The importance of celebrating friendships on Galentine’s Day

It’s mid-February, so naturally everyone is thinking about Valentine’s Day. I can’t deny all the loved-up couples their chance to flaunt how much they adore each other. It’s the one day of the year where we can’t moan about soppy Instagram posts, so we must allow them their chance.

How much often do you show your gal pals how much you love them, though?

Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to remind them, and I think it’s just as important to celebrate this day as it’s more-prominent counterpart. Friendships are a massive impact on overall happiness. How can a women get through life’s trials and tribulations without the support of other girls to lean on and share in your successes and commiserate your failures? Friends are your support system, and Galentine’s is the perfect time to remember how important that is.

With this in mind, five of my best gals got together at my flat on Saturday night. We ate tonnes of sweets, ordered Dominos, watched Bridesmaids, shared our troubles, ate Lola’s cupcakes, and laughed a hell of a lot.

Here are some ideas for your own Galentine’s get together.

Food 

Does anyone not love food? This is the perfect opportunity to throw any diet out of the window for a day and get the ice cream in. There’s nothing like forgetting about calories and talking about how delicious the cupcake icing is instead. It’s no more than we deserve after surviving a week at work!

Make sure you get the party food in:

  • Sweets for movie snacks
  • Popcorn
  • Ice cream and brownies (does life get better?)
  • Decide on a take-away – pizza with lots of sides is always a favourite for me

 

Wine

Wine is proven to make everything better (according to me, at least). Red, white or rose, get a few bottles in and get cracking. Make sure there are some soft drink options around for the non-drinkers as well.

If you’re ready to go all out, have a cocktail-making masterclass and get creative. I think that one needs more vodka…

 

Movies 

Chances are that you’ll have a mix of single and taken gals in attendance. Therefore, selecting the right movie is key. A weepy romance will have half the single women wondering if their freedom is so great after all, but going too far the other way will make the happily taken girls feel left out.

You can’t go wrong with a classic romcom:

  • Bridget Jones – all three are perfect. Movie marathon, anyone?
  • Bridesmaids (it may be about a wedding, but the focus is definitely on friendships)
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Legally Blonde

 

Get everyone together 

No matter if you’re travelling half way across the country or from down the road, make sure you get as many gals together as possible. We had people coming from across London and Kirsty even travelled down from Norwich. That’s what you call a committed friendship.

 

No matter if you want a big get-together or a chilled evening with your housemates, Galentine’s Day needs to be celebrated. February 14 may be for the lovebirds, but February 13 will always be for the friendships.

Do you have Galentine’s or Valentine’s plans? Share them in the comments! 

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