Looking to bring your girlfriends together for a day or night of fun? Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to gather in one space for a special (and love-filled) celebration. With the responsibilities of everyday life, it can be hard taking time out to catch up with your closest friends. While the occasional dates and FaceTime calls throughout the year are great ways to stay in touch, it can become difficult to plan more hangouts when your schedule gets packed.
So for this loving holiday, you can host a Galentine’s Day party to bring everyone together (and to show them just how much you care). While we love sharing the best Galentine’s Day gifts we think your BFFs would like, we’ve rounded up a list of cute Galentine’s Day party ideas to consider. From an at-home spa day full of face masks, amateur massages and food ideas (think delicious desserts) to a stiletto dance class to fill you and your friends with confidence, check out our list of Galentine’s Day party ideas that are sure to be memorable experiences.
The Best Galentine’s Day Party Ideas
Wine and Chocolate Night
Wine and chocolate make a great combination. Include a variety of options (maybe even these chocolate caramel cookies) and enjoy a night of tipsy laughter and fun.
Rom-Com Movie Night
Gather your girls together for a night of binge-watching your favorite romantic movies. There are plenty of options to keep your night going (including the heartfelt yet ill-fated love story of Jack and Rose from The Titanic).
Brunch is an excuse for friends to have fun, relax and indulge in the delicious food presented to them. Add a V-Day spin to a weekend brunch with our Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas.
DIY Photo Booth
It’s always a pleasure to take pictures. They’re also great for preserving special moments. Set up your own photo booth with a V-Day-themed backdrop for you and your girlfriends to capture the celebration.
Paint and Sip
Painting and sipping are two things that instantly mix. While you can book a space for this event, you can also gather your own materials and have your friends bring their favorite drinks for an at-home art session.
Playing games can keep the party engaging. You can create your own games, such as Valentine’s Day Family Feud or a V-Day scavenger hunt. You can even purchase a classic (such as Friend or Faux).
Stiletto Dance Class
Keep everyone’s body moving with a dance class. Add in sexy stilettos and you have everyone’s confidence boosted. They’ll be ready to take on any potential date the holiday might bring.
Floral Arrangement Class
Flowers are common gifts for Valentine’s Day. Book a flower arrangement class or host one in your home. Check out our list of flowers with surprising meanings you’ll want to know before sending them out as a gift.
Road trips and weekend getaways are a great way to leave any stress from work and everyday duties behind (at least for a few days). Book a girls’ trip and enjoy an eventful celebration worth remembering.
During your party, take out time for your girlfriends to write one another appreciation notes. Galentine’s Day is about celebrating your loving friendships, so sharing your favorite qualities you admire about your friends will bring on the happy tears and “aww” moments. Check out our DIY Valentine’s Day card ideas to help bring this idea into fruition.
Slumber parties can encompass a lot of activities. You and your girls can watch romantic movies, try on different face masks and catch up on everything missed since your last get-together.
Romantic Book Club
Calling all book lovers! Host a book club party, where you all gather in your home to swap and read your favorite romantic books. During the celebration, you can discuss what you love about your chosen novels and the aspects you’d like to implement into your own romantic life.
Mani and Pedi
Gather your girls for a manicure and pedicure makeover. This is a relaxing idea for you and your friends to unwind after a long day. Plus, it’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend and ease any tension while you’re at it.
One of the best parts of Galentine’s Day are the treats. Check out our roundup of Valentine’s Day desserts you all can make to take back to your loved ones (and eat for yourselves).
Group Fitness Class
Working out can bring people together. What better way to get everyone’s blood pumping than with a group fitness class? You can host this in your home or book a space or class. Some V-Day options include pole dancing, aerial hoop and silk classes.
Puppy Play Date
Invite your friends over for a doggie play date. Dogs are the kings and queens of cuddles and affection. Hosting an at-home play date will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
Have everyone sing romantic tunes by hosting a karaoke party. Purchase your own microphone and karaoke set, or sing and dance along to your favorite music videos on your TV.
DIY Planter Party
Plant lovers will love the idea of a planter party. It’s an easy and engaging craft that will leave everyone with a gift to bring home.
Sharing a pot of melted cheese (or chocolate for dessert) is a gesture that can only represent love. Host a fondue night full of marshmallows, strawberries and any other dipping treats you can think of.
Book a V-Day mixology class where everyone can learn how to make fruity and festive cocktails. Here’s our roundup of easy V-Day drinks you can make to toast to the holiday.
V-Day Dress Code
Have your friends dress in V-Day-themed colors (red, pink and white) or come in full costume. Some ideas include coming as a box of chocolate or a giant heart.
Personalized Goodie Bags
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Have a goodie bag party, where you provide your friends with the materials they need to make their own custom tote. Invite them to fill it with delicious treats and small gadgets. You can even donate them to spread some love.
If you’re new to secret cupid, you can make it a new Galentine’s Day tradition. Once you have a list of attendees, randomly pick names from a bowl and assign gift givers per person. If your friends aren’t all acquainted, host a brief virtual introduction (or emailed one) and have them come together to present their gifts the day of your party. This is a great way for new friends to connect with the old ones.
This BYOB event is creative and fun, especially for any wine lovers. Let your friends bring their favorite wine (reds, bubbly or whites) and let the taste test begin. You can even have guests bring two bottles of the same kind, so you can raffle off a few at the end of the night.
Capture the V-Day celebration by investing in a polaroid. Polaroids print the photos on the spot, making it easy to save and store your favorite memories.
Favorite Things Party
If you’re looking for an easy yet festive way for your friends to learn more about each other, host a favorite things party! Ask everyone to bring two identical gifts with one or more of their favorite things (you have the option to set a budget). When your friends arrive, put their names in a bowl, have them share what their favorite things are (and why they chose them) and then gift it to the person whose name was picked.
Spa days can be essential to your mental and physical well-being. Host an at-home spa party or plan a trip to the spa with your girls for the day.
Cut your sandwiches into cute and mouth-watering hearts. Don’t forget to include heart-shaped cookies and a chocolate-themed dessert tea. You can even add a chocolate fountain to stay on theme.
Crafts are always great to bring people together, so why not host a DIY wreath party? From pink paper flower wreaths to recycled chocolate box wreaths, there are plenty of ideas to get everyone’s creativity flowing. You can check out our DIY Valentine’s Day wreaths for options your friends can recreate.
Rent Out a Restaurant or Bar
Go over the top and rent out a bar or restaurant (or maybe just the back room) so you and the girls can get the best of both worlds: dining out and privacy.
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