Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

To kick off Galentine’s Day, we partnered with blogger Nichole from Vanilla Extract and bestie, Jen! Read on to learn more about how these two #AerieREAL girls celebrate the big day. How to Celebrate Galentine's Day

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“Galentine’s Day is the perfect day to get together with girlfriends and celebrate each other! Whether you throw a big bash or keep it simple with popcorn and a movie, being around girls that uplift you is what it’s all about. Jen and I are two creatives who love photography, traveling, and good food!”
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Shop now:  Geo Lace Halter BraletteRacerback Boho Bralette | Soft Knit Boxer Ankle Sock | DCI Heart Measuring Spoons | Meri Meri Glitter Balloon Kit | The Social Style Greeting Card | Be Really Brave MugHow to Celebrate Galentine's Day

This Galentine’s Day, we’re swapping silly stories over coffee and baking neon pink cupcakes all while trying to not eat the entire tub of icing! There’s no shortage of laughs when we’re together. Call up your girls and do something special… remember: boys are whatever, friends are forever.”

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How to Celebrate Galentine's Day

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Happy Galentine’s Day, Aerie girls!

xoxo

Aerie 

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Every Girl Needs Her Best T

Let’s get real. Every girl needs her Best T. Whether you’re searching for the perfect every day tee or planning a casual-glam Galentine’s Day #OOTD, basics are always better.

Bloggers and real-life besties, Britt and Whit, show us how to style our favorite basic tee. With it’s soft, silky fabric and flattering fit, it’s a must-have in every girls’ wardrobe!

Meet Britt and Whit:
Britt+Whit is a San Francisco based fashion blog run by two best friends who love to play dress up! They chronicle their daily style including what they wear to the office and out on the weekends.Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Their Look:
“Being besties, we find that we always end up dressing alike!  The number of times we have shown up places wearing nearly identical outfits is astounding.  So when we set out to style our Aerie Best T Tees it was no surprise that we styled them in very similar ways, though still maintaining our own unique twist! The best things about sharing a blog with your best friend is that while we like similar looks and trends, we always incorporate and style them a bit to differently, so that means double the looks and outfits!”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Britt’s Look:
“I was inspired by a more sophisticated approach to the basic jeans and t-shirt look.  The v-neck cut of the tee is not only super flattering, but also gave me an excuse to add on a gorgeous statement necklace!  I love the contrast of the casual tee and ripped denim with the high heels and jeweled necklace.  Perfect look for a more casual night out with friends.”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Whit’s Look:
“I love a classic tee like this because it’s a great piece to dress down or up. While Britt went with a statement necklace, I added some fun statement earrings. With the cut of the v-neck I prefer a bit more delicate take on my necklace jewelry. I added a monogrammed W necklace Britt actually gave me! I added some black skinny jeans and classic black pumps to finish off my look.”

Show us how you style our Best Ts with #AerieREAL on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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