Lazy Girl’s Guide to Galentines Day

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Ladies celebrating ladies. That’s what it’s all about on February 13th – Galentine’s Day! Showing your lady friends some love. We’re all for celebrating the women in your life, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time, money and energy on putting together the perfect party. Keeping the focus on your friendships and spending time together is much more important than creating a perfect tablescape. Besides, you know your girlfriends would be happy with a sack of McDonalds breakfast sandwiches.

Thus, we’ve created the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Galentines. Open your doors to your friends without opening your wallet too much. Here is how we celebrated Galentine’s Day without breaking the bank, or our brains.

We’re big fans of BIY (buying it yourself) over DIY, especially for events. Galentine’s Day has the potential to be one Pinterest fail after another – which will leave you stressed, tired and, frankly, not in the mood to party. So here’s a quick list of what we bought vs. what we did ourselves (to be honest, it’s pretty one-sided)….trust me, it’ll save you time, energy and lots of rosé to leave the work of creating a perfect ribbon garland to the pros.


  • Ribbon Garland: Threshold from Target. You guys, each garland was only $7.49! They come chocked-full of ribbons and were so easily hung to the wall with a little Museum wax. The garland is the perfect flair for any blank wall in your kitchen or dining room. We decided to remove the red ribbons to fit the color scheme. Don’t be afraid to edit anything you BIY, especially when all it takes is a snip, snip, snip of the sissors.
  • Paper Plates: Galentine’s Day should not be spent in the kitchen, cleaning the dishes. We found these Harlow & Grey paper plates that look like real dishes – but without the cleanup. (Harlow & Grey is one of my favorite resources for beautiful disposable party supplies!)
  • Runner: This runner was my splurge, mostly because I know I’ll use it again. It’s from Anthropologie and was the perfect tie-in for our tablescape – we complimented it with some scalloped, mercury glass candles, also from Anthro. Runners are a simple way to incorporate texture and design to a table.
  • Floral: I know, I know – it might sound crazy to order flowers for a small gathering in your home, but trust me. It’s a good excuse to treat yourself to some blooms that will bring a smile to your face for a week later AND you don’t have to do much else to the table. We got these beautiful arrangements from Spruce – for one large arrangement, or a couple of small arrangements, the prices are super reasonable. Spruce also offers a market bunch if you’re looking for help but don’t have the budget for a full arrangement.
  • The thing we did DIY?  Name cards!  We got the paper name cards from Paper Source and used our embosser to give everyone a stylish card.  You could easily do this with a fun colored pen, as well.  It’s a great way to personalize your table.

Now, the food. – Galentine’s Day is a celebration, breakfast style. Breakfast isn’t my favorite meal to host – I’ve been up 3:00 am to start an egg bake and this is not how Galentines Day should begin (unless you’re getting home from the bar). One of my favorite tricks when I don’t have time, or want, to cook, is to buy food from local shops, remove it from the store bought containers and serve it on my own trays. We decided to go big with the donuts, although we seriously debated throwing some Egg McMuffins here. Glam Doll in Minneapolis was a natural choice for my lady friends. Combine donuts with fruit, store-bought quiche and lots of sparkling rosé; your friends will not be leaving hungry.

Finally – party favors. I know party favors can be reminiscent of that random candy bag you get at a five-year-old’s birthday party, but offering a little takeaway for your guests is such a nice surprise. Especially if it’s useful. These Karuna sheet face masks will for sure be used by your friends immediately following a Galentines brunch – perhaps even used during the brunch with an extra pour of rose! Other ideas for little giftables are nail polish, hand lotion or mini candles. Again, all these items can be picked up at Target or Sephora when you’re out running errands.

I hope this was a nice reminder to keep your Galentine’s Day easy and fun! Take the day to embrace your female friendships, enjoy some bubbles and kick it, breakfast style.

Styling: Bridget Borden Events
Photography: 2nd Truth
Floral: Spruce

BY Kate Arends - February 12, 2017

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The pictures are so beautiful, love the varying shades of pink. But I’d go even lazier, haha! My own lazy Galentine’s Day would be McDee’s all the way! Perfect time to indulge on junk 😉

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