How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Party

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I know, I know…Valentine’s is a commercial holiday probably created by a marketing mastermind to drive up sales for chocolate and roses. While I guess this thinking is not wrong, Valentine’s Day is as good of an excuse as any, in our opinion, to get festive and celebrate our amazing loved ones! Mom life is busy and cultivating your own meaningful relationships often takes a backseat to ensuring your kids have meaningful relationships (hello, playdates!). So here is my challenge to you hard-working mamas out there: this Valentine’s Day, put your friendships first and dedicate time to connect with your gal pals. 

How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Party

My recipe for Galentine’s Day Party success is pretty simple:

Good friends + good food + good wine = a very good time

Now, let’s break down that equation…

Good Friends

Hopefully, you have them! If not, find them! Fast! Choose an event location (a simple, cozy night in is just my style), a date, and a time. For my Galentine’s event, I used Canva to create a festive invitation, then shared it through a Facebook Event I created to officially invite friends.

Extra Tip: Make sure you have a spouse, a friend, or a babysitter scheduled to watch the kids. Because, while I love my kids, sometimes they make it hard to truly focus on a good conversation with friends!

Atlanta Mom Group

Good Food

Charcuterie is a crowd favorite, and for good reason. Meats, cheeses, spreads, dried fruits, nuts…the list of items is long, and the options are endless. The process of making a Charcuterie board can be overwhelming and, for that reason, I ordered a board from Charcutori. The ordering process is simple; just fill out an online form where you can customize your board with tons of options. My board received a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” from my gal pals – it was both tasty and beautiful!

I did create a fun dessert charcuterie board, mostly with items found at Costco. They had seasonal, heart-shaped macaroons, a variety of chocolates, and pistachios that were perfect for my festive and sweet creation.

Galentine's Day Party - Charcutori
How to Throw a Galentine's Day Party

Although the dessert charcuterie board was beautiful, my go-to festive holiday desserts are cookies from Hollywood Peach. I ordered cookie kits for everyone which included three heart-shaped sugar cookies, two colors of icing, and two types of cute sprinkles. Not only is it fun to decorate your own cookies without the hassle of destroying your kitchen, but there is no way my cookies would ever turn out as tasty as the ones from Hollywood Peach!

How to Throw a Galentine's Day Party
How to Throw a Galentine's Day Party

Good Wine

And you can’t have a Galentine’s party without some good wine! Not only did I have wine for the party, but I actually invited Haley Culmone to come and lead our group of gals in a wine tasting. She is a total expert and although she knows ALL. THE. THINGS., she was great at speaking about the wines in a way that wasn’t pretentious. We were introduced to four different wines, across a variety of origins. We swirled, we smelled, we tasted, we laughed… the whole wine tasting experience really helped to make the Galentine’s party a truly personal and special affair.

Wine Tasting - Hailey Culhome
Wine for Tasting

Hopefully, these steps work for you to get you going with planning the best Galentine’s Day Party ever!

For other Valentine’s Day themed posts, check out Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Kids or Feel the Love in the ATL this Valentine’s Day.

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Jessica is an adventure-loving, over-committing, and previously organized mother of 2! She and her husband (high school sweethearts) moved to Atlanta in 2006 after graduating college, ready to start their life in the “real world”. They have experienced so many wonderful life milestones while in Atlanta – lived in Buckhead pre-kids, bought a house in great Smyrna neighborhood, had their first child in 2011 (a spunky little girl, Vivian), welcomed their second child exactly 18 months later in 2012 (a creative and crazy little boy, Harrison), and most recently added a Golden Doodle named Winston into the mix. Jessica and her family have since moved to the burbs of Milton where you now find them past 2 horse farms on the right. Jessica has always loved being part of a community, so when the opportunity to join the Atlanta Mom executive team presented itself it was a no brainer! She loved it so much, in fact, that in 2021 she and Natalie joined forces to lead the team and continue connecting with awesome moms across the ATL!

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