Galentine's Day 2016


Ladies celebrating ladies!

Some of you may be aware of the glorious holiday Galentine’s Day. Some of you may even celebrate this occasion each year! If you haven’t heard about it, I encourage you to keep reading to learn more and incorporate the spirit of Galentine’s Day into your own life.

If you’re a fan of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, you most certainly are familiar. If you’re not familiar with this program, I urge you to drop everything and get familiar immediately. Leslie Knope, hero of Pawnee, Indiana, is the main character and the champion of this magnificent holiday. Each year, she gets her best gal pals together on February 13 to celebrate friendship between women. They share brunch food, memories and revel in their ladyhood.

Galentine’s Day has become a holiday off the screen as well. It offers women the chance to show one another some support and kindness, learn something about what sisterhood means to them and to throw down with some delicious breakfast food! Leslie Knope puts it simply: “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

 

Galentine's Day Brunch Plate

 

This year, I sent out invites that I made by hand to a group of close gal pals. I prepared a menu and some minimal decorations. I wanted to do something extra special for my ladies this year, so I took the time to write a letter to each friend explaining what I think is so wonderful about them. I also asked each attendee to come armed with two things: a bottle of cheap champagne and a brief presentation about a woman that has inspired them in some way.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Galentine’s Day party, I’m including the recipes I used and some photos to help inspire you! And men, there’s no reason we ladies should have all the fun. It’d be great for men to take a special day to celebrate their favorite gents, too! If anyone has any ideas for a male version, let us know in the comments!

 

Mini Frittatas

 

Mini Frittatas

These were so super easy to make! The base is pretty easy, but you can really play with the ingredients to suit your taste and what you have on hand. I knew I wanted to do some fun toppings on mine, so I kept the frittata itself rather simple. You can add other types of cheese or vegetables if you want! I used a regular muffin tin for my frittatas, but it may be fun to try a mini muffin tin for extra teensy frittatas! The recipe below is an adapted version of a mini frittata recipe I found on All Recipes.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (of choice)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp salsa
  • 6 oz spinach (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Beat your eggs and milk together. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Grease your muffin tin, spoon in the egg mixture (about half full) and pop the whole thing into the oven for about 22 minutes. Once done, let cool and enjoy! This makes about 12 mini frittatas and they go pretty quick, so double the recipe or more if you’ve got a sizable group!

 

Waffle Bites

These waffle bites couldn’t be easier! We set it up like a little waffle bar. Just get yourself some frozen waffles (I used Eggo’s Homestyle), toast them to taste, cut them in fours and set our some toppings for each guest to create their own! We had syrup, whipped cream, Nutella and strawberries available. But you could use a lot more items if you choose!

 

Bacon Hearts

 

Bacon Hearts

Bacon hearts are a very easy and cute touch for a Galentine’s or Valentine’s brunch. I’ve been baking my bacon in the oven for some time now. I find it to be a lot less messy and still turns out delicious slices of bacon! If you’ve been doing the same, you won’t need to change much for this recipe. If you’d like the full rundown, check out this simple bacon hearts recipe on The Paper Mama.

You’ll just need a pack of bacon, a baking sheet with edges, a knife and some tin foil. Cover your baking sheet in the tin foil–it makes for really easy cleanup! Cut each bacon slice in half and arrange them in heart shapes as shown on the sheet. Pop them in your preheated, 400-degree oven and leave them there about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them and adjust the time to get them to the crispness that you prefer! After taking them out, let them cool a moment on some paper towel to grab that extra grease and enjoy!

 

Mimosas

As I mentioned, we had each guest bring along a bottle of cheap champagne to the party for, you guessed it, mimosas! I provided the juice at my house. I got a little crazy and strayed from the usual orange juice and opted for two different juice blends: a strawberry base and a pineapple base. Both were incredibly delicious! We went classic and served them in champagne glasses with slices of strawberry, but you can get really creative with your presentation. We had each person mix their own proportions to taste, but generally we went about 3 parts champagne to 1 part juice. Tasty!

 

Mimosa and Paper Hearts

 

Decorations

I kept the decor very simple and just cut out a variety of colored paper hearts to sprinkle about the room and on the tables along with a pretty red candle. I wanted the guests to feel free to come right in as soon as they arrived, so I taped a few hearts to the front door on which I’d written that sentiment. It turned out to be just right for our little party, but you might consider taking it a step further and stringing your paper hearts together to make a pretty garland.

 

Anna

Have you thrown a Galentine’s Day party? Any great ideas to add to this list? What women have been an inspiration to you?

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