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5 Valentine-Themed Ideas To Take Galentine's Day To The Next Level

Galentine's Day is the day to celebrate your closest female friendships. Yes, you could all go out to dinner, but we've got a few ideas that will take your GD from "traditional" to "epic".

First things first, you need to mark your calendar, because Galentine's Day falls on February 13. We aren't sure the origins of this sacred day, but we think maybe Leslie Knope is responsible. But Galentine's Day isn't about history of the holiday or not having a valentine, it's about hoes before bros, ovaries before brovaries, uteruses before duderuses. In short, it's about celebrating your fierce female friendships. And we're here to share the best ways to do it.


What's better than refreshing mimosas on a Sunday morning? Dinner with friends is overrated. It's been done. But brunch—now that's where you can shine. Decorations, themes, and all the Pinterest planning you can handle make this event extra special. Not to mention you get hilarious, stimulating conversation with the smartest women you know while chowing down on waffles, bacon, and mini sandwiches. Heavenly.

Couples activity
Every year, several restaurants, event venues, and spas offer unique experiences for parties of two around Valentine's Day. Instead of feeling left out, grab your best friend and make a reservation. Get couples massages, enjoy a candlelit dinner, or see a show. Trust us, there are few things better than a lovely date night with your best girl friend—especially when it means an excuse to dress up together.


Wine Tasting
You'd be surprised how many wineries put together special tasting events (did someone say chocolate?) around V-day. But don't stop there, make it a weekend getaway complete with shopping, delicious desserts, and a hotel stay—hot tub preferred. Start off by asking your galentine if there's anywhere she wants to go, then research (thank you Google) your best options. Be sure to also check Groupon, as they have some excellent event/hotel bargains.


Adult Slumber Party
Remember back in high school when you and your girls would stay up all night talking about crushes, pouring over fashion magazines, and eating as much as your stomach allowed? Well, that's the idea. Only this time, you can add some adult fun with delicious cocktails, sexy games (like pin the you-know-what on the hunk), and boozy treats. And the best part? You get to do it all while wearing comfortable PJs.


Secret Cupid
Sure Santa's main holiday is Christmas, but who says gift exchanges can only be done in December? Set a theme like "Lady's Night" or "Feminist Killjoy" (check out these ideas for inspiration). Another idea: create a challenge like who can make the best DIY gifts , and whoever wins gets a free drink. This idea can also be combined with any of the others above. So what are you waiting for? Grab the ladies and start drawing some names!


So leave the romance behind and celebrate the pals who make your life special. You and your girls deserve it!

Alyssa K. Priebe

Alyssa is an Iowa native who's always loved fashion and found a passion for journalism while studying at Iowa State University. When she's not writing for More, you can find her watching Disney movies, crafting, and snapping adorable pics of her cats, Rory and Widget.

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