Forget Valentine’s Day with its unnecessary consumerism, forced romanticism and ability to keep petrol stations in business through flower sales. These days, another celebration is sweeping the globe and it has its origins in something much more organic and fun. That celebration is Galentine’s Day!

What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day is a celebration of women! It takes place on the day before Valentine’s Day but is not supposed to be the opposite or the evil twin of that celebration. Instead, it celebrates all your female friends. Both girls with a partner or without are more than welcome to take part.

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When Does Galentine's Day Take Place?

Once a year on the 13th February. It’s the perfect date to shower your besties with the love they de-serve. 

What is the Point in Galentine's Day?

The idea is to get all your friends in one place and to have a special day dedicated to each other. It’s time to celebrate friendships and show your appreciation to all your lovely gal pals. This usually means a fun meal out, drinks or an activity with cards and presents but can be anything you want it to be. The day has existed since 2010 and has grown in popularity around the world year on year. 

When Did Galentine's Day Start?

Galentine’s Day was invented in 2010 by the massively popular TV show, Parks & Recreation. The American sitcom was on NBC originally and ran for seven seasons. It follows the office of a local gov-ernment department in Indiana. It launched the career of one of Fizzbox’s favourite hunk, Chris Pratt! The main character was an enthusiastic government employee played by Amy Poehler called Leslie Knope. She loved organising parties and Galentine’s day was an invention of hers.

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In the TV show, Leslie’s Galentine’s Day is a boozy brunch in a waffle house taking place the day before Valentine’s Day. The girls also give each other gifts and cards. Due to the popularity of the show, this idea was quickly taken by fans and expanded on. Since then, the idea of Galentine’s Day has spread all over the world and even those who hadn’t seen the TV show are joining in. Of course, with anything like this, it wasn’t long before it’d been converted into a money-making scheme, and now brands offer plenty of gift ideas and deals to go alongside the day.

What Did Leslie Knope Say About Galentine’s Day?

In her own words, Leslie Knope said: “Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

Is Galentine's Day Popular?

Hell yes, it is! In 2018 alone, Google searches for Galentine's Day ideas grew by a whopping 87%. This fun day celebrating female friendship has never been more popular.

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Reasons to Celebrate Galentine's Day

Apart from being a fad from a TV show, the day plays quite an important role that was missing from our calendar; the chance to celebrate our girlfriends. Friends play an incredibly important part in modern life and a day to celebrate that fact has been a long time coming. Friendships are pivotal because in modern life people have become strewn all over the world. We are not such localised animals anymore and being away from family geographically means those relationships need to be replaced. Our friends fill the void and become a surrogate family for many.

Marriage and kids are often happening later in life and so starting your own family is being delayed. This gives ladies more time to build friendships. These precious friends form the backbone of your social life. Another reason to celebrate Galentine’s Day is that it is a ladies only event. It is not often you get to enjoy a men-free zone. Even a hen do will often involve a butler in the buff showing off his cheeky assets! 

Join with your friends as you celebrate your triumphs over the last year and say thank you to the people that have supported you getting there. When you finally sit down with your friends and reflect, you’ll realise how important they are in your life. Of course, it’s also a big plus for ladies who find themselves single over the Valentine’s Day period. They won’t feel left out if there is something else to look forward to. 

Galentine’s Day is all inclusive however, so those who are in a relationship and will be enjoying Valentine’s Day too can still take part. Lastly, Galentine’s Day can be just a great excuse to catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a while. Often it just takes an excuse like this to get everyone together, like a birthday night. 

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The Best Galentine's Day Ideas

If you need some inspiration on how to celebrate Galentine’s Day for the first time or need some ideas to freshen things up here is 10 from us at Fizzbox:

Cocktail Making

Price: From £25 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 1 hour

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We all know that cocktails are a girl’s best friend but instead of just drinking them, why not learn how to make them? Being able to make your own to a professional standard will make any future drinks at home a real treat. Use Galentine’s Day as an opportunity to learn how to make delicious drinks under the expert tutelage of a professional mixologist, and the fact you get to drink the experiments is a big, fat bonus!

Bottomless Brunch

Price: From £24.95 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 90 minutes

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The ultimate day drinking session, bottomless brunch is one of the most popular activities of the moment. So, why not pair it with one of the best days of the year, Galentine’s Day? You’ll each tuck into a brunch dish of your choice, from full English breakfasts to smashed avocado on toast, accompanied by totally unlimited drinks. That’s free-flowing booze for all of you. You’re going to get spoilt rotten, ladies!

Spa Day

Price: From £24 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 1 hour

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Take the weight off on your Galentine’s Day with an indulgent spa day. Perhaps you and the girls have had a tough year or are arranging something fun but stressful like a wedding? You can rest and recuperate in luxurious surrounding while also getting a well-deserved treatment like a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Don’t forget to relax in the sauna and take a dip in the pool! You’ll be so relaxed that you’ll forget all about not having a date for Valentine’s Day!

Private Chef

Price: From £29.99 per person

Minimum Number: 7

Duration: From 2 hour

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Enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home when you hire a private chef. The chef will come to your home or other hired venue to cook up a storm in your kitchen. They’ll prepare, cook and serve up a delicious meal to your table. You won’t have to lift a finger.

Nude Life Drawing

Price: From £25 per person

Minimum Number: 6

Duration: From 1 hour

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Nude life drawing might be a traditional hen party activity, but it’s still loads of fun if you’re looking for cheeky Galentine’s Day ideas. Why let the brides-to-be have all the fun anyway? You’ll arrive at a private room in a city centre venue and be greeted by a professional art tutor who’ll teach you how to draw the live, nude, male model stood in front of you. Did we mention that he’ll be completely naked while he poses?

