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Where did Galentine’s Day come from and how did it start?

AMY Poehler’s character in the beloved show Parks & Recreation turned a sitcom word into a worldwide celebration with Galentine’s Day.

Galentine’s Day is celebrated February 13 – the day before Valentine’s Day – celebrating female friendship and those special friends you have in your life.

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Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, in the beloved show Parks & Recreation started Galentine’s Day[/caption]

Where did Galentine’s Day come from?

The term was initially coined by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on the American series Parks and Recreation.

And suddenly, what started at a sitcom joke became a powerful buzzword that swept the internet and united women all over the world.

In the series, Leslie Knope defines Galentine’s Day as “the best day of the year” – the day when her and her friends leave their husbands and boyfriends at home to celebrate “lady love” over a boozy brunch.

The best thing about this celebration is that it’s not quite the anti-Valentine’s Day (no bitter tears here), it’s a happy holiday all about appreciating females and friendships.

That is why it falls the day before February 14th.

Because boys come and go, but friends are forever. Hoes before bros, and all that.

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Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation[/caption]

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Raise a glass to your girls on the 13th February[/caption]

How to plan the perfect girls night in

So whether you’ll be doing it as a singleton or you’re lucky enough to celebrate both, make sure you appreciate your besties this year with an appropriate celebration.

Currently, we’re feeling those pre-teen type of slumber parties that are jam-packed with girly goodies like face masks and friendships bracelets. And at this age, you can make it more fun with a bit of booze – pink prosecco, yes please!

valentine's day decorations and balloons
Celebrate in style and deck your house with naff decorations

Whether you’re heading out on the town after or settling in for a sleepover, here’s everything you need to plan the perfect girl’s night in:

1. Decorate

All the naff things you try to avoid when celebrating with a partner? Now is the time to embrace them! Go all out with bunting, balloons, heart-shaped sequins and this light-up neon love lamp from ASOS.

2. Get cozy

Because no slumber party is complete without cute pyjamas. This grey cotton sweat set is unbelievably comfortable and the lip-print chimes in with the theme perfectly.

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Cozy up in comfortable loungewear and fluffy robes

3. Love yourself

Pamper party! Unleash your inner child with these Disney face masks – there’s a different character for every one of your friends. Or, buy an at-home gel nails kit and give everyone a manicure.

Ariel, Jasmine, Belle and Aurora – which friend is which?

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This best-selling gel nails kit comes with the full works – UV lamp, prep solution, two colours, top and base coats, wipes and remover

4. Treat yourself

Sweet treats are a must. For some wholesome fun try baking heart-shaped cookies together or for something slightly naughtier, buy these boozy lollipops – they’re made with raspberry prosecco.

Make sure to get in the sweet treats when hosting a slumber party

5. Give Gifts

Why should gift giving be limited to couples? Show your friends how much you love them with a Galentine’s Day card or invest in a grown-up friendship bracelet like this Thomas Sabo style – personalisation comes completely free.

Give gifts to your best friends just as you would a boyfriend – this Thomas Sabo bracelet can be personalised for free

6. Chick flicks. Chick flicks. Chick flicks.

Now is the time for overkill on the films he’ll never agree to watch. Opt for pictures that celebrate strong women and cram as many in as you can! Sign up for a streaming service to cut costs – these three iconic films are all free with an Amazon Prime membership.

These three iconic films have the serious feel-good factor – and they’re all about strong women

Who says flowers are just for lovers?

Make someone’s day with a bunch of roses this Galentine’s Day – here’s where to get a discount on flowers for friends.

Shop for more great gift ideas, including pink champagne flutes and stripey socks embroidered with love hearts, in our Valentine’s Day gift guide.

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The cast of Parks & Recreation[/caption]

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