Ah Valentine’s Day, love it or loathe it, the day usually brings to mind mushy romantic love surrounded by a dozen red roses and an ugly teddy bear nobody wanted or asked for. But who says Valentine’s Day is only for romantic partners?
Friendships have been through thick and thin. They’ve usually seen boyfriends, girlfriends and flings come and go, and have DEFINITELY talked smack about them in the group chat.
When romantic love seems complicated, situational and sometimes downright destructive, the girls have always got your back with a shoulder to cry on, a rant to listen to and a laugh-till-your-cheekbones-hurt distracting story.
So this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to celebrate the fantastic friendships that make our lives richer, crazier, and definitely more entertaining and show a lil love. Here are some practical and delightful ideas to make this Valentine’s Day all about friendships.
1. Host a Galentine’s Day Brunch
Channel your inner Leslie Knope and throw a Galentine’s Day Brunch. You don’t have to book the latest overcrowded hotspot to have one too many mimosas with the girls. Why not deck out your place with heart-shaped decorations, whip up some waffles, and get to the good gossip. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in your life and do something a little extra, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love brunch (and drinking champagne at 10am?)
2. DIY Spa Day
Is your squad made up of spa girlies rather than foodies? Who needs a significant other to pamper you, and probably do it wrong tbh, when you’ve got your girls who actually appreciate good skincare? Transform your living room into a spa sanctuary. Raid Priceline and grab some face masks, nail polishes, and scented candles. From mani-pedis to DIY facials, you and your girlfriends can indulge in some self-love and relaxation.
3. Paint and Sip Night
Release your inner Picasso and organise a paint and sip night with your besties. You can buy kits already set up and delivered to your door from places like Party in a Paint Box, or if you’re crafty, you can pull together a hamper with easels, canvases, and acrylic paints. Whether your masterpiece turns out to be a work of art or a slightly abstract interpretation, just make sure you pour the wine liberally. You can always gift it to your romantic partner later on as a handmade gesture. Win-win.
No more having to argue with your partner about which movie to watch on Valentine’s Day. Girls know it’s all about the corny, funny rom-com starring someone who looks good without a shirt on. Stream your life-long favourites in your pj’s or head to the cinema for a night out and a good laugh with plenty of salty popcorn on offer.
5. Give a Loving Gift
Think Secret Santa, but Valentine’s Day. Embrace the gift of giving and organise a love-themed gift exchange among your friends. Set a budget, draw names in advance, and then host a Valentine’s Day event where you can exchange your gifts. It’s not about the price tag; it’s about the sentiment and the joy of opening gifts, because we never seem to get enough…no teddy bears allowed.
Make sure this Valentine’s Day you’re taking the time to celebrate the other soulmates you’ve chosen. Whether single, taken, or in a complicated relationship with pizza, the bond between besties is irreplaceable. So, grab your girlfriends, embrace the love, laughter, and a little bit of craziness – because this year, Valentine’s Day is all about friendship.
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