Have you heard of Galentine’s Day? I first heard of this amazing celebration from an episode of Parks & Recreation. Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, throws a yearly brunch on February 13th.
“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave their husbands and boyfriends at home and come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!”
Ever since then, this holiday has taken off in the female community. It’s a great excuse to come together as women and celebrate each other, our friendships, and ourselves.
I held my first Galentine’s Day party a few years ago. I went all out. We played a WINE BOARD GAME (yes, that’s a thing and yes, you will get drunk), ate a lot of meats, cheeses, and chocolates, and attempted to watch Magic Mike. We only got 20 minutes in before we realized just how drunk we were and how sleepy we were getting. (Another great thing about female friendships: being able to all agree that we’re sleepy and need to go home and that is OKAY.)
This is pretty par-for-the-course when it comes to Galentine’s Day celebrations. Do a Pinterest search for Galentine’s Day and you will find boards and boards full of beautifully curated brunches, pink and booze-y drinks, gold and peach decor, and women in their best sundresses.
And these parties are FUN! Like I said, I have held one before. There is no shame in throwing or attending these parties because first and foremost, Galentine’s Day is about celebrating ourselves and doing that in whatever way we prefer.
But here’s the thing. I wanted to try something different this year. I love pink and gold and booze filled brunches, but I, along with every person reading this, am a complex individual with a multitude of interests.
So when I heard about the latest activity to take over America’s Saturday nights, I knew I needed an excuse to do it. For this year’s Galentine’s Day…
We went AXE THROWING.
I gathered an awesome group of women at LAAX and we spent the evening in an axe throwing competition, while still eating lots of meats, cheeses, and chocolates (look- you can take the brunch out of the Galentine’s Day but you can’t take delicious snacks out of an event).
A quick run-down of how the competition works:
It’s a bracket style competition with each head-to-head being 3 rounds (5 throws) long. The best out of 3 rounds moves on to the next tier of the bracket. Basically it’s March Madness but with women splitting wood.
I thought that I knew how much fun this would be but honestly, the satisfaction you get the first time that your axe actually lands in the wood is beyond thrilling. This particular venue has a league and half of us left the evening considering what our team logo might be. I highly recommend finding an axe throwing venue near you.
While we weren’t competing, we were applying some sick Galentine’s Day temporary tattoos that I created.
After many rounds and tons of fierce competition, including a tie breaker with a much bigger and more intimidating axe, we came down to the final 2 competitors.
And what more perfect ending could there be than the final competitors being married! Lauren and Danielle had been cutting down the competition throughout the night (not sorry) and it was time to put their skills to the test and see who had to make the other’s coffee the next morning…
And the winner is…
Thanks again to all the incredible women who showed up!
Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day? Had you heard of it before? And would you ever try axe throwing?