Here's How To Celebrate Galentine's The Leslie Knope Way

Waffles are a must.

Parks and Recreation - Season 6
NBCGetty Images

If you're not a Parks and Rec fan, I forgive you for thinking Galentine's Day is some made-up holiday created entirely for Instagram and to sell stuff. But no, that's what Valentine's Day is for, silly. Galentine's Day, on the other hand, is the best day of the year, created by the one and only Leslie Knope (and all the writers on Parks and Rec, obvs).

NBC / Giphy

In case you need some guidance on how to spend this magical February 13, here is Leslie's three-step method.

Gather all your friends

As the name suggests, Galentine's Day is a day to celebrate friendship. It takes place every year on February 13, and since the first Galentine's episode aired in 2010, it's become something of an actual holiday. In an interview with LAist, Amy Poehler said this of the holiday her character created: "By subverting the expectation of Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day reminds you that the women in your life are often your truest and longest loves." UGH <3

Gather your friends, and your coworkers, and your mom, and whoever else you like and want to drink wine with all in one place. Balloons are optional but obviously encouraged.

Exchange gifts

Listen, I'm not saying you have to buy anything expensive, or go as far down the DIY hole as Leslie—she gave out hand-crocheted flower pins, mosaic portraits made from each person's favorite diet soda, and personalized essays of why her friends are awesome. But a card or batch of cookies are always appreciated.

Eat all the food!

NBC / Giphy

Put aside your emails and go to town on some breakfast for dinner, okay? As Leslie has taught us, there is no bad time to eat breakfast food, and you're never too old to douse said breakfast in whipped cream. If you've got a (heart-shaped) waffle maker and want to make brunch at home, even better. If you're making this a boozy Galentine's Day, get the mimosas, wine, and cocktails ready. As for dessert options, pick up any one of the million heart-shaped foods or candies currently in stores, or make one of our Valentine's Day-themed desserts below.

You are now ready to celebrate some strong female friendships.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Food News