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Gathering with friends always feels like food for the soul. And when those friends are women who inspire and support you in life; a gals celebration is in order. This year I’m getting ready to get all my lady friends together to celebrate a Nature Inspired Galentine’s Day. On February 13 (right before Valentine’s Day) women celebrate friendship, love and “just because”! The idea is to enjoy the moment and have a great time “sans men”.
Because I love nature inspired decor and organic vibes, I’m giving this celebration a twist. Let’s start with some basics…
Set the mood
Start with a cool playlist that can go from empowering lyrics to a more relaxing vibe. Light up candles with a soft fragrance (I love these “Essential Oil Infused Filled Candles” from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart) to give some atmosphere or simply use a diffuser. This one from the new line of Aroma Therapy Collection from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart comes with a variety of color lights and a timer. I love mixing oils like peppermint and grapefruit.
For the centerpiece I’ve chosen green hydrangeas and ornamental cabbage flowers inside a Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart large glass lantern. They add so much texture and a fresh feeling into this table. On another glass lantern I placed a smaller vase with eucalyptus. I then filled the space in between them with heart shaped candies (Sweethearts) but only the white, yellow and green colors to go with my chosen palette. This final touch transforms thee arrangements from regular ones into Galentine’s worthy.
Indulging simple snacks
A popular option for your female guests would be a brunch. But if you prefer to keep things simple, I would suggest having fruits, cookies, donuts, wine and/or sparkling water. What would make this snack area stand out is the way to style it.
Getting creative with fruits is easy and fun. For this Nature Inspired Galentine’s Day table, I precut some kiwi slices and to make these special, I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter. Can’t resist how cute they look!
Speaking of cute things, another way to impress your gals is serving hearth shaped ice cubes with mint leaves inside. Use them with sparkling water or maybe with your special house drink.
Nature Inspired Galentine’s Day gifts
Don’t let your friends leave the party empty handed. And since this is a celebration dedicated to “her”, essential oils for the mind and body are ideal Galentine’s Day gifts. One of my favorite ways to prepare these is by setting a foam inside a heart shaped cardboard box and placing some faux succulents inside (these are from Walmart). I then leave one of the corners empty so I can place an 100% Essential Oil bottles from Better Homes & Gardens new Aromatherapy Collection available at Walmart on February 12.
You can also get small gift bags and stamp them with rubber stamps. This is a great way to personalize your gifts and make your friends feel special. Watch the following video to see how easy it was to create these.
A selfie area
We all know that we live in a selfie era and usually we want to share every special moment with our friends. For this purpose I’ve create a simple background where all your friends can strike a pose and a selfie. With some washi tape and flowers, I was able to transform one of my wall arts into a lovely background. I also added balloons to make it fun!
The time spent with friends is always so memorable. Setting the mood and celebrating Galentine’s Day with some of my favorite gals makes these little instances even more special. Are you gathering your lady friends for a fun celebration this year?