“Friends are the people who make you smile brighter, laugh louder and live better” …and that my friends is why friendship is worth celebrating. I started celebrating Galentine’s Day a few years ago. Since we moved away and I’m not as close to my dear friends anymore, the opportunity to host them here and catch up while celebrating means a lot to me. However, with the current pandemic situation, gatherings like this aren’t in the cards right now. It was still important for me to share in this tradition so I decided to try a virtual version and host a party in a box. Keep scrolling to see how to host a Galentine’s Day party virtually.
This idea can apply any time of the year and can even be incorporated into a shower or any other celebration. First I reached out to my friends to see what date would work best. I must say it was much easier to plan this one since everyone can stay at home and the thought of scheduling travel and a get together takes some stress away. Once I got confirmation I started planning a theme and thought a Pajama party was perfect.
Whenever I plan a party of any kind I have a few items I do every time to make the planning easier. These tips can apply to almost any event or activity you plan.
Tip #1 Theme/ Color scheme
I always start with some type of theme. In years past for Galentine’s day I did a Pretty brunch theme and a fancy tea. You can read more about those parties here How To Host A Fun Galentine's Day Brunch and here How To Create A Beautiful Galentine’s Day Tea
This years theme is all about comfort. Being home in your cozy jammies with some snacks and laughter is the great way to celebrate friendship. Once I’ve come up with a theme, I like to come up with a color scheme. This helps me to create a vision and how I want everything to look. The color pink just seemed fitting for this party.
Tip #2 Invitations
I know it may seem old fashioned when you can invite people with the click of a finger. However, I still love sending an invitation. I think it shows your guests that you are putting a lot of thought into the party and sets the scene for what to expect. I made these darling sleep mask invites to create the setting for what to expect and flow right into the theme.
I just created a pattern and cut out these masks with a pink card stock and created the information on my computer and printed them out. Then I glued the information on the back and embellished with some pretty flowers, gold glitter and some satin ribbon. It was very simple and cost me nothing because I already had all the supplies. If you need to purchase things, it’s still a very inexpensive option.
Tip #3 Party Favors
One of my favorite things to create when hosting a party are the favors or little gifts. I always incorporate the theme with whatever I make. I decided to put the entire party in a big box and deliver to each friend. That way they would have their party favors, snack and everything to have when the online Zoom party starts.
I made homemade bath salts and sugar lip scrub and created a spring bouquet fragrance that is so fresh and feminine. You can find many of my homemade recipes here Beautiful Homemade Gifts-Lip Care Kit, Beautiful Homemade Gift Ideas, Simple, Inexpensive & Pretty Homemade Gift wrap & card ideas-(perfect for mothers day or teacher gifts)
Here is a link to the floral label:
Tip #4 Food
Usually I create fun appetizers or a meal such as dinner, brunch or a tea. Since this is virtual and a PJ party, I decided to just add snacks to the box (and of course a mini bottle of wine) so that all the party items are in the box. I added microwave popcorn(unpopped,) snack cracker and chocolate covered pretzels.
Here are the items I added to the boxes:
- sleep eye mask
- facial mask
- hair headband
- fuzzy socks
- homemade beauty products
I found many of the items on Amazon. However, you can find many fun items in dollar stores and dollar sections of many stores. This is key on how to host a Galentine’s Day party.
I filled the bottom of the box with tissue and shredded paper. I used the tissue first to give some bulk and cushion to the bottom and the shredded paper for more texture. Once the filling was in, I arranged all the goodies inside. I also made this cute sign to decorate the lid . You could definitely add more embellishments to the inside lid if you want.
To adhere the ribbon and tie it up, I punched holes in the front of the box and also on the front part of the lid. Then I threaded the ribbon through the holes and tied a pretty, simple bow.
For a final touch I added some pretty flowers from the scrapbook section of the craft store to dress it up a little more. You could also add stickers or even each persons name. I loved these black chalkboard heart shaped tag and wrote each persons name on the outside.
Here they are all ready to be delivered. I can’t wait for them to receive and open them. Once the online party starts, I will have them each open their boxes. they can pop their popcorn and open their wine. We may even put on our face masks! I’m considering a game, however I think just catching up and laughing together may be the perfect activity.
So are you ready to host a party yet? A little prep work and that’s it. No need to clean your house, set the table or make food for that matter. Just a simple and fun way to celebrate friendship…the best way!
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HOW TO HOST A GALENTINE’S DAY PARTY