One of my favorite shows in the entire world is Parks and Recreation. I’ve seen all seven seasons at least eight times now—it’s just one of the shows that brings me the most comfort, which I think we can all agree is definitely needed now.
The show has spawned a ton of pop culture references throughout the years: Treat Yo’ Self, obsessions over waffles, and of course, one of my faves, Galentine’s Day. In the show, Leslie Knope, played by the hilarious Amy Poehler, comes up with the perfect solution to Valentine’s Day. On February 13th, she and all of her friends get together to celebrate their friendships on what she affectionately has dubbed Galentine’s Day. Pop culture latched on, and now we have a full-blown holiday to celebrate the special women we have in our lives.
Of course, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, so seeing our friends face-to-face might not be in the cards right now, but don’t worry—I still have a few fun options for you! Read on to find out more.
Host a Virtual Wine Tasting
One of the “good” things about this pandemic is how creative companies are becoming in light of not being able to do things in person. Wineries, restaurants, and wine stores have pivoted to doing virtual wine tastings, which is the perfect way to spend a Galentine’s evening with your best gal pals. You and your friends can purchase the wine separately and listen to experts and sommeliers talk through wines, their regions, the notes, etc., and then you can hop on a Zoom afterwards to chat about what you’ve learned.
There are options to simply join a Zoom or Instagram live class, like the ones offered at Jenny & Francois, a natural wine store based in New York City, or you can go the whole nine yards and get a private tasting with a winery like K. Laz wine.
Hold a Gift Swap
Trying to wrangle a group of four or more people for an event is a job in and of itself, so if you’re already overwhelmed with the Zooms and the meetings and the calls, you and your friends can arrange for a Galentine’s gift exchange. Everyone loves receiving surprises in the mail, and I don’t know about you, but even the act of buying a gift for someone else brings me a ton of joy. You can even create a theme—coffee gifts, feel-good books, flower arrangements, candy, you name it!
Have a Safe Picnic
If you and your friends live close enough to each other and it’s warm enough where you live, you could host a socially distanced picnic in the park or at the beach or anywhere outdoors where you can safely be six feet or more away from each other (with masks on, of course). I love the idea of making your own individual charcuterie board, your own mini bottle (or can) of wine, and enjoying the sunshine for an hour or two with your closest friends.
How do you plan on celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? Let me know in the comments!