Spoil Your Gal Pals with a Galentine’s Day Celebration

By Marica

Next week on the 14th many of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with our significant other. While some revel in the idea of a day filled with heart-shaped everything and love ballads, others might find it more than a little repugnant.

Celebrate your Gal Pals!

Whether you are the former or the latter, happily taken or contentedly single, we would like to introduce you to a fresh spin on Valentine’s Day. This year, set aside a day to celebrate the special ladies in your life – your gal pals, BFFs, girlfriends, your squad. Have a Galentine’s Day

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What on earth is Galentine’s Day you might ask? Well, in the words of the unstoppable Leslie Knope (from Parks & Recreation), the woman who created the concept of Galentine’s Day:

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!”

Galentine’s Day is an opportunity to express just how much your best friends mean to you and to thank them for their loyal support – all the inside jokes, shoulders to cry on, life advice and glasses of wine.

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So how does one celebrate Galentine’s?

Put some genuine thought and effort into the occasion. Do food, do decor, do activities, and definitely do get dolled up! Your gal pals should feel special and pampered!

You can be as corny or as classy as you want. Go full-out with the traditional red hearts and Cupid’s arrows or create an elegant scene with tasteful decorations… or else throw in a little bit of both. Just be sure to glam it up!

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Galentine’s Day Nibbles

What is a party without good eats? Little finger foods or canapés are always a good idea. AND don’t forget the sweets – cake is a must – you are celebrating a special day after all.

Another excellent and interactive idea is to have a DIY food station – i.e. make your own pasta, or pizza, or hamburgers. Furthermore what is a good gal pal bash without cocktails?

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Galentine’s Day Activities

While it is so easy to while away hours with our besties doing nothing but gabbing, Galentine’s Day should feature some rememberable activity. For instance, have a home spa day – pamper your girls with homemade facials and mani-pedis. Mimosa, please!

A rom com movie night is also a great idea. A big “Christmas bed” in front of the TV is a must – there is nothing as inviting and slothful as a room full of pillows and blankets! Then pop some popcorn and binge-watch all those soppy romantic movies that you can never get your man to watch with you. And the dress code – definitely your most comfy PJs!

Why not class it up with High Tea? Lay a table with delectable treats, a collection of teas, and beautiful feminine decorations. Oh, and don’t forget a hat!

Want to take your Galentine’s Day fun to the next level? Try a craftsy DIY activity like making your own jewellery or having a cupcake decorating challenge. The ladies at Glitter Guide had a card making session and a macramé making lady date.

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Galentine’s Day Goodie Bag

Now gift bags, and don’t worry, it does not have to be in league with the Oscars gift bags – no need to break the bank. Just a collection of small, affordable gifts that will make your friends feel loved and appreciated.

Lip gloss, nail polish and a little bit of hand cream is an excellent goodie bag liner. Create a special playlist and burn it to a CD so your gal pals can have their own Galentine’s Day mix to remember the day by. Add a personalised card – it does not necessarily have to be handmade – as long as the message inside comes from the heart. Then, a nice smelling candle or cute coffee mug, and a little something to nibble on – fudge or a delicious chocolate maybe?

It sure looks like a whole lot of fun! How will you be celebrating your Gal Pals this Valentine’s Day? Is a Galentine’s Day bash in your immediate future?

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7 Fantastic Freebie Valentines Day Printables

With Valentine’s Day being a scant three days away some of you might be scurrying for last minute V-Day gift ideas. Luckily you have powerful tool to your disposal – that would be a little thing called the World Wide Web. The internet is filled with all kinds of awesome, affordable, unique gift ideas. In addition, we here at the Tabloid have made your search all that much easier. We have done the legwork for you…

We found seven playful, quirky and bright printables that will make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts or greetings for your loved one. Did I mention they are absolutely mahhala, for free, verniet?

Freebie printables are an excellent solution if you are low on time and funds. As most printables are designed by talented creatives and trained designers or artist, they are also, in most cases, less cheesy than the average heart-shaped, glitter-dusted, corny Valentine’s Day DIY.

