Tips to throw the best Galentine’s Day party. Leslie Knope, of Parks & Rec fame invented this awesomely fun holiday on February 13th. It’s the perfect excuse to gather your best girlfriends and celebrate friendship and delicious food.
Ok, Valentine’s Day is great and all, but us ladies need a day to celebrate our friendships! Thanks to Leslie Knope, or the writers of Parks & Rec, we’ve got a day to celebrate the power of our female friendships.
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Why celebrate Galentine’s Day
Whether you’ve got a significant other or not, celebrating friendship is just as important as fostering romantic relationships. I don’t need to tell you why, it just is. And thanks to Leslie, we’ve got the perfect excuse to get together as female friends, eat delicious food, and have fun.
Ok, especially for those of use without significant others, we don’t have to miss out on an excuse to eat chocolate and watch chick flicks!
How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day
In Parks & Rec, the ladies celebrate by eating breakfast foods. I’ve celebrated by going on a hiking weekend trip with friends, watched all the chick flicks, and eaten heart shaped pizza. There’s no wrong way to celebrate. You just need wonderful female friends, great food, and something fun to do!
What to eat on Galentine’s Day
I’ve gathered some delicious recipes that you can enjoy with your besties. You can 100% eat whatever you want, but Galentine’s Day party food includes desserts and breakfast foods.
You can eat dinner before, or have a couple protein heavy options if you’d like them.
I do have to include my dietitian disclaimer: all foods fit, sometimes you’ll have days where your intake isn’t too balanced, and that’s ok. It’ll all even out. But if you’re anything like me, and get a stomach ache if you just eat dessert-y foods without protein, grab a protein rich snack before or after so you can really enjoy your Galentine’s party and friends. Read more about my nutrition philosophy here.
Ok, check out some recipes for your party-
Throw a DIY Waffle Party! Have friends bring toppings and eat waffles Leslie Knope style-lots of sweet toppings!
Gluten Free Dark Strawberry & Chocolate Bread Pudding via Gina of Running to the Kitchen (you can definitely sub the GF bread for wheat bread!)
Red Velvet Pancakes via Kaleigh of Lively Table Blog
Bacon & Egg Cups via Alli of Dancing Through the Rain blog. The easiest savory breakfast item!
Chocolate Strawberry German Pancakes via Brittany of Your Choice Nutrition blog
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats via Kaleigh of Lively Table Blog. Make this the night before your Galentine’s party and you’ll have a delicious oatmeal option that’s super easy!
Air Fryer French Toast Sticks via Bintu of Recipes from a Pantry
Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries via Emilie of Finding Zest
Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail via Marisa Moore of Marisa Moore Nutrition
Cranberry Pineapple Mocktail via Crystal of Crystal Karges Nutrition
Pomegranate Lime Non-Alcoholic Spritzer via Linda of The Organic Kitchen
You can also buy ready to drink flavored Sparkling Water, lemonade, & limeade
Mini Strawberry Heart Cakes via Holley of Holley Grainger Nutrition
White Chocolate Candied Lemon Slices via Taryn of Hot Pan Kitchen. If you’ve got a bit of extra time to let these bake, OMG you’ll have one happy crowd!
Chocolate Strawberry Glazed Baked Donuts via Matt of Plating Pixels
Dark Chocolate Dipped Popcorn Balls via Jenny of My Cape Cod Kitchen
Chocolate Mint Truffles via Edwina of Edwina Clark Nutrition
Chocolate Avocado Pudding via Marisa of Marisa Moore Nutrition
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Rice Treats via Jamie of Dishing out Health
Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes via Kara of The Foodie Dietitian Blog
No Bake Bean & Peanut Butter Treats via Elizabeth of Better is the New Perfect Blog
Edible Rose Petal Chocolate Covered Strawberries via Emily of Emily Kyle Nutrition
Vegan Brownie Pizza via Chelsey of Chelsey Amer Nutrition
Kid Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats via Brynn of the Domestic Dietitian blog. What adults don’t love kid friendly treats? not sure!
What to do on Galentine’s Day
In addition to a delicious breakfast & dessert spread you can
- Watch the Galentine’s Day episode (Season 2, episode 16) of Parks & Rec
- Watch your favorite chick flicks (may I recommend: A Cinderella Story, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, 10 Things I Hate About You, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Mamma Mia, Crazy Stupid Love, and She’s the Man)
Really you can’t go wrong. Do something you and your girlfriends would love, do something out of the ordinary, or just get together and enjoy friendship.
Let’s get chatty-
- Have you celebrated Galentine’s Day before?
- What are your favorite chick flicks?
- What would you bring to a Galentine’s Day party?