I recently teamed up with the amazing ladies of Wanderlife Coconut Creamer and Kokonut Yogurt to throw one heck of a GALentine’s Brunch. We drank, we baked, we laughed, and we ate some amazing food! This started a wonderful new tradition, so I thought I’d share some photos and my thoughts on the holiday to hopefully inspire you to host your own pretty and pink GALentine’s Day Brunch with your best babes.
I’m here to tell you that Valentine’s Day is overrated, and GALentine’s Day wins out. Every. Single. Time.
Don’t get me wrong - I have a great fiancé. He is my best friend (cheesy, I know) and definitely the one person in this world made perfectly to compliment me and my weirdness. That being said, we've never been big on Valentine's Day or even very good at formal date nights. We much prefer pajamas and a movie on the couch. While chocolates and flowers are ALWAYS a good idea, we’ve just never been into the big Valentine’s Day hoopla. And, Jon says it’s a made up holiday by big greeting card companies... there goes my chocolates.
Several years ago Jon and I actually gave the whole traditional V-Day thing a try. I called a nice local steakhouse and made an 8pm reservation 6 weeks in advance. We got all dolled up and headed out feeling pretty excited, because like I mentioned, PJs and a movie is our standard, so wearing real clothes after dark on a week night made us feel wild and young again (I was probably 23 at the time, which is very young, but I’m also VERY dramatic and felt that my first year post-college aged me by 10 years… VERY dramatic). We showed up to the restaurant and were promptly put on a wait list and told that we’d be seated in an hour. HOLD THE PHONE. I starved myself all day to look bomb in a new dress and was about to eat my own arm by the time we got there, only to be told that I’d made a reservation to wait another hour?? I still have no patience for long waits at restaurants unless I’m properly equipped with snacks in my purse and promised a cocktail for my patience. Thankfully, Jon was not interested in waiting either so I told the hostess to shove it, stole a rose from the bouquet by the door, and ended up eating our weight in queso and margaritas at a low-key Mexican food joint around the corner. All in all it was a successful evening (I mean, does it get better than melted cheese, tequila, and a long-stemmed trophy?), but we didn’t need the pressure of “the love holiday” to do it.
GALentine’s Day, on the other hand, is a brilliant, under-practiced holiday. There is no one in this world who loves brunch, pink sparkling champagne, heart-shaped things, and getting dressed up to stay at home, as much as your girlfriends. Your besties are an extension of you and also appreciate the effort of dipping the rim of a champagne glass in pink strawberry-scented sugar. So classy.
So spend a little time with your man but then grab your girls and throw love around like sprinkles! Enjoy your day, baes!