How to host an Awesome Galentine’s Day Party

Galentine’s Day Party

 

Hi everyone! My name is Anna and I’m the lifestyle blogger behind Anna Osgoodby Life + Design, and I’ve partnered up with the lovely Amanda to celebrate Valentine’s Day. That’s right! The holiday is just around the corner and whether you’re single or attached, we think it’s the perfect time to celebrate your love for the ones who are always there for you – your ladies!

Planning get-togethers can sometimes feel intimidating and time-consuming but they don’t have to! Today I’m sharing some tips to make hosting your own Galentine’s Day party as easy as 1,2, 3!

How to host an Awesome Galentine's Day Party

The Décor

First things, first, let’s talk décor! One of my personal favorites about Valentine’s Day (besides the sweets!) is the décor and it’s the perfect place to start when you’re planning your party. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

 

Create a focal point
Living in a studio in NYC, my space is pretty limited so I have to pick one corner of my apartment to decorate, but the same concept applies for no matter where you live. Pick one table, a bar or a bar cart to highlight your party décor.  You don’t have to decorate your whole place to be festive. Pick one spot and do it right!

 

Tablecloths are a party’s best friend
Tablecloths are one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to transform a space from every day to party-ready. Plus they make cleanup a breeze.

 

Shop for props
The dollar bins at Target and Michaels can go a long way for your Galentine’s Day party! In fact, almost everything I purchased for my party was from both stores. I love the dollar bins because they always have the cutest holiday décor and you know it won’t break the bank. Here are some of my favorite options to pick up:

  • Banners – One of my favorite ways to decorate for a party is by adding a banner. Often you can find these in the dollar bins either that are already festive or plain, allowing you to decorate them just the way you want.
  • Napkins & paper plates – Skip the dishes and grab some cute options in the dollar bins for your party.
  • Stationary – Cute stationary is always one of my go-tos for goody bags. Another way I like to use them is by laying them out on your table for decoration or using them as place setting cards.
  • Paper straws – This classic item adds an extra dose of cuteness to whatever you are drinking.
  • Confetti – Add a little confetti to a table and it already looks like a party!

How to host an awesome Galentine's Day Party 

The Sips
Because a party isn’t quite a Galentine’s Day party without something to drink!

It’s all about the hot chocolate bar
Take a break from mimosas and bellinis for this party and host your very own hot chocolate bar. Perfect for the winter season, a hot chocolate bar is a fun way to celebrate and very easy to put together. I suggest mixing up some hot chocolate in a crockpot so that you can make a large amount and keep it warm throughout your party. The great thing about creating a toppings bar too is everyone can customize their own drink just how they’d like.

Here are some ideas to create your toppings bar:

  • Marshmallows
  • Flavored syrups
  • Candy hearts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Whipped cream

Want to add a little booze to your hot chocolate bar too? Add in some of your favorite liquor and even try out a recipe or two.

Galentine's Day Party

 The Bites
Valentine’s Day is all about the treats so this Galentine’s Day party will have no shortage of sweets! Here are some easy ideas to put together.

 

Create a donut decorating bar
You don’t have to overcomplicate things either! If you don’t have time to bake your own donuts, buy a box of plain ones at the store and focus on the best part – the frosting! For this party I whipped up some classic whipped cream frosting with a touch of food coloring. Pick your favorite frosting recipe or even just pick up a can at the store. The fun is in the decorating with a variety of sprinkles!

Galentine's Day Party

Sugar cookie or cupcake decorating bar
If donuts aren’t your thing, you can try the same concept with sugar cookies or cupcakes. Whatever fits your fancy, it will all be tasty!

 

Add some sprinkles to your popcorn
Another fun snack idea is Valentine’s Popcorn. Add some white chocolate, a little salt, and sprinkles and you’ll have a delicious treat in only a few minutes! Add it into some cute paper bags, and your quick snack will look all sorts of festive.

Now that you have some inspiration, it’s time to plan your very own Galentine’s Day party! Have fun ladies and happy Valentine’s Day! Use the hashtag #carrylovegalentines on Instagram to get your party featured on our instgram!

Galentine's Day Party


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Anna is a New York City lifestyle blogger and designer for Anna Osgoodby Life + Design. The blog follows her bites and sights in the city as well as
her passion for all things DIY, home décor, and entertaining. Check out her blog at AnnaOsgoodby.com

  1. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    This looks like so much fun! I should have a party with all my single friends. 🙂

  2. Amanda Shuman

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    Right, I just want to throw a party now just so I can take super cute pictures with my friends- ha!

  3. Brittany

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    So cute! It would be so much fun to have Galentine’s day party!

  4. Amanda Shuman

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    Thanks Brittany. I think the idea is cute too. I would go see Rebel Wilson’s new movie with my group and then come back for a party.

  5. Olivia Muller

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    What a fun idea!! I want to throw a v-day party this year!
    -Olivia

    Miss Olivia Says

  6. Amanda Shuman

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    I never before and this year I think I will!

  7. laci carlson

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    Fun !! I always to a kidentine party 🙂

  8. Amanda Shuman

    February 3rd, 2016 at

    That sounds like fun! I’ve never heard of that.

  9. Katie B

    February 4th, 2016 at

    These are some great ideas! I’m hosting a small afternoon tea for a handful of my single gals. Love using Valentines Day as a way to love on my friends and family 🙂 Katie

  10. Amanda Shuman

    February 4th, 2016 at

    There you go, Katie. That’s the way to do it. Tea time sounds so good right now with a sore throat!

  11. The Mom Who Blogs

    February 10th, 2016 at

    My friends and I had a private painting party for Galentines! So much fun and so much wine.

  12. Amanda Shuman

    February 10th, 2016 at

    Oh I that idea! I’ve done that before with a group of friends and had a blast. Great idea!

  13. Hannah Stein

    February 10th, 2016 at

    What a great idea!! Those donuts look amazing! I pretty much just want to crawl into your photos and be there 🙂

  14. Amanda Shuman

    February 10th, 2016 at

    haha-Those donuts do look amazing. I think I could eat a donut everyday for breakfast. Thanks for the read, Hannah.

  15. Aubrey S.

    February 10th, 2016 at

    It’s a little too late to put together a party with my friends…but decorating cupcakes with my hubby would be a fun, cheap date for Sunday.

  16. Amanda Shuman

    February 10th, 2016 at

    Yeah – or having a random party with your friends is never a bad idea. 🙂

  17. Brittany @ Grace, Love, Life

    February 10th, 2016 at

    That looks like so much fun! I love the glittery stuff for the donuts that looks almost too pretty to eat!

  18. Amanda Shuman

    February 10th, 2016 at

    You just have to take pictures before you eat them. Then you’re like okay, I documented their prettiness – now I can eat them. 😉

  19. The Quiet Grove

    February 10th, 2016 at

    what a fun party! I loved the heart straws and donuts.

  20. Amanda Shuman

    February 11th, 2016 at

    Thanks! I can’t wait to see everyone’s party decorations for Valentines!

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