What is Galentine's Day?
Whether you’re married, in a relationship or as single as I am, Valentine’s day is a day for letting people know they are loved. You don’t have to be in love to love someone and Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let your girls know how much you care. Galentine’s day was started by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope and is known as a girls only Valentine’s Day celebration. I’ve decided to host a surprise Galentine’s Day party for my roommates and I can’t wait to share all of my DIY projects. So let’s jump on the Leslie Knope bandwagon and get started!
My roommate Mackenzie and I decided to host a mocktail pizza party. We’ll all dress up for a night out and stay in drinking mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) and eating cheap pizza. What can I say? We’re poor, starving college students so pizza is pretty fine dining! We’ll finish off the night changing into pajamas and watching Nicholas Sparks movies after dragging all our mattresses into the living room for a mega bed sleepover. Cheap, easy and so much fun. Of course everyone’s Galentine’s Day party will be unique but no matter what, it should include quality bonding time and lots of good laughs… and food. Food is always a plus. You’re never too young and you’re never too old for a good time with your girls! The first step is picking a theme or activity so here are 10 ideas to get you started!
Your party is only as special as the people you’re with, so spreading the word might just be the most important step in planning your Galentine’s Day. I’m sure your guests would love something handmade but sometimes you would rather spend your time making decorations, cooking or maybe you simply don’t have time. That’s why I’ve handmade something to make it a little easier. These Galentine’s Day invitation printables are available in the shop along with some fun favor labels. I’m hoping this adds a nice touch to your celebration!
If you’re reading this blog chances are you’re a lover of all things crafting and decorating so we couldn’t plan a Galentine’s party without a few DIY projects. Here are 6 DIY décor ideas to make your party special:
Getting started: I cut out a BUNCH of hearts before I began my DIY projects. Using the Cricut design space I was able to fit 9 hearts (3.002 in x 3.394 in) and 8 smaller hearts (1.098 in x 1.241 in) onto one piece of card stock and used my Cricut machine to cut them out! It saved me so much time and made the hearts perfect, using my Cricut machine rather than cutting them by hand.
Required materials: White card stock, brush pen, glue, colored paper
Step 1: Cut your paper into fourths. I used my Cricut paper cutter and it made it so much easier!
Step 2: Fold each name card in half
Step 3: Glue small hearts onto the corner of each name card.
Step 4: Use a brush pen to write the names of your guests. If you're looking for some great brush pens, check out these awesome pens from Arteza!
Cupid's arrow table runner:
Required materials: 8 ½ x 11 inch or 12 x 12 inch Paper (The color is up to you), scissors or a paper cutter and a glue stick
Step 1: Fold and cut paper to make it a square if using 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. If you are using 12x12 inch paper you can skip this step.
Step 2: Cut square paper in half diagonally.
Step 3: arrange papers until you reach your desired length.
Step 4: Secure papers together using glue.
*You can use as many different colors as you want. I sprinkled little hearts as confetti to add some color!
Required materials: Cricut machine or scissors, paper in desired color(s), and string.
Step 1: Cut out hearts until you reach your desired amount. I used my Cricut for this step. On the design space they have a free heart cut out that I copied and pasted a bunch of times. It saved me a lot of time from having to cut out each heart individually. If you don’t have a Cricut machine you can always cut the hearts out by hand but this can be time consuming. It may also be difficult to get the hearts even and symmetrical for a nice clean finish when cutting by hand.
Step 2: If you are using multiple colors, arrange the hearts in the pattern you like best.
Step 3: Punch holes at the bottom and top of each heart and string them through
Step 4: Hang up wherever and however you want!
Bouquet of hearts:
Required materials: Cricut machine or scissors, paper in desired color(s), sticks or branches, vase, ribbon (optional), hot glue.
Step 1: Heat up your hot glue gun!
Step 2: I used the smaller heart cut outs for this project. Pick out which hearts and which colors you want to put on your bouquet
Step 3: Arrange your branches in your vase until they look the way you like it. Try to make them full by spreading them apart and avoid having too many branches on one side to make it balanced.
Step 4: Arrange the hearts and glue them to your branches. When it comes to this DIY, I’ve found that less is more. I tried not to glue too many hearts too close together to avoid clutter.
Step 5: Add a ribbon to your vase and put it out for everyone to see!
3D Heart napkin holder
Required materials: scrapbooking paper, Cricut machine or scissors, hot glue gun (with glue), string
Step 1: Use the Cricut machine to cut out hearts. If you are going to cut them out by hand, It is important that they are the same size and shape. Make sure you are using scrapbooking paper or card stock. If you choose to use a different type of paper, just make sure it isn't flimsy!
Step 2: Set aside your base and then fold the rest of the hearts in half. Glue along the fold, attaching the hearts together.
Step 3: Fold your napkin in thirds, with the silverware inside and tie string around two times to hold it in place
Step 4: place a dot of hot glue on the string, avoiding the napkin and attach your 3D heart.
It’s always a nice touch to leave your guests with a little something to remember the awesome time you’ve had. Put together little gift bags full of chocolates, nail polish, or anything else you think your girls might like. Top it all off with these fun favor labels to let them know they are loved.
HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY
I hope your Galentine’s Day party is one to be remembered. Comment below with any questions or ideas and please (pretty please) add pictures if you decide to have a Galentine’s party. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!