How to Host a Galentine's Day Cocktail Soirée
Intimate dinner for two? No, thank you! Toast your favorite girls with these party-appropriate drink and tabletop pairings
Of all the Valentine's Day practices that have been cemented into law, forced "romantic" dinners for two at the fanciest (read: most crowded, overpriced) place in town are perhaps the worst, amirite? Instead, I've always opted to celebrate February 14, with my closest girlfriends, which satisfies both my once-a-year need to indulge in stereotypical feminine behavior and my husband's wish to stay as far away from it as possible. While the Olivia Pope in me always stocks a bottle—or seven—of wine and cheese, this year I'm hoping to elevate the festivities with killer cocktails and all the accessories to match. If, like me, you haven't quite decided on just how to host this year's Galentine's Day proceedings, read on for five inspired pairings to turn a ho-hum gossip session into a #webeallnight party.
The Girly Brunch
For a pretty daytime celebration that all but shouts, "Let's hear it for the girls!" choose rosy hues and preppy patterns. Here, Crate & Barrel's Jasper martini glass—perfect for a sweet yet potent lavender lemonade—is a modern take on the classic coupe. Pair them with hand-printed linen cocktail napkins by Kari Fisher Designs for a feminine array worthy of your nearest and dearest. Need a snack? Diana Yen's ladylike mini almond-cranberry cakes look as good as they taste.
The Hipster Get-Together
Roses and chocolates? They were thinking more along the lines of succulents and vinyl. For an arty group that's too cool to go all out, consider this eclectic, low-key trio. The sculptural shape of West Elm's multi-faceted glassware plays off the organic, flowing motif displayed on these hand-dyed shibori cocktail napkins. On the menu: aromatic sazeracs and an unexpected crab-and-artichoke dip.
The Cozy Movie Night
I know it sounds mental, but like Cher Horowitz, sometimes I have more fun vegging out than partying. When it comes to girl-bonding, however, I prefer to leave the vegetables out of it entirely. Instead, pop in a movie cue up the Netflix, grab some popcorn, and pour out this warming spiced apple cider in copper mugs. Your inner circle will definitely appreciate embroidered napery by Coral & Tusk.
The Boho Bash
Everything is all unicorns and moonbeams in your world—on Valentine's Day and otherwise. Give friends a taste of that dreamy perspective with pattern-rich pieces that counter your home's rough-hewn decor. A gilded tumbler that calls to mind a bird's feathery wings—or the rattan rug you're sitting on—is an ideal vessel for a smoky tequila cocktail, especially when served atop a lavender Folk & Faro linen that hints at your flower child side. Finish with carrots and quinoa.
The Elegant Blow Out
Like a good cry with your bestie, splurging can be cathartic when done the right way. Black-tie accoutrements create an ultra-luxe evening to remember thanks to Lee Broom's crystal and Carrara marble on-the-rocks glass, a gridded cocktail napkin, and a classic Hendrick's gin martini. The gherkin is optional.