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Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies.

Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation

History of Galentine’s Day

In an effort to make the most of female friendships, instead of setting them aside when a romantic partner comes along, Galentine’s day was established. One fun fact about the way Galentine’s Day started is that it was created by a fictional character! Leslie Knope of the show Parks and Recreation, seems to have started the day when season 2 episode “Galentine’s Day” aired in 2010.

As pop culture often does, Galentine’s Day caught on and grew quickly, to include women all over the world who want to hang out with and celebrate their female friends. Instead of only spending the month of February focused on romantic love, Galentine’s Day allows for some balance in making sure women pay attention to everyone they love, not just a romantic partner.

A combination of ‘Gals’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’, Galentine’s Day provides an opportunity for the women of the world to hang out together and celebrate their friends and gal-pals!

How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

This day offers a ton of delightful and special ways for women to celebrate the other women friends in their lives. Enjoy Galentine’s Day by celebrating some of these ideas:

Host a Galentine’s Day Party

Get the girls together for a fun evening. Start out at home and provide some delightful hors d’oeuvres and a few bottles of wine. For activities, plan a beauty swap, enjoy some fondue, make some fancy pink drinks, and perhaps even give some personalized goodie bags!

When inviting the girls over, encourage them to dress up in celebration of the day. In fact, suggest a dress code so everyone wears a similar color palette, allowing for the best photo and social media opportunities! Encourage everyone to wear combinations of red and pink as a nod to Valentine’s day following the next day. Or, for something sophisticated, ask everyone to dress in off-white and beige tones. It’ll be fun to get super cute pictures with the gals that will bring delight all year through!

Plan a Pampering Day

With a group of girlfriends, plan a time of delightful pampering for Galentine’s Day. Start out with waffles and mimosas for brunch, make an appointment for mani-pedis, or head out to the spa for some well-deserved massages. Light some candles, whip up some face masks, put some favorite rom-coms on and just spend the evening laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

Enjoy a Paint and Sip Night

Always a fun activity when the girls get together, have fun being creative and enjoying some drinks. Book a space for the event, or gather the needed materials and host a little party for wine and painting at home. Just a few canvases, some paints and brushes will make the evening a success. And don’t forget the wine, of course!

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