Your guide to the perfect Galentine’s Day

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year!”

~Anna Dorl, Lifestyle Editor~

Valentine’s Day—you either love it or you hate it.

There is an entire holiday dedicated to celebrating the concept of love, and most people seem to think that it’s just for going on a cute date with your boyfriend or girlfriend and making all your single friends feel lonely.

It shouldn’t just be a time to make others feel bad that they don’t have a significant other, and it seems unfair to completely leave out the love you have for your friends.

Enter the concept of Galentine’s Day, a made-up holiday created by girl power icon Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation.

Taking place on Feb. 13, it’s a perfect time to show your friends how much you love them (plus, you still have the fourteenth to hang out with your significant other, if you really have to).

Here’s how to throw a great party for ladies celebrating ladies.

1. Put up cute decorations

Target’s dollar section has all kinds of affordable Valentine’s Day-themed decorations such as banners, heart-shaped chalkboards and fun drinking glasses. Deck out your dorm to achieve the perfect party environment.

2. Buy lots of indulgent food

Like Halloween, Valentine’s Day is one of the few days a year where you shouldn’t have to worry about how unhealthy it is to eat copious amounts of candy. Get one of those bakery sheet cakes with the fondant roses on it. Buy a container of Baker’s microwavable dipping chocolate, skewer fresh fruit and cookies, and you have your own dorm-friendly fondue pot.

3. Watch a chick flick (or just Parks and Rec)

Netflix and Hulu have all kinds of cheesy comedies, romantic and otherwise, that you and your gal pals will love to laugh along with, like”“Mamma Mia!” and “Sixteen Candles.” Or, in the true spirit of Galentine’s Day, opt for rewatching
“Parks and Rec’s” episode about the holiday to relive where this fun idea began (season 2, episode 16).

4. Give each other little presents

Whether it’s simply a handwritten card thanking them for their friendship, a huge chocolate box, or a basket full of presents, be sure to  give your friends something small just to show them how much you love them. 

 5. Find a DIY to do together

Pinterest has tons of fun ideas for Valentine’s Day-themed DIYs that you can do with your friends, such as painting canvases, making banners or baking festive recipes.

6. Pamper yourselves

Engage in some much-needed self care with your girls. Do face masks and give each other manicures and pedicures. You’re too relaxed to be stressed out thinking about boys.

And there you have it, a Galentine’s Day extravaganza worthy of Leslie Knope herself. Have fun with your gal pals!

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