CELEBRATE : The Gift of friendship with Hallmark Cards this Galentine’s day.

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Once a year, on February 13th, Galentine’s Day arrives; a recently adopted day in which we celebrate female friendships.  It’s a great reminder to celebrate the special lady friends that are part of our lives. This year, I wanted it to be a celebration of the special women that have impacted my life during 2018 (yes last year)! Not all my ladies were able to make it to party with me, but I still had a special gift for them all. Hallmark Paper Wonder Cards and Hallmark Signature Cards!

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Come see how we celebrated…or get inspiration for your next Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day gatherings.

I am all about the details!

I am a firm believer that details make every occasion a little more special…and this one was no exception. I decorated with hues of pinks and reds…everything was pink, from the cupcakes to the cookies! pink perfection!

A lot of my readers think that they have to plan a whole menu in order to host a party. I say let the occasion dictate the menu. If you are hosting a formal evening event – a more encompassing menu will have to be served. I wanted to host a simple yet elegant afternoon with my gals…so I coordinated the menu, decor and drinks respectively.

Charcuterie Board

I crafted the ultimate Charcuterie Board, click the link and learn how to craft the ultimate Charcuterie Board for your event. A delicious meats and cheese board, a charcuterie tray is just an elegant way to style and present a light variety of cold meats, cheeses, fruits or nuts. I added Kalamata Olives and spiced crackers to my tray…it was a hit! The ladies were able to snack & talk…and laugh, there was a lot of laughing and Rosé.

Bar Cart Decor

Next, was my bar cart!   I just can’t seem to host a party without a bar cart…this Galentine’s Day was no exception. Okay, you got me, I can host a party without one, I just don’t want to. A bar cart brings an element of whimsy versus elegance & sophistication to an event…I just can’t pass up an opportunity to use and decorate one. Our Bff Bar Cart was so much fun. Cute banners, balloons and soda pop dangled all over, fizzled and sparked. It was a dream!

The ladies and I gathered and lusted after the goodies in our bar cart. Get all the details on how I decorated our BFF Bar Cart by clicking on the link. I am all about hosting with ease and entertaining often. I love taking the guesswork out of planning and decorating for you, so that you too can entertain and host often.

Hallmark Paper Wonder Cards at Walmart

To plan for my event I made a trip to my local Walmart where I spotted the cutest Hallmark Valentine’s Day card display, filled with stunning pop up cards!  Y’all Hallmark has done it again – they found a way to help me express my gratitude, with whimsical and beautifully crafted Paper Wonder  Cards… and they are POP UP cards!! How fun!!

So of course, I grabbed one for each of my friends, and one for my husband. Then I saw a dinosaur card and I had to get that one for my son and this overly cute, flowery & girly one for my daughter. I wanted them all … I love that Walmart makes it so easy and convenient to get my Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day cards.

I also love how Hallmark makes it so easy for me to express my love. There is something about giving someone a special card and filling it with meaningful words, that is just magical. It becomes a keepsake, they can forever treasure it, as a token of your affection…and isn’t that what Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day is all about, sharing our deepest appreciation for others.

So share your magic with the special people in your life. Here is a little way to make buying cards a Walmart even sweeter. From now until 2/15/19, you can get $2 off a purchase of 3 Hallmark Cards with an in-aisle coupon, look for the Ibotta offer of earning $1 off a card purchase of $2.97 or more and it’s all a sweeter deal! So go get your shopping on !! (Offer available through 2/17/19 or while supplies last.) You can also get $ off a plush item with the purchase of 3 Hallmark Cards, now through 2/14/19 or while supplies last – just look for the in-aisle coupon!

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Time to Party

After everything was set, it was time to party. I was so pleased with how everything looked. Maybe I do love pink after all… I have to confess I did have to go out and get a pink dress, because everything I own is black…maybe it’s time to reconsider adding some color to my wardrobe.

I welcomed each lady with warm hugs and affections…they looked so beautiful in their outfits….and they too were ready to party! I began our afternoon by “crowning” all of us as queens of the party. I took time to hand make Flower Crowns ( click the link for my tutorial),  I just thought they would look grandiose and gorgeous on our heads, and what woman doesn’t want a crown!?! lol.

After crowns and a little bit of “selfies” time, we got down to business… I mean to party! SO I put on my hostess “crown” and began to pour some fun…

cheers ladies

The rest of the afternoon we spent eating sweet treats and just talking about the great memories we have built this year. We celebrated,  in our elegant outfits & enjoyed a casual afternoon. I love to bring glam to everyday motherhood life and this was no exception. Dressing up, putting on makeup and heels is needed once in a while, it feeds the soul. Remember that life is meant to be celebrated; and the hardships we encounter, they help us celebrate,  the good things…the good friendships…the good moments.

