This year, I'm refusing to participate in Single's Awareness Day. Five of my closest friends are engaged, so I'm very well-aware that I'm single. So this year, I'm participating in a Galentine's Day with one of my best friends. Now, I know that Fifty Shades Darker comes out on the 14th, which, like damn, is such a great move on behalf of the marketers. I'm anticipating that it's going to take over the Valentine's Day scene for all the single girls. I personally didn't read any of the books or see the first movie, but I'll admit I'm thinking about seeing it come Tuesday. (What? The trailer looks kind of good. Stop judging me!)
Christian Grey aside, an Austen-themed Galentine's could also be the way to go--if you're into emotionally cutting yourself deeply and repeatedly. (I know; I am too.) So I wanted to provide a super quick guide to an Austen-themed Galentine's Day, a "What are men to rocks and mountains?" par-tay.
1. Pride & Prejudice.
This is just such an obvious given. But, which version are you going to watch? Time plays a big factor in any celebration/girlfriend get-together, but the difference between the BBC P&P and the 2005 is one of like four hours. That is a lot of time. I'll leave it up to your discretion to decide. Recommending a version of P&P always leads to a squabble of sorts between Austenites (Firth versus Macfadyen), so I'm going to politely step out of the line of fire. (Feel free to battle it out in comments if you really feel like it though.)
By "tea," I mean wine. My recommendation is a crisp Chardonnay and a piece of cheesecake.
3. If not Pride & Prejudice, then Sense & Sensibility.
It doesn't have to be Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility either. I'm bias for my top three: P&P, S&S, and Northanger Abbey (JJ Feild, guys. C'mon.). So I encourage you to pick your favorite Austen adaptation to screen, because this is your Galentine's Day, after all.
4. Regency-Era Inspired Snap Cup
Galentine's Day is all about honoring your female friendships. So I came up with an idea. Remember in Legally Blonde 2, when Elle used the snap cup to give compliments and bond with her new coworkers? Get a mug and have everyone write a warm and fuzzy on a slip of paper and then have an appointed Snap Cup Captain read out the compliments. Here's a few examples:
- You expand your mind through extensive reading--way to go, girl!
- You are such an accomplished woman.
- I ardently love having you in my life.
- Girl. You've got some fine eyes. (Enough said.)
- You are more than "barely tolerable."
- I would'n't care if your hem was six inches deep in mud.
So this V-Day, cherish your friendships. Think about where Elizabeth would've been without Jane or Charlotte, or Marianne without Elinor, or Bingley without Darcy. Valentine's Day isn't just a day for couples; it's a day for love. I now feel that you are readily equipped for a "What are men to rocks and mountains?" Galentine's Day. However, if you decide to go the Christian Grey route, I totally understand.