If you glanced at the keyboard to see how close the G and the V is—yes they’re close, but no we didn’t misspell Valentine’s day. Galentine’s day is celebrated the day before Valentine’s, and is meant to celebrate the most important people in every woman’s life. That’s right, her girlfriends. 😉
Galentine’s day has only been around since 2010, when a fictional character named Leslie Knope invented it in an episode of Parks and Recreation. Although it was never meant to be a real holiday, women around the world have taken it up as a way to celebrate how important their friends are in their lives.
If you’ve ever wanted to show your friends how much you love them—in a non creepy way—what better way to do it than with a holiday?
How to Celebrate
Galentine’s day should be spent with your best female friends. That means the boyfriend needs to either stay at home, or go hang out with his guy friends if the party is at your house.
Of course, even though you and your friends can probably have fun just hanging out, a few official Galentine’s day activities can make the day more memorable.
Here are our top tips:
Throw a Party
Of course, at the top of the list, throwing a party ranks #1 😉
Make a Time Capsule
You and your girlfriends have been together for ages, and you know you’re still going to have each others back a few years down the road. A time capsule is an awesome way to capture what you love about each other, and bring back memories when you crack it open in a few years.
Make it personal by including letters to each other, your favorite things about each other, and maybe a few personalized tokens.
If nothing else, you’ll have a great time putting it together. Even if you never do crack it open again, you’ll have a great memory of this moment to treasure forever.
Head Back to the Beginning
Do you remember the highschool get togethers you had with your friends? Galentine’s day can be a fun way to bring those memories back.
Watch your favorite retro movies, play games like truth or dare, or heck, even get in a pillow fight.
The best part of all? Your probably better at doing each others makeovers now, so you might actually like how it turns out.
Play the Official Galentine’s Day Drinking Game
Yes, Galentine’s day has its own drinking game, and the rules are likely to get everyone in your group pretty smashed. While you’re making your time capsule, hanging out at that high school throwback party, or just watching Netflix together, take a shot every time you:
- Hear someone say the word, “Single.”
- Any time you see someone with a heart pattern on their clothes
- Any time you hear someone say, “Cat Lady.”
- Every time someone compliments your smile
- If you hear anyone crying
- If at any point you realize heels were a bad idea
- Any time a character in a romcom cries
- If your food delivery person is a hottie
- And if he’s not
- If something you baked tastes great
- Or if it tastes terrible
- Every time you use a hot glue gun
- Each time you see a high five
- Every time your fortune cookie inspires you
While you may not see some of these things at all, chances are you’ll still see enough of these during a party with your friends 😉 .
Fun facts about Galentine’s Day
Galentine’s day is very popular for an unofficial holiday. There have been over 548,000 Instagram posts hash tagged #GalentinesDay, and notable businesses such as Marks & Spencer have even run advertising campaigns incorporating it.
A few other cool facts? Party City has over 50 Galentine’s day items available in their store, and some movie theatres even screen your favorite oldies so you can enjoy your Galentine’s day there.
Yay for Today!
We love Galentine’s day. It has grown from just a footnote in a TV episode to a global movement, because deep down all of us recognize the need to share our love for the people who will always be there for us. Through break ups and bad hair days, menstruation and underwire bras trying to kill you, your gal pals have seen it all, and have been through it with you.
This Galentines day, recognize your BFF, and all the love (and fad diets!) you have shared over the years.
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