We're all-too familiar with Valentine's Day, but how about Galentine's Day? First coined on US sitcom Parks and Recreation in 2010, the concept has since been embraced by women all around the world.
And we're not surprised – after all, who doesn't love an excuse to get their pals together? As Amy Poehler's 'Parks and Rec' character says: “Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, 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.”
From movie nights to brunches and craft sessions, we've thought up some fun ways to celebrate with your best pals, mum, sister, cousins or granny!
1. Throw a sleepover
Remember how exciting sleepovers were when you were a kid? Pulling on your favourite pair of pajamas, stuffing your face with sweet treats and watching girlie movies… Well frankly, those are all things we still enjoy doing, so why not fire up Netflix, stock the fridge with drinks and snacks and send out an invite? Better yet, you'll be able to justify splurging on that pretty pair of pjs you've been eyeing up…
2. host a brunch
There are so many reasons why we love a brunch. For one thing, we get to eat our favourite breakfast foods (think waffles, pancakes, omelettes, fruit salad…) with a glass of fizz on the side. February tends to be dark and cold, so socialising during the late morning leaves the evening free for watching tv in your pjs! Whether you choose to host your friends or book a table at your favourite foodie hotspot, we think a Galentine's brunch is hard to beat.
3. hit the spa
If you're feeling worn out and more than ready for a spot of February indulgence, why not suggest a spot of pampering for you and your friends? You could splash out and book an afternoon at your favourite spa, or just schedule in an at-home mani-pedi. In the company of good friends, there's no nicer way to while away an afternoon than with a beauty treatment and some gossip!
4. Host an afternoon tea
Who doesn't love a hearty helping of scones, a big dollop of clotted cream paired with jam and butter? You could try making the scones into heart shapes with a cookie cutter.
5. set up a craft table
Like crafting? Knitting has never been trendier, so if your buddies are into it, block out an afternoon to drink tea, eat cake and craft away. Other ideas? How about ceramic-painting, flower-arranging, pom-pom-making, or even quilting? If you're arty, the possibilities are endless.