As the afternoon was winding down, I took a couple of minutes to thank the ladies for coming to the party. This is the part of the afternoon when you need your waterproof mascara… as I handed each lady their Hallmark Paper Wonder Card, I expressed to them how meaningful they are to my life. New friendships, old friendships…what blessings I have had this year. They have filled my heart with so much joy.

I can’t say enough about them and what makes them so special and so unique, it would take up hours and hours…. they each are a blessings to everyone around them and to me.

Your turn

Take out time this year to celebrate life. To celebrate your tribe. To celebrate friendships.  Through the years I have learned the value of true friendships, I have learned that there are friends for a season, friends for a reason and for a lifetime. Celebrate them and the wonders they bring to your life!

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day!


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  1. Shannon January 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    this party looks so fun! I think I’ll try my hand at this with all my girl cousins this year 🙂

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Yay! so glad you like it! Hope you have an amazing time at your party!

  2. BJ Winkler January 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Love the idea, decor and recommendations on the menu! I’m definitely one to overthink food and your suggestions put everything in perspective. Great job!

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks BJ! I have to say, the menu planning was one of the highlights of this party! I have a new love for Charcuterie boards now!

  3. Amy Gardner January 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! You are so creative with such glam. I’m all about the hallmark cards for every occasion. Thanks for the update on the special!
    LOVE the pics – who is your photographer?

  4. Jeannette January 30, 2019 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Ummm, GALENTINE’S DAY is amazing! I have never heard about it and the bar cart idea is adorable. It is lovely to celebrate our female friendships, they mean so much in this day and age.

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Galentine’s day is pretty new and a pretty neat ‘holiday’ that is catching up! We must celebrate our female friends!!! I am so glad you liked the bar cart idea. Bar Carts are my favorite!

  5. Edith Rivera January 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Love this idea! Always good to celebrate good times and real friendships!!! Great Job Glammed Events! Beautiful pictures Marelly!

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Right?! I have to agree wholeheartedly, great friendships must be celebrated!!! and thank you so much for your kind words, glad you like the post!

  6. Chad January 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of Galentine before, this is the coolest idea ever!!! Super like it and the cards are awesome. Thanks for posting.


    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you Chad! Galentine’s day is pretty cool! and I am so glad that you liked the cards!

  7. Coppelia January 31, 2019 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I SO wish i could’ve been there! Can’t believe we had to be in FL the same wknd! But you SLAY’d this amazing party, my goodness!!! Happy Galentines Day!

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Coppelia!!! I missed you girl! The next one, we have to plan it out well in advance so that you can be there!! besos!

  8. Lauren January 31, 2019 at 1:35 am - Reply

    So beautiful! I can’t wait to try some of these tips out on my own Galentine’s celebration!! I love the flower crowns!!

    • Melissa sanchez January 31, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lauren, I am so glad that you liked the ideas! Tag me them when you try them out!

  9. Geraline Batarra January 31, 2019 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Great ideas, haven’t had an idea bout this Galentine’s day. It looks so fun. Love it

    • Melissa sanchez February 1, 2019 at 2:16 am - Reply

      It was a lot of fun! Thank you!

  10. Catherine Santiago Jose January 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Wow, everything on this party is so beautiful, from the table set up to their food and to their dresses are all perfect. You really give me an idea on how to celebrate this Galentine’s Day with my friends, thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa sanchez February 1, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Thank you. I am so glad that you loved all the details.

  11. Christa February 1, 2019 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Oh wow, this party looks incredible. I love all the thoughtful details. It’s too late for me to throw a party together this year, but I want to do something like this next year!

    • Melissa sanchez February 1, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Thank you Christa, I am glad that you loved all the details, I hope they inspire some awesome plans for your party next year!

  12. tiffany Montgomery February 1, 2019 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful idea. I love thinking of friends rather than boys! Thanks for all the beautiful pics

  13. Elizabeth O February 1, 2019 at 9:04 am - Reply

    You just gave an amazing idea and very creative. These cards looks so pretty and suitable for this occasion. Thanks for sharing this

  14. jehava February 1, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    This is so beautiful! What a great idea!

  15. Amanda Martin February 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    This is all SO CUTE! I want one of those chocolate rose drinks 🙂 My husband’s birthday is on Galentine’s Day so I haven’t ever celebrated it (it wasn’t a “thing” when we started dating).

  16. Stacie February 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I love this so much! I love to get together with my girls on Galentines day and make sure they know how much they mean to me.

  17. SUJATA TAWDE February 1, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hallmarks cards have added delightful dimension to your wonderful galentine’s day celebration. You are such a talented hostess with many creative ideas to entertain your friends to the fullest.

  18. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen February 1, 2019 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know about Galentine’s Day! I should celebrate it with my girlfriends.. Oh, and Hallmark always has the perfect cards for these occasion.

