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How to Throw a Great Galentine’s Day Party


Thanks to Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Feb. 13 has taken on a celebrated meaning. Galentine’s Day, the (better) holiday to its sibling Valentine’s Day, is the perfect time to invite your best girlfriends over, uncork a bottle of wine and toast the loving bond of friendship. To make your party the best it can be, we’ve curated some must-haves for you and your besties to enjoy.

Courtesy of Sposato Family Vineyards

Open a bottle (or two)

Support a locally owned business by picking up a few bottles of wine for your party from Sposato Family Vineyards. Grab some red, white and rosé to please all palates, and get the party started with their frizzante and malbec.

Various wines, starting at $10.99, available at select liquor stores throughout Delaware.

Courtesy of Girl Holding a Pen

Send out perfect invites

Let your girlfriends know to save the date with a playful and personal invitation. Check out Girl Holding a Pen for locally handcrafted invitation design, stationery, envelope addressing and signage.

Custom stationery, $50 for a set of 25, girlholdingapen.com

Courtesy of Game of THINGS

Decorate your venue

Head to Pinterest to find inspiration for fun Galentine’s Day decorations. Then drive over to Fulton Party & Paper (locations in Wilmington, Newark, Bear and Middletown) to purchase everything from balloons to table art to confetti.

Fulton Party & Paper; visit fultonparty.com for locations.

Find new ways to entertain and connect

Rather than stream a chick flick, connect with your girlfriends through fun games. The Game of THINGS, for example, is just right for a group of four or more. According to the game’s website, the original version presents players with topics like “THINGS … you wouldn’t do for a million dollars.” Each player writes whatever comes to mind, and then the other players try to figure out who said what.

The Game of THINGS, $39.95, at Barnes & Noble.

Courtesy of HoneyBee Kitchen and Market

Set up a serious hors d’oeuvre table

Make sure you have an array of food prepared when your guests arrive. At HoneyBee Kitchen and Market in Wilmington’s Trolley Square, find a variety of local food options. Pick up Sunny Honey Cheese Spread, Double Spiral chocolate bars and Kilby’s Creamery ice cream.

Sunny Honey Cheese Spread, $7.50 small or $15.00 large, Double Spiral chocolates, three for $10 and Kilby Ice Cream, $5.99 a pint, HoneyBee Kitchen and Market, 11A Trolley Square, Wilmington.

Published as “Girls’ Night In” in the February 2020 issue of  Delaware Today magazine. 

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