You say Valentine and I say Galentine!
Don’t get me wrong, I adore my boyfriend and he always make Valentine’s Day so special (one year he taught himself to hand-knit and made me a giant scarf that was even better than the one I’d wanted for a while). BUT! There is also something so fun about celebrating the Day of Love with your gal pals.
A few years ago my roommates and I threw our first Galentine’s Day party. We went all out and threw the most Pinterest-y party you’ve ever seen! We sent invitations, decorated the house, made yummy food and had a mimosa bar. All of our favorite ladies came over and we gabbed and took 1,000 pictures and celebrated all things girlfriends. After that I was hooked on all of the pink, hearts, sparkles, flowers and lady love.
This year I threw another one and thought I’d share a little inspo from my party in case you’re planning on hosting one too! Below is everything you need to kick off the prettiest Galentine’s Party with your besties:
Decide on a theme.
The best part about Galentine’s is that there are no rules! Want to do a wine tasting? Wine not, girl! Want to host a fancy potluck? You’re in luck cuz ya can! Want to do a bunch of crafts? Get crafty! HECK, DO ALL 3!
Send out some cutey “theme specific” party invites to your girls.
This year, I used an app called Red Stamp (love so much) to create my fun invite. Red Stamp has pre-made editable templates for you to create quick and easy invites right from your phone!
Decide on food.
I had a potluck so it was difficult to plan on what others would bring. I’m kind of crazy with potlucks and always transfer everything to one of my own platters to maintain a theme. There is nothing worse than having a main food table with 20 different color serving plates!
Style the space.
My house has huge windows, a large fireplace with a mantle, and a lot of open space (home tour coming soon). I moved all of my furniture around and set up a main food table and two 6ft tables for my lady friends to mingle at.
Decorate the space.
I love balloons because they are an easy and inexpensive way to make a huge statement! Also I’m completely obsessed with Geronimo Balloons and her larger than life installations. So, I created a red, pink and white balloon garland and hung it over my mantle. I bought some pink and red heart balloons from my local grocery store and spread them throughout the space. One of my favorite bits of decoration were the napkin holders. I was inspired by bando and decided to make little compliment cards for each table setting!
Have some party favors.
I seriously had the hardest time deciding on what to do for favors this year! Decided to go with small pink sparkly heart notebooks and candy.
For more party inspo and last minute Valentine’s gifts for everyone in your life, be sure to check out my Pinterest boards!
Did you host A Valentine’s/ Galentine’s party this year?