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6 lovely ways to celebrate Galentine's Day this year
Bring Prosecco. Lots of Prosecco.

VALENTINE’S DAY IS just around the corner… and you know what else is?

Galentine’s Day.

So, how can you best honour Leslie Knope? We have some ideas.

1. Organise a meet-up where you swap books by women writers

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So we’re robbing this idea from The Anti Room’s Nollaig na mBan celebrations, but it works perfectly for Galentine’s Day, too!

Organise a meet-up where gals bring a book written by a female author, wrap it up and do a book swap! Visit the #ReadWomen hashtag for inspiration.

2. Host a Magic Mike XXL screening in your gaff

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AKA the greatest movie of all time.

Make sure you have wine. Lots of wine.

3. Three words: DIY Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is nice in theory, but it’s also pretty damn expensive.

So instead of forking out loads of money to go to an afternoon tea in a hotel, why not host your own at home? Get a group of mates together, instruct them to bring along the essentials (biscuits, bubbles, homemade buns, Swiss roll, etc.), throw in some triangle sandwiches et voilà.

Galentine’s Day sorted.

4. Organise a ~gal~ movie marathon

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We’re talking Obvious Child, Frances Ha, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Clueless, Beaches, Thelma & Louise, Muriel’s Wedding, Terms of Endearment, Bridesmaids, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants…

The list is endless.

And if you’re too lazy to organise your own screening, you’re in luck: there’s a special Galentine’s Day screening of Mean Girls taking place in Filmbase on Sunday. Tickets are €12.95 and that gets you entry and some adult beverages. THE DREAM.

5. Have a beauty swap!

Most ladies have unwanted make-up, moisturisers, haircare products or lotions lying around. Perhaps they didn’t suit you or perhaps you just don’t need them…

Get rid of it all in a beauty swap — invite friends to come over with their unloved make-up, throw it on a table and let everyone pick and choose what they want.

Everyone wins!

6. Have a good old-fashioned sleepover

Watch Beyoncé videos, drink prosecco, go on Instagram deep dives and fall asleep in your best Penneys pyjamas. The dream.

(And if anyone has an old Dream Phone lying around, it is your duty to root it out.)

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