Planning the Perfect Galantine’s Day!

By Colleen McTiernan & Ashleigh Braun | Photos by Allison Raber | Flower Arrangement by The Plant Shoppe

While Valentine’s Day is usually reserved for celebrating romantic love, Galentine’s is all about celebrating the love between friends! First introduced by Leslie Knope, the main character on “Parks and Recreation” this festive brunch, celebratedon Feb. 13, is a get together for all your female friends. In the words of Knope, “It’s only the best day of the year … ladies celebrating ladies.” So this year, show some extra love to the most important women in your life and host your very own Galentine’s Day brunch!

Galentine’s Day Playlist

  1. “That’s My Girl” by Fifth Harmony
  2. “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson
  3. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  4. “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
  5. “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
  6. “Flawless” by Beyonce
  7. “Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson
  8. “I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
  9. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
  10. “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
  11. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

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FOODS

Macarons

These delicate French cookies are a sweet way to end a brunch with friends!

Mixed Berries

Brunch can’t be all sweets! Add a healthy element to your menu with a mix of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Quiche

Mini quiches are an easy way to add a savory note to the table.

Grapefruit

These tart citrus fruits add a lovely pop of color to your spread!

Waffles

A nod to Leslie Knope’s favorite food, waffles are the perfect main course for a Galentine’s celebration.

Bellinis

This simple cocktail is just equal parts peach nectar and Prosecco!

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DECORATIONS

You’re Invited

While you can always invite people over in person, invitations will make your brunch feel like more of a party. Be sure to explain what Galentine’s Day is if your friends are unaware!

Best Friend Photo Banner

Use an instant film camera to take pictures with your guests as the come in. Then attach them to a long piece of twine with miniature clothespins to create your own photo banner.

Pom Pom Wall

Add some texture to your walls with these tissue paper pom poms! You can order these online or make them yourself! Go to Gigglemagazine.com (or Gigglemagazinetallahassee.com) for a full video tutorial.

Fresh Flowers

No table is complete without a flower arrangement! Keep your color scheme in mind when picking out your flowers, and choose a taller arrangement so that you don’t end up with leaves in your food!

Growing Friendships

Don’t forget to give out favors! These gold spray painted pots make the perfect companions for little succulents.