How to celebrate Galentine’s Day

The joy of Valentine's Day's platonic counterpart

Ann Perkins and Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation.
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Photo illustration by Josh Granovsky

“February 14 is about romance. But February 13 is for celebrating lady friends.”

While Knope had a great circle of ladies surrounding her at the time, Galentine’s Day can be reworked to be a day to celebrate general friendship love.

Whether or not you’re in a relationship, having a day to celebrate the friends you love is great. Mothers and fathers get a holiday, your partner gets a holiday, friends need one too — and now we finally have Galentine’s Day. 

To celebrate your other soulmates, there are lots of things you can do this Tuesday to remind your friends how much you love them.

Grab a drink

Of course you’ve probably shared drinks with your friends before but pre-ing in a crowded house with a lukewarm beer isn’t the same as going out for nice cocktailsand some appetizers. It’s a small thing to do that makes for a special way to celebrate the day. It’s also a great way to get some face time and catch up with your favourites.

Great places for drinks and appetizers around Kingston are Megalos, Milestones and Stone City Ales.

Homemade pizza party

This Galentine’s Day, hosting a pizza party will help bring the fun of dinner and friendship to a whole new level. Grab enough pizza dough as well as an assortment of popular toppings for a DIY dinner party, making heart-shaped Instagram-worthy creations. Friends and pizza? Doesn’t get better than that.

Stock up on Galentine’s Day gifts

Those cute stuffed animals, heart-shaped chocolates and pink and red everything don’t need to be gifted for a significant other — they can also be for your friends.

Coming home to a pink unicorn and chocolates on my bed from my housemate last Galentine’s Day made me so happy — gestures as simple as this can really help to show your friends how much you care. And if you don’t want to wander through the red and pink filled aisles of Shoppers, giving a handwritten note to tell your friends why you love them works to show the same sentiment. 

Throw a Galentine’s Day party

So what that it’s a Tuesday in the middle of week six? 20 years from now, will it be the essay you managed to finish, or the great time you had celebrating Galentine’s Day with your friends that you’ll remember?

Your party can range from being completely on theme to a chill gathering with friends. Whether you want to grab all the Valentine’s Day decorations at Dollarama, have a signature drink and get dressed up or you just want a reason to see all your friends in one place, Galentine’s Day parties can be a good excuse to have everyone you love surrounding you. 

As Knope profoundly reminded us, “it’s the greatest day of the year … it’s wonderful and should be a national holiday.”

We couldn’t agree more. So let’s make her proud and show mad love for the people that love us unconditionally, even when we may not deserve it. 

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