February 2, 2018
What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year! Amy Poehler says it best and once again it’s right around the corner. If you’re spending this fabulous occasion surrounded by your #girlgang, we’re sharing a bit of event planning design inspo to curate the perfect event focused around the best of the best — your powerhouse posse, your boss babes, your ride or dies.
Step 1) G-Day invitations + card exchange. If this occasion doesn’t make you think back to your younger years and exchanging handmade and/or handwritten cards with your favorite gals (and maybe your secret crush), well then, here’s your chance to make that reality happen!
We love the idea of providing Galentine’s cards for guests to share with one another throughout the event and this printable set recently featured on Pizzazzerie includes all of the goods, from invitations and cupcake toppers (we’re using them for our card exchange!) to banners and playful icebreaker cards. These individual “cupcake topper” squares can also be used as tiny galentine’s, allowing guests to quickly jot down a little lady love note and place it in one another’s card exchange box. Another fun idea is to encourage guests to arrive with a pre-made card exchange box they’ve decorated by hand, which gets all the feels started prior to arriving for the big day!
Side note: if you don’t follow @pizzazzerie on Instagram, trust me, it’s worth the follow for anything and everything related to entertaining in style!
Step 2) The welcome! At every DGE event hosted at Danielle’s home, the first thing guests see upon arrival is her stylish front door. You know those posts about fabulous doors in Palm Springs? Well this gal is right up there with them in terms of style factor. No matter the season, there will always be some sort of colorful welcome indicating you’ve found the right spot! Be sure to dress up your door or entryway for your guests.
Step 3) Rosé! No explanation necessary here. This step speaks for itself. If your guests aren’t a fan of rosé, kick them out! Kidding, kidding. Always have a back-up red or white, but just keep the wine flowing and there will be no shortage of conversations (and fun).
Step 4) Simple, customizable treats. At one of our recent Take Time to Toast events, we created “bespoke bowls” for the group, allowing everyone to choose their favorite ingredients. As we’re all unique creatures, we understand that everyone has a distinct flavor palate and wanted to allow each guest to choose their own adventure.
If you’re looking for something a bit more simple (and on a budget), we love the idea of a parfait bar with lots of yummy fruits and grains. This Martha Stewart article outlines some great options!
Step 5) Photo booth or backdrop. While we all come to the party for the company, we also come for the photos (or it didn’t happen, right?). Every party should have a dedicated photo backdrop to snap a pic from your phone, or even provide a Polaroid camera for take home photos. Either way, don’t skip this step, whether big or small.
Above are photos from one of our favorite backdrops, but we also love the idea of a DIY backdrop like this one created by the duo at Lovely Indeed with just a few sticky notes. Yes, it’s that easy to create this attention-grabbing background!
Step 6) Party favors. Our most memorable party favors were a variety of beauty products from one of our favorite brands: Glossier. For your party, ask everyone to bring their favorite beauty product (while providing a dedicated maximum budget of, say, $20) and then initiate a beauty swap during the event. We are always on the hunt for new must-have products, so this allows for sharing and gaining a new product for our beauty regimen.
For more design ideas from our event planning life in Napa, check out our Galentine’s Day Pinterest board. Oh, and be sure to follow Danielle Gibson Events and Take Time to Toast on Instagram as we cover our upcoming G-Day event.