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How to Plan a Galentine's Day Party

Planning a Galentine's Day party requires more than just regular Valentine party ideas. Here we have everything you need to make your Galentine's Day special.

By: Chelsea Scarnegie, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
How to Plan a Galentines Day Party
How to Plan a Galentines Day Party
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Shower your special girlfriends with any of these Galentine's Day ideas to create an unforgettable day focused on friendship and girl power. This article, How to Plan a Galentine's Day Party, will inspire you to make cute gifts and more to show your ladies how much they mean to you. The best part? You don't have to overspend in order to make your Galentine's Day special. These Galentine's ideas are inexpensive, and because they're homemade, they're extra meaningful. Get crafting for your pals and make Galentine's gift ideas or create an atmosphere of love and empowerment with these fun ideas.

You'll become the best Galentine's Day hostess ever with our advice on how to plan a Galentine's Day party! It doesn't matter what size party you're throwing, from an intimate party with a few of your closest friends to a bigger bash with your best buddies, we have you covered with the best Galentine's Day party ideas and hosting tips. Here you'll find Galentine's Day party ideas for invitations, the menu, activities, favors, and every detail you can imagine.

Invitations

Don’t feel bad if you want to save some paper and simply send an e-vite for the party! Sending invitations online or through phone is cost-effective and practically never gets lost in the Valentines shuffle. Galentine’s Day is technically celebrated on February 13th, but you can choose to plan your party the weekend before to avoid conflict. Just make sure to specify that your event is “no boys allowed!” Galentine’s Day is about fun over fanciness, so don’t feel obliged to do handmade invitations. If you DO decide to step it up a notch, here are some fun invitation ideas for you to make and send:

  1. Printable Frozen-Themed Snow Globe Invitations - Use the Printable Frozen-Themed Snow Globe Invitations tutorial to make your Galentine's Day party preparations even easier. These beautiful DIY Frozen invitations are the perfect way to kick off your festivities.

  2. DIY Monogram Cards - These vintage DIY Monogram Cards and personalized envelopes are perfect for Galentine's Day invitations. Simply download the templates for these DIY Monogram Cards to print out your personalized stationery.

  3. Pop Up House DIY Invitation Card - You'll want to party when you open this Pop Up House DIY Invitation Card. If you've been trying to brainstorm unique invitation ideas for your Galentine's Day party, then these DIY invitation cards are perfect.

  4. UnBEARably Cute Party Invitations - Take the stress out of hosting your Galentine's Day party by taking advantage of all the freebies you can. These UnBEARably Cute Party Invitations are completely free of charge for you to print, and they just couldn't be more adorable.

  5. iPhone Party Invitation - Calling all crafters: If you love technology and crafting, then this is the perfect craft that pairs the two together. Make the iPhone Party Invitation as a perfect paper craft for your Galentine's Day party.

  6. Bubble Gum DIY Pop-Up Invitations - Add a pop of color to your Galentine's Day party invitations with these party invitation templates. These adorable Bubble Gum DIY Pop-Up Invitations turn simple patterns into super designs!

Menu

If you want, it might be fun to go out to eat on Galentine’s Day. However, there’s nothing quite like the control and privacy you get when hosting your own meal at home. Brunch might just be the most fun meal to share as a group of girls! You can ask your friends to each bring a potluck-style dish and a bottle of champagne for mimosas. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you the stress of preparing food for a party. If you do choose to make brunch yourself, here are some handy recipes to get you through:

  1. Party Appetizer Mini Quiche Recipe - Easy Galentine's Day party food is yours with this Party Appetizer Mini Quiche Recipe. This quick quiche recipe is great if you need some simple snacks for your party or if you are looking for easy brunch recipes.

  2. Parmesan Nettle Omelette - Don't you love a great powerhouse meal? Looking for Galentine's Day brunch recipes can make you quite hungry, so why not give this Parmesan Nettle Omelette a try!

