“A friend is always loyal, and a sister is born in a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
One of my favorite TV shows is Parks and Recreation. It’s a comedy show about the Parks and Rec department of Pawnee, Indiana. The main character is a passionate and determined woman named, Leslie Knope. She is the most caring and loving person on the show. There was an episode that stuck out to me once titled “Galentine’s Day”. Instead of only focusing on romantic relationships, Leslie focuses on her friendships with other women. Because I’m a huge fan of the show and a huge fan of my gal pals, I decided to pull a Leslie and throw my very own Galentine’s Day!
My friends have been there through it all with me. I felt the least I could do was show them how much I appreciate them. I invited them all to brunch on a Sunday, and we celebrated each other! We had lots of gifts and played a few games while we waited for food. Most of all, we spent time laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
Why is Galentine’s Day important?
You shouldn’t celebrate people only on their birthday or the day of love. You should celebrate them all the time.
Strangers became friends and friends became family.
My friends have seen me at my lowest low and at my highest high. They were by my side through the good times and the bad times. Yet, though I enjoy their company and all the fun we have together, the times that have stuck with me are the complete opposite. It’s those long deep talks about unknown futures. It’s the countless times we vented frustrations. It’s those times where I cried endlessly on their shoulders. It’s those times they picked me up when the emotional baggage I carried was too heavy to lift. It’s those times where they showed Christ’s love to me when I was going through some of the hardest moments of my life. A sister is born in a time of adversity. I consider all my friends to be my sisters. I firmly believe they were all placed in my life by God at the right moment in time. They are divinely orchestrated friendships that have changed my life. My life is better because of each of those girls.
I know that you have people in your life who mean the same to you! This Valentine’s day, celebrate ALL of those people you love and cherish in your life. Spoil your significant other, but why not spoil those sisters of yours that Jesus has placed in your life as well!
If you feel moved to do so this year, here is a how-to on planning your own Galentine’s Day party!
Tips for planning a Galentine's Party:
Pick a location:
You can do a nice restaurant for brunch. Invite everyone over to your place and have a potluck. Take everyone to the spa, have a picnic (depending on where you’re located, of course), or anywhere of your choosing that you know you and your girls would have a great time. No matter where you go, decorate! Decorate with lots of red and pink hearts, flowers, and balloons.
What to do:
- Play games!
- Blindfold makeup challenge! The title is self-explanatory. But, basically have someone do your makeup while being blindfolded! After two minutes, you will switch places, and repeat the previous step. It’s a really fun game and will make great photos!
- Haiku Challenge. Every attendee will get the chance to show off their poetry skills by writing a haiku based on another gal at the party. Best poem wins a prize!
- No boys allowed game. Every woman will receive a red necklace when she arrives to the Galentine’s Day party. If any woman mentions a guy’s name, another attendee can take her necklace. The woman who collects the most necklaces wins a prize! (We love the men in our lives, but Galentine’s Day is about women empowering women!)
- Take pictures!
- Set up a photo booth and take lots of pictures to commemorate this day!
- “I’m on a see-food diet, I see food and I eat it.” Eat and enjoy each other’s company.
- The time that I hosted a Galentine’s Day brunch, I gave everyone a goodie bag filled with candy, stickers, nail polish, and a few other small things.
- OR you could have a secret sister gift exchange! This will obviously have to be planned out before the day of the party, but it’s simple! This will make for a meaningful time with your sisters. Make the gifts personal (a song, a poem, a video, flowers, or any gift of your choosing!).
Hosting a Galentine’s day is very simple and so rewarding! If anything, I hope this post inspires you to make your sisters feel special on the 14th!
Alexy Gatica is first and foremost a daughter of the Most High, and second a sister to all. She has a gift of loving her fellow sisters and empowering them. A call that she only learned about later in life, but has since then taken it to the next level. Her faith journey is one that has taken her from the US to Palau, from Georgia to Michigan, from psychologist to minister, and to wherever God takes her next. You can follow Alexy’s adventure here @alexygatica