We recently* hosted our Third Annual Galentine’s Day party, and it was easily the BEST yet. The food was perfection, wine was plenty and the company was extra entertaining. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Galentine’s Day, 1. come out from under that rock, and 2. please see Leslie Knope’s explanation here.*By recently, we mean two weeks ago because we ran away to Europe for a bit and have been delinquent bloggers. More to come on that. There is no wrong way to celebrate this sacred holiday, but for us, Galentine’s Day is a time to indulge in all the carbs, keep everyone’s wine glasses full and chill with ya lady friends. No reservations or elaborate party planning needed!
While last year’s make-your-own-pizza party was a huge hit, we wanted to minimize the stress and time spent slaving over a hot stove. (Are you seeing a theme with our recent parties?) Enter: CiboDivino and a whole buncha pasta. CiboDivino Marketplace is located in Sylvan Thirty and is pretty much a one-stop-shop for all things Italian. From pizza to wine to charcuterie, the options are endless. It’s all guaranteed to be good, but the pasta…the fresh homemade pasta is like extra good.CiboDivino worked with us on our budget and suggested four different types of pasta: gnocchi in creamy gorgonzola, baked ziti, rigatoni with bolognese and lasagna. YUM x 4.
To accompany the carb load, we set out caesar salad and garlic bread and whipped up this easy parm-asiago dip. Food prep was surprisingly easy, leaving us more time to watch the Grammy’s (ahem, worship Beyonce), play our new favorite game, the “Saran Wrap Game”, and catch up with our apartment full of gals. Big shoutout to our sweet mom who helped coordinate the whole shindig and took charge of game time <3. Seriously, you have to play the Saran Wrap Game at your next party. It can be so versatile, inexpensive, a little competitive and plain fun. We played it for the first time during Christmas and adapted the prizes to match the Galentine’s theme. Think face masks, lip balm, Victoria’s Secret gift cards and other little goodies your girlfriends would love. Maybe throw in some mini-bar bottles ;).
Even though the 15 of us put a pretty decent dent in the pasta bar, there were still leftovers for guests to take home in cute lil’ to-go containers.And, did you see the most perfect Galentine’s Day pie EV-ER on Instagram? Kessler Pie Co. hooked it up with this sweet little treat, and I think “Pies B4 Guys” is our new life motto.
So, all in favor in making Galentine’s Day a national holiday?