Being single doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend your Valentine’s Day sitting in front of the TV watching rom-coms and eating chocolates from a cute heart-shaped box that you bought yourself — let's face it, you can do that ANY day. As Leslie Knope taught us, Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusive to celebrating romantic relationships; it can also be about celebrating your female friendships!
So, Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to plan a fun event with your best friends in the name of friendship and waffles. So, start planning!
This is a classic girls night activity, but to make it Galentine’s-themed, order a heart-shaped pizza and watch movies about female friendship, like Steel Magnolias or Beaches, or other movies that aren’t quite as depressing and actually from this decade. Fire up Netflix and let the binge-watching begin.
See a show
If you don’t want to sit at home, go out and paint the town. Check out your local Improv Theater’s Valentine’s Day line-up, go to a slam poetry reading, or look for a random cheap concert. Find an excuse to get dressed up and look your best with the people who love you at your worst.
Local diners are a perfect place for a Galentine’s day dinner. You can talk as loud as you want, there’s no dress code, and you probably won’t run into any cute couples on a romantic date. So, come in your onesies and eat breakfast for dinner. The only rule on Galentine’s Day should be to have fun. Bonus points if you order waffles!
Plan a Girl’s Trip
Go to the spa, or drive out to the city for window-shopping and coffee-drinking, or finally go to that hiking trail you keep saying you’ll do one day. Make Galentine’s Day a special occasion, and maybe even start a new yearly tradition.
Host a Throwback Night
Pretend you’re a kid again and go back to a time when Valentine’s Day meant you got to pick out cool princess cards to hand out to your class. Whip out the Easy Bake Oven, the friendship bracelet kits, and don’t forget to take polaroids!
Throw an Elaborate Theme Party.
If you’re looking to fully embrace Galentine’s Day Leslie Knope-style, throw a carefully planned, extravagant party — all pink and red everything, balloons, a cake, personalized Valentine's Day cards, confetti, Shirley Temples, a piñata... the bigger, the better. No one can feel lonely or sad at a theme party.
Find a Valentine-Themed Pinterest Recipe
There is a vast array of holiday-themed desserts to make on Pinterest. With so many options, you’ll have to make multiple V-Day treats, turning your plans into an all-night bake-a-thon. Eat all the pink cake pops and heart-shaped cookies your heart desires.
Host Your Own Outdoor Concert
Take your old portable karaoke machine out of retirement. Find a beach, a nearby park, or even your backyard and belt out some heart-wrenching ballads. What’s that saying from Camp Rock? “The louder we go, the better we sound!”
Camp in the Backyard and Make Your Own V-day cards.
Speaking of camp, grab the sleeping bags and do Galentine’s Day Girl Scouts-style! You can wear your pajamas, roast marshmallows, and tell scary stories — about past boyfriends. It’s the perfect bonding experience for you and your gal pals.
Do a Secret Santa, but Valentine’s themed — a Secret Cupid?
Boyfriends may come and go, but friends are forever. The late-night calls, pre-presentation pep talks, and adventure-filled Friday nights that our friends provide us with are worthy of our appreciation. Possible gift ideas: flowers, chocolates, or maybe a pillowcase with Harry Styles's face on it.
Host Your Galentine’s Party the Day after V-Day.
The day after Valentine’s Day, all holiday candy is heavily discounted. Take full advantage of this wonderful clearance, buy all the candy you can, and pig out with your friends. This candy sale only comes once a year, and it’s not to be missed.