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Originating from the iconic 2000s sitcom Parks and Recreation, ‘Galentine’s Day’ has evolved into a celebration observed by women globally. Rather than focusing on romantic love like Valentine’s Day, the purpose of Galentine’s is to cherish the profound bonds of female friendships and to celebrate the essence of femininity.

In recent years, the holiday has taken a turn and become even more elaborate because of the heavy influence of aesthetics with platforms like Pinterest and TikTok.

Here are some fun activities you and your gals can plan for Galentine’s Day this year.

Charcuterie Board Night

A charcuterie board night is the perfect party to host for big groups. The host can make a group chat or Evite where each guest can specify the type of board they plan to make. The possibilities are endless for what guests can bring. Some examples include a sushi board, taco board, smores, fruit or classic cheese and meat.

This idea not only adds an element of creativity but also simplifies the hosting process as the host won’t need to provide all of the food and the boards themselves serve as a decorative element for the event.

Paint and Sip

Unleash your inner artist with a paint-and-sip night with cocktails or mocktails and a paint station. 

All of the supplies can be found at Five Below or any dollar store. Decorating the area with fake vines and flowers from a party supply store can add an aesthetic touch to the setup. Elegant and inexpensive glassware options can be found on Amazon and there are many easy recipes on YouTube or TikTok for the drinks.

A yummy mocktail idea: Fresh raspberries crushed into the cups, sliced apples, a splash of strawberry lemonade and fresh mint leaves for garnish.

High Tea Party

A high tea party is the epitome of girliness. Serve light finger foods such as sandwiches, cocktail shrimp or bruschetta. The tea station can be set up with various tea bags, sliced lemons, sugar cubes or edible flowers. Teacups can be found online or in vintage or thrift shops. The table can be decorated with lace tablecloths, fresh flowers and ribbons.

This idea is more elaborate than the others, however, it has a sophisticated and feminine flair for an extra memorable day.

Movie Night

Movie night is a classic form of bonding with your besties. A 2000s rom-com, cozy blankets, face masks, baking and an array of delicious junk food are all you’ll need.

To make the movie night more Galentines-themed, order a heart-shaped pizza or bake and decorate a heart-shaped cake!

Dinner Date

Getting ready with friends is one of the best parts about being a girl. Book a stylish dinner reservation at a cute spot and have a fun date with the girls. To keep the Galentine theme going, have a dress code of pink or red.

Houston is filled with a plethora of restaurant options; there’s a spot in Post Oak called ‘Bloom and Bee’ which has a girly ambiance that’s well suited for this special day.

Spa Day

Pamper yourselves to a spa day with massages, facials and manicures. Enjoy quality time together while indulging in self-care and relaxation. If spas are a splurge, setting one up at home is equally enjoyable!

Homemade face mask recipes can be found online and doing each others’ nails is always a great bonding experience! Enhance the ambiance further by serving cucumber water and lighting candles to give an authentic spa-like atmosphere.

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