We know you know all about Valentine's day (pssst it’s Feb 14th and it’s this Friday), and we hope you have some killer plans for this year, but this post is about potentially starting a new tradition with your besties for Gal-entine's or Pal-entine's day! So gather up all your favorite people, no matter their relationship status, and plan a fun evening of just enjoying one another for the love of who you are.
Not sure what to do for Gal/Pal-entine's day? We love a night out as much as the rest of you, cocktails and your crew sounds divine, but let’s be honest it's going to be packed everywhere you go this time of year. So why not kick back with a bottle of champagne and some tasty snacks and laugh and chat at home! We have the perfect playlist for you, as well as some delish looking snacks and a few cocktails we’ve been dying to try… and heck we even tossed in a few great films to watch if you feel like it! We hope you enjoy your holiday and remember to love the ones around you. 😘❤️
Don't Stop The Music
Let’s start by setting the perfect mood for this Gal/Pal-entine's day. We love strong, independent, love yourself songs and we happen to find the perfect playlist that has some of our favorites! Check out the “I Love Me” playlist on Spotify!
Alright so you’ve got your sick tunes playing and your besties are starting to show up. So here are some amazing cocktails we are excited to try
Pink Champagne Floats
raspberry sorbet | pink champagne | fresh raspberries
full recipe here
tequila | club soda | fresh grapefruit juice | fresh lime juice | sugar | Grapefruit wedge
full recipe here
Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz
strawberries | sugar | gin | rose water | salt | club soda
full recipe here
Cherry-Chocolate Bourbon Soda
cherry soda | Taza Mexican chocolate extract | Bourbon
full recipe here
What's A Party Without Food?
Cheers! Now let’s settle in and enjoy the night ahead and what better way than around some amazing food! Here are just a few fun ideas to keep the conversation flowing while snacking too.
Gather around a fondue pot or two!
Be honest, who doesn’t love the idea of dipping just about anything into melted cheese or chocolate? And with just a few things being chopped and others placed on a cute charcuterie board this is bound to leave everyone feeling loved.
Need a recipe, Yoga of Cooking has a great chocolate fondue we recommend!
Sneak in a bit of Salad
We know this holiday is all about the chocolate, strawberries, and weird heart candies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few healthier options. We love these tasty little mini Caprese salad skewers because they are super easy to make, and you wouldn’t believe how fast they disappear!
Find how to make these at Stuck On Sweet.
And we know it’s not particularly holiday-inspired, but a Mediterranean Platter is always a great addition to any party. Any excuse to eat hummus, pita bread, and olives and we are on board!
Check out Kitchn for what they use to create theirs.
Giggles With Your Gals
Looking for a few good movies to laugh to while you sip your cocktails and enjoy your awesome snacks? It’s really up to what you are your crew are into, but here are a few of our very favorites.
Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride's go-to gal. Determined to make things perfect, she gamely leads Lillian and the other bridesmaids down the wild road to the wedding.
Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed "the Plastics," but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.
Thema & Louise:
Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.
The Devil Wears Prada:
Andy (Anne Hathaway) is a recent college graduate with big dreams. Upon landing a job at prestigious Runway magazine, she finds herself the assistant to diabolical editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Andy questions her ability to survive her grim tour as Miranda's whipping girl without getting scorched.
Never Been Kissed:
Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on campus. But she hits a major snag in her investigation -- not to mention her own failed love life -- when she falls for her dreamy English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
Prompted by her popular best friend to spill details of her boring weekend, Olive (Emma Stone), a clean-cut teen, decides to spice things up by telling a little lie about losing her virginity. When the high-school busybody (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation and spreads it all over campus, Olive is suddenly notorious but for the wrong reasons.
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was -- and falls for him.
Josephine Chesterfield is a glamorous, seductive British woman who has a penchant for defrauding gullible men out of their money. Into her well-ordered, meticulous world comes Penny Rust, a cunning and fun-loving Australian woman who lives to swindle unsuspecting marks. Despite their different methods, the two grifters soon join forces for the ultimate score -- a young and naive tech billionaire in the South of France.
Isn’t It Romantic:
Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city's next skyscraper. Things go from bad to weird when she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Always cynical about love, Natalie's worst nightmare soon comes true when she suddenly discovers that she's playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy.