Be My Anti-Valentine...

Now that the excess tinsel and crackers have been sold off and all the miniature plastic Australian flags have been put away, the supermarket shelves are suddenly filled with paraphernalia from my least favourite holiday...Valentine’s day.

Red heart baking dishes, aprons and teddy bears cram the shelves along with chocolate roses and tacky cards decorated with insincere greetings.

Valentine’s day can be fun, don’t get me wrong, but it often feels forced upon you which makes it a miserable day for anyone who is single or on rocky ground.

leslie knopes is the queen of galentines day, the best holiday of the year


Let's Celebrate Galentine's Day Instead!

A little while ago I was watching Parks & Recreation and fell in love with the fictional holiday Galentine’s Day which was created by the main character Leslie Knope.

In the show Knope is all about strong, driven women in leadership roles and ladies supporting ladies, which is something that you don’t see often enough on TV.

Galentine’s Day is the perfect summary of this.
galentines day! best thing to do is give your gal pals some special gifts like craft themed lapel pins
The holiday falls on Feburary 13th and is like Valentine’s Day, but instead of promoting romantic love it promotes love for your lady friends.  

In Leslie Knopes own words Galentines day is ...Only the best day of the year!

"Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

So lets ditch Valentine’s Day and celebrate Galentine’s day instead!

4 things to do with your lady friends this Galentines Day

1. Craft party - grab the cheese board, wine and p.js and settle in for a TV marathon and craft-a-thon! You will need: glue guns, glitter and scissors, with a bit of madness thrown in for good measure.
craft party! the perfect way to celebrate galentines day to to make stuff with your friends. Brooches, glitter and wine are required
2. Breakfast- breakfast is the best meal of the day. Everybody knows this. Leslie Knope likes to celebrate Galentine’s day by going out for waffles and frittatas. You could treat your gal pals to brekky at your fav cafe or cook them up a fun brunch. (pic is from my gal pal @jettcherry ...we love doing breakfast!)
galentines day- go out to breakfast with your best friends
3. Playlist- Listen to our Galentine’s Day playlist HERE and party on lady style. Let’s just say you are going to want to hit repeat on the Golden Girls theme song...
on galentines day you should listen to this super fun playlist of songs. hit repete  on the golden girls theme song
4. Presents- giving your gal pals a little gift of appreciation is a super nice thing to do. You could make them a card, pick some flowers or give them something small and meaningful (see my new crafty lapel pins below).
crafty girl gang enamel lapel pin
The first rule of the Crafty Girl Gang is: You must let everyone know you're in the Crafty Girl Gang. Its the best gang around. Find the pin here
feminist enamel lapel pin
Every gal needs this little feminist enamel lapel pin. Find it here

PS. if you love this post you might also like my Nasty Woman blog post for International Womens day. It is all about ladies supporting ladies and standing up for what you believe in! Read it here!

February 09, 2017 — Jubly Umph

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