Editor’s Note: This absolutely fabulous Galentine’s party was hosted last year before Covid-19 hit the states. To take in all the inspiration from this AH-mazing party and make it covid-compliant, we recommend consulting your local CDC guidelines and implementing masks, socially distanced seating, or even take it virtual!
“What’s Galentine’s Day? Every Feb. 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast style.” Galentine’s Day might have been the subject of a “Parks and Recreation” episode back in 2010, but it soon spurred a cultural phenomenon that celebrated my best gal friends every year across the United States.
In the spirit of ‘ladies celebrating ladies’, Boston-based wedding planners and designers Kelly Golia and LBB Member Kate Murtaugh planned, designed, and styled a Galentine’s Day celebration that we know to Style Me Pretty readers will want to recreate with their own group of friends this February. The event was complete with Valentine’s day inspired color palette, a mimosa wall, personalized vintage Valentines, and a beauty bar ready for any lipstick touch-ups, to name a few! Nearly 50 New England-based female creative entrepreneurs included designers, floral designers, stylists, caterers, photographers, calligraphers, and more, participated in bringing this celebration to life.
The day was designed to be part shoot, beauty bar, and boozy brunch, but most importantly, it was a day filled with an overwhelming sense of community and collaboration as we celebrated our local community of female creatives and all of our sweet Galentines. The event was broken out into two parts: the first featuring a feminine family-style brunch set for 50 gals. The table was adorned with layered blush and petal china, minimalist gold flatware from Party Rental Ltd., and retro-inspired paper goods from The Paper Perfectionist.
An ombre effect balloon installation designed by Fig Balloon Co. Hung overhead, while a 40-foot tablescape featuring breathtaking ombre floral centerpieces and candles from Bloom 52 lined the table. Guests enjoyed a fun Leslie Knope inspired brunch from Mood Food Event and Suddenly Simple events, including waffles with strawberry maple butter, spinach frittatas, and avocado toast. Dessert included chocolate covered strawberry and cookie butter-flavored cakes in shades of pink and red from Lizzie’s Bakery and the coolest conversation heart sugar cookies with female empowerment sayings like “girl power,” “girl boss,” and “ladies celebrating ladies” from Givan Sweets.
The second part of the celebration included four individually styled lounge areas that some of the attendees and contributors were responsible for designing. These areas included gorgeous floral designs, stunning stationery sets, and detailed styling. Each Galentine was encouraged to take her new headshot in – perfect for a resume or new Instagram profile picture! Once guests had time to mingle and have their new headshot taken, the ladies were encouraged to snag a mimosa from the champagne wall from Refined Rentals and be seated for brunch.
Since it wouldn’t be Galentine’s Day without a little love note, a personalized Valentine designed by Kelly, Kate, and The Paper Perfectionist was left at each place setting, featuring a baby photo of each guest. It was a sweet moment in which each guest could look back on their childhood and see how far each one of those little girls has come and succeeded. We all love celebrating weddings and their own unique love stories, but what about the love stories we experience with our business partners, friends, colleagues, or own work wives? To quote Leslie Knope, Galentines’s day really is “the best day of the year!”
Photography: Alisha Norden Photography | Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Marie Floral | Floral Design: Soul Flora (Courtney Mahoney) | Floral Design: Bloom52 Floral Co. | Floral Design: Buds | Floral Design: Twig Briar | Floral Design: Ninety Two Design Co. | Reception Venue: Tannery Loft | Catering: Mood Food Events | Catering: Suddenly Simple Events | Hair + Makeup: Tada Makeup | Hair + Makeup: Jenny Luu | Calligraphy: FXA Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Pretty In Ink Shop | Calligraphy: Fonts and Flourishes Co. | Calligraphy: Hannah Made Design | DJ: Rock with DJ Sara | Balloon Installations: Fig Balloon Co | Balloon Installations: Polished Balloons | Desserts: Givans Sweets | Desserts: Lizzie's Bakery | Dining Furniture + Champagne Wall: Refined Rentals | Lounge Furniture: Kadeema Rentals | Mosaic: Jessica Gusar | Musician: Bridge & Bow | Paper Goods + Stationery: The Paper Perfectionist | Planning + Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Planning + Design: Kelly Golia Events | Planning Assistance: Leslie James Events | Social Media Management: hitched with a hashtag | Styling Assistance: Ashley Saffer | Styling Assistance: Daylynn Designs | Styling Assistance: Jessica Hennessey Weddings | Tabletop Rentals: Party Rental LTD