Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation taught us a lot of lessons, the most important being that February 13 is the best (unofficial) holiday ever created: Galentine's Day. As explained, "Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." So gather your girl and guy friends, and spread the platonic love with these 15 Galentine's Day party ideas (including 5,000-word love letters about why they're your heroes, á la Leslie Knope).
Instead of cooking for a bunch of people or hiring a caterer for a formal sit-down dinner, go out together instead. Rent the back room at a special restaurant or just keep things simple with drinks at your favorite watering hole.
Whether it's calligraphy, painting, ceramics, cooking, floral arranging, or skydiving, learning something new is a great way to practice self-care and bond with friends. So sign up for a class or activity to explore together.
It's safe to say we're all craving a little sunshine once mid-February hits, so why not plan a weekend getaway somewhere sunny with your friends? If a warm-weather destination isn't feasible or a road trip sounds more realistic, rent a cozy cabin and cuddle up indoors. A fireplace will do for now.
Book appointments for a group of friends at your go-to nail salon. Or treat yourselves at a more artisan, design-y salon you've been wanting to check out. It's simple, affordable, and makes an errand you'd probably do anyway a lot more fun.
Give your Galentine's Day party a healthy-living angle and have an instructor come over to give you a private lesson in yoga, pilates, or whatever else. If you're looking for something a little more low-key, you could also just get a group of friends to go to SoulCycle together and then head out for a brunch date afterward.
Invite your friends over for a night of dancing, and make a playlist with classics you know everyone will have fun singing along to. Add some on-theme cocktails like these, and you've got yourself a party. You could also go out to a karaoke bar if you're feeling extra rowdy and vocal.
Though you probably do this every day already, Galentine's Day is the perfect occasion to gush about how much you love all your friends. So write each other notes of appreciation. If there are too many people to write a note for everyone, have everyone pick a name out of a hat, or write about the person next to them. While the entire Galentine's Day bash doesn't have to revolve around this activity, it's definitely a great way to supplement a dinner or cocktail party.
If there's ever a time to pamper yourself, it's Galentine's Day. Book massages at a spa and then spend the day lounging and detoxing in the sauna with your nearest and dearest.
Get out of the house and do something out of the ordinary and nostalgic together: anything from bowling to paintballing, racecar driving, ice skating, hiking, rock climbing, trapeze-ing, rollerskating, or even laser-tagging. Just think of all the birthday parties you went to as a kid—and replicate them.
Let's just say it: Valentine's Day tends to dredge up some painful emotional memories. But addressing them with close friends by your side is a good thing. Make it more fun by bringing in some positive energy. Learn how to do crystal readings, bring in a fortune teller and/or chakra healer, or do a group meditation to rebuild and practice self-love together.
Now's the time to embrace all the cheesy bliss of Valentine's Day with a marathon of romantic comedies or dramas. Unless, of course, you're more of an action or true-crime kind of crowd? Or, choose a book to read together and make your Galentine's Day party a book club.
When was the last time you had a full-on slumber party? Invite your friends over for a sleepover, and make sure they pack their favorite pajamas and slippers. You can watch movies, do face masks, cook dinner, and, my personal favorite, make some funny prank calls.
Go grocery shopping and make a feast together, or whip everything up in advance. You can go all out with the Galentine's Day theme, or just use it as an excuse to gather all your loved ones to eat good food and drink mimosas.
Organize a fun card game that helps conversation flow without putting people on the spot at your Galentine's Day party. You can stick to the classics, or you can try something new. A personal favorite is the funny (and really insightful) deck of cards called It's designed to help you and your friends "identify a good enough love match." Seems fitting for the holiday.
An arts-and-crafts table is always a fun party trick. This way, everyone will have something to do with their hands and have a goodie to take home with them. Things like DIY potpourri, terrariums, and candles are always great options. Here are plenty more ideas to help you get started.