I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s day. To some extent I love it, but I also kind of hate it. I am a hopeless romantic at heart and I love the concept of a day reserved for love and affection. In reality though, it’s just another day. Being the dreamer that I am, I find that Valentine’s day is often disappointing. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t met my person yet, but I have yet to have a Valentine’s day that lived up to my admittedly ridiculous high standards.
Still, I reserve February 14th as a special day…even when I’m single, and especially when I’m with my girlfriends! Because Galentine’s day is everything Valentine’s day is not.
This year I’m particularly excited because I have two friends coming to spend the weekend with me. So I figured why not go a little over the top and brainstorm my perfect Galentine’s day.
Brunch. Is there anything that a group of girlfriends can do better than brunch? And, I mean, is there a better meal than brunch? It’s no secret that I love breakfast food. So I’m happy to lounge around and drink mimosas and eat pancakes until 2pm, sure, especially while gossiping with my girls.
Chocolate, Cup Cakes, and Chocolate Cup Cakes. What goes better with pink mimosas and pancakes than heart shaped chocolate? Honestly, I think the best gift I’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s day is chocolate. I mean, chocolate will never let you down the way a man does. So, naturally, when you find cute little Galentine’s day cupcake toppers on Etsy you have to get chocolate cupcakes to go along with your chocolate hearts. Duh.
“Men Ain’t Sh*t” Sign. Would it even be Galentine’s day without some angry single women? I try not to be spiteful or vengeful, but, honestly, this sign speaks the truth. Girl power, all the way baby. There’s a reason Valentine’s day always disappoints and Galentine’s day doesn’t.
The Anti-Valentine Piñata. I guess this is the part of the day where we cross over from fun girl-time to angry single women. While I don’t feel the need to pin my ex’s face to the piñata, whacking a giant candy stuffed heart a few times does sound pretty therapeutic.
Rom Coms. We’ll be pretty tired after an afternoon of pinata whacking and cup cake eating so it’s best to settle down with some of your favorite Rom Coms. Valentine’s Day is an essential. That is where I got the whole pinata idea, after all. Plus, who doesn’t want to watch cringey scenes of Taylor Swift and Taylor Launter as an infatuated high school couple. I might also throw in A Cinderella Story because I’m an absolute sucker for that movie. I mean, “Waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing.” That line is absolutely everything.
Sushi Take Out. If we’re starting the day with Brunch, then we must end it with Sushi. And probably some wine. But mostly sushi. If you’re in the Philly area, like me, I just got a rec for a sushi spot with great veggie/vegan options. Fat Salmon Sushi in Old City Philly came highly recommended. Plus, they deliver through Doordash and Uber Eats, so what more could a gal possibly want?!
**Disclaimer: For any men reading this – you are more than welcome to get your own piñata and smack the crap out of it. Crazy ex-girlfriends are far worse than crappy ex-boyfriends…I should know.