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My Galentine's Day Checklist

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Yesterday, my friend Danielle came over for a joint day of wedding planning. We are both engaged, and getting married relatively soon. So we've been having a lot of fun going through the process together, helping each other out and supporting each other.

We'll often call one another and ask for advice or tips. Cain and I even shot her engagement photos!

A few weeks ago, we decided to have a day where she would come over, and we'd knock out some wedding to-do list items, while watching movies and eating snacks. And it turned into a little bit of a Galentine's moment, unexpectedly!

I picked up a few crackers, cheese and meets from Safeway, and iced a cake I had baked the night before and voila! We were sitting, snacking and planning like we used to do in high school.

In today's post, I wanted to share some of my Galentine's Day essentials for all you girlies out there who want to take this holiday to celebrate the love of your friendships.

1. Sweets & Treats

First up, you'll need food. I decided to be adventurous and make a charcuterie board, but in all honesty, I did not know what I was doing or how to create one that was aesthetically pleasing. When I was at the grocery store, I pretty much knew I would need a few meats plus two different kinds of cheeses. Then some crackers and a fresh element like berries.

But in terms of designing the board, I didn't know where to begin. Maybe I'll do an entire post on how to create a charcuterie board, because I actually think it came out pretty nicely! Basically, I just attempted to match items on either side of the board. If I had blueberries on the left side of the board, I tried to make sure I placed some on the right side of the board. Same with the crackers, and the meats. What you end up with, is a symmetrical, beautiful board with lots of different options for your friends to snack on.

These fig and olive crackers are always my go-to for meat

and cheese snacks! They're a little sweet and

add great variety to the board!

A beautiful cutting board is essential! Search online for unique designs or shop the one I have linked below. I just love the floral design on this one.

I had also baked a strawberry cake which wasn't actually intended for our little Galentine's get together. I was baking it for a Valentine's Day reel I was filming for my Instagram, and Danielle happened to come over as I was icing it! So I figured we might as well enjoy it together. I have the recipe linked on the home page, but I'll link it here too. It was absolutely delicious.

2. Movies

Danielle had the wonderful idea to watch the latest romcom that dropped on Netflix, "You People". It was a very cute and funny movie and we loved watching it as we ate cake and semi-worked on our wedding checklists.

There are so many movies that would work beautifully playing in the background of your Galentine's get together. Or to serve as your movie night feature film. It doesn't have to be romantic in nature, it can also be movies about female friendship or a good old fashion early 2000s Amanda Bynes film. Those always seem perfect for a girly get together.

Here are some of my recommendations for a girly movie night!

  • Clueless

  • The Clique

  • What a Girl Wants

  • Hairspray

  • Beauty Shop

  • Aquamarine

  • The Notebook (obviously)

  • Jumping The Broom

  • A Walk to Remember (if you feel like crying)

  • Notting Hill

  • Coming to America

  • Little Manhattan (one of my favorites)

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

3. Games & Activities

I know some people might find games to be cheesy and annoying, but my family absolutely loves to play games when we're together, and I think it could be a great way to have fun and bond with your girlfriends!

Charades, Pictionary and truth or dare are some classic girl's night games. But be careful with truth or dare, things can get a little wild with that one.

Another fun activity you could do is set up a flower arranging station with various blooms and have everyone make their own flower arrangement! My best friend and I did something like this a few years ago and it was so much fun. There were drinks and appetizers and dried flowers for us to make our own wreaths.

It was so much fun and such a great way to bond with her.

4. Bevys! (aka beverages)

Everyone loves a good beverage. Whether it's a fun signature cocktail or a sparkling water. I'm always one for a signature drink at a party or if I'm hosting. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, in fact, just adding a few fresh berries into a drink takes it from basic to fun!

If you're doing a brunch, mimosas are always the way to go. They are a good option because they're easy to make non-alcoholic for friends who don't drink, and they're very easy! My friend taught me the trick of dropping a few fresh raspberries into my mimosa for a sweet surprise when you finish your drink.

Sangria is another drink that has very Valentine's Day vibes, on the color alone. This one is a little bit more involved, but I would say well worth it. It's got the vibrant red color that screams Valentine's and is fruity and refreshing. This one can also easily be made non-alcoholic and be just as delicious.

Finally, if you're like me and you prefer a warm drink, tea with milk or cream is another great option for a Galentine's brunch! Raspberry tea or rose tea would be perfect, and with a splash of cream and sugar, you've got a delicious and warm beverage to hold onto during your celebration.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and have a happy Galentine's everyone!


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