I think it's pretty safe to say that 2017 is kind of a trainwreck – and it's only February. But the second month of the year brings us a holiday that's all about spreading love, which is exactly what we need right now. No, I'm not talking about Valentine's Day. I'm talking about Galentine's Day, Feb. 13, aka the best day of the year according to Parks And Recreation's Leslie Knope. The holiday falls on February 13 and it's about celebrating all the great women in your life.
This year, my roommates and I are throwing a Galentine's Day party for us and all of our female friends. The only problem is we haven't figured out exactly how we want to celebrate. One of my friends suggested a chill night of sipping wine, while I advocated for going out to our favorite bar. (We're second semester seniors in college and the days of being able to convince an entire group of people to go out on a Monday are numbered). I swiftly changed my mind when I realized I'd miss The Bachelor though. But no matter which route we decide to take, I know it'll be a day well spent with my favorite women.
If you're still trying to figure out the best way to spend February 13 with your favorite ladies, check out this list of party ideas for Galentine's Day 2017:
Hey, if it's good enough for Leslie Knope! Getting all of your friends together for brunch is a classic Galentine's Day move. Make sure to order some waffles in true Parks and Rec fashion.
2Sex Toy Party
Sex toy parties are so much fun and they're usually free to host. Companies like Pure Romance make hosting easy by having a consultant come to your home to show you a bunch of sexy stuff. As someone who's both given and received vibrators as gifts, I can honestly say that this is a seriously fun way to bond with your friends.
3Wine And Cheese Party
It's equal parts fancy and easy, which makes it perfect for a low-key Monday night hangout. Also, wine pairs very well with The Bachelor – just saying.
Sharing a meal is a staple of most holiday traditions, and this one is no exception. And with everyone preparing something, you'll be sharing food made with love from all your friends without having to flip the whole bill.
Unfortunately, Galentine's Day wasn't a thing back when we were in middle school. But it's not too late to have the slumber party of our seventh grade dreams. There's a reason you always begged mom and dad to let your best friend sleep over, so head back to your roots and embrace a celebration that ended when you downloaded Lyft.
Whether you decide to try some at-home remedies or go all out to a fancy resort, a Galentine's spa day is a classic way to spend time with friends that can meet anyone's price point.
7'Parks And Recreation' Marathon
Hey, without this NBC sitcom, we wouldn't have this wonderful holiday, so why not pay homage to its creator Leslie Knope by hosting a Parks and Rec watch party? Get some snacks and blankets ready and spend the night enjoying this quirky comedy with the women you love.
Galentine's Day really is one of the best days of the year. No matter which way you celebrate it, taking time to remind the women in your life how great they are is definitely something to love.