If you haven’t heard of Galentine’s Day, it’s essentially an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 13th (or anytime before Valentine’s Day) by women and their gals.
It’s a day filled with things like rom-coms, sweet treats, and fun activities that allow you to spend time with your girlfriends and celebrate your special friendship. Not to mention, It’s the perfect excuse to host a girls-only adult slumber party for all the nostalgic feels!
This year, I drove out to Dallas to have an early Galentine’s Day celebration with my old college roommates. If you’d like to host your very own Galentine’s sleepover party, or you’re attending your first one and don’t know what to expect, here’s our ultimate checklist for a successful girls’ night in and an even better night’s sleep.
What you should bring to your sleepover
Is it even a sleepover if you don’t wear pajamas? Bring out the matching sets, the pinks and reds, and the fuzzy socks that’ll make you feel cute and cozy.
Pillow and blanket
While your host typically handles sleeping arrangements and bedding, bringing your favorite blanket and pillow that you know will help you get a good night’s sleep is totally acceptable. In fact, it’s recommended so you feel comfortable sleeping in a new environment!
Makeup, next-day outfit, toiletries—you know the drill!
Everyone has different sleep preferences, even your best friends! Some prefer sleeping with the light on while others don’t, so bring a
Blocks out light for restful sleep while protecting the delicate skin around the eyes
Pack these items for your Galentine's Day sleepover
Activities you and the girls can do
Why wait for a gifted bouquet when you can make your own? Floral arranging takes some simple bouquets from the grocery store—along with tissue paper, ribbon, and a little imagination—and creates the cutest DIY party favor. It’s also pretty relaxing to do too!
While vision boards are typically made in the new year season, February is the perfect time to create one if you haven’t already. A vision board is a collage of words, pictures, and symbols that showcase your 2024 goals (whether that’s to stick to a fitness routine or get better sleep) and motivate you to achieve them throughout the year. Grab your old magazines and newspapers, a board, some gluesticks, and scissors to craft the vision board of your dreams!
Every sleepover needs some good ol’ board games and card games to bond and de-stress. My friend group’s go-tos are UNO, Taboo, For the Girls, and Incoherent.
Create a “for the girls” music playlist
Every party needs music, and a Galentine’s Day playlist is the perfect way to allow everyone to listen to songs they like as well as bond over the songs you know. My friends and I made this R&B playlist to fill the evening with nostalgia!
Give Galentine’s Day cards
Tell the girlfriends in your life how much their friendship means to you with store-bought or DIY Galentine’s Day cards. (Warning: You might get some tears!)
Watch a movie or your favorite series
While this isn’t our go-to activity, we do love a good Bachelor(ette) episode or a Disney movie playing in the background to make the party vibe cozy and give the room that “lived-in” feel.
Present life-update PowerPoints
Adult friendships come with distance sometimes. I don’t live in the same city as my best friends and old college roomies anymore, and that can make it difficult to keep up with everything that goes on in our lives. That’s why life-update PowerPoints are the new thing as it’s the easiest (and fun) way to show everyone what they’ve missed.
Eats, treats, and drinks you must have
Sleep-friendly charcuterie board
Charcuterie boards are a must at any event, especially during a sleepover! Not only are they good for snacking on throughout the night, but they can also help you have a great slumber. Here’s what we’re putting on our charcuterie board to satisfy our cravings and get a good night’s sleep:
- Candied walnuts, pistachios, tart cherries, grapes and strawberries (melatonin)
- Cheese cubes and vanilla yogurt (calcium)
- Salted cashews (magnesium)
- Dried apricots (potassium)
- Whole grain crackers and cheddar cheese slices (tryptophan)
Homemade vegan pizza and cauliflower wings
We know vegan pizza and cauliflower wings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the heart-shaped crust and red wing sauce bring all the G-Day vibes (and they’re so delicious too!). While any meal works for a Galentines evening, just ensure you watch out for excessive cheese, spicy, and carb-heavy foods!
Sleepy-time tea bar
Speaking of tea…set up a tea bar with an array of drinks that taste good, look good, and help you snooze even better. Examples of “cute and fun” teas with great sleep benefits include:
- Butterfly blue pea tea
- Lavender tea
- Chamomile tea
- Hibiscus tea
- Banana tea
Can’t forget the add-ons! Prepare bowls with cucumber slices, strawberry slices, mint leaves, rosemary leaves, lemon slices, edible flowers, and honey to “decorate” your tea for Galentine’s Day.
Sleepy girl mocktails
Mocktails are all the rage lately—and for good reason! My friend group isn’t one for alcoholic drinks, so for our Galentine’s sleepover, we’re opting for sleepy girl mocktails that are fun to make and will help us catch some Zs. While the mocktail recipes are endless and so hard to choose from, why not try the TikTok sleepy girl mocktail? It contains tart cherry juice and magnesium to help you snooze.
While excess sugar before bed isn’t recommended, a little sweet never hurt anybody! I mean, the heart-shaped and colorful pastries are what Galentine’s is all about. My friends and I mix it up every year by displaying new desserts (typically trendy ones off TikTok or Pinterest) and our fan favorites. Here’s what we’ll be making this year:
- Heart-shaped cream danishes
- Dark-chocolate covered strawberries
- Mini berry cheesecakes
- Red velvet white chocolate chip cookies
Bonus tip for throwing the ultimate Galentine’s Day sleepover
While every friend group is different and every Galentine’s sleepover party will vary, the most important things off our checklist are to have fun, enjoy each other’s company, and create unforgettable memories with your girlies. Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!
Photos courtesy of Gricelda Torres