15 actually fun Galentine’s Day party ideas to shower your friends in all the love

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I’ll say it: Galentine’s Day is so much more fun than Valentine’s Day. Like, yes, Valentine’s Day is fun and romantic and cheesy and all of the good mushy things. Still, I will always choose Galentine’s Day first.

Look, I refuse to believe that there is anything better than getting all of your closest friends together for the day (and night!) filled with laughter, tea (both tea-spilling and actually drinking tea), games, booze and just a bunch of food. Like, a whole lot.

Wait, what is Galentine’s Day?

Gather ’round my dearests and let me explain. Created by the ultimate best friend herself, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day lands on Feb. 13 of every year. It’s a day to celebrate your friends as the real Valentines in our lives. We should be celebrating them all day, every day, but this is the day to do it with a little bit more pink and glitter.

What started as a fictional holiday quickly morphed into one of the best days of the year, and it should be celebrated with as much care as Christmas, Halloween and New Year’s Eve combined. 

Also, an important reminder: Literally anyone can celebrate Galentine’s Day. The entire point is to celebrate the people who you love so, so deeply in a platonic way.

If you’re stressed about how to pull off the most extra and over-the-top shindig this Galentine’s Day season, chill, I got you. Just text the group chat with a save-the-date and scroll down to shop everything you need to pull off the best G-Day the world has ever known.

Galentine’s Day Party Ideas

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, $69.95 (Orig. $76.95)

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Polaroids at a party = a must. Go the extra mile with this adorable pink camera.

2. LOLStar 3 Pack Valentines Foil Fringe Curtains, $14.99

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Speaking of polaroid cameras, you definitely need a DIY photo booth.

3. 4 Pieces Heart Shaped Sunglasses, $9.99

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How adorable are these sunglasses? The perfect over-the-top touch to an over-the-top party.

4. The Tutu Dried Bouquet with Vase, $65 (Orig. $85)

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Flowers always help set the mood, but standard roses are just too “meh” for Galentine’s Day. Switch it up with this chic bouquet of dried flowers.

5. xo, Fetti Party Decorations Pink Plastic Cups, $19.99

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Under no circumstances will you be serving drinks in red Solo cups. These pink ones are so much more fun and on-theme without serving frat basement.

6. Bachelorette Party XL Pink Babe Straw, $8.99

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Of course, no themed glass of wine or cocktail is complete without a fun straw.

7. BP. Satin Pajama Set, $59

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Everybody at all times would rather be wearing PJs — trust me. Spoil your guests by gifting them matching pairs, or shoot them the link so you guys can coordinate!

8. Milk Bar Red Velvet Cheesecake Truffles, $32

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If you’ve never tried one of Milk Bar’s famous cake truffles, then you’ve never really felt joy.

9. Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $19.99

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If fondue isn’t your style, who could ever resist a mini heart-shaped waffle maker? No one.

10. All Shapes of Beauty Apron, $34

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You and your guests are going to need these boob-themed aprons. Why? Because it’s fun, that’s why.

11. BONAOK Karaoke Microphone Bluetooth Wireless, $30.99 (Orig. $49.99

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Karaoke? Immediately yes.

12. DIY Friendship Pins Gift Set, $28

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Amp up the nostalgia with this DIY pin set and go around the room telling your best (and most scandalous) stories from the summer camp years of yore.

13. Actually Curious Card Game: Happy Hour Edition, $25

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Okay, but playing a bonding card game while celebrating your love for each other is…kind of a mood?

14. LAPCOS Pearl Sheet Mask, $15.30

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A good host knows how to pamper their guests, and everyone loves a sheet mask moment.

15. You Look Cute Today (And Every Day) Card, $7

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The party isn’t complete without either a “welcome” or “thank you” card. Give your guests special ones just from you with this illustration from Instagram artist @katieisdoodling. If anything, this quote should be the real motto of Galentine’s Day.

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