Valentine’s Day is fun and all, but I’m so glad a day to celebrate friendship with your best gals is a thing! And what better way to do that than in pajamas, sipping on rosé and eating french macaroons? Um, count me in! Name a better combo than that, I’ll wait. If you’d love to hear all my best tips on how to host a Galentine’s Day brunch and pajama party, than you’ve come to the right place! Learn more about how to decorate, what to serve and get a little inspiration from me on a cute, cruelty-free departing gift idea to give your fave galentine’s.
How to Host a Galentines Day Brunch
and Pajama Party
// Before getting into this post, I just want to state that all thoughts and opinions within are my own. Today’s read is brought to you by Joann’s A Keeper//
There are a couple different components that go into hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch, so let’s break it down piece by piece. The first step in planning should always start with a little thought put into who you would like to invite, how many gals you’re comfortable with having over and even the aesthetic in which you’d like to decorate with. Whether that be fun with lots of colors, a more minimal vibe or boho. Nailing down a particular vibe will help make all the steps that follow much easier to accomplish. Let’s dive in!
Step One: Decorating
The first place I always recommending starting with when decorating, is pinning down a particular aesthetic or style. It always makes the process so much more effortless when you have a particular theme to shop for and plan with. Whether that be a minimalistic vibe with the occasional pop of pink or red here & there, or maybe an earthy feel with natural elements that bring in that traditional Galentine’s Day look from pink roses, to mini naked cakes.
Take to Pinterest and draw a little inspiration by creating a mood board. Start by searching with keywords such as “Galentine’s Day Brunch,” and begin pinning what you’re drawn to most. After 15-20 photos, it should become pretty clear to you what type of style you gravitate towards most. Once you have a style figured out, even if it’s relatively general but slightly leaning in one direction, you are ready to shop!
The Materials I Used to Decorate / /
– macrame table runner for a subtle boho detail
– galentine’s day banner hung above the food & drink table
– florals including pampas grass + pops of pink, as well as plants like cacti
– table framing pieces such as a faux fur rug, pillow + chair with an additional vase of pampas
My notes on why this works: The overall setup looks cohesive and well balanced, due to a couple factors. The first one being, the color palette. I settled on pink, being the traditional V-Day color that it is, and included it in various shades. From throw blankets & pillows, to the depression era glass. In addition to a well thought out color palette, the food on the table is arranged at varying heights.
You can achieve height differences by serving food on cake stands, platters, bowls, etc. Basic rule of thumb, just don’t set up everything on the same level. My final thought, is to add framing pieces around the table. If the table stood alone, the overall setup would be missing that extra special something. With additional pieces such as plants, a layering rug and chair, it looks complete.
Step Two: The Menu
What you’ll end up serving will vary greatly depending on your guest’s eating habits/diet restrictions, as well as budget. During the beginning stages of planning the food spread, make sure to check in with guests on any allergies or eating preferences. For example, if you know one of your friends is vegan, definitely make sure to have one or two options there for them. If you will be keeping to a lower budget, maybe opt for a meatless spread as meat tends to be more expensive.
What I Served / /
– french macaroons
– mini pancakes with hazelnut butter & whipped cream
– mini croissants ( Finger food is great for ease of eating at parties)
– cotton candy + rosé champagne cocktails with rosé bonbons for pairing
As you may have noticed, I definitely threw caution to the wind (lol, totally living on the edge here!) and served all carbs & sugar. And honestly, not really concerned about it because what girl doesn’t want to fill up on Rosé, hazelnut butter & french macaroons on Galentine’s Day? Treat yourself & your gals and pay no mind to a day of gorging on sugar and carbs! 😉
Step Three: A Cruelty-Free Party Favor Idea
This party favor idea is more than just that, it can also be a pampering activity in between sipping on rosé! This Galentine’s Day, go cruelty-free by setting out a fun arrangement of Joan’s a Keeper goodies. Their products are only tested on friends and family, and are free of unnecessary ingredients that are harmful to your skin. The girls and I enjoyed pampering ourselves with their products, from the Bee Body Butter in the scent “Clean Rain” to the Ruby Citrus Scent Oil.