Screenshot of NBC’s Parks and Recreation

Gather Your Gals…It’s Galentines Day

In Do, February 2020 by Julia Reinert

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Screenshot of NBC’s Parks and Recreation
Screenshot of NBC’s Parks and Recreation

Valentine’s Day has been a treasured holiday for centuries, the annual opportunity for lovers to express their feelings via romantic dinners, floral bouquets, decadent sweet treats and even marriage proposals. But much more recently—in 2010, to be exact—another holiday centered around love emerged. On Galentine’s Day, the point isn’t to receive a shot from Cupid’s bow; rather, it’s to celebrate friendship, specifically among women. The fictional Galentine’s Day holiday originated on an episode of the hit sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” where leading lady Leslie Knope explains that, every February 13, “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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Ever since, Galentine’s Day has been celebrated as a popular pastime across the country; Raleigh is no exception, with its own Galentine’s Day traditions from which local ladies can choose.

Your first option is to get a head start on this fun fête by brunching at The Irregardless Café on Saturday, February 8 at The Geek Girl Brunch Presents: Galentine’s Day. Eat some delicious food, enjoy some drinks and possibly go home with some great swag! If you already have weekend plans, celebrate on Thursday, the actual Galentine’s Day, at Vidrio on Glenwood South. Toast the women in your life with drinks and small bites at the bar. The restaurant will serve Veuve Cliquot and assorted mini-desserts and you can enjoy fresh Mediterranean flavors and original menu options. Looking for something more interactive? Visit Dove & Olive Mercantile on Bickett Boulevard where you and your gals can attend a jewelry workshop and receive an Infinity Collection bracelet that’s sized to fit your wrist and safely welded on. Enjoy charcuterie platters from Raleigh Cheesy and take home a beautiful bouquet from The Gray Cottage.

Ladies, these are just a few of the local places where you and your girlfriends can honor Galentine’s Day in style. You may not have time to pull a Leslie Knope and make personalized mosaic tile portraits of each of your friends but you can make a few phone calls and rally the crew. Exchange handmade gifts or share priceless memories over drinks and snacks; Galentine’s Day is a celebration you’ll want to make an annual tradition.

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