Valentine’s Day isn’t just about your significant other—gather your girlfriends and celebrate your friendship with a Galentine’s Day party. Sure, it might not be an actual holiday, but any excuse to throw a party, right? Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating the women in your life, so think of what really inspires you and your friends and go with it. Channel your favorite movie or bring your book club read to life—whatever you choose, you need the tools to execute it perfectly.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and have a little fun with your Galentine’s Day celebration. After all, that’s the point of the occasion. You don’t have to limit yourself to an evening dinner event. Instead, consider hosting a brunch, tea party or even a slumber party. You can go as formal or as casual as you want, and that can help inspire the right theme. Decide if you want to dress up in cocktail dresses, or keep it a bit more comfortable and laid-back. These are your best friends, so literally anything goes.
After you decide on a theme, think about how to set the mood with music. Are you going to hire live entertainment, or keep it simple? For food, there are obvious routes like small plates or a sit-down dinner; or you can get creative with breakfast for dinner or a dessert bar. A signature cocktail is always fun too, in which case a bartender can help whip up something really impressive. No matter what aesthetic you’re going for, you can incorporate classic Galentine’s Day motifs, like red and pink, hearts and plenty of flowers. These creative themes will get you ready to start party planning.
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Take inspiration from the steamiest novel around and throw a ‘50 Shades of Grey’-inspired Galentine’s Day party. The color palette is monochromatic, but you can accent with metallics. Hire a jazz pianist, create a signature cocktail (with a red or pink hue to it) and even opt for calligraphed invitations.
The iconic movie is the epitome of glamour, so bring it to life with your Galentine’s Day celebration. LBD’s are required, along with costume jewelry and elbow-length gloves. Channel the era with a ‘60s band, and serve up breakfast pastries and mimosas. For decor, faux pearls are a must. Use them to adorn centerpieces, or craft into napkin rings.
Skip the cocktail dresses and do what you and girlfriends really want to do, anyway—put on your PJs and hang out all night long. You don’t necessarily have to host an overnight stay, but you can create a slumber party aesthetic with a breakfast-for-dinner spread, your favorite chick flicks and lots of champagne.
Instead of hosting a dinner, this year, try a Galentine’s Day brunch. But this isn’t your average brunch, because it’s going to be incredibly glam. This calls for a champagne station, dessert bar, statement-making naked cake and no end to sequins. A psychic provides entertainment for your fete, while romantic floral arrangements add color.
Gather your royal-obsessed girlfriends and host a high tea party worthy of the Duchess of Sussex. Finger sandwiches and scones are obvious, but modernize the sweet offerings with a dessert bar, filled with madeleines, macarons and truffles. Think luxe when it comes to details like table linens and offer up tea-infused cocktails for a fun twist.
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