7 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Galentine's Party your BFFs will Love
Celebrate the deep female friendships you have with your BFFs/Sisters/Tribe/GalPals on Galentine’s Day. Originally a fictional holiday created by the Leslie Knope character from the popular TV show ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the holiday has become a real event each February 13 dedicated to celebrating the love and affection we have for the close female relationships in our lives!
While in-person gatherings are discouraged during this time of COVID-19, that doesn't mean you and your gal pals can't toast each other virtually AND have fun doing it! And with this year's Galentine's Day on a Saturday, there's no excuse not to celebrate!
7 Tips for Throwing a Virtual
Galentine's Day Celebration
Send Out E-vites
Virtual invitation company Evite.com offers free and premium Galentine's invitations with the option to include free video chat for you and your guests, hosted on Evite.com's platform designed specifically for parties! While Zoom and other platforms are great for remote work and learning, Evite.com makes it easy to share a private, virtual chat room in your invitation that is optimized for virtual party time!
Set a Theme
Are you and your BFFs into crafting? Have a crafting party and include a link to the instructions for a craft you all can make during the party. Or throw a virtual home spa event with a recipe for a natural, homemade facial mask you can all try, or make it really simple with a pajama party where everyone wears pink or red pjs. Or maybe you all miss going out in sparkling outfits and dancing the night way - so throw a virtual dance party with everyone dressed in their best night on the town outfits. The possibilities are endless!
Decide on a Menu
Choose foods everyone can make/enjoy at home. In your invitation include a link to a recipe you can all make together, or make it simple with everyone ordering their favorite takeout/delivery. Or give a nod to Leslie Knope by making waffles served with lots of whipped cream! And don't forget the cocktails! Try this Raspberry Cheesecake Martini from Inspired by Charm.
Watch a Chick Flick/Rom-Com Together
Whether it's watching 'When Harry Met Sally' for the 20th time or binge watching 'Bridgerton', Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offer the option to create virtual watch parties. Or download Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) Google Chrome extension. Teleparty synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to Netflix, Disney, Hulu and HBO. Have everyone pop some corn or grab their favorite move theater candy, a warm blanket and settle in to laugh/cry together.
In between chatting and eating you will want to have some entertainment. Play trivia online or make up your own trivia game. Play charades, verbal games like Never Have I Ever or Would You Rather, or online games like Cards Against Humanity or Heads Up! on Houseparty.
Dance, Dance, Dance
Have everyone recommend their favorite "get up and dance" songs/music in advance. Use everyone's suggestions to create a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music then play your list through your computer when it's time to get your grove on!
Share the Love
Create and share an anonymous survey using Google Forms. Have an open ended question so respondents can write what they love/appreciate about others in the group. At the end of the party, read aloud the responses to wrap everyone up in a blanket of love before you say goodbye.
Live in the Cincinnati area and want to have an in-person Galentine's event that follows COVID-19 safety guidelines? Host a steam party at The Cookie Jar! We even have a space to set up snacks and cocktails.
Book your Girls Just Wanna Steam party today!