The Valentine’s Day season is all about date nights, flower deliveries, and being partnered up, right? Well it doesn’t have to be. That’s why Galentine’s Day has been growing in power as the most popular “made-up” holiday for over a decade. It’s a day that puts the focus on the bigger idea that all relationships have value. So gather your squad–the people who’ve been there for the happy times and the heartbreaks–and celebrate! We have gifts and simple party ideas to help you honor the friends and found family in your life.

What is Galentine’s Day?

What’s cool about Galentine’s Day is that it didn’t come from a marketing department or card company. It came from the writer’s room of Parks and Recreation. During the 2010 season 2 episode called “Galentine’s Day,” Leslie Knope treats all her lady friends to brunch on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. The character sums up her holiday up as “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

Today, Galentine’s Day has serious holiday cred with media coverage, greeting cards, and gifts. It’s a dedicated day to recognize different types of love in your life. And we’ll toast to that! Here are a few easy ways to celebrate and show your appreciation to good friends on Galentine’s Day.

Galentine’s Day Party Ideas

Celebrating Galentine’s Day is lowkey fun, and easy to tailor to your friend group. Throw a dinner party, plan a brunch date, or host a movie night and stream the latest Netflix release everyone’s buzzing about. It can be as simple as a casual hang to sip wine and snack. No matter what you’re planning, make sure you have plenty of delicious food and everyone’s favorite beverages on hand. Hickory Farms’ Valentine’s Day collection has gifts filled with gourmet treats, and the fun packaging will add a special touch to your celebration.

1. I Think You’re Char-CUTE-rie Party

Throw an effortlessly delicious Galentine’s Day party with a snack board of small bites and treats with meat and cheese , nuts , chocolates , and sweets . And of course, don’t forget their favorite wines!

They’ll love digging into the Valentine’s Day Premium Treats & Wine Gift Basket . It has plenty of snacks to share like Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Smoked Gouda Blend, and Sea Salt Flatbread, plus a bottle of Generosity Cellars California Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosé for toasting!

2. Cupcakes & Wine Tasting Party

Put a more indulgent spin on wine tasting with a selection of gourmet cupcake jars to sample as well. You don’t have to be a wine expert to let friends sample a few sips and treats. Then chat about what flavors work best. A Valentine’s Day Cupcake 6-Pack & Rosé + Moscato makes it easy with three jars each of Cupid's Confetti and Valentine's Velvet Cupcake Jars already curated to go with Ilo California Rosé and Sparkling Moscato. This little party box even comes with cupcake spoons so your crew can take the celebration anywhere and dig in!

3. Let’s Wine Together Party

Treat your friends to a gourmet sampling of sweets and snacks paired with a variety of tasty wines. You can’t go wrong with the Sweets & Sips Valentine's Day Wine Gift Set that comes with a rich Ilo California Red Blend and Hello Love Stemless Wine Glass. Or, if your favorite people lean more towards savory bites, they’ll love digging into the Deluxe Sip & Snack Gift Basket . It has plenty to share like Signature Beef Summer Sausage , dry salami , cheese , a variety of crisps and crackers, plus bottles of Generosity Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for toasting!

Add extra sparkle to your Galentine’s Day party with champagne or sparkling wine! The Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine Gift Box pairs savory cheese and crackers with a few sweet treats and a bottle of Mumm Napa Cuvée M for a little decadence.

Or, if you’re looking for something as unique as your friends, you can always add on a bottle of wine to your favorite Hickory Farms gourmet gift basket!

4. Chocolate Party

One thing that Valentine’s Day gets right is chocolate, so don’t skimp on the sweet stuff when celebrating your besties. Check out this selection of delicious, gourmet chocolates that are perfect for sharing for Galentine’s Day!

An irresistible spread of chocolates is an easy way to dress up any get together. Include a variety of milk and dark chocolates , and other sweets like chocolate dipped sandwich cookies or pretzels. Let the beauty of the chocolates shine by arranging them on pretty plates, cake stands, or on a bar cart. Present smaller treats (like our Candy Cube Gift Set and Valentine's Day Candy Flight ) in cute bowls for easy snacking. Add some fresh berries and fruits to balance the sweetness with tart and fresh flavors.

In the end, no matter how you choose to celebrate Galentine’s Day, the real gift is thinking outside the traditional Valentine’s Day concepts and honoring all types of relationships.

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