  19. Nicole February 1, 2019 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a fun gathering for friends!

  20. Rhea February 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Your such a sweetie! I have my set of girlfriends whom i have’nt invited for something like this. Perhaps’ I’ll do this once transfer to my new place this month. Indeed and Amazing set up! perfect for close friends,

  21. Kaitlyn Knoll February 2, 2019 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Those cards are so adorable and I love your pictures xx

  22. preet February 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    this is a very great idea! perfect for Galentines! gals before guys lol.

  23. Stephanie Jeannot February 2, 2019 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    What a great friend you are. Your girls must be beaming with joy at all the special details that you added to make them feel special. This is gorgeous.

  24. John Mulindi February 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    This seems a great and beautiful idea, I will share with my ladies friends. Thanks.

  25. Yeah Lifestyle February 2, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I love that bar cart, the decor is super cute! How fab that you had this special event for the special ladies in your life. I love those Hallmark cards, they’re lovely.

  26. Sara Welch February 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    There is so much I love about this post! Love your party ideas and decorations, but I’m also in love with you home decor! Where did you get those fabulous chandeliers?

  27. Anita Mckaney February 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of Galentine’s Day! What a fun celebration of your gal friends. All of this was so beautifully and thoughtfully put together – the cart, the treats, the cards. Walmart is still a great place to pull off a great party!

  28. matthew February 2, 2019 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Those cards are gorgeous. And, your decor is fantastic, lovely pictures

  29. Folabest February 3, 2019 at 5:42 am - Reply

    All these views are beautiful and amazing

  30. Shannon Gurnee February 3, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    This sounds like a fabulous Galentine’s Day! I love Hallmark cards for every holiday!

  31. Courtney February 3, 2019 at 6:31 am - Reply

    This is absolutely PERFECT! I love it all, but my favorite detail is the necklace stands– so feminine and something I wouldn’t think to decorate with! You have such a talent, lady! Always love seeing and being inspired by your work! Thank you! xoxo

  32. Soniachic95 February 3, 2019 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    This is quite adventurous day And we love it,my bestie and I always celebrate Galentine’s day together!

    • Melissa sanchez February 3, 2019 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Awe! that is so sweet, I hope you and your bestie have the best day!

  33. Natasha February 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    That is such a cute idea for a party!!

  34. Kisha Stewart-Harris February 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Now I’m wondering why I have NEVER heard of Gallantine’s Day! This looks not only cool, but like a really fun idea. Having another excuse to decorate, cook and create to a theme, and invite all of your best girlfriends, sounds like a plan to me– I’m in! Thanks for the amazing visuals.

  35. Sincerely Miss J February 3, 2019 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    How I love GALENTINE’S DAY. Your post was super adorable and love Hallmark. They have such great cards.

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Miss J, Thank you so much! I love those Hallmark cards, they are adorable!

  36. Jasmine Hewitt February 4, 2019 at 3:06 am - Reply

    the galentine concept is pretty new. you threw a great party!

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Jasmine, thank you, it was a pretty great party!

  37. Courtney February 4, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Ooooo I just love the whole idea of galentines day!!! Would have been perfect when I was younger and single lol

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Courtney, You can still celebrate, Grab your besties and celebrate!

  38. jasemine denise February 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Wow! Can we be gal pals? I seriously LOVE this!

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Jasemine, Yes! let’s be gal pals!!! lol. I am so glad you love it! thank you!

  39. itsnadianelson February 5, 2019 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I have never heard of the concept of Galentines. Seems like a fun way of celebrating friendships. I love your decorations and party favors. They definitely fit the theme.

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Its a pretty new concept, but such a fun one!!

  40. Bethany Stout February 5, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

    These cards are so cute. I love Galentine’s Day it’s better than Valentine’s Day in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your event, looks like so much fun.

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Bethany, I have to agree that Galentine’s is super cool, but I am a Valentine “baby” so I kinda love Vday too 😉

  41. Ingrid February 6, 2019 at 12:35 am - Reply

    You are truly gifted in what you do. Everything seems so perfect; the flowers, the cupcakes, the hanging chandeliers and indeed the entire decor. In particular I like the Galentine table and would like to copy it.

    • Melissa sanchez February 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Ingrid, You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your thoughtful words, they are so encouraging!

  42. GiGi Eats February 7, 2019 at 5:34 am - Reply

    My goodness you certainly went to town and killed the whole Galentine’s Day thing! I personally don’t pay attention to this holiday but shit, I need to come visit your blog around other holidays !!

  43. Becca Talbot February 7, 2019 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Ahhh, I love the idea of celebrating “galentines” – with all my best girlfriends around me 🙂 so lovely x

  44. Nati February 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Oh my! I’ve never been a celebration prepared with so many wonderful details! Really perfect! I have never celebrated Galentines day, but I really like this idea!

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