Galentine’s Day

by Robin mcgraw

     Happy Galentine’s Day, Secret Squad!

 

     We all know that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, but it doesn’t have to only be romantic love.

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     The importance of a good group of friends is vital in any woman’s life, and I love any excuse to celebrate my girls. I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite tips and tricks for throwing the best Galentine’s Day party ever! 

Decor!

Something fun I love to do for decoration is to fill clear jars with candy! I love to get glass jars in all shapes and sizes, which you can find pretty much anywhere (HomeGoods, Amazon, JoAnn’s, etc) for a good price.

 

Then, the fun part. I’ll go to the grocery store and pick up ALL of my favorite Valentine’s candy! Sweethearts, chocolate… you name it, I’ll buy it! I send my guests home with the leftover candy and reuse the jars for my next event!

Shop the clear jars here!

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I also like to take some of the candy and scatter it around the table and counter. This works especially well if you buy candy that is wrapped in pink or red foil!

 

But that’s not the only thing I’ll scatter: I’ll take a few roses, break off the petals, and then thoughtfully disperse them around to add some color. It’s so simple to do and makes the party feel more sophisticated!

 

And one more thing! It’s fun to have balloons blown up with ribbon tied in bows and laying on the floor. I feel like this makes the space feel more cohesive and festive!

Custom Escort Cards!

I recently had Melissa Andre, a celebrity event planner, on the podcast and she shared a tip that I will be using for all of my future events! Instead of making the escort cards plain white, you can customize them to the party’s theme!

 

For Galentine’s Day, you could do paper hearts or a frame with a picture of you and the guest inside! This is a thoughtful touch and is something that your girls can take home with them at the end of the party (along with a lot of candy!). 

Shop the Custom Escort Cards here!

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A Themed Game!

 

The key to any good party is to have some activities planned out! Sometimes you just end up chatting with your girlfriends all night, but it's always good to have some fun things planned just in case. 

 

One activity that I love to do is a themed game! As you all know, I love to play games and I think putting together something that goes along with whatever party you’re throwing makes it extra special! 

 

Themed bingo is one of my favorite games to play at any party! What I’ll do is go online and find a blank bingo board template. Then, I’ll customize the board with certain things that relate to my guests, or in this case, Galentine’s Day. I’ll get some fun prizes like makeup or a bottle of wine, for the winners. This game is simple, personal, and so much fun to play! My girls look forward to it every year. 

Check out the Games here!

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Personalized Menu!

Since Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your closest group of girlfriends, as a host, I want to do everything I can to do just that! One way I love to show my appreciation for my friends is through food! 

 

One way I’ll do this is by asking everyone what their favorite food or restaurant is. Then I’ll try to make/ get all of those things and create a big, beautiful buffet for my girls to enjoy! 

 

Other times, I might ask each guest to bring their favorite dish, which is a great way to see what everyone loves and gets your guests more involved in the party.

Throwing a party is a lot of work, so it’s nice to not have to worry about cooking for a lot of people.