Everything you need for the best Galentine’s Day ever
By Sarah Pitts
Feb 07, 2020 | 8:29 AM
Valentine's Day is no longer the only important holiday in February.
Feb. 13 has taken on cultural significance as a day for women to celebrate other women: Galentine’s Day. This concept was popularized by Leslie Knope, the female lead character of the classic comedy Parks and Recreation, and it’s now a (relatively) widely observed holiday.
Valentine's is a divisive day; if you're in a relationship, you might love it, but if you find yourself single, it could be the worst day of the year. Galentine's Day, on the other hand, is an uncomplicated celebration of women by women, a holiday that relies on platonic rather than romantic love. A day to celebrate the ladies you cherish and admire.
Here's everything you need for a Galentine's Day that would make Leslie Knope herself proud.
Waffles count as dinner food, right? A waffle bar is obligatory at any worthwhile Galentine’s gathering. If you’re really committed, get this affordable heart-shaped waffle maker for thematic breakfast food. As for toppings, provide plenty of whipped cream (of course), fresh strawberries, and chocolate syrup.
There’s no better way to get everyone engaged than with a board game or two. To make things interesting, check out For The Girls, an adult party game meant specifically and exclusively for women (just like Galentine’s Day). If you really want to embrace the Parks and Rec theme, you should also get this parody of Cards Against Humanity, Parks Against Recreation.
What’s more Leslie Knope than a book exchange? Especially a book exchange where each person brings a book by a woman who inspires them? Think Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi’s We Should All Be Feminists, or another book by a strong femme. Stage it as you would a game of White Elephant, where everyone brings an anonymously wrapped book to contribute, and you take turns opening and stealing until everyone has a book to take home.
“Nevertheless, she persisted.” This phrase was adopted as a battle cry by the feminist movement after Elizabeth Warren’s bold stand in the Senate Chamber in 2017. That’s why we think this Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, which is full of illustrations of empowered and empowering women, belongs at your Galentine’s event.
This is a no-brainer. Parks and Recreation should be playing in the background during the entirety of any Galentine’s party. Fortunately, if you have an Amazon Prime account, you can stream any episode of the show via Prime Video. Definitely start with season 2, episode 16: “Galentine’s Day.”
How to decorate
You'll obviously need the appropriate décor to match your Leslie Knope attitude. Here are some quick suggestions that your guests (and Leslie herself) will love.
Balloon banners are appropriate for any occasion, and especially for an occasion of celebrating the women who matter most in your life. This golden Galentine’s banner also comes with 16 festive heart balloons.
Double up on gold wall banners with this always-pertinent reminder to “treat yo self” — yet another of the many memorable quotes from Parks and Recreation. The ideal place to hang this sign is above the waffle bar, of course.
Coffee table books are great conversation starters, and since every conversation on Feb. 13 should revolve around women and women only, leave this Bad Girls Throughout History book in a place where your friends will see it and be able to flip through.
In addition to celebrating the women in your life who mean something to you, you should also celebrate all the women who have come before you to pave the way for opportunity and access. Leslie would approve of this Notorious R.B.G. tee, both for the pun and for the woman it honors.
What’s important isn’t the card itself — though this Hallmark “Happy Galentine’s Day” card is undeniably perfect — it’s about what you write in it. Leave a thoughtful, personal, Knope-worthy note within each card to tell your friends what makes them worth celebrating.
Make sure your friends remember to love and affirm themselves even when you aren’t around. This deck of affirmational cards might be a little corny, but it’s a nice gesture, and that’s what Galentine’s Day is all about.
Donate to a charity that matters for you in honor of the people who inspire you. We think a donation to the US National Parks Service would be especially fitting for this Parks and Rec-inspired holiday.
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