What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th my lady friends and I leave our husbands and 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.
— Leslie Knope, Parks & Rec

Once a month, I gather with a group of girls from my church for If:Table. Each month, we are given four questions to discuss over dinner (or brunch!) and we eat, laugh, cry, and pause to talk about life. Y'all, I look forward to these nights almost as much as I'm looking forward to being in a chocolate coma on Valentine's Day!! I've written about our gatherings in my book, Invited: Live a life of connection, not perfection, and today I wanted to share one of my favorite gatherings that we host each year: Galentine's Day.

Here's a little peek from the book about our time together:

Pulling into the restaurant parking lot, I see my friends’ cars already there. It’s Saturday, and the girls from small group are meeting for brunch to celebrate Galentine’s Day. This month Laura is joining us at the Table. She and her husband had just started attending our small group. Always dressed classically, she’s quiet at first, and I wonder if she is enjoying being with us. Today, my question is answered after we order our waffles, eggs benedict, bacon, and grits. Laura shyly hands each of us a heart that she’s cut out of red construction paper herself, and inside we find a handwritten note, wishing us a happy Valentine’s Day. It’s touching, this gesture, and I gently place the card in my purse as I thank her. While digging into our food, we do our best to answer the question of “How can we, as women, do a better job of seeing each other more clearly, breaking down barriers that separate us?
— Invited, Chapter Seventeen, Galentine's Day

To re-create our first Galentine's Day, we recently met at my friend Catherine's house for a Galentine's Day brunch, inspired by recipes found in the back of the book. For a few hours, we feasted on heart-shaped waffles, a yogurt bar, gorilla bread, quiche, cappuccino brownies, and mimosa's. Look at the fun we had at this party!

One of the unique things about my book is each chapter is a party theme, like Galentine's Day. In the back of the book I have a section that is a Party Planning Guide that is filled with inspiration on re-creating the parties written about in the book.

I've made this super fun Galentine's Day party package that is in our shop, but today I'd like to give it to you for free when you order a copy of my book, Invited. It makes a great gift for the gals in your life! Just follow this link to order Invited and for you to claim your free party package. 

Here's what you will get with this party package:

1. 2" Party Circles/Cupcake Toppers/Favor Tags
2. Happy Galentine's Banner
3. Food Labels
4. 8.5 x 11 Placemats

That's a $30 savings + fun for you and your friends! I'll be giving away this treat until Valentine's Day but go ahead and order yours today so you can celebrate with your friends over the weekend! 

Here's how you can use your Galentine's Day party package to plan your own gathering with friends:

  • Invitations/Guest List

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Keep your Galentine’s Day party to your close group of friends, or use this idea at your church for a Valentine’s party where your members invite their best friend to come to a brunch with them, listen to an inspirational message, and play some fun games. For electronic invitations, consider sending a funny meme of Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec. If you send a card in the mail, go old school and cut a heart out of red cardboard paper and write in hand calligraphy the Galentine’s Day details.

  • Decorations & Set-Up

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Since we are celebrating friendship with our gals, mix pastel pink, bright white, and red together for your table and decorations. For the food table, cover it with a white tablecloth and write x’s and o’s on it with a black Sharpie. Instead of going with the traditional red roses of Valentine’s Day, consider placing candy hearts in clear vases at different heights as your centerpiece and hang a garland of paper hearts from your chandelier.

  • Food & Drink

Heart-Shaped Waffles

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Shop online or at a local kitchen store for a heart-shaped waffle maker. It’s not necessary but sure does make for a festive waffle!

You can make waffles from scratch, but to cut time there is nothing wrong with using a boxed waffle mix. My favorite is Krusteaz Belgian Waffle mix. Once you make the waffles, dot them with butter that has been cut into tiny hearts with a cookie cutter and have a variety of specialty syrups and toppings like pecans, bacon, and chocolate chips for the ladies to sprinkle and drizzle on top.

Yogurt Bar

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A yogurt bar brings girly sophistication and lightness to the brunch. Purchase vanilla and strawberry yogurt and spoon them into glass parfait glasses for your guests. Set up a yogurt station with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, granola, local honey, and coconut flakes.

Gorilla Bread – Paula Deen

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Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

½ cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

One 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese

Two 7.5-ounce cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count)

1½ cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with vegetable oil cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese. Sprinkle ½ cup of the nuts into the bottom of the Bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on ½ cup of nuts. Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of nuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert. Serve warm.

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You can find the recipes for the Ham & Spinach quiche and the cappachino brownies inside Invited's Party Planning Handbook. If you order Invited before Valentine's Day, you will also get this Galentine's Day package (a $30 value) for free! 

  • Activities

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Ask your friends to come over in their pajamas and bring their favorite fingernail polish. Once you’ve finished eating, paint nails and have a classic television show like I Love Lucy playing in the background. When it is time for everyone to leave, send them home with a bottle of nail polish and gift tags that say “Happy Galentine’s” and sign your name with “XO.”

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Special holidays like Valentine's Day help us to celebrate our people. Let us love others the way Christ has loved us. Now, go grab the waffle mix and text your friends. It's time for you to have your own Galentine's party!!  

Celebrating you,

Christen

p.s.: I'd love to attend your Galentine's Day party but since that probably won't work, eat a waffle (or two!) for me, will you? Tag me @christenpricestudio or #invitedbook so I can see how much fun you are having!!

p.s.s.: Here's the order link just in case you need it again! Thanks, friend!

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