What is Gal-Entine’s Day? Celebrating Your Girlfriends on Gal-entine’s Day
Celebrating any holiday is much more fun with our Gal Pals. So what is Gal-entine’s Day? Well, it’s basically a time when we as besties gather together with our gals and have a great celebration of friendship. There’s no need to compare our love trials and tribulations… we all just get together to chit chat and have fun before Valentine’s Day and celebrate the bond we have between friends. Traditionally celebrated on February 13th (the day before Valentine’s Day), this special day is meant to be fun and a way to not only reconnect with our besties, but to have a little fun. So – get on the phone, social media and start texting your girlfriends for a day or evening of laughs, fun and excitement to celebrate your friendships. Wondering what you can do on this Gal-entine’s Day? Well, read on to get a little inspiration!
Gifts? Presents? What do you get for your bestie on Galentine’s Day?
Well, giving your gal pals a little token of your friendship is sweet and perfect for a day like this. I tend to like to create a little DIY or have something made specifically for my girlfriends. You can opt to create a friendship bracelet (yes, those are still cool and not only for pre-teens) or even bake something sweet. Get the gals something that can be personalized like a locket or something that will remind you of your childhood.
DIY – Fun Projects for the Girls
DIY products can be fun to do when you’re with a bunch of friends. I tend to have a ton of supplies for all kinds of goodies laying around my house in my craft bins, so anything can make for a great product. Something my sister and I used to do a lot is create candles or soap to give as gifts or to display in our bathrooms and we had so much fun making and using these products. Bath bombs are fun too or a really easy sugar scrub in cute decorated jars make wonderful creations. Have fun and let your ideas soar. It’s not only something to do with your friends, but it’s memento they can take with them when the night is done.
Am I the only person that enjoys shows like Criminal Minds, Empire or Orange Is The New Black? Well, why not gather around the tube (television since most people now have flat screens) and binge watch some of your favorite shows with your gal pals. Order pizza or make a quick Pull Apart Pizza (recipe here) and indulge in some gorgeous chocolate berries from Shari’s Berries. Not into my flick choices? Well, choose some of your faves or rock out to Pitch Perfect and have a mini Aca-session with your gals.
If you know me, then you know this is not something I take part in often. I’m the only person in my family that is tone deaf and because of it, no one wants to hear me sing… lol. But, Karaoke evenings are fun and I have enjoyed taking part in them. Either pull out your Karaoke machine you have stored away or head over to your local Karaoke Bar and have some fun. Sing to your favorite tunes and enjoy the night with some appetizers or finger foods (pizza works – can you tell that’s my favorite food) or delightful desserts. Belt your heart out to your favorite tunes and have a party.
Paint ’N Wine Event
There are a few locally owned places on island where I live that offer a paint event (sometimes a little wine) that you can take part in. These cool events allow you and your friends to go and get a very awesome painting instructional class from an artist/teacher and allow you to create the masterpiece yourself. While there you have the chance to have a little wine and talk story all while having a great time. Note that if you take part in these, make sure you have a designated driver accompany you or pick you up from the venue as it can be a lot of fun. You can take the painting home after and remember your night with your girls. If painting and wine are not your thing, see what kind of “tasting” events are available. A local restaurant here offers a Tea Time event once a week where you drink tea and have a light brunch under the trees in a beautiful courtyard. It’s gorgeous and so much fun .
Ah, as a beauty and makeup lover, I knew I had to include this. A day of pampering is always fun. Gather your gal pals and pull out your favorite makeup, skin care items and mani pedi favorites and do a little pampering. If you have a local Mary Kay representative or an Avon rep, contact them to see if they would like to do makeovers while sharing their products with your gals. Since I have a makeup artist kit, I tend to pull those out and just make it a fun activity for everyone. I may do smoky eyes on all the girls (something they are not used to) or do a full pedicure and manicure on each. All of this fun while eating and drinking and dancing to your favorite songs. It’s like a sleepover without sleeping – just old school fun. I also like to up together little bags of treats for each friend – including a nail file, some chocolates of course, and anything beauty related. ELF offers some good makeup for a $1.00 and you can stuff a bunch of treat bags with things that you love and know they will love too. Looking for fun ideas on makeup looks to create? Head on over to my Valentine’s Day Playlist on YouTube and get a little inspired.
Don’t leave out your Far Away Besties
I don’t know about you, but I have friends all over the World and many of them live hours away from me let alone a whole continent. While they live so far away, I still want to let them know that I’m always thinking of them. A sweet card that comes with something special or a handmade sentiment is always a great thing. It will be great if it gets to her on February 13th so she checks her mail box and is surprised. Also, with technology now a days, there are many ways to communicate face to face without being there in person so Skype and have a chat to catch up. This is the perfect opportunity to talk about your Valentine’s Day plans and to share that new outfit you bought for the special occasion.
Who’s Up For A Girl’s Trip?
Living on an island really doesn’t help much for road trips here, but what is so great is that Hawaii is filled with so many awesome destinations that it’s easy to find sanctuary anywhere. If you and your friends are riding the single train for now, hey – what better time than to plan a girl’s weekend trip. Head to your favorite resort and spend the weekend at the pool or at the spa and just rejuvenate your body for the following Monday. Not single? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t do this too… take a drive to wine country (here on Maui, we can head up to Tedeschi Vineyards) and have a wine tasting and then breakfast at Kula Lodge. The options are endless whether you live on Maui or are anywhere in the World. Sometimes a weekend getaway with your gal pals are the perfect way to really relax and rejuvenate the soul. And, what better way to have some relaxation than with your besties.
Day Trip to Buy Makeup
This may sound like an odd one… but since our local Sephora is a two hour drive away, my sisters and I have a tradition where we drive together (all three of us) and take a trip to the other side of the island to go shopping at our local Sephora. This gives us about 4 – 6 hours of time with one another (sometimes longer) and we get to chit chat makeup, have brunch and just relax and enjoy each others company. Most the time we don’t even buy makeup but spend an hour walking around Sephora chatting about our favorite products and testing out new ones we have yet to try. It’s our time together and we enjoy it.
While Galentine’s Day is February 13th, I think that any time of the year you are feeling like you need a little Gal love is appropriate to do something like this for your girls. Your besties are the ones that see you through every single trial and tribulation, every event and exciting moment. Celebrating with one another and sharing the love you have with each other is a great thing to do all the time, but especially on Galentine’s Day. What are you doing for your gal pals this year? Comment below and share some ideas that you may have!
Did you know there was such thing as a Gal-entine’s Day? If not, how do you plan to make use of this new day each year.
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