“What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best day of the year” – Leslie Knope

If you’re a Parks and Rec fan, Galentine’s Day needs no explanation. Even if you’re not familiar with the show, everyone this is a fabulous holiday that every woman and her best friend can relate to.

Galentine’s Day is the holiday that is all about ladies celebrating ladies, friendship, and girl power.  Galentine’s Day falls on February 13th every year and is the perfect time to focus on your lady friends, right before Valentine’s day, which is about romantic love.

This year, Pop Craft threw it’s first Galentine’s Craft Party.  The event was a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to make it a yearly tradition.  Start a new tradition for your lady-crew, your Leslie, Ann, April and Donna, and let’s throw a Galentine’s party!

Our Galentine's Party was at

Location

Generally, when planning a party, the first thing that needs to be decided is where to have your gathering.  Pick a place that is a favorite for you and your gal pals.

Leslie would prefer a cute restaurant for brunch (with Belgian waffles and extra whipped cream).  Wine bars are also a wonderful setting if you’re doing an evening gathering.  And of course, the comfort of your home may be the best venue.

Our Galentine's Party was at

Handmade

There is usually an element of handmade gifts in a Galentine’s day party.  Leslie’s gifts of mosaics of her friend’s faces and embroidered pillows may be a bit over the top for your DIYing.  Go with a crafting activity for hands-on entertainment that doesn’t require hours of preparation.

Pop Crafter at Galentine's Day sewing

Crafting comes easy for ladies who like to be creative, but for anyone who has some apprehension, put some planning into how to make the projects simple enough for the cautious creatives.

Pop Crafter picking out materials and instructions

For the Pop Craft Galentine’s Party, we had three different projects planned out for people to make at their leisure.  We brought all of the materials and instructions to make Sewn Succulents, Marbled Clay Ring Dishes, and Block Printed Galentines.

Materials buffet

By having instruction sheets and a craft-materials-buffet, this allowed people to do more on their own.  With less instruction required by the host, the more social everyone can be.

Happy Pop Crafter working on her succulent

Foster Love and Friendship

Crafting together usually results in compliments and praise for each other’s work.  Keep everything positive, and light when a craft-fail occurs, and always offer help and teamwork to get through your projects.

If you want to go above and beyond, you can celebrate each other by pairing everyone up and doing an introduction or what I’m working on debrief.  Then go around the room, and have everyone share something awesome about their partner with the rest of the group.

Favors

Another great outcome of crafting together is that everyone will leave with something they made.  I think it is also nice to give them a little extra surprise.  That is why I give away a little handmade item at the end of all of my workshops, and for the Pop Craft Galentine’s party, I went all out.

Friendship Bracelet DIY Kits by Pop Craft

I put together favor bags that had Friendship Bracelet DIY Kits, concrete gem charms, a set of block printed Galentine’s day cards, and some flyers about Pop Craft.  Also, giving out a bag is really handy for carrying home projects.

Let’s Party

Have you thrown a Galentine’s party, or do you plan to?  I would love to hear about your ideas and what you incorporated into your event.

Coming next on the Pop Craft blog, see the work of a talented artist who used some of the PopCraftExchange slate tiles in a mosaic portrait.