How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in 2023

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Some people may think that Galentine’s Day is just a day that was made up by bitter, single women to ugly cry about being alone on Valentine’s Day while bashing love and romance. Wrong! “Galentine’s Day” was actually originally coined by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on a 2010 episode of the series Parks and Recreation.

She stated that February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, was her favorite day of the year where she and her gal pals ditched the men in their lives and celebrated lady friendship over brunch and booze. The concept sounded so fun that women from all walks of life decided to jump on that female-empowered party train and celebrate their own version of Galentine’s Day ever since! So if you’re excited about celebrating female friendships, check out some fun ideas to inspire your Galentine’s Day celebration with the special ladies in your life this Monday, February 13, 2023.

Plan a Spa Day

What better way to get in touch with your girly side than having a spa day with your girlfriends? Gather your group for an appointment at your favorite spa for manis, pedis, and facials, or make it more DIY. Invite your besties over and ask them to bring their favorite nail polishes, lotions, face masks, etc. that you can all share for your own spa treatments. Add in some snacks and mimosas while you enjoy the day gabbing and pampering yourselves!

Take a Class

It’s fun to bond with your friends over a new experience or shared interest. Look into taking a group class together like Zumba, aerobics, or boot camp workout. It’s a great way to focus on your health or just laugh at how uncoordinated you may be! Consider purchasing matching workout outfits, or creating fun Galentine’s Day t-shirts to make you look like a team.

Get Creative

If your crew isn’t into sweating it out together, there are lots of artistically driven classes that involve woodworking, pottery, or painting without any experience required. Check out local businesses that offer guided paint and sip classes and reserve some seats for you and your posse. You’ll not only get to partake in a fun bonding activity with your girls, but you’ll have your own hand-made souvenir to remember the night.

Tasty Exchanges

Ask each of your friends to make their favorite homemade cookies or appetizers and bring them to share with everyone, along with the recipe card. Give the option for a bottle of wine for friends that aren’t that culinary. You’ll have a fun selection of drinks, snacks to nosh on, plus some new recipes to add to your cookbook. 

Grab Bag

Who says tokens of affection are only for Valentine’s Day? Not us! Set a dollar amount and do a girly grab bag that features unique Galentine’s Day gifts. Get creative with a fun variety of gift ideas like gourmet cookies or chocolates, makeup, fashion jewelry, body lotion, socks, wine, gift baskets, or any of your favorite things you think your gal pals will enjoy.

Girls Night In

The great thing about a girls night in is that you can make it whatever you want. Aim for #SquadGoals and dress up in fancy cocktail attire while sipping upscale cocktails. Or, save the stilettos for another time and order pizza for pj’s and rom-com night.

No matter how you want to celebrate Galentine’s Day this February 13th, you’ll never regret making the time to get together to eat, drink, and laugh with your tribe. Celebrate everyone you love in your life and shop FTD’s Valentine’s Day collection with creative gifts for anyone on your list.