Dating Scene: Galentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day may be for lovers, the day before Valentine’s Day is for your gal pals. Known as “Galentine’s Day” by anyone who watches “Parks and Recreation,” the day is meant for leaving husbands, boyfriends and significant others at home and celebrating with the ladies of your life.

While Valentine’s Day may be for lovers, the day before Valentine’s Day is for your gal pals. Known as “Galentine’s Day” by anyone who watches “Parks and Recreation,” the day is meant for leaving husbands, boyfriends and significant others at home and celebrating with the ladies of your life.

You can do it the Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) way with a brunch as well as handmade gifts such as a mosaic portrait made from crushed bottles of each girlfriend’s favorite diet soda and a personalized 5,000-word essay about why each friend is awesome. Or you can create your own.

Here are five ways you can celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girls, whether you’re all single or coupled up:

1. Dance. Make your own music playlist of female power ballads mixed with some oldies but goodies—think Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Spice Girls, Cyndi Lauper, En Vogue, Go-Go’s, Aretha Franklin, even the “Golden Girls” theme song—and clear some space for a dance party. Look up some classic dance moves on YouTube—see moon walk, cabbage patch, the sprinkler and anything in Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”—and stage a dance off. Or explore the differences among shakin’ it like a Polaroid picture (Outkast), like a salt shaker (Ying Yang Twins) and like a pom-pom (Missy Elliot).

2. Chick-flick it. Binge watch one or more of these: “Thelma and Louise,” “Mean Girls,” “Bridesmaids,” “Never Been Kissed,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Sex and the City,” “Steel Magnolias,” “First Wives Club.”

3. Eat and be merry. Create a “build-your-own”-style buffet. You can do it with waffles, pancakes, pizza or ice cream. Just make sure to have plenty of toppings. Or schedule a Canton Food Tour, and let Barb Abbott do the work for you.

4. Strike a pose. Grab a GorillaPod, set your camera to continuous shooting mode or burst mode (download the app if it’s not available on your phone). Line up your shot so everyone in the group will be in the photo, then set the timer (or use voice command) and take turns calling out poses to strike in successive fashion. A few poses to try: Charlie’s Angels, squad pose, body builder, vogue, fight club, yoga Warrior, pinup girl, group hug.

5. Get crafty. Meet up at a paint-your-own place, such as Flame Kissed Creations or Glazed and Amused, and have everyone decorate a picture frame they can use to display a cherished photo from the night or select a wine glass to paint that can be used at the next girls gathering. Another idea is to go grade-school style and have each guest bring homemade Valentine’s Day cards personalized for each friend.