In our series A Time to Gather, hear from our lifestyle and recipe bloggers on how to make entertaining easy! From wine-tasting parties to grilling tips and tutorials on creating holiday tablescapes, we’ll take all the stress out of your next backyard BBQ or holiday party. Get ready to celebrate your girlfriends in style this Galentine’s Day. From Zoom dates to brunch boards, there’s no wrong way to celebrate your best friends!

It seems that the moment February rolls around, almost every couple starts obsessing over chocolates, roses, and their plans to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in. But an equally important holiday falls just the day before Valentine’s, on February 13: Galentine’s Day!

What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day is a celebration that’s all about appreciation for your girlfriends. It was born from the quirky show many of us know and love, Parks and Recreation. The holiday has quickly grown over the last 10 years and is now a must-celebrate event for women. Valentine’s Day may be dedicated to your appreciation for your partner, but Galentine’s Day is all about your best friends. After all, your girlfriends are the ones who have always been there for you through thick and thin, and it never hurts to celebrate that.

Galentine’s Day Celebration Ideas

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get those creative juices flowing with ideas of how to celebrate this year. Galentine’s day can be as crafty and creative as you want. Ultimately though, do what you and your friends love––it’s your celebration, after all!

Set up an Epic Zoom Galentine’s Day Date

The best thing about a gal-pal Zoom call on Galentine’s Day is you don’t have to celebrate the holiday with just your local friends! From your hometowns to college or sorority to your first job, your girlfriends may be scattered around the country. Coordinate in advance a time that can work for everyone’s time zones and schedules. You can also turn it into a happy hour by sending everyone Galentine’s Day cocktail or mocktail recipe. Spice things up with fun virtual backgrounds, or even try a virtual charcuterie board workshop with your BFFs.

Galentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone

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Show your
besties that you’re thinking of them by surprising them with the perfect Galentine’s giftIf you live close by, go ahead and drop off some cute pink cupcakes or card. Don’t let distance limit you, thoughyou can also send their favorite flavor of truffles or a cute e-card to those who live far away!

Brunch Cook-Along

Brunch with your best friends goes together like PB&JIf you’re having friends over, you can create a decadent brunch board that everyone can snack fromIf you’re celebrating from afar, try equipping everyone with the same ingredients, calling each other over Zoom while you eat, or sharing photos. Just don’t forget the mimosas!

Game Night-Movie Marathon-Slumber Party Extravaganza

friends celebrating galentines day

If you
’re able to host a small group of friends, a great way to celebrate is with a girls-only game night. Pick your favorite games, movie series, or nail polish, and turn your party into a sleepover. With the help of a combo like chocolate cheesecake and cocktails, you can celebrate your best friends just like the old days.

No matter how you celebrate Galentine’s Day this year, remember it’s spending quality time with your gal pals that matter. Whether you’re ready to go all-out on an eventful celebration or just want a long coffee date to catch up, do what fits you and your friends. There’s no wrong way to celebrate!


Beginning her writing career as a print journalist, Hanna Marcus worked as a beat reporter and general assignment reporter in newsrooms throughout Florida including The Tampa Bay Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Naples Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun. Now a full-time freelance writer, she writes for clients such as Hot Topic, New Balance, BoxLunch, and others.

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