Ladies celebrating ladies. That’s what Leslie Knope – aka Amy Poehler's waffles- and Joe Biden-loving character on Parks and Recreation – called her new creation, Galentine's Day. Can a celebration be born from a sitcom? Well, why not? Let’s turn this thing on its head. If Valentine’s Day flowers are for starry-eyed lovers, then Galentine's Day is the perfect antidote to all that saccharine romance. Especially if you’re single and loving it.
This sisterly love-in, marked the day before Valentine’s Day on February 13, can also be a great balm for unrequited love or a recent break-up, and show your besties that they deserve the best of you, too. Just listen to Leslie: “Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
Whether you are planning to kick it, breakfast-style (or brunch-style for that matter, with champagne), take on a group-singing karaoke night, bond over wine tasting, or watch a Parks and Rec marathon with your gal pals, if you want to totally subvert the Valentine’s Day flowers tradition… then don’t deny it – co-opt it instead. Reinvention is the name of the game.
Let’s look at which flowers for girls will light up their eyes, instead of inspire a bout of pre-Valentine’s Day torment.
Yellow roses – platonic love: One way to give a nod to Valentine’s Day while keeping in synch with Leslie’s lady-centric mission is the gift of yellow roses. These blooms are classically romantic, but the yellow symbolizes brightness, fun, joy, friendship, and appreciation. Also a great all-round option for flowers delivered monthly.
Alstroemeria – prosperity: Otherwise known as Lily of the Incas, Alstroemeria are not only associated with devotion and friendship, but also longevity and abundance. The leaves of these lilies grow upside down, symbolizing the many twist and turns of any good friendship.
Cherry blossoms – relationship troubles: In feng shui, cherry blossoms are considered a ‘cure’ for anything that ails you concerning marriage, relationship and love. Evoking the freshness and innocence of spring, these flowers are a true gift of love for a suffering friend.
Fiesta arrangements: To brighten Galentine’s Day with flowers that signal it’s OK to let loose, try a vivacious selection such as gerberas, gladiolas, chrysanthemums, ranunculus, lilies, and snapdragons. In the spirit of reinvention, now’s the time to stud the arrangement with the raw passion of red roses. Warning: You might have these flowers delivered monthly you like them so much. Best served with sangria.
Sunflowers – the bold choice: These guys have a huge personality and scream brightness, warmth, fun, vitality, and intelligence. Everyone must get one to take home. Why? Just ask the German romantic writer Jean Paul. “Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also,” he wrote.
Leslie ended up penning individual 5,000-word essays to her friends telling of her love. We suggest a symbolic alternative. Regardless of your choice, to send flowers on Galentine’s Day could be a great surprise for your best friend at work. And a selection of flowers delivered monthly, starting on February 13, will be a reminder of the bonds of sisterhood to all your friends, no matter their romantic status.