While Galentine’s Day may not be an actual recognized holiday, it has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it may be the perfect time to celebrate all your gals, or platonic friends, because they deserve your Valentine's love too! For those who aren’t currently in a relationship, Galentine’s Day is a welcome time to give and receive love with all the special friends in your life when you may otherwise feel lonely on one of the most romantic days of the year -- Valentine’s Day.
What Is Galentine’s Day?
If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, it is a holiday meant to honor friendships which is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. This special day of love was first coined on the television show Parks and Recreation by Amy Poehler’s fictional character, Leslie Knope. The holiday, originally represented as ladies celebrating ladies, has since become a more inclusive holiday in real life in which all genders can partake. On Galentine’s Day, close friends get together in pairs or in groups, to celebrate their platonic friend love for each other. Another more inclusive name for this newfound friend spin on Valentine’s Day is Palentine’s Day.
Galentine’s Day Ideas
If you’re interested in partaking in this festive holiday this year, here are some fun ideas to make this Galentine’s Day super special for you and your friends.
Dinner And A Movie
While this activity may be more commonly reserved for romantic dates, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a nice dinner and a film with a friend. However, with Galentine’s Day becoming more and more popular, it may be beneficial to make a reservation at the restaurant you choose to ensure you get a table that night for you and your friend.
Host A PotLuck
If you’re unfamiliar with a potluck, it is basically a meal for which everyone brings a dish. This gives you a great opportunity to try new things with your friends. You may even want to ask each friend to bring their recipes so you can exchange new recipes.
At Home Spa Day
There may be no better way to celebrate the day of love with a little self-love – with an at-home spa day with your friends. An at-home spa day is a great time to unwind, have some laughs with your friends and practice self-care. Self-care is not only fun and relaxing, but it plays a very important role in caring for your mental health as well.
If you’re familiar with Secret Santa, Secret Cupid is essentially the same thing, but with Valentine’s Day in mind. Write each friend's name who will be attending Galentine’s Day on a piece of paper, fold it, and put it into a hat or bowl. Each friend picks a name and keeps it to themselves. The name they have chosen is who they become “Cupid" for, purchasing a gift for them. It’s best to choose friend names at least a few days before the gathering so everyone has time to purchase their gifts. It may be helpful to set a budget for the gift so each friend gets a fair gift, and no one feels they have to spend more than they can or are comfortable with. You can even choose to make wish lists in which each friend shares at least three things they want, within the budget, to make the gift giving a little easier in case any of the ideas are hard to find.
Galentine’s Day Cards
A great activity to do on Galentine’s Day is to make Galentine’s Day cards for each other. You can host a gathering at your home with your friend or friends with art supplies. Inside the card you can write a note expressing what you love about that particular friend. It’s an uplifting activity to do with a friend to have a little fun and tell your loved ones how you truly feel about them.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends by letting your hair down and having some fun with a night of karaoke. You can choose a karaoke bar in your city, or you can purchase a few karaoke mics and create the perfect karaoke night at home with your friend or friends. You can easily check YouTube for videos with lyrics, all you need to do is choose your songs and have a little courage to sing in front of all your friends.
For those who love arts and crafts, a Galentine’s Day craft party may just be the best way to do a fun activity together and celebrate the love you have for each friend on this special day. And studies show art therapy has many positive benefits on your mental health. Depending on your friend's interests, you can choose to make bracelets, candles, pinch pottery, watercolor paintings, tie dye, or any other fun craft idea you can think of.
Galentine’s Day is a good time to invite your friends over for a fun night of games. Games are a great way to have some laughs, a little healthy competition and studies show they may even be good for your mental health and cognitive function. It’s a win-win.
Have A Slumber Party
Just because you may be an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have a slumber party with your friends. Invite your closest friends over for a night of fun! You can opt to wear matching PJs or robes to make it extra festive, order take out from your favorite restaurant, and choose a few activities from this list to keep the evening fun and exciting.
Eating is a necessity, so for Valentine's Day consider a themed dinner that you and your friends can make all together, like pizza -- but heart shaped. Alternatively, if hearts aren’t really your thing, you can make them any shape you desire or just make delicious, regular pizzas – whatever you and your friends like best!
This Galentine’s Day, grab all your closest friends and take a class together to learn something new. Choose an activity that all friends will likely enjoy. Learning something new together is a great way to connect and strengthen your friendships, and it can also make you happier and feel more fulfilled.
A fun activity for Valentine's Day is to get your bodies moving with all your friends with an active activity, and the options are endless. Whether you decide to take a workout class together, work out to a video, go for a hike in nature, or have a dance off, getting a bit of exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can boost your mood, energy, and self-esteem and reduce stress as well as symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Whether you’re in a relationship or currently single, Galentine’s Day is a fun spin off of Valentine’s Day where you can truly celebrate your closest friends and express your love and appreciation for them.