February 07, 2020
Ladies leave your man at home - it’s Galentine’s Day.
What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Made popular by the great Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th. It’s a day for women to celebrate their gal pals - usually over brunch with delicious mimosas and waffles. The idea is to celebrate the love and friendship you have with your girls because those are the best friendships there are!
Galentine’s Day is easily one of my favorite holidays to prep for. There are so many sweet and fun things you can do and it’s just a fun, wholesome day to celebrate your friends.
Galentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, but you can easily wait until the following weekend to celebrate with a brunch or dinner of some sort. Setting something up is as easy as some cute decor, mini waffles, and a fun cocktail.
In setting up my own Galentine’s Day brunch, I kept it simple but wanted it to be cute. A lot of it can be replicated just by what you have around the house. A simple tablecloth (or even a plain table) can be dressed up with some heart-shaped pieces of paper or even some Valentine’s-themed confetti which you can absolutely find at any bargain store or Walmart.
The best part about Galentine’s Day is you can reuse any blush, pink or girly-looking plates and napkins from other events. Not everything needs to be red and heart-shaped! Of course, you can easily find theme plates and napkins at your local store or on Amazon for a great price.
I kept food simple and paid homage to the great Leslie Knope by going with waffles - because we all know we need to remember what's important in life: Friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third.
You can always go all out and create your own waffle-making station if you have the tools for it. You can get a fairly decent waffle iron for around $20, and they even make ones that are heart-shaped. All your gals can then choose their own toppings. This can be a lot of fun but prepare for some mess.
I went with some mini-waffles, though, and decided to dress them up on the plate myself to make it easy. I simply laid a few out, sprinkled some heart-shaped sprinkles on top and then drizzled with syrup. This came out looking so picturesque, especially after I added a few fresh strawberries for a pop of color.
And, of course, no brunch with the ladies is complete without a fun drink. For my Galentine’s Day brunch I decided to do something different from the typical bubbly or mimosas and try my hand at a new cocktail. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for some cotton candy champagne:
1 bottle of champagne (or club soda if you are making it a mocktail)
1 package of cotton candy (I had a hard time finding it but you can buy it on Amazon here)
Pour some champagne into the flute and tear off a small bit of cotton candy to turn the drink pink. Then tear off a bigger amount to sit on top of your glass. Be very careful: if the cotton candy gets wet, it will dissolve immediately. And that's it. A pink bubbly drink for your Galentine's day celebration.
If you aren't into the cotton candy idea, you can rim your glass with pink sugar, sprinkles, or edible glitter! There are so many fun ways to spice up this celebration with the girls.
And there ya have it! A fun brunch with the girls to celebrate their love, friendship and support. What more could you ask for?
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