What the Heck Is Galentine’s Day? A Brief History and Why You Should Totally Do It

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Leslie Knope

Whether you’re head-over-heels or burnt out on love, Galentine’s Day is something we all need a little more of.

So, what the heck is Galentine’s Day? It’s understandable you’d ask, especially if you’ve never watched the show Parks and Recreation. Simply put, Galentine’s Day is a holiday invented by Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler). This can’t-be-missed holiday happens every year, exactly one day before Valentine’s Day—so don’t worry, you can still enjoy that candlelit dinner with your significant other.

Still confused? Leslie Knope weighs in:

"Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

It’s basically like Valentine’s Day, but celebrated with your best gal pals. Because your girlfriends deserve a holiday that’s not you sending a last-minute card two days after their birthday. And since Galentine’s Day is becoming more and more popular as each year passes, we thought you should know about it! Not sure how to celebrate? We’ve got your back.

4 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day This Year

1. Let’s Have Brunch!

Brunch Cart

Who needs boys when you could have brunch, instead? In true Leslie Knope form, one of the bests ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day is with a make-your-own-waffle bar. From the love-ly invitations to the scrumptious sweets, this V-Day party by Kara’s Party Ideas is an absolute treat!

2. Women Celebrating Women

galentine's day thank you list

Artist: Emily McDowell

Whether you’re celebrating with your gal pals over brunch or online, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls has you covered. Print these adorable illustrations out, share them on Instagram, tweet them with #GalentinesDay or text it to your BFF. Because Galentine’s Day is all about telling your ladies how awesome they are.

3. You’ll Need a Signature Drink

Galentines day cocktail list.

No Galentine’s Day is complete without a signature drink. I mean, what else are you supposed to do while talking about all the hot gossip? Luckily, we’ve put together a list of 5 cocktails all your ladies will be swooning over. Take a look!

4. Grab Your Decorations

Galentine's day box set.

Party at your place! No need to go overboard, a few adorable decorations will do. Luckily, Deckd curates them for you! The best part? We even have our own Galentine’s Day Box Set. No need to head to a store—we’ll deliver it right to your door! Top it all off with some rosé plus some candles and you’ll be a major hit.


Well, what did you think? Will you be throwing a Galentine’s Day bash this February 13th? Leave a comment below!

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