Written By Erin Celletti
Galentine’s Day is all about the gals — that’s a given. But what is it, really? And how did it come to be?
Well, it’s actually the title of the 16th episode of the second season of Parks and Rec. Yep - it’s from one of our fave TV shows!
In this iconic episode, Leslie hosts her annual "Galentine's Day" party for her girl friends on February 13th — aka the day before Valentine’s Day. They exchange stories of crushes and unrequited love which then (of course) manifests into antics of tracking down old flames, senior dances, jealousy and even heartbreak. It’s a doozy.
But Galentine's Day has taken on a whole new meaning in society as girl gangs across the country now partake in fun festivities prior to actual Valentine’s Day — whether they’re single, taken, or ready to mingle. It has nothing to do with romance, and everything to do with celebrating femme friendship.
Here are some fun ways to celebrate.
Girls Night In
Sometimes swanky reservations or a big girls night out is appealing but more often than not, there’s nothing better than some quality time at home with your girls. So instead of getting dolled up and spending big dough for a night on the town, get together on the couch. Cook or bake, cheers to your friendship, scrapbook, make vision boards — whatever your heart's desire. All that matters is that you’re together making memories.
If it’s not on Instagram, did it really happen? Chances are you have plenty of photos with your best friends — but kick it up a notch and have a fun, professional photoshoot together instead. Services like Shoott.com make it easier and more affordable than ever to beautifully capture memories.
Take a Class
Friends that learn together, stay together. For a more experiential Galentine’s Day celebration, why not learn to cook, paint or build a craft together? Bonus points if it’s BYOB, obviously. Or, why not take a new studio workout class together — because nothing says forever friendship like sweating it out, right?
Spoil Each Other
The season of gift giving may have just ended, but Galentine’s day certainly calls for special treatment. Whether you’re long distance friends or live down the block from one another— what’s better than an unexpected (and adorable!) package showing up on your friend’s doorstep that’s choc full of items they’re sure to love? Let Happy Box help you create a custom care package for Galentine’s Day, complete with a handwritten, personalized note shipped right to your friend's door.
Oh, and remember those 90’s classroom Valentine’s with your favorite stars and cartoons? We have those, too, so you can relive your childhood classroom parties with your besties this Valentine’s Day.
Regardless of how you decide to spend your Galentine’s Day, we wish you a day filled with laughter, love, and all the Happy—ness.
By Erin Celletti