* Valentine’s Day is out; Galentine’s – a celebration of your gal pals – is in
* I nvite all your female friends for the ultimate Galentine’s Day party
* These are the things you need to throw a party that will become a yearly tradition
Popularized by the inimitable Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a time to celebrate female friendship and have fun with the awesome women in your life. Forget the patriarchal and heteronormative ideals behind Valentine’s Day, and spend some time with your gal pals instead.
If you want to throw the ultimate Galentine’s party, you’ll need some supplies to get things jumping, and we’ve got you covered with our recommendations.
1. Aervana One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator
If you and your guests are big fans of the ol’ vino, you’ll want a wine aerator to make the most out of your tipple. This electric one-touch aerator from Aervana gives your wine a beautiful smooth taste and is simple enough to operate even when you’re deep into your Galentine’s fun. So, fill up those wine glasses and make a toast to womankind!
2. Sonos PLAY:5 Smart Wireless Speaker
It’s not a Galentine’s party if you’re not singing along to songs from your favorite female musicians by the end of the night. We’re talking Pink, Beyoncé, Ariana, Taylor — maybe a bit of Alicia and GaGa if you’re feeling adventurous. For a sound system that packs a punch, we recommend the Sonos PLAY:5. This wireless speaker lets you play songs from a range of popular streaming services via an easy-to-use app.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera
Of course, you’ll want to document your Galentine’s Day fun for future squads to learn from. You could just take shots with your phone or digital camera, but where’s the fun in that? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera produces real 2.13″ x 3.4″ photographs in seconds. These photos will make awesome mementos for your guests to take home, and everyone will have fun playing photographer!
4. SHANY Bamboo Makeup Brush Set
If you’d like there to be a pampering portion of your Galentine’s party (or just get silly with some makeup tutorials), you’ll need the right supplies. This bamboo makeup brush set is perfect for glamming it up. And don’t forget to crack out the hair dryer, hair brushes, and scrunchies so you can groom one another’s locks, fifth grade sleepover style.
5. Jessica Simpson Women’s Claudette Pump
There’s nothing like a pair of killer heels to make you feel like an honest to goodness bad gal. These Claudette pumps from Jessica Simpson have an impressive 4-inch heel and come in a range of colors and patterns. Better yet, if you’re wearing them to an intimate Galentine’s gathering, you can sit down as much as you want to give those feet a break!
6. The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Stoneware Coasters and Napkin Box Set
Just because you’re letting your hair down with the ladies, doesn’t mean you have to let ring marks into your life. These pretty coasters will keep your furniture clean while you dish the dirt with your friends. Plus, they come with a matching napkin box that makes a nice accent piece.
7. Cuisinart Classic Round Waffle Maker
If you really want to invoke the spirit of Galentine’s Day’s fictional founder, Leslie Knope, then you’d better be serving waffles at your party. You’ll need to get your hands on a waffle maker first, and this classic round waffle maker from Cuisinart is no slouch. Consider setting up a waffle bar at your party where guests can choose from an array of toppings. Just don’t forget the whipped cream!
8. Freshware 8-Cavity Heart Silicone Mold
This versatile silicone mold is perfect for making a range of different heart-shaped goodies for your Galentine’s party. Bake some adorable heart-shaped cupcakes or muffins to snack on, or go all out with heart shaped Jell-O shots. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you could even make your own heart soaps for guests to take home as favors.
9. Decorative Curtain Lights
You don’t have to be a master party decorator to know that fairy lights instantly transform a room from drab to fab. These LED curtain fairy lights can be strung up against a wall, down the stairs, or even in the middle of a room as a sparkling divider. Your Galentines will be impressed!
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