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Share the love with your friends this February 13th by hosting a Galentine's Day party.
First made popular by Amy Pohler’s hilarious character Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, Galentine’s Day is the time you gather with your favourite girlfriends and celebrate your friendship. So make a guest list and invite your besties over for a girls-only night in!
Online invitations, like the customizable one above from evite, make it simple to keep track of RSVPs and share party details. If paper invites are more your style, pop a stamp on one of these fun Galentine's cards.
As when decorating for any party, we recommend shopping your home for party pieces. If you buy any decorations, dinnerware, or drinkware, invest in items you can re-use over and over. Unify the decor with a colour scheme. Gold paired with two other colours—in this case pink and shades of blue—always looks beautiful.
1. Party cake topper, $20, evescrafts.etsy.com.
2. Abstract brushstroke salad plate, $12. westelm.com.
3. Splash blush pink & gold cocktail napkins, $11, bonjourfete.com.
4. Nouveau gold double old-fashioned glass, $