Just download the printable greeting of your choice and print it out. For something a bit more professional you can pop down to your local printers during your lunch hour and have it printed on good quality card stock. You can also go one step further by purchasing a sleek box-frame to put your V-Day print in – hello quirky love-inspired wall art!

Please follow the links below to download…

(above) Megan, of Wit & Wonder, designed these “font-lover” Valentines Day cards for bydawnnicole.com. I love the simplistic red and black colour combination and the bold hand lettering. The card with the typewriter design is my favourite – “you are just my type” – too punny!

Click here to download.

(above) Hello!Lucky teamed up with CreativeLive who designed these delightfully different, totally unique Valentine’s cards. I seriously dig the bear card – so quirky!

Click here to download.

(above) Another punny printable – this one playing into the whole antler trend. Designed by Landee at Landeelu. I “deerly” love this greeting card too!

Click here to download.

(above) Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After designed this beautiful understated Valentine’s Day greeting card along with three other just as beautiful designs.

Click here to download.

(above) You know I’m a sucker for watercolour! Alexis from Persia Lou designed this gorgeous watercolour heart-shaped gem V-Day printable.

Click here to download.

(above) Love this happy floral “love is all you need” printable design by Mary of At Home on the Bay. This one is big enough to make for a stunning framed print!

Click here to download.

(above) And lastly for all you Star Wars nuts out there! Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road designed these awesome Star Wars inspired Valentine’s day greetings. It contains classic pun-tastic lines like: “Yo-da one for me” and “I chews you”.

Have fun nerds!

Click here to download.


ALSO, don’t forget about the super punny Valentines Day printable gift tags I designed last year. If you are thinking of giving your loved ones yummy edible gifts – you know cupcakes, muffins, sweeties, nuts, etc. – these tags will be super appropriate and tongue in cheek!

{FREE} Valentines Day Printable Gift Tags {The Design Tabloid} (6)

Click here to download.

A Heart Space at Work

Hello – being the month of LUV, it is probably as good a time as any to take a look around your work / office or desk space – just to check out whether your are feeling connected to it, or disconnected from it.  Are you showing yourself some self-care, self-nurturing and plenty of self-love within the space that you spend many hours working?  Does your work space or office reflect your love and passion for your chosen career or the work that you do?

If your office or work space could speak, what you think it would say to you or anyone that comes into that space for that matter? Would it gripe and groan about being neglected, taken for granted or having no identity of its own?  Or would it speak of having the satisfaction of being in the heart connection with you, your work and being able to hold you within a space that affords you the opportunity finding the expression of your passion? Like “I support, love, inspire & honour my person everyday” of their working life.  I enjoy being part of their business & provide that space for them to be comfortable enough to make plenty money!!

Why is it that we think that the expression of our heart space is only in our home and not in the office as well?  Be it home or formal office – begin to own it. Let’s put some Heart & Luv into our office/ work space.  Make it your own and change its story – if you have to.

I probed Marica to find out what she would do for her workspace. Here are her really cool tips on the outward expression of who she is in her workspace:

1. She likes to be organised. Hence some pretty desk organizing tools – colour, pattern & style of her liking.

2. She digs coloured pen & pencils – these are the writing tools of the artsy fartsy. (I too love different coloured pens – and they tell of my love for writing colourful stories). Check out stationery shops like Ampersand or Typo – you will find all sorts of nifty, playful stationery.

3. She would like plenty of green plants around – nice one this. Plants are not only cool Feng Shui elements, but need attention and nurturing. Which is just what a career or business needs as well.

4. Cool wall art – clipboards are her hot favourite at the moment. Go onto Pinterest and explore your wall art options – both big and small.

5. She is nuts about illustrative art, so it came as no surprise to find she would have fab box-framed illustrations in her zone. Find art that is an expression of your work. Not just any old art will do.

6. She would love floating bookshelves or some form of open storage unit (maybe open fronted wall boxes) – to store and display all her career-relevant books and mags.

You don’t have to break the bank to create a nurturing work environment.  Visit Pinterest and probe the images, even DIY stuff.  Allow you creative juices to start flowing. Start small and let it grow. It’s fun!

P.S. Solopreneur & Entrepreneur – a note for you – your dining table is NOT your workspace! I mean really!