Got plans for a Galentine's party this year? Whether you're single and loving it or simply devoting more time to your friends this year, event planner & HomeGoods style expert Marcy Blum is here to help you ace your gal pal soirée. Get her tips—and pretty product picks to make your space V-Day ready—below!
Tip #1: Create a cozy space that strays from the usual color palette. Regardless of the party plans, you'll want to decorate your home with warm, seasonal touches that feel romantic yet polished. Marcy suggests "subtle pieces, like a new pink cashmere throw blanket for the sofa or a blush pink velvet poof." She advises not putting red and pink together, but rather opting for a more subdued scheme. "You might find lilac or dark colored items at HomeGoods that will inspire you," shares Marcy.
With February being so short, Marcy ensures that it's perfectly acceptable to put this decor up at the beginning of the month. She even likes to keep some of it up year-round—as long as it's neutral. "You can easily incorporate the blush pink, white, or gray pieces into your everyday decor," says Marcy, "and these hues are the perfect transition into spring-time decor."
Tip #2: Host a mixology competition. Movie nights are great, and you can absolutely cozy up with fuzzy blankets, scented candles, and your favorite mushy rom com—but you can also spice up the night with a bartending game. Marcy's advice is to let your guests create their own "Galentine's signature drink." Set up a bar cart with the group's favorite beverage mixers, and let everyone get their bartender on. Have a prize for the best concoction, like a faux gemstone wine stopper or love-themed curly straw, Marcy says.
While we're talking beverages, let's talk food. It's arguably the most important part, so make sure it's to-notch. Feel free to get kitschy here—from lipstick-shaped chocolate to sour heart gummies, there are tons of on-theme snacks that Marcy stocks up on. And there are plenty of heart-shaped recipes you can cook up, too, of course.
Tip #3: Don't forget the fam. If you and your girlfriends have kids, let them in on the celebration! (Just maybe prepare some non-alcoholic beverages). Marcy's favorite family-friendly activity is DIY-ing a cupcake decorating station. She suggests gathering baking essentials like heart-shaped cupcake tins and a trendy dessert holder to display your treats proudly.
Your significant other doesn't have to feel neglected, either. After you've spent all your time and energy prepping the Galentine's Day party, Marcy recommends finding a staycation or day experience for you and your partner to show you care. "Look for a small gift themed around what you'll be doing to give a sneak peak and provide something tangible," she says. Her ideal combo? Pick up a sweet wooden cheese board and knife set—then book a local wine tasting for you and your dearest.
Tip #4: Gift your girl gang with sweet goodie bags. Instead of buying unique gifts for each guest, buy a bunch of one item that relates to your party's theme. If you went the mixology route, Marcy suggests handing out reusable tumblers and festive wine toppers. If you had a cozy spa night, relaxing candles and floral-shaped soaps are a no-brainer. Whatever you pick, your gals will leave the party with a memento that shows you care—and, hopefully, serves as inspiration for next year's Galentine's gala. "It's a great way to thank your best gals for celebrating the evening with you without breaking the bank!" Marcy says.