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How to Throw the Ultimate Galentine’s Day Party

Valentine’s Day is more than just a day for couples.  Over the years, Galentine’s Day has evolved celebrating friendship.  After a year of much female empowerment, the Girl Meets Party team team decided to level up the celebration.  We themed the Galentine’s Day brunch as ‘Love is Love.’  To us, ‘Love is Love’ is the celebration of all people and all things including one another.

Galentine’s Day Components

There are a few key components to every party, and I always find them to be these four pieces:

  • Decor
  • Table Setting
  • Food & Drinks
  • Favors

Decor

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We teamed up with Paper Source to design the perfect backdrop using Dandelion Puffs on fuschia paper, a love balloon and white balloons.  We used six sheets of the Dandelion Puffs on fuschia paper, which is perfect to double as gift wrap after your party.  To minimize shadows and gaps, we taped the front of the paper.  The love balloon anchored the center and was surrounded by a frame of white balloons.  The balloon runner was the cherry on top, which we detailed how to make here.  We kept all decor in themes of pinks but added pops of gold so it wasn’t too child-like.

We added confetti hearts to the table to add tiny pops of color.  The confetti was the easiest to create for Galentine’s Day by using a heart punch and a combination of pink and red business cards.  Each business card created 6 hearts.  We created a combination of 12 pink and red hearts in each section of the table, which counted as in between plates.  For the center of the table, there were approximately 36 hearts.  Lastly, we designed two bouquets of roses combining white and blush roses with some budding greenery.

Table Setting

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One of my favorite details on a table is a menu.  It can be dressed to the theme and lets guests know what to expect.  For Galentine’s Day, we used our menu template, but we jazzed it up with a golden embossed love stamp at the top, which was created from the love script stamp, gold embossing powder and embossing heat tool.  I also love to have place settings for each person, and I put great thought into who sits near one another. The silver shimmer place cards always print extremely well with an inkjet printer.  To create them, we set our paper size to place card size (3.5” x 5”) and added names in a sans serif font in the bottom right hand corner.  Print one as a test to ensure there’s a enough space for the stamp.  Then, we used the love stamp, pink embossing powder and the embossing heat tool.

For the plates, we used the Lenox Golden Waterfall plates, which we topped with our inspiration for the event – the Love is Love plates from Williams Sonoma.  For glassware, I used my Kate Spade Larabee Dot Champagne glasses for mimosas and stemless wine glasses for water.  I love to use the stemless white wine glasses from Crate & Barrel for water.  Plus, they’re only $2.95 a glass so an easy price point, too!  We used simple white napkins and my favorite Lenox Gold Flatware.

Food & Drinks

Paleo-Menu

I always recommend to check in with your guests on dietary issues before setting the menu.  Nothing is worse than planning a menu that someone can’t enjoy.  As it turns out, we had a few dairy concerns for Galentine’s Day.  I planned a fully Paleo menu consisting of paleo muffins, bangin’ breakfast potatoes and a veggie egg scramble.  All recipes are collated here.

Favors

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No matter what time of day, it’s not a party without a favor.  I love to give out favors for every get together to say, ‘thanks for coming.’ I couldn’t have been more thrilled to design our ‘Love is Love’ mini champagne labels from Gardenia Labels – one of my favorite etsy designers. I also baked cookies and picked up little treats, which were in the mini heart foil gift bags from Paper Source.  Favors can also double as decor as the table.  I decided to set them opposite the glassware to help fill the table and balance the setting.  The ladies loved the favors!

Galentine’s Day Gallery

Gallery

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Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.

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