choose large or small.Buy Now
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
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.
- 1 1/2 ounces Cognac
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce lavender syrup
- 1/2 ounce apricot nectar
- In a shaker, combine the ingredients with ice and shake well.
- Strain and pour.
D.O.M Benedictine Liqueur, price & availability varies on Drizly
Twenty seven carefully selected herbs and spices make this liqueur unmistakable.
Zuma Mai Tai
- 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)
- 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.
Small Hands Foods Orgeat Syrup, $14.99 on Amazon
No Mai Tai is complete without sweet and nutty almond cordial!
Step 3: Let Them Eat Cake! (And Other Treats)
Everyone looks forward to food at any party, and 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. These will bring a smile to all of your girlfriends’ faces.
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.
If you’d rather go the store-bought route, these limited-edition Valentine’s versions of the classic Italian rainbow cookies are truly special. And they’re more like little bites of moist almond cake than cookies, perfect for nibbling, no forks required. Some are layered with raspberry jam, others with Nutella, and all have either a white or dark chocolate drip with lovely decorations—splurge-worthy in every sense.Buy Now
Doughnuts are always a hit, plus it’s super easy to arrange them on a gorgeous cake stand for presentation. These Angel Food Bakery treats feature a mix of vanilla and chocolate glazed doughnuts in the cutest shapes. But don’t worry, I’m sure none of your friends will mind if you go the Krispy Kreme route either. (See more Valentine’s treats you can have delivered—for Galentine’s Day too!)Buy Now
While an ice cream sundae bar would also be amazing, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream collected some of their most crowd-pleasing flavors in one set—Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Coffee with Cream & Sugar, Darkest Chocolate, Gooey Butter Cake, and Middle West Whiskey & Pecans don’t need anything else but some silverware. So break out the spoons and pass these pints around.Buy Now
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.
Detroit Pizza Co Heart Shaped Pizza Three-Pack, $79 on Goldbelly
Or you can order that online too.
Step 4: Entertain the Girls!
There’s nothing wrong with watching a movie (or three) or just catching up, but it never hurts to have a few activities on hand. Board games are a given, but consider these too:
Snap a photo to commemorate your sweet evening with good friends.Buy Now
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. If you’re all into DIY, then take the opportunity to get in on a group activity and make your own dessert.Buy Now
Step 5: Don’t Forget the Party Favors!
At the end of the evening, send everyone home with a little something.
Make your mark with these temporary tattoos proclaiming your membership in a Girl Gang and Bad Ass Babes Club. Cheaper than getting the real thing, and no regrets.Buy Now
Check out our Galentine’s Day Gift Guide for more great ideas, or browse our Valentine’s Day Gift Guides for your girls.
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