Afternoon Tea

Price: From £22 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 1 hour

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Add sophistication to your Galentine’s Day celebrations with a spot of afternoon tea. This relaxing daytime treat takes place at a huge range of venues from cheap and cheerful eateries to fancy hotels. You can chow down on classic or quirky dishes to suit your taste. The most popular choice is often finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.

Party Boat Cruise

Price: From £24 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 90 minutes

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Partying on land is sooo last year! Get out on the water for a party boat cruise that combines sightseeing, drinking, eating and partying. Depending on the city you’re in, you’ll pass loads of iconic sights that are just begging to be a selfie background. You might get nibbles or a drink or two included or there will be a pay bar onboard. The DJ will play the best party hits to get everyone on their feet and dancing. What’s not to love, girls?

Karaoke

Price: From £18 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 1 hour

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Why not get all the girls behind a microphone and have a blast singing out all your favourite hits? This is not only a great journey down memory lane but also a fantastic laugh. You’ll have a selection of the biggest karaoke classics to choose from. What’s your go to song? And what will you regret singing in the morning? Karaoke is a proven winner and could be just what you need on Galentine’s Day.

Drag Shows

Price: From £30 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 90 minutes

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Prepare yourselves to be thoroughly entertained this Galentine’s Day with a dazzling drag show. One or more drag artists will strut their stuff on stage for you, wowing you with their dancing and lip-syncing skills. These colourful, hilarious and sometimes outrageous shows can’t fail to get your whole group in the party mood as you sing along to the classic tracks. You can even combine these shows with a delicious meal or bottomless brunch for an extra treat!

Wine Tasting

Price: From £25 per person

Minimum Number: 6

Duration: From 1 hour

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If you like your drinks to come in two colours, red and white, then wine tasting could be a great choice for your special Galentine’s Day. You have spent many hours with your friends drinking wine but how much do you know about it? Learn a bit more about your favourite tipple all while getting to drink it. Fun facts and tasty wine; it’s a win win, right girls?

Buff Butler

Price: From £170 per group

Minimum Number: 6

Duration: From 90 minutes

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If you’re on the hunt for Galentine’s Day ideas that can take place at home, why not hire a butler in the buff? Your butler will be at your beck and call for the evening, wearing just an apron, collar, cuffs and bowtie. Just imagine your friends’ faces when he answers the door! Your hunky butler can also serve your drinks and canapes and lead some hilarious party games for a Galentine’s Day you’ll never forget!

Immersive Experiences

Price: From £8.50 per person

Minimum Number: 6

Duration: From 1 hour

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Transport your Galentine’s party to another world with one of our immersive experiences. You’ll enter an alternate world for a few hours of fun. How about being locked up at Alcotraz? This bar behind bars sees your group smuggle in alcohol while trying not to get caught by the warden. The crooked guards will then whip you up delicious cocktails. You’ll even get orange jumpsuits to wear! With many more options, from Wild West saloons to murder mystery events, there’s an immersive experience to suit every group of women.

Chocolate Making

Price: From £45 per person

Minimum Number: 8

Duration: From 90 minutes

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Ok, so we know that a lot of the top Galentine’s Day activities involve food, but we think it’s time that you treated yourselves. And who doesn’t love chocolate? Learn how this indulgent treat is made with demonstrations from a professional chocolatier (what a job!). You’ll get hands on to cut, dip and decorate your own chocolatey goodies. Have fun comparing your creations before you take home everything you’ve made to gobble up later!

Bar Crawls

Price: From £24 per person

Minimum Number: 2

Duration: From 1 hour

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If all else fails and you don’t want to have to think about what to do too much, then why not just enjoy a big night out with friends. Visit all the old haunts and party till the early hours. A bar crawl is a great way to experience nightlife in a new city or to make an occasion of your usual night on the tiles. For those of you with no dates the following day, you can just sleep through it!

Virtual Activities for Galentine’s Day

Perhaps you and your best girls don’t live in the same city or even country. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Thanks to the powers of modern technology, you can take part in one of our many virtual activities for Galentine’s Day. These experiences take place online, connecting you all and giving you a fun few hours. There’s so much to choose from, from virtual cocktail making to virtual casinos, murder mysteries to comedy shows, gameshows to cheese tastings. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

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Gift Vouchers for Galentine's Day

Do you fancy treating your besties with a Galentine’s Day gift but aren’t sure what to get? We all know that gift vouchers are always a winner. But instead of getting her a voucher for stuff, why not buy her a Fizzbox gift voucher that she can use to buy an experience? Our gift vouchers are available from £5-£100 and can be used towards thousands of different experiences. She’ll be able to pick whichever activity tickles her fancy. And trust us, the memories she makes will last way longer than something material she can buy!

Free Galentine’s Day Ideas

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Parks and Recreation Marathon

Why not take it back to where it all began and settle down with some bubbly and pizza with your besties and watch a marathon of Parks and Recreation. The hilarious sitcom will have your group of mates literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Sleepover Party

Why not relive those nights when friends would stay over as kids? You could put on your very own sleepover party and this time your parents can’t tell you what time to go to bed! Keep up the childhood tradition while also saving pennies and spending quality time with your friends, chatting, watching movies and performing mini makeovers.

Shopping Spree

If you love to spend money, then take the girls out on a big shopping spree. Big shopping centres now have everything you need for a fantastic day out. A bit of retail therapy around Valentine’s Day can’t hurt either!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the ultimate guide to Galentine’s Day. Check out our full activity listings now to find your perfect experience for the best girls’ night of the year. Whatever you get up to, we hope you enjoy every single minute with your besties. Happy Galentine’s Day everyone!