This Galentines Mom and Me party is a great way to celebrate the joys of female friendship. With yummy treats, fun gifts, and your lady friends, you can throw the best Galentines Day party.
Our Galentine’s party is the best way to celebrate the special day that is Galentine’s day. Not only do you get to get all dressed up and decorate for a fun party, you get to spend time with your close friends and their daughters.
If you haven’t heard of it, Galentine’s day is a fictional holiday made up by the Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope, who is played by Amy Poehler. It is a holiday where she and her best buds get together, eat breakfast food, and celebrate their friendships.
In the episode, she gives her friends April Ludgate (played by Aubrey Plaza), Ann Perkins (played by Rashida Jones), and Donna Meagle (played by Retta) a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait of their faces made with crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, and 5,000-word essays of why they are so awesome.
The character of Leslie Knope compares the unofficial holiday to Lilith Fair “without the angst.” It a holiday to celebrate female friendships and is typically celebrated February 13th.
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You don’t need to “kick it” breakfast style or write essays on why you love your best friend to celebrate the best day of the year, like the characters in the show Parks and Recreation does, though you can if you want to. There are plenty of gift ideas and ways to celebrate strong women, like having a mom n’ me party!
I could not think of a cuter set up for our Galentines mom n’ me gathering than these On-the-go girl pink shimmer Caboodles! They made the table so festive with all the pops of pink and the mirrors added dimension.
I was so excited to surprise the girls with the Galentines goodies that filled each Caboodle. For the little girls, I thought it would be fun to put little heart cups, plates, and straws in the bottom for them to put their treats on.
Each girl also got two matching Valentine’s scrunchies and the mama’s got one. These were handmade and found from a small shop on Etsy.
The girls each got a rose cuticle oil, pink chapstick, and Valentines pencil as well. They fit so well in the left side compartment next to the mirror. I had to make sure there was also a little heart box of chocolates because what is Valentines without chocolate right?
I decided on little red brushes, pink caboodles and pink nail polish. The couldn’t have fit better in the Caboodle! There are so many great compartments in them that make it so cute but also very functional.
And as with any of our gatherings, it wouldn’t be complete without decorated sugar cookies from my friend Shanan at Enchanted Cookie Boutique (she ships nationwide!). For this Galentines party I wanted to keep the cookies in theme but our cherry chip cookies or Valentines day sugar cookies would be great here as well.
I have been SO excited to create our Valentine’s Charcuterie board (charCUTErie), which is in a gorgeous heart shape. I found this board at Williams Sonoma as well as the mini heart marble boards that are probably coasters but they are so dang cute for mini charcuterie boards!
Putting a couple heart dishes on the board add so much pizzaz and give it that really Valentines look. I also like popping on a few heart shaped chocolate and cookies with jammy heart cut outs.
You can even cut cheese into little hearts and arrange salami slices like a rose for a bit more WOW! Grazing and gluten-free cheese and charcuterie boards are fantastic for gatherings because they are so easy to put out and then let everyone nibble on at their own pleasure.
As a host, you couldn’t ask for a better set up. No more running in and out of the kitchen, you can now sit down and relax with everyone else! Don’t feel like you have to keep it only savory, you can add in the sweets as well for an all inclusive board.
For mini boards, simply add smaller portions of your favorite things to each board. I recommend a meat, a cheese and a veggie but crackers are also great. Adding herbs to your charCUTErie board gives it life and color.
I love fresh rosemary because it gives the board and authentic wreath feel which I love. Fresh sage is also great because it looks like leaves.
Oh how I love making mocktails! Valentines mocktails are what I am especially loving right now since they are so fitting with the season. Mocktails take some of your favorite cocktails and make them alcohol free, which is perfect for a mom n’ me party.
For this Galentines day gathering, I made a simple fruit and herb water. By adding some raspberries and rosemary, you’ve created a delicious drink that is so refreshing too. However, these festive mocktails would be great as well.
- Strawberry Margarita Mocktail
- Strawberry Mojito Mocktail
- Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat Recipe
- Strawberry Mocktail
- Fresh Raspberry Mocktail
Galentines Party Activities
I love keeping things just fun and happy at a girls Galentines’s party. Using the things we are already going to have on the table makes sense.
Since each girl and their mama was going to receive a Caboodle, I thought hair doing with the Valentines scrunchies, nails with their nail polish and makeup with their lipgloss was a fun little activity for them.
These Caboodles worked perfectly because the girls LOVED looking at themselves in the big, flip up mirror and looking through the little compartments for fun new Valentines prizes! Of course, eating is also a party of any party so be sure to have plenty of treats and goodies. Here are some other great ideas…
- Hand massages
- Play button, button who’s got the button with a heart button
- Mini cake frosting
The biggest thing is to remember to let everyone just sit back and relax. Those special moments that are unplanned will be the most magical…
We have a huge collection of Valentines books. I LOVE reading about love all month long. Taking them to a Galentines gathering just makes sense especially when it’s a mommy and me gathering.
Here are a few of our favorites…
No matter which books you choose, little ones are sure to love the cuddles and special time as you read them. We also love Valentines coloring books and games.
Lovely Cookie Decorating
Cookie decorating (like we did at our Galentines day cookie decorating party) is a great activity for any February get together. I especially love doing it when little ones will be joining in since they think it is so much fun. Because who doesn’t love Valentines Day sugar cookies?!
Yes, you can always do decorated sugar cookies but you can also decorate our red velvet cookies from a cake mix. They are especially fun during Christmas or Valentines. For a party, you can do a cute set up with unfrosted heart soft gluten-free sugar cookies, little cups of frosting and sprinkles that come in a variety of sizes and colors.
There are so many fun things to do to celebrate with your favorite girls, but at the end of the day all that matters is that you are together. The only rule you need to follow is showing love to your female pals and maybe have a cookie or two.