How to Host a Virtual Galentine's Day Party

This past year has had me missing my girlfriends like crazy. What I wouldn’t give to get dressed up and go out for some oysters, champagne and an evening of dancing with my girls. Since that’s not in the cards quite yet I thought that we owed it to ourselves to find a reason to celebrate—and that reason is none other than Galantine’s Day.

Just because Galantine’s Day isn’t an official holiday doesn’t mean its not important.  Celebrated on February 13, Galantine’s Day is a day to celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—our girlfriends! I’ve put together a complete plan to celebrate with your besties (virtually, of course), so throw on some comfy clothes, pour a glass of wine and get ready to plan the best zoom hangout you’ve had all year.

Invites

Since this isn’t your average zoom hangout, why not make it special and send your girlfriends an official invite. How fun is it to receive something in the mail that isn’t a bill or credit card statement. We have the sweetest Valentine love notes in the shop that would be a great way to invite your besties.

Drinks

Of course, you need a festive signature cocktail for your virtual cheers. I’m a sucker for a good theme, so here’s a great cocktail recipe you can send to everyone in advance of the party so they make sure they have the right ingredients. It’s easy to make into a mocktail too, if cocktails aren’t your thing!

If you really want to be the (virtual) hostess of the year, I would suggest preparing a cocktail kit in advance and hand-delivering it to your girlfriends’ doors! My friend did this at Christmas for our Zoom party and it was such a sweet gesture to deliver everything we needed for our cocktail.

Here’s an example of the kit I’ll be delivering to my friends for Galantine’s this year. I premixed everything except the club soda and ice in a cute mason jar I bought from the dollar store, then included a bottle of club soda & Valentine’s Day straw as well. I also bought a faux succulent, a Valentine’s Day print and a few love notes. I’ll hand-deliver the boxes to my friends’ doorstep the morning of our party! It’s a fun and relatively simple way to let my friends know I miss them and I’m thinking about them.

Crafts

Over here at Nest in the City we love a good craft or DYI. If this is something you and your girlfriends are into, here’s a couple of ideas for crafts to do during your Galantine’s Day party:

  • Virtual Paint Night. Have everyone vote on an easy picture to recreate. Pick-up a canvas and some paint in advance of the party and then have a contest to see whose turns out best. You can all still chat while you’re painting and sipping on your cocktails.

Games

I love a good games night. We did virtual games at our Christmas party and it really made it feel more like a party, rather than just our usual Zoom chat. Here are some fun options to consider for your party:

  1. Never Have I Ever – This one is a classic. You can either buy the actual game or you can just take turns with everyone making up their own. If you want to get really wild, this is an easy one to turn into a drinking game too.
  2. Head’s up – This one is a fun twist on charades. From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents - guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out! Find the app here.
  3. Quiplash, by Jackbox Games – We played this one at our Christmas party and it was a blast. You get a question or statement that you have to answer. There are no rules or correct answers, you just say whatever you want, then your answer will be pitted against another player’s answer in a head-to-head battle. Other players then vote on their favorite answer. 

Hope this inspires you to find a way to celebrate with your besties this Galantine’s Day. Things may not be normal these days, but there’s still plenty of way to feel connected. If you host a Galantine’s celebration of your own, be sure to tag us @NestintheCity on Instagram, we’d love to see it. Happy Galantine’s and thanks for being a part of the Nest community!