The holidays are over, and we’ve made it through a long, cold January. We think this calls for a celebration! And, what better way than to show your friends some love? After all, Valentine’s Day is for celebrating all kinds of love, not just your special someone.
Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation coined the phrase “Galentine’s Day” to celebrate your female friends on February 13, but we think you should celebrate all your pals around this time of year! So, if you’re planning a “Palentine’s Day” get-together this month, use these tips to show your friends the love, without breaking the bank.
Skip the paper invitations
Paper invitations are a fun way to show your spirit, but the cost of paper, designs, envelopes, and stamps can add up quickly. Save money (and the earth!) by sending invites via email, Facebook, or other social networks. Search for cute Valentine’s Day images online and include them in your email. And, don’t underestimate the power of a cute font! Your invite will be fun and trendy, without spending a dime.
Make it a potluck
As the host, you can provide a few treats, and ask your guests to bring a dish to share. Coordinate with your friends so you have a variety of snacks, desserts, and main dishes. You’ll save money and time by not having to prepare a whole meal. The more the merrier!
Shop for bargains
Visit discount stores and dollar stores for cheap party supplies. Grab a couple pink and red plastic table cloths and a few Valentine’s Day balloons, and your place will be bright and festive in no time.
The little things make a big difference. Cut red, pink, and white paper into heart shapes. String them together to make garland or lay them on the table like confetti. Put some individually wrapped candies, like chocolate hearts, in a bowl or toss them on the table to repurpose your party treats as decoration!
Reuse and recycle
Save on utensils, cups, and plates by using what you already have. You’ll have to wash a few extra dishes at the end of the night, but it’ll save you on the cost of disposable items and help you be more sustainable.
Bake your own desserts
Buying cute Valentine’s Day desserts can be fun, but fancy cookies and cakes can add up quickly. Instead, head over to the grocery store, pick up a box of cake mix, and bake some cupcakes. It’s affordable, and you can decorate them yourself with festive frosting and sprinkles. Or, leave the cupcakes plain and let your guests decorate their own.
Keep them entertained
Queue up a Valentine’s Day movie on a streaming service you already pay for or check out a DVD at your local library for free. Even if you don’t sit down to watch it, you’ll have some background noise and create a party atmosphere. Or, ask your guests to bring their favorite board game. You’ll have a blast, and it won’t cost a dime!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get together with your friends. It’ll bring your pals closer, and maybe you’ll even meet some new friends! Happy “Palentine’s Day!”