There’s a lot to love about Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope: her effervescent energy, her go-getter attitude, her love of waffles and her fierce commitment to her friends. But our favorite is probably her invention of Galentine’s Day. According to Leslie Knope, February 13 is the one day of the year dedicated to “ladies celebrating ladies.” So gather your gal pals for a day of celebration.
With free printables, low-cost decorations and entertainment ideas, we’ll show you how to prep the perfect party without spending a pretty penny.
1. Invite your besties.
Send your friends a sweet-themed invitation. Print if that’s your preference, or save on costs by sending it as an Evite. Access our free printable here.
2. Spike it with sugar.
In Leslie Knope’s words, “Why would anyone eat anything other than breakfast food?” No Leslie Knope party is complete without waffles. For a mouthful of dense, caramelized pockets of sugary perfection, try making Belgian liege waffles. For other sweet treats, try pink-, red- and white-sprinkled donuts, vanilla cupcakes topped with raspberries and sugar cookies with pink icing, perfectly displayed on a three-tiered tray. Set out some fruit juice and sparkling water (which are even better when you add one to the other).
3. Get all decked out.
Bling out with golden XOXO balloons and share the love with red heart balloons and festive pink and red tassels. It’s simple, affordable decor that’s sure to liven up your space.
4. Select your entertainment.
Catch a glimpse of all of Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day parties in the following episodes available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu:
- Season 2 Episode 16
- Season 4 Episode 14
- Season 6 Episode 16
For some affordable group games, try the Heads up! App made popular on The Ellen Show where people hold a word in front of their head and try to guess it from your clues. It’s only $0.99 in the Apple app store and Google Play.
Jackbox Games also offers some fun party games. You purchase a game or group of games for your TV, computer or gaming console, and then all players can use their phones as a remote. They simply go to jackbox.tv and enter the room code provided with the game to join. Get a variety pack of an assortment of games for $24.99 (a great deal since one game is $9.99). For a special offer, Jackbox Games is currently partnering with Epic to offer a free bundle for PCs through February 7, 2019.
5. Prep your party favors.
Send your guests home with a Galentine’s Day gift. Try a bag of red candy hearts or some decadent truffles finished with gold ribbon (and for a festive touch, set them up near a fun Valentine garland). Complete your Galentine’s Day gift with one of our Valentine’s Day free printables.
With inexpensive decor and entertainment, budget food options, free printables and, of course, ladies celebrating ladies, you’ve got everything you need to throw the perfect Leslie-Knope approved Galentine’s Day party. Questions or comments? Tell us in the comments below.