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How to Host a Fantastic Galentine’s Day Party this year!

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Welcome friends!! Today you are in for a treat! If you are following along in order thanks for hopping over from So Much Better with Age!

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it and I'm so excited to be part of inspiring your celebration this year as part of the Valentine's Day Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining blog tour! I know we are in for some absolutely spectacular inspiration as some of your favorite bloggers get together.

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I want to say a special Thank You to Lory from  Designthusiasm for all of her dedication and hard work in hosting. Please be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for links to all the fantastic features.

Today, I'm sharing How to Host a Fantastic Galentine's Day Party this year!

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How to Host a Fantastic Galentine’s Day Party

Are you familiar with Galentine's Day? It's a super-fun celebration geared especially for all your favorite gal pals. Since I'm not currently in a romantic relationship I'm particularly delighted with this concept.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be a cringe-worthy holiday anymore!

Even if you do have a special someone in your life, let's face it, they usually aren't always that excited about Valentine's Day – so this is a wonderful way to channel that energy into a sweet celebration that blesses one and all!

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In addition to loads of eye-candy, I want to also share 11 tips to make your Galentine's Day/Valentine's Day party your best party this year!

11 tips to make your Galentine's Day/Valentine's Day party your best party this year!

[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] MAKE A PLAN

You know why you're hosting this party: To celebrate the women in your life who bless, encourage, and inspire you OR for those whom you want to bless, encourage, or inspire.

But there are a few more decisions we need to make before moving forward…

  • Will this be a meal or a snacking party?
  • Will it be a high-tea, sit-down formal meal, potluck, or picnic? There are loads of options.
  • Where will the party take place?
  • Who do you want to invite? Just your BFFs or a slightly wider range of friends and neighbors?

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[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] SET A BUDGET

Now that you know why you’re having a party, you need to set your budget. How much do you want to spend overall? Then you can break it down by category.

Determine your budget for:

  • food
  • alcohol
  • entertainment
  • rentals
  • location (if not at your home)
  • staff (if needed)
  • flowers
  • decorations
  • and other categories specific to your event.

Proper budgeting is a key element in achieving low-stress planning because few things cause more stress than money.

Know how much you have to spend and find ways to stick to it. It is so easy to get swept up by the party spirit and begin overspending in the heat of the moment when you see all the beautiful possibilities—your budget will help you stay focused and not get in hot water.

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[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] MAKE A CHECKLIST

Theres an old saying if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.This is true for so many parts of our lives, and entertaining is certainly one. Use my handy FREE party planning checklist which you can download here.

Once you have your lists made, dont forget to keep checking them. Follow-through is a key to staying on track and lowering your stress levels.

[dropcaps]4[/dropcaps] PICK A THEME 

You know you're hosting a Valentine/Galentine party but what style of decor or theme will it be?

  • Glam
  • Shabby Chic
  • Rustic
  • Garden
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Frilly + Feminine
  • Fiesta
  • there are loads of options….

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[dropcaps]5[/dropcaps] SELECT ONE MEMORABLE-MOMENT ACTIVITY

After choosing your theme, pick one fun and fabulous element to make your party stand out.

It could be as elaborate as:

  • Hiring a live mariachi band
  • Projecting a movie following your theme onto the wall
  • Setting up a photo booth
  • Hiring a food truck
  • Bringing in an entertainer like a belly dancer to give lessons
  • Renting a bounce house for grown-ups
  • the possibilities are limitless BUT be sure to pick just ONE activity to help avoid overwhelm.

Simpler ideas can include Arts+ Craft stations like the one here where we are panting our own mugs.

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Additional DIY Craft Station ideas for Valentine's Day/Galentine's Day parties include:

  • Ornament making
  • Knitting
  • Floral Arranging
  • Watercolor painting mini canvases
  • Macrame
  • Crepe paper floral crafts
  • Painting/decorating birdhouses
  • Candy making
  • Customizing hearts as seen on the plates in this post (tutorial coming soon!)
  • and so much more!

Don't forget to add the gathering of supplies and familiarizing yourself with the project to your party-planning checklist.

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[dropcaps]6[/dropcaps] INVITE YOUR GUESTS

Depending on the degree of your partys formality, you have options for e-vite vs. invite.

For a casual party or for a group of close friends, e-vites are totally fine, just know that typically guests will expect a more casual environment because of this.

If you are wanting guests to dress up, but still want to go the e-vite route be sure to make note of the dress code on the invitation.

But, since this may be a smaller party – going with beautifully printed invitations can make your party feel even more special to your guests and go a long way to enhance their excitement for it!

Obviously, they dont have to be engraved, but they should be something you can hold. I am including a link to a printable party pack that you can use to style your whole party. You can get it here!

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[dropcaps]7[/dropcaps] AUTOMATE

During the party, wherever possible, incorporate as many self-serve options as you can to keep your running around time to a minimum. Of course, its great to hire staff to help if its a big party, but even a couple of teenage helpers can make a big impact on a medium to large size at-home gathering.

Easy ways to automateinclude DIY options such as food-and-drink stations and your activity/craft station can be set up in advance – with directions printed and an example of the finished project on display to get guests going – and doesnt require you to manage it at every moment.

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[dropcaps]8[/dropcaps] CREATE ZONES

If you are hosting a mix of kids and grown-ups, create designated spaces for EACH where they can feel comfortable.

They can be in the same room—think kidstable/grown-ups table. The point is to create areas that will engage and interest all of your guests. Happy kids equal happy parents, which always means a better party!

Create drop zones for trash and dirty dishes (sub-divide into categories like flatwareglasses, and plates, if necessary). Folks who purchased my Holiday Survival Guide know that it is LOADED with lists, buffet tips, clean-up tips, and SO much more to help you celebrate with style and ease no matter the season!

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[dropcaps]9[/dropcaps] ASSIGN DUTIES

Especially when entertaining at home, it is so easy for one person to get stuckwith all the cleanup at the end of a party.

The old saying many hands makes light workis never truer than at the end of a wonderful evening when you are tired and ready to rest but looking at a space that has literally been partied in!

Discuss end of partyroles with all members of the family to help minimize misunderstandings and help cleanup be a breeze.

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[dropcaps]10[/dropcaps] SET UP AHEAD

Do everything you can ahead of time. Prepare food in advance, set the tables the night before, etc. On party day, you want to be as fresh as possible so that you arent exhausted before it even begins.

Purposefully give yourself about an hour before guests are due to arrive to have a moment to catch your breath, calm down, and prepare to enjoy your hard work!

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[dropcaps]11[/dropcaps] BON VOYAGE

Good food is the key to any great party. Guests can forgive a lot when the food and drinks are delish.

Plan a sweet send-off by packing up a delectable treat for them to take home as a thank-you for coming. They will remember your thoughtfulness and it will leave a sweet taste in their mouth!

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You can check out the printables shown in this post in my shop here for the Place Cards, You are Loved cards, and more here. The “xoxo” Love Arrow gift tags are available here.

I will be sharing recipes for the foods you see featured in this post very soon so please plan to come back soon to read those!

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I'm completely obsessed with these gold hearts you see on the table. Stay tuned for a DIY tutorial coming up soon for these – they are SO easy. I've now made almost a dozen of them. LOVE these!!

I hope these tips will help you with How to Host a Fantastic Galentine’s Day Party!

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Below are links for the entire tour but I'm heading over to Maison de Pax for a delicious heart French Toast Valentine breakfast and hope you'll join me!!

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11 Comments

  1. Norma Rolader says:

    Great tips and a beautiful table

    1. Thank you so much, Norma! Have a wonderful day!
      Best,
      Jennifer

    1. Thank you SO much, Lory! Most of all thank you for all your hard work! You’re the best!
      xoxo,
      Jennifer

  2. Jennifer, this table is gorgeous! I love all the different stations! You are the best hostess.
    Hugs, Jamie

  3. What fun Jennifer!! Your table is beautiful & your plentitude of ideas really inspiring!

  4. Your table is absolutely stunning! Love the bold colours, where did you get the gold hearts?

    .

  5. Candy Thomas says:

    You are amazing! This is so cute!!

  6. Most of the time I got confused that what to gift on galentine day, so if you have any ideas related to this please suggest.

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