  3. Spinach Tart Brunch Recipe - This Galentine's Day, treat your friends to a high-quality, low-calorie meal with this Spinach Tart Brunch Recipe. With a pecan crust, creamy brie, and fresh prosciutto, this tart is among the best brunch recipes.

  4. French Toast Egg Muffins - Looking forward to a relaxing Galentine's Day party? Make it even more glorious with a mouthwatering French Toast Egg Muffins breakfast that you can whip up in minutes!

  5. Warm Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls - These cream cheese crescent rolls are so easy to make, yet so impressive! Everyone will think these are from your favorite donut shop or mall.

  6. Huevos Rancheros Cups and Citrus Salad - These Huevos Rancheros Cups are easy to make, right in the oven, and they reheat well. Paired with Sutter Home Pink Moscato and a Citrus Fruit Salad of cut grapefruit, Mandarin oranges, and orange slices, brunch never looked so yummy (and easy)!

Refreshments

With all that champagne that your guests brought with them, you’ll need some delicious mimosa recipes! Pick up an array of juice flavors like orange, guava, pineapple, mango, and cranberry for a variety of delicious mimosas. This will also please the non-drinkers who wish to have their juice of choice without spiking it. Don’t like mimosas? You can also make beverages like blood orange mojitos, bloody marys, champagne cocktails, and Irish coffee. Here are some of our classiest drink recipes for you to try:

  1. Grapefruit Mojitos - Planning the perfect Galentine's Day party is all about details, and thanks to this mojito recipe, you'll be one step closer to your best bash yet! Thanks to the free printables included with this recipe, you can whip up the Spring Blossom Drink Stirrers in no time.

  2. Raspberry Gin Cocktail - In the middle of February, you want to hold on to whatever warmth and sunshine you can get. You can have summer in drink form with this Raspberry Gin Cocktail.

  3. Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Drink - This Galentine's Day, make a classic Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Drink. This recipe contains a video tutorial on how to make this simple cocktail recipe. 

  4. Strawberry Mimosa Recipe - These easy make-ahead Strawberry Mimosas only require six ingredients. They're perfect for Galentine’s Day breakfast or brunch!

  5. Blueberry Mojitos - These mojitos are made with tart limes, sweet blueberries, and smooth rum. They're a refreshing drink perfect for your Galentine's Day party! 

  6. Blood Orange Mojitos - You've never tasted mojitos like these before. If you're looking for a delicious dessert drink recipe to help you celebrate Galentine's Day with your gang of girls, be adventurous and try this Blood Orange Mojito.

Decorations

A couple bouquets of fresh flowers are a must for any Galentine’s Day celebration. You can use one bouquet as a centerpiece and break up another bouquet to put in bud vases around the room. Aside from flowers, you can simply buy pink plates and cups, hang tissue paper pom-poms, and string a paper heart garland on the mantle. Want to get even craftier? Try these adorable decorations:

  1. Pretty in Pink Valentine Wreath - Valentine's Day is in the middle of dreary winter, but that doesn't mean you can't decorate your home with something pretty! In fact, the greyness of winter is the best excuse to make this Pretty in Pink Valentine Wreath.

  2. Valentine's Day Embroidery Hoop Art - Add a touch of whimsy to your Valentine's Day decorations with this delightful embroidery project. Valentine's Day Embroidery Hoop Art is an unexpected and adorable way to decorate for February 14.

  3. Pink and Purple Place Mats - Just cut out a few pink and purple circles, in the Valentine's Day fashion, and stick them to some contact paper. After a bit of trimming you and your friends will have a functional craft to use during your Galentine's Day party.

  4. Valentine's Day Pom Pom Wreath - This Valentine's Day, people aren't just wearing their hearts on their sleeves--they're wearing them on their doors, too! Show off the sweet, whimsical love you've got inside by displaying a homemade Valentine's Day Pom Pom Wreath.

  5. Pastel Pom Pom Garland - The Pastel Pom Pom Garland tutorial is perfect for your Galentine's Day party. This simple and entertaining project can be made from common materials, often found in your stash, and it's a great way to quickly create holiday decor for February.

