Galentine’s Day, officially celebrated on February 13, is all about ladies celebrating ladies. The origin of the unofficial holiday comes from a Parks and Recreation episode in which the main character, Leslie Knope, gathers her gal pals to celebrate with brunch, gifts, and positive vibes — no boys allowed.
Galentine’s Day parties are growing in popularity, too. In 2011, 400 guests were invited to a Galentine’s Day party. By 2020, that number jumped to 124,800 — an over 31,000% increase! However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it may not be advisable for you to get together in person this year. Read on for five ways to celebrate the women in your life — right in the comfort of your own home.
Bring in the Pros
Bartender, chef, psychic, or magician? Split the cost of hiring a professional to teach a private class via video chat, and learn how to do anything from baking a pretzel that’s absolutely *chef’s kiss* to mastering the sly art of card tricks. On a smaller budget? Ask a friend with a special talent, whether that’s crocheting or making a mean soufflé, to guide your gang through a personal tutorial.
Fondue & S’mores Galore
This cozy theme is ideal for a distanced, backyard gathering – preferably by a crackling bonfire. Set up individual fondue bowls, then let your friends build their own plate of dippers. Hang up twinkle lights, arrange comfortable floor seating (six feet apart), then dip, dunk, and catch up!
Send everyone an assortment of cocktail essentials and mixers. Then mix up a drink and introduce your concoction over video chat, complete with a creative name. Not much of a drinker? Throw some mocktails into the mix. For some friendly competition, award prizes for the best presentation.
Cheese Party? Wine Not
For the love of cheese and wine! You and your friends are looking for a relaxing, low-key night – mostly to lounge around and chitchat. So, task each guest to uncork their favorite bottle of wine and make their own mini charcuterie plates, complete with cured meats, crackers, fruits, and veggies. Then, meet online for a night of sips and snacks.
Tell your trendy ladies to get ready to embrace their inner Carrie Bradshaw. Ask everyone to pull out clothing items that have been collecting dust during quarantine, then put together a virtual fashion show. Call dibs and swap items with each other, then feel free to drop off any leftovers at your local Goodwill afterward. Everybody wins!
Modern Day Book Club
Let’s be real, it can be hard to keep up with book clubs (your group has probably already tried it). For your Galentine’s evening, swap the book out for something more manageable: podcasts, articles, documentaries, or even a docuseries. Pick content that speaks to a topic your friends are passionate about, then come together via video chat to discuss over food and drink!
Not sure which Galentine’s Day event is right for you and your crew? Take our Galentine’s Day Quiz to be paired with the right theme.