Palentine’s Day: Celebrating Friends

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Valentine’s Day comes around every year and every year we bring our partners close. But what about our friends? This year, we want to spend time with our pals. So here are some of our top tips for an awesome Palentine’s Day.

In 2010 Lelsie Knope from Parks and Recreation gave us Galentine’s Day, which is all about celebrating your lady friends. But why not include your male or NB friends in your non-romantic celebrations? That’s where Palentine’s Day comes in…

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Mix Some Fun Drinks

When you have friends over, starting conversational flow can be really important. So why not offer a speciality drink, alcoholic or otherwise, for the event? Follow a recipe or create your own drink for the event and your guests will feel welcome in no time.

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It might be best, however, to stay away from any pink-coloured drinks. After all, you will likely be hosting your Palentine’s Day event on or around Valentine’s Day and pink-toned items are often associated with that preexisting day of romance. Go with something new and totally different for your Palentine’s Day drink.


On Palentine’s Day, no one is judging what you eat. (Although no one can judge what you eat any day of the year.) Order some pizzas, enjoy some fancy cheeses, eat a delicious chocolate cake. Everyone can bring a plate so that no one has to provide all the food and you can all enjoy a delicious meal together!

Exchange Gifts

It’s a tradition on Valentine’s Day to exchange a gift with your partner. But single people enjoy giving and receiving gifts too! At your Palentine’s Day event, you can plan ahead and create a secret Santa-style gift giving event. That way everyone at the party gives and receives a present!

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Plan Some Activities

If anyone at your party is single and sad about it, you don’t want them to remember that other people are spending this time of year with their lovers. A gift exchange can be a fun way to spend some time, but what about the rest of your party? Perhaps you can head outside and enjoy the warmer weather with a picnic together. Maybe you don’t stay in and you go out for your Palentine’s Day. Go bowling, grab some brunch, or head out to a bar and enjoy some cocktails! (Or do all three.)

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If you stay in, consider a movie marathon or TV binge event. Grab the board games out of the cupboard and start playing. Palentine’s Day is a day of fun!

Cherish Each Other

On Valentine’s Day, lovers hold each other close and talk about how much they love each other. So why not spread the love amongst your platonic pals? Ignore any instinct that says it’s awkward to compliment each other and be complimented in return. Sitting around and complimenting each other isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in the concept, try writing down compliments for each other and putting them in hat so that they’re anonymous. You can read them aloud or just keep them to yourself and read them later.

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Make It a Sleepover

Remember when we were kids, and we had sleepovers with our friends? We stayed up late talking about who-even-knows what and playing silly games like truth or dare. Bring out those old party games (Except maybe skip that part where every other ‘truth’ question is just “Who do you have a crush on?”)


If you also plan on spending Valentine’s Day with a partner, don’t miss our 11 favourite activities for that romantic day.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.