The minute February hits, everything around us transforms into familiar shades of pink and red. If you have a special someone in your life, this time of the year may be stressful. Worries about picking the perfect gift or getting reservations at the highest-rated restaurant on Yelp can take a toll. But it is also the sweetest month of the year, as Cupid fires his arrows. A month of overindulgence — more desserts, texts back and parties.
However, you shouldn’t forget to take some time to celebrate your friendships this month. As science tells us, friendship has the power to boost happiness, reduce stress and improve your sense of self-confidence and self-worth. This is where Galentine’s Day comes in. We can thank Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation for its introduction. After all, she threw her own waffle-filled party back in 2010.
The holiday is centered around platonic love and the role of friendships in our life. When else can we celebrate those who are there for us when we need to vent, get our mind off things or go to brunch? They hype us up and help us decide which of the five photos you sent to add to your feed.
Décor is everything when it comes to a themed party. You can always buy a pre-made “XOXO” or “Galentine’s Day” banner, but you can also create the perfect backdrop yourself, like this IG-worthy heart balloon wall. As for everything else, this is your chance to go all out with heart-shaped red, pink and white everything! Grab some cute themed napkins, bowls, sparkling cake toppers, candles, table runners and anything else you would need to create the most decadent dessert bar.
Food & Drinks
The key to throwing the best Galentine’s Day Party is to round-up activities to bring you all closer together (as if that is even possible).
1. Nail Art
2. Flower Crowns
3. Gratitude Letters
4. Play Games
5. Tarot Reading
6. Skincare Bar
As you get older, it is so much harder to make time for those you love, as everyone starts their own family, moves far away or is perpetually crammed at work. So put that phone down — you never know if you will get this moment again. Life is busy, but Galentine’s forces us to pencil- in some much-needed quality time with our friends. All of your nearest gal pals are in the room with you, so leave your problems at the door and soak in the joy that is platonic love.
Shot on location at Grey House Apartments, River Oaks District, Houston, Texas.
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