Valentine’s Day is a day every single girl dreads. It’s the day when every obnoxious couple gets to rub in the fact that, yes, you’re still sad and alone. Honestly, it’s bad enough that my own grandma keeps asking me why I don’t have a boyfriend. I don’t need the rest of the world to do it, too. By the way, Grandma, if I knew the answer to your question, I would have done something about it by now. However, this year, your Valentine’s Day can be different. Thanks to everyone’s favorite TV superwoman, the infamous Leslie Knope from “Parks and Rec,” your Valentine’s Day does not need to be the sad state of affairs it usually ends up being. Valentine’s Day is a thing of the past – Galentine’s Day is where it’s at. Who needs to celebrate just one person in your life when you have so many girlfriends who have coached you through all the times when things with that one person got tough? These are the people we should be celebrating. So, turn off Netflix, get out of bed, give your girlfriends a call and get your Galentine’s Day party going.
Here are a few ideas for you and your gals:
Because let’s be real – who doesn’t love any excuse for a drink? And celebrating the fact that you don’t have to deal with a significant other and are still living your glory days of being single, wild and free seems as good a reason as any to me. So, get your girlfriends over and get creative. Try your hand at making a raspberry mojito or a cotton candy champagne cocktail – it doesn’t get much simpler than pouring fizz over some cotton candy, nor does it get more delicious.
Entertainment is key when having guests over. You never want people to be bored, and activities are always a great back up for when conversation runs dry. Here are a few games you could organize:
- Fuelled with a little liquid courage, you could either round up your girlfriends to go to a karaoke bar, or you could create your own karaoke bar in the comfort of your home – all you need is YouTube, a few wooden spoons and lungs ready to belt Whitney at the top of your voice.
- Make your own piñata and fill it with surprises such as sweets, jewelry or nail polish.
By the way, playing games can also double up as a contingency plan to distract your one rogue friend who may have gone a bit hard on the cocktails and now looks like she’s about to start bawling her eyes out over the last text message her ex sent her.
Everybody loves receiving presents, and gift-giving shouldn’t be restricted to just couples on Valentine’s Day. Get your girls together a couple of weeks before the big day, and get everyone to draw her own secret galentine. Because let’s be honest – girls know what girls like better than boys do anyway, and the presents are probably going to be great – it’ll be like Christmas has come early.
Chocolate makes everything better and what better day to stuff your face with it? You could even make some heart-shaped chocolate cookies or cakes for your girlfriends – or, better yet, get everyone to bring some sort of chocolate-based treat for you all. I can guarantee no one will say it is too much.
Just do me a favor – stay away from any kind of pyrotechnics. No matter how hurt you are from your last relationship, it ain’t worth losing your eyebrows over. Hell, you spent good money on getting that perfect arch, and burning your ex’s old T-shirt isn’t worth losing it for.