Galentine’s Day is a day for “ladies celebrating ladies”.(Leslie Knope)
If you are not familiar with Parks and Recs, Galetine’s Day was celebrated on the show on February 13 where you celebrate your love for your girl squad.
I started the tradition a few years ago and have been celebrating Galentine’s Day with a craft night the Friday before Valentine’s Day. I gather all my closest gal pals for a night of appetizers, drinks, and crafts.
Last year, we celebrated with a DIY wine glasses night. I set up materials on a long table in my tv room and we each painted a set of wine glasses. This year, we are creating Valentine’s themed wreaths. (Stay tuned for a future post about it!)
I purchased the items from a variety of stores, (I will link where you can purchase them off Amazon) and prepped some appetizers ahead of time during the week. You can find a lot of these appetizers and some additional ideas on my Pinterest pages: drinks & drunks, galentines, paint party, sweets & treats, the savory and wine & cheese night.
Since I had a small group of ladies, each received a pair of glasses to decorate, but if you have a larger crowd, you can have each gal decorate just one glass. I purchased the glasses from The Christmas Tree Shop, but have some similar ones linked that you can purchase off of Amazon.
During the week, I painted individualized mini-canvases with everyone’s names that served as place markers. I covered the tables with a plastic tablecloth and butcher paper above it and scattered containers of small paintbrushes, cups of water, and paper towels around the table. Each person also had a palette for their paints. (I borrowed these for my classroom, and plastic disposable plates work just as well).
Once everyone arrived, grabbed some appetizers, and poured themselves a drink, we started brainstorming our ideas using Google and Pinterest. Once we had our ideas chosen, we used a square of paper towel with rubbing alcohol to prepare the glass to be painted. It’s super important to clean the glasses with rubbing alcohol to remove any impurities (fingerprints, dust, lint, etc) that will prevent the paint from covering the surface.
Once our painted glasses dried, we placed them onto a baking tray and put it into a cool oven. Once they were in the oven, we turned it on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to put them into the oven before preheating it.
Once the oven reached 350 degrees, let them bake for 30 minutes, and then fully cool in the oven before removing them. You can wash (and use) your glass 2-3 days after baking them.