“It’s like Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Galentine’s Day is the best day of the year! For those of us who dread Valentine’s Day as (yet another) reminder of how single we are, let us take comfort in Galentine’s Day. Created by the unfailingly optimistic Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, Galentine’s Day is the day before Valentine’s Day on February 13th and is all about ladies celebrating ladies and friendship. And it’s not just for single ladies! Whether you’re single or taken or somewhere in between, Galentine’s Day is for all women everywhere. So here’s a list of 8 things to do on Galentine’s Day to celebrate each other:
1. Brunch it up
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and waffles are their own food group, brunch is an essential part of any Galentine’s Day. (Pancakes are also acceptable, as are omelettes, breakfast burritos, and quiches.) So take a long, leisurely brunch–maybe even have a mimosa (or two!). Because didn’t you know? Carbs and calories don’t exist on Galentine’s Day. That’s how magical Galentine’s Day is!
2. No phone calls or texting
We know, we know–this one’s tough. The thought of being separated from my phone for makes me panic: What about my e-mail? What about updates from the dog-walker? What if Kylie Jenner goes into labor and I don’t receive live updates from TMZ? Rest assured, emails will get answered, the dog will get walked, and Kylie Jenner will continue to live her life regardless of whether or not you check your phone. Having a phone-free policy helps make the day really about focus on each other–not on work, husbands, chores, errands, or the Kardashian sisters.
3. Take a zumba class
Finally go to the gym, like you’ve been meaning to all year. Grab some tennies and meet up at the local YMCA to get your dance on. Shake it out to all the best hits from the early 2000s, (you know, the ones that remind us of high school) and remember how good it feels to sweat and get your heart bumping. The best part is all of you will now have a dance routine at the ready for the next time you’re hanging out and that Shakira song comes on.
4. Get a facial
Facials are one of those things that don’t fit into most of our everyday lives, but that’s exactly why it’s perfect for Galentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day is all pampering yourself and being indulgent–you know, treat yo’self. So book a group facial and get ready for your skin to positively glow.
5. Steal a painting (at The Escape Game)
Now, we might be biased–we work at The Escape Game, after all–but escape games are a sure way to get everyone involved. Plus, you get to act out the adventures you only get to see in movies, like stealing a painting from the private museum of an art curator/thief or fixing your Mars spaceship before your oxygen levels run out. Even if you don’t end escaping, you’ll still have made a bunch of awesome memories trying to escape with your ladies. It’s a win-win.
6. Get artsy
Bring it back to basics with a fun arts and crafts project. Make friendship bracelets or do a wine and paint night. Get in touch with your inner Martha Stewart and make a DIY project for a household decoration. The best part? You’ll always have a lovely memento to commemorate the day you spent surrounded by all your lady friends.
7. Hold a potluck dinner
Have you tried making restaurant reservations around Valentine’s Day? No thank you. Don’t deal with the crowd and the fussy maitre d’s and instead, just call it a night in. Have everyone bring their favorite dishes–mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza, chicken wings–and have a comforting feast. (No calories on Galentine’s Day, remember?)
8. Have a Parks and Rec marathon
Spend your Galentine’s Day where it all started: with the ladies of Parks and Rec. Unwind, relax, and cuddle up on the couch in your comfiest jammiest and relive all the times Leslie drowned her coffee and waffles in whipped cream.