I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for opportunities to hang out, catch up and kiki with my favorite girls. Now that I am a mother and wife, I treasure my girl time even more. This year, instead of spending your Valentine’s Day in a packed restaurant with your beau, why not throw a Galentine’s Day soiree for your girls.
Here are my four tips on how to host your very own Galentine’s Day soiree:
1. Use What You’ve Got
Although I live for the pomp and circumstance, simplify your life by using things you already own for your Galentine’s Day get together. Whether it’s your dining table and chairs or some decorative throw pillows placed around your coffee table, create an experience for your girls that reflects your style and personality and most importantly, is stress and hassle free. I’ve been a stressed out hostess more times than I can count. Don’t be like me.
2. Determine Your Wow Factor
No matter your budget, we can all come up with at least one element that will wow our guests. Perhaps it’s a throwback photo of each person at their place setting. Or maybe it’s a mini bottle of their favorite champagne with a decorative straw and ribbon. The objective is to add at least one thoughtful element that will make your girls feel special. Your wow factor element can also double as your favor and edible/drinkable favors are always a hit.
3. Keep it Simple
Unless you feel compelled to throw down Thanksgiving style, I suggest keeping your menu easy and executable. Whether it’s a gorgeous charcuterie spread, hor d’oeuvres or a three course meal, create a menu that’s going to be simple for you to make. After all, the main objective is to spend quality time with your girls not to slave in the kitchen making a soufflé. If cooking isn’t your thing, that’s completely fine too. Order some good takeout and some pretty plates like these and call it a day. Or, you can do a hybrid which is my favorite option. Whip up a batch of homemade waffles and order chicken from your local chicken spot. Who do you know that doesn’t love chicken and waffles?
4. Decide on Dècor
This list would not be complete without me mentioning dècor. In my world, dècor is just as important (or even more important) as food. However, I recognize that most sane people don’t have the interest nor capacity to obsess over floral centerpieces, linen texture, menu cards or napkin folds. Start by picking a color palette. Once you decide on that, choose either a floral or candle centerpiece as the focal point on your table. Remember Tip #2 and use things you already own. We all have a random vase or candle holder somewhere in our home. Build around that. If you’re going with the floral option, keep your flower variety simple and look for full, inexpensive blooms like hydrangeas that will easily fill a vase. If candles are more of your speed, you can find endless options at your local discount store.
So, now that you know how to throw the easiest and most inexpensive Galentine’s Day ever, call up your girls now and have a Happy Galentine’s Day!