Get your girl gang together to celebrate on February 13 with a virtual brunch, ice skating or a movie marathon.

Galentine's Day, coined by the popular TV series Parks and Recreation, is celebrated unofficially every year on February 13 as a Valentine's Day alternative for gal pals to show appreciation for each other.

Here are 6 ways to show each other some extra love this year.

1. Set up a Zoom call and agree beforehand on a coordinated brunch menu, maybe Honey French Toast topped with Macerated Berries or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote. Talk about your favorite memories while sipping coffee.

Honey French Toast

2. Put on your hat and mittens and hit the ice rink with your squad, because nothing says friendship like keeping each other from falling down (but be sure to keep your social distancing, too, and check before you go to see if you need to make reservations). After skating, warm up with some hot chocolate. 

Central Park Ice Loop
Central Park Ice Skating Loop; photo courtesy of Minneapolis Northwest Tourism

3. Enjoy a virtual night out on the town. Pick a comedy show or another virtual performance —and support your local performing arts scene until you can attend in person again.

4. Is your best gal part of your family or pandemic pod? Stay in and cozy up with a movie marathon and Valentine-themed snacks, such as this sweet and salty Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix. Or settle in for a fun afternoon of baking. Try these recipes: Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and Red Velvet Pots, dusted with a sugary white heart on top.

Red Velvet Pots

5. Exchanging gifts with your girlfriends? Get crafty with DIY options. Fill a bright teapot with pretty flowers for the tea lover in your life. Gift it with matching cups and assorted teas for an added touch. A heartfelt crafted bookmark is perfect for any bookworm--give with a book you know they would love.


6. Take the day out to try something different (and socially distanced) with your squad. Find a local park that has a bird blind, bring binoculars, and look for the bright red of a cardinal winging by. Or, if museums are open in your area, check out a new exhibit, and maybe grab a to-go dinner on the way home.