February 11, 2021
5 virtual ways to celebrate Galentine's Day
Despite what the rom-coms say, you don't have to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate Valentine's Day. Ever since Parks and Recreation introduced Galentine's Day in 2010, women everywhere have been honoring their platonic female friends on Feb. 13. But how to rejoice when we can't all go out and meet up at our favorite bars and restaurants? Here are five ways to enjoy a socially-distant Galentine's Day.
Because of the pandemic, we can't exactly go jetting off to Sonoma with our besties. But thankfully, we can still enjoy a professional wine tasting from afar! Wine.com offers free virtual tastings — all you have to do is pre-purchase the wine to go along with the event. Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a great option if you want to support a smaller business and participate in live, virtual events like wine yoga. Want something more customizable? Priority Wine Pass has made it easy to set up private premium tastings for you and your crew.
Love-Themed Bake Off
Do you and your best buds love to bake? You can turn Galentine's Day into your very own virtual dessert competition. There are a few ways to go about it. You can choose a single recipe that everyone must follow, then hop on a group video chat and go through the steps at the same time. When everyone's dish is ready, you can compare and contrast!
Alternatively, allow each gal pal to bake her own love-themed creation. Then get everyone together for a virtual judge's table where each participant presents their dessert. Need some inspiration? Check out these irresistible red velvet cookies, or these adorable heart-shaped brownie sandwiches!
Online trivia has really taken off as a result of the pandemic for good reasons. It's lively, entertaining and the options are limitless. For Galentine's Day this year, consider hosting a themed trivia night. Trivia Hub Live offers fully customizable virtual experiences — you can even have your own awards ceremony! Or if you're willing to put in a little elbow grease, create your own trivia event. Come up with personalized questions using Typeform, then set up a video chat for the event. Zoom is great for this, since it allows you to divide into teams by using breakout rooms. You can even offer prizes for the winner, like an organic skin care gift card.
Strawberries and Champagne
Relationships can be complicated, but Galentine's Day doesn't have to be. This holiday, keep it simple by sending your crew champagne and strawberry gift baskets. Make sure everyone's package will arrive by Feb. 13, then set up a group video chat so you can all pop the cork together and enjoy one other's company. The best part? You can wear your PJs, and no one will judge.
Virtual Clothing Swap
This Galentine's Day, consider setting up a clothing swap for you and your girlfriends. It's a great excuse to clean out your closets, and you get to spend virtual time with your besties. Have your clothing pile ready to go, set up a group video chat and take turns modeling outfits. Make sure to keep track of who wants what, so you can drop off or mail the goods when the event is over. Out with the old, in with the new!
Whatever activity you choose, hope you have a festive Galentine's Day!