Maryellen hosted our February sisterhood get-together. She hosted a Galentine's Day brunch. Not familiar with Galentine's Day? Let me explain by cutting and pasting part of an article from bustle.com.
Galentine's Day is a holiday Amy Poehler's Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show: "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 we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
Basically, it's like Valentine's Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends, who are, after all, your soul mates, and therefore deserve a holiday all to themselves, too. Leslie chooses to observe the day of lady love with brunch (her other true love), but you can kick it back lady-style however you want. Since the episode aired in 2010, it's become just as big a deal as its Valentine's Day counterpart. Ovaries before brovaries, you know?
Maryellen went all out with our first Galentine celebration.
Pictures of the sisterhood all over the house.
Gifts for everyone, include handwritten cards with absolutely lovely messages to all of us.
Brenda brought gifts for everyone as well.
We played games.
Game #1 was we all had the name of a movie about female friendship on our back. We had to ask questions about it and guess.
Joni had Steel Magnolias
Shireen had Beaches.
Lauren had Friend Green Tomatoes.
Good lord why is the back of my head so hideous?
I had Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.
Maryellen had Miss You Already.
I didn't get a picture of Brenda and Cynthia, and now I can't remember what they had either. Blog Fail.
Maryellen had quite the spread.
Including baggie omelettes.
All of my lovely friends. Maryellen instructed us to wear something that made us feel pretty.
Mostly champagne. OJ just for color.
We played a Mad Libs type game after we ate.
Maryellen had bought this huge stuffed heart to give to the winner. Ha, ha ha- she was the winner!
Then we took group shots.
And Maryellen and I took pictures together because we were twins.
Cynthia held up this pillow and thought it was a cute photo prop.
Then Joni made a joke about all of us taking a picture with it and turning it into something like the Brady Bunch.
So this happened!
And same pictures, but white frame.
Then things got goofy with Val, who was quickly renamed Miguel.
It was a great Galentine's Day and we're already planning and scheming for 2018.