Galentine’s Day checklist


Photo: Miriam Brown

Juniors Miriam Brown colors in a coloring book. Working in a coloring book was a recommended way for students to spend Valentine’s Day this year.

Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? The NewsGryphs are here to help! We have taken some tips from Leslie Knope of “Parks and Recreation” and decided to acknowledge Galentine’s Day, a holiday for appreciating your friends.

“February 14, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends,” Knope said. “It’s wonderful and should be a national holiday.”

While Galentine’s Day was created with women in mind, everyone can take Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day as opportunities to commemorate friendships. Celebrate your friends this holiday with some of these ideas.

  1. Go out for breakfast.
    1. Pancakes at Staks Pancake Kitchen
    2. San Diegan Omelette at Brother Juniper’s
    3. The Breakfast Sampler at Bryant’s Breakfast
    4. Muffins from Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
    5. French Toast from Arcade Restaurant
  2. Put on some music and dance.
    1. “Confident” by Demi Lovato
    2. “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys
    3. “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls
    4. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber
    5. “Fergalicious” by Fergie
  3. Have a movie marathon.
    1. “The Breakfast Club”
    2. “Mean Girls”
    3. “Spy”
    4. “Bridesmaids”
    5. “Star Wars”
  4. Go shopping.
    1. Carriage Crossing Mall in Collierville
    2. Saddle Creek Mall in Germantown
    3. Tanger Outlets in Southaven
    4. Oak Court Mall in Memphis
    5. Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis
  5. Pamper yourself.
    1. Mani-pedis at Elite Nail Spa
    2. Massages at Germantown Day Spa Salon
  6. Play games.
    1. Sorry, Clue and Scrabble for board games
    2. Just Dance, Mario Kart and FIFA 16 for video games
  7. Craft.
    1. Work on a coloring book
    2. Design friendship bracelets
    3. Make a piñata filled with Hershey’s kisses
  8. Bake together.
    1. Beatty’s Chocolate Cake from Food Network
    2. S’mores Mug Brownie from Betty Crocker
    3. Amaretto Apple Crisp from How Sweet It Is
    4. Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Brown Butter and Sea Salt from Annie’s Eats
    5. Coffee Macarons from Bakers Royale
  9. Take on an adventurous activity.
    1. Paintballing at Battlefront Laser Tag & Paintball
    2. Race car driving at Memphis International Raceway
  10. Binge-watch Netflix.
    1. “Parks and Recreation”
    2. “The Flash”
    3. “New Girl”
    4. “Breaking Bad”
    5. “How I Met Your Mother”

Disclaimer: Not all suggestions are appropriate for all ages. Reader discretion is advised.