Just ask Leslie Knope – Galentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year. It’s an excuse to get together with our favorite people, purely to celebrate being in each other’s lives…what could be better?
The best part is that expensive dinners and stuffed bears are not required. You can throw a shindig with the best of ’em right at home. Sweats and topknots welcome and encouraged.
If you want to take it up a notch with minimal after-work effort, here are three activity + menu combinations for your Galentine’s Day gathering! We’ve included handy supply lists for you, and everything on ’em can be purchased at your local grocery and/or hobby store.
(We’ve also linked to our favorite Prime finds if you’re reading this on Tuesday – oooor Wednesday – because we see you and appreciate you, fellow procrastinators.)
all photos by Julianne Capati
We’re easing you guys in with the simplest one to plan for! With cookie decorating, your activity and your menu are one-in-the-same. And delicious.
We recommend supplementing with extra baked goods, because, duh. Add your favorite prosecco and you are all set!
– Piping Bags
– Icing Tips
– Rolling Pin
– Cookie Cutters (UNICORNS, oh and hearts)
– Spatulas (if you’ve never used an angled icing spatula, welcome to the major leagues)
*You can also make life really easy (like we did) and get a pre-made cookie decorating kit at your grocery store or Target!
– Sugar Cookies
– Chocolate Chips
Succulents + Breakfast Tacos
Being headquartered in Tucson has its perks – one of which is 24/7 access to the best breakfast tacos and burritos. If you’re not conveniently located in the Sonoran desert, you can easily whip up your own to enjoy while you pot some trendy, southwestern home decor!
We love a breakfast taco bar because it’s super easy for everyone to eat, regardless of dietary restrictions. Vegetarians or vegans? Add on beans, roasted potatoes or sautéed peppers and onions! Gluten-free? Provide corn tortillas or chips (for breakfast nachos, obvs.)
If you’re sautéing, just remember to pick your cooking fat (butter, oil, ghee, etc.) accordingly!
Okay, but why succulents? One, they’re harder to kill than your average house plant (*praise hands for that*). They’re super affordable, especially if you’re splitting the soil and potting supplies with a group. And they make an adorable addition to your desk, shelf or windowsill!
– Small Towel or Rag (to wrap around any succulents with spines, protect yo’self!)
– Succulent Potting Soil
– Small Pots (go for 2-6″, depending on the size of your plants! Thrift stores are also reliable go-tos)
– Small spade or scoop (we used a cute vintage bowl because #Instagram)
– White Gravel (for topping off the soil, not drainage!)
*Tailor this to your crowd’s preferences!
– Flour or Corn Tortillas (pop ’em on a dry, hot pan for a minute or two, thank us later)
– Roasted Potatoes
– Green Peppers
– White or Yellow Onions
– Black or Pinto Beans
Watercolor + Bruschetta
Just like a taco bar, a bruschetta bar can be completely customized to each person’s preferences. Insider tip: Trader Joe’s is basically a bruschetta bar playground, between the heavenly cheese selection and endless spread options.
Watercolor is one of our favorite crafts because it’s super affordable and therapeutic…and it’s hard to end up with something that’s not pretty, which is always a plus in our book. There’s also tons of inspiration online for what to paint, or you can do portraits of your beautiful friends! New prof pic, anyone? 😉
Remember, if your painting doesn’t turn out quite as you imagined it would, it’s just abstract. Yay, art!
– Micron or Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Pens
– Water Dishes
– Masking tape (for creating a clean border and fixing your masterpiece to the table surface)
*Tailor this to your crowd’s preferences! We more than recommend a stroll around Trader Joe’s to find fun toppings.
– Sliced Fruit (pears, apples, strawberries, bananas)
– Spreads (hummus, nut butters, pesto, red pepper spread, spinach and artichoke, jams)
– Drizzles (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey)
– Cheese (parmesan, cheddar, goat, mozzarella)
– Diced Vegetables (tomatoes, scallions, avocado, red onion, cucumber, arugula, mushrooms)
– Charcuterie Meats (smoked fish, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto)
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