  6. Pom Pom Yarn Wreath - We absolutely love this pretty Pom Pom Yarn Wreath. Pom pom crafts are always fun, especially when they create a DIY wreath as spirited as this one.

Music

Your playlist should showcase the versatility and beauty of various female artists. Songs should stay upbeat, inspirational, or heartwarming, and themes should include girl power and female friendship. Go ahead and mix it up with both modern and nostalgic tunes. From Aretha Franklin to Beyoncé, TLC to Martina McBride, and Alicia Keys to Diana Ross, you’ll have something for every gal in the room.

Activities

There’s nothing wrong with planning a simple brunch, but including an activity could be a fun way to extend the party and spend more time laughing and talking. You can take a field trip to a local chocolate factory, but sometimes simplicity is best. Some ideas include nail art (mani/pedi, anyone?), crafting (get out your glitter!), games (you can’t go wrong with charades or Apples to Apples), or movies (keep it light with comedies like Mean Girls). Check out these other fun DIY suggestions:

  1. Very Sweet Valentine Nail Art - Every lady likes to feel a little special on Valentine's Day. This year, treat you and your friends to Very Sweet Valentine Nail Art.

  2. How to Make Nail Polish - If you're like us, you and your friends are always on the hunt for new and original nail polish colors. Now, you can make your own colors by using this tutorial to learn How to Make Nail Polish.

  3. Love Blooms Homemade Card - Celebrate the love in your life with this cheerful homemade Valentine's Day card. The Love Blooms Homemade Card is a cute and colorful card that's great for anyone you love.

  4. Romantic Quilled Hearts Card - When it comes to homemade Valentine's Day cards, one heart is simply not enough to express your love for someone special. Show your loved one just how much they mean to you by creating this Romantic Quilled Hearts Card.

  5. Fun Valentine's Day Game - Make it the best Galentine's Day ever with this Fun Valentine's Day Game! This Valentine's party game is perfect for your party.

  6. Fun and Easy Valentine's Day Game - If you need Valentine games for your party, this Fun and Easy Valentine's Day Game is just the thing!  All you need is some felt and glue...staples for any hard core crafter!

Favors

Want to go the extra mile? Hand out some Valentines to your gang of gals! Gift bags, lipstick, nail polish, or traditional handmade cards can really make sure that your celebration is one to remember. You can also save money by requesting a gift exchange so that everyone walks away with a gift and the pressure isn’t all on yourself. Here are some cute DIY gifts that might just make the most adorable Galentine’s Day favors ever:

  1. Message in a Bottle Valentine - Your Galentine’s Day will be here before you know it. You can give these message in a bottle as favors to your guests.

  2. Hair Tie Valentine - This hair ties Valentine idea for your friends is cute, cheap, and easy. Use the printable and then add a DIY no crease hair tie.

  3. Emoji Treats Bags - Emoji treat bags are the perfect way to hand out favors at your Galentine’s Day party. You can print our free printable emoji stickers below and then add them to simple treat bags for a one of treat that is perfect for sending with your guests.

  4. Yarn Wrapped Heart Valentine - There is no shortage of sugary treats for every holiday these days, so if you can find something to share that is fun for your friends without calories, consider it a victory! These yarn wrapped hearts are the perfect solution.

  5. Valentine's Day Candy Envelopes - Make these quick and easy Valentine's Day candy envelopes to pass out to all of your friends. Fill these envelopes with your favorite sweets and treats and finish it off with a twine bow.

  6. Easy Felt Valentine Treat Bags - These Valentine Treat bags are easy to make using materials you may have on hand. You can make these treat bags with scraps of felt, buttons, craft embellishments, and craft glue.

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Thanks so much for these great ideas! I had no idea where to start with planning a Galentine's Day party, but now I'm well on my way!

Thank you for these great ideas! I think Valentine's Day is a bit overrated, but I can definitely get behind Galentine's Day! Throwing a party with your closest girlfriends is always a good idea.

This is PRECIOUS. I know it's not even Christmas but I already want it to be Valentine's Day so I can plan a party with my best friends!

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