Thanks to Parks & Rec, the days leading up to February 14th aren’t all about couples. “Galentine’s Day,” the day to celebrate your best gal pals, is tomorrow, February 13th.
As Leslie Knope and her friends would say, “It’s ladies celebrating ladies! Lillith Fair, minus the angst!”
Here are 8 ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day!
1. Hit up the new group exercise class you’ve been wanting to try.
Heading into a crowded room and sweating it out with moves your body has never made can seem somewhat daunting. Overcome the intimidation factor and amp up the fun by inviting your girlfriends to go as a group. That way you can lengthen and strengthen your muscles in the Barre class you’ve had your eye on for months without feeling the part of the self conscious newbie. And of course, what better way to cap off a workout than by refueling with…
Bottomless mimosas, anyone? Scour Pinterest and potluck a late morning meal or head to your favorite neighborhood spot. While dinner reservations may be hard to come by – not to mention risking the feeling that you just walked into a Nicholas Sparks’ novel – brunch is the ideal way to kickoff the rest of the day’s festivities.
3. Take a cupcake decorating class.
Many bakeries offer cake and cupcake decorating classes throughout the year, but especially this time of year. Is there any better time than Valentine’s Day to use as an excuse to eat red velvet cupcakes? Bonus- you might even be able to find deals for these kinds of activities on Groupon or Living Social.
4. Cue the nostalgia.
Pop in your favorite old school film (bonus points if it’s VHS). Think ‘Sixteen Candles‘ or perhaps a little ‘Teen Witch‘. Running commentary about 80s hairstyles and fashion statements encouraged, but not required. While you’re at it…
5. Have an old-fashioned sleepover, complete with makeovers.
Remember when we were kids and we’d whip out our caboodles full of Bonne Bell makeup to give each other makeovers? Seriously, how fun was that? Throw it back to the 90’s and do one another’s makeup in styles that you would never really choose to wear out in public. Photos are obviously necessary.
6. Create a cooking challenge.
Summon your inner Gordon Ramsay and have a cook-off with your BFFs. Set rules (like how much money you’re allowed to spend and how much time you have to prep and cook) and a theme (like what type of cuisine you are going to make) and make your own intense cooking competition. Yelling, “You donkey!” at one another is entirely optional.
7. Those who craft together….
Think of something you’ve always wanted to DIY or try, and then go and do it. Maybe it’s jewelry-making, or pottery, or even one of those Paint Night classes. Instead of saying “We should do this one day…” make it today.
8. Two words: photo shoot.
If you’re one of those people who is always looking for an excuse for a selfie, what better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than to dress up, gather props, find an interesting backdrop, and have an over-the-top photo shoot? Ladies, pick your best Instagram filter.
If nothing else, take a second to appreciate the amazing ladies in your life, and in the words of Leslie Knope, “Hoes before bros. Ovaries before brovaries. Uteruses before duderuses.”
Happy Galentine’s Day ❤
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