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Celebrating with My Girl Squad
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. Show gratitude for the strong women in your life by throwing a Galentine’s Day party.
I’m single, as are many of my girlfriends. My closest girlfriends have gotten me through some tough times in my life. Showing my appreciation means more to me than anything in the world. I mail a small appreciation card for my gals that don’t live nearby. So on February 14th, I will host a celebration of love for my friends.
Set A Galentine’s Day Table
Gather your gals for brunch or dinner. For my gals, I switched it up this year. My friends LOVE chocolate, candy & wine, so I’m making sweets the focus of my table. I added in some fresh roses and some fun decor.
Thanks to some fantastic and surprising items, the table was simple. Many of the items I already had in my house, but you can easily find them online or in stores.
IKEA decor- I was at IKEA for their December Julbord event with my Swedish friend Lisa. She’s the friend I traveled to Sweden with. IKEA has a Vinterfint holiday collection drawn from its designers’ childhood memories of fairytales and Scandinavian landscapes. Many of the items incorporated hearts. When I saw the collection, it inspired me to use some of the items for my Galentine’s Day celebration.
Sophistiplate’s Everyday Scarlet Table – The set included eight dinner and salad plates, 20 ct. Guest towels, which I used for napkins, 20 ct. Cocktail napkins, red & gold Bella service for 12, large paper baking cups, which I used for chocolate candy, Scarlett chevron paper cocktail straws, and red party picks. The straws became a decoration.
Gold Textured Plate Charger /Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Scatter /Red bottle with stopper/Red heart Garland/Jar with lid /Tin with lid /Love Marquee with Lights /red & white twine/mason jars/Happy Valentine’s Day 4 pk Heart Shaped Ceramic Plates/White Love Decor
The Little Market – The marble heart coasters and cake stand came from the little market. Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla co-founded the company. The Little Market is a mission-driven nonprofit. I love when I order an item and learn about the makers.
For the candy, I used chocolate-shaped hearts, Hershey’s Valentine’s kisses, Jelly Belly champagne jelly beans, and pink, white & red heart-shaped gluten-free jelly beans. You can find Valentine’s Day candy pretty much anywhere.
Finally, check out their holiday clearance section while shopping at Michael’s and Joann’s. I found glitter picks with red, gold, and white hearts on clearance for $.90. (and grabbed some ornaments on sale for this year’s Hanukkah tree)
Gifts for Your Galentines & Valentines
If I have learned anything from the December holidays, you can’t leave gifts until the last minute. Many of the gifts I ordered online took an extraordinary time to arrive. Fortunately, I started early, but I still had items that arrived late. That makes Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day more complicated. Typically, with holidays having just ended, I buy small token gifts. And, of course, there will be candy.
Altar’d State – fun heart crew socks.
Bouqs– Flowers are always well received, and Bouqs are not only beautiful, but they also last. Click on the link for 20% off using code VDAY20.
Cozy Earth – I own six sets of bamboo sheets, their lounge socks (the coziest socks), their bamboo pajamas, and a throw blanket. I know, maybe not the most romantic, but once you sleep on their sheets, you’ll change your mind. And they’re available for 20-25% sitewide from now through February 14th.
Greetabl – I love sending a little something from Greetabl. They take the guesswork out of creating the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. There are many art-worthy Valentine’s Day-themed boxes to start with. You can add in a small gift and a gift card too.
Little Words Project – I own six bracelets, which I wear as stackables. They have nice ones for Valentine’s Day, including LOVE.
Sur la Table – You could gift a romantic date night for Valentine’s Day or just a fun Galentine’s Day night where you will go on a cooking adventure. Choose from Be My Valentine, From Paris with Love, and The Perfect Steak Dinner.
Uncommon Goods – They have uncommon gifts, including an Edibles Cookbook for low-dose sweet and savory treats. Interesting. You can find personalized gifts, romantic experiences, self-care, and more. I love their XO Vase set.
A recent visit to HomeGoods and Michael’s allowed me to find treats for friends and family.
Don’t forget cards for your Galentine’s day!
Be Your Own Valentine
I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. I learned what true love was about by watching my dad shower my mom with gifts. He was such a caring, kind, and romantic man. And he brought all the women in his office a rose on Valentine’s Day. He set the bar very high, and it’s what I expected from my husband. It certainly did not start that way with my husband. Now that I am widowed, I gift myself because I believe in practicing self-love.
Whether you are single or not, it is still a perfect time to get your best gals together and celebrate your love for each other We can all use some love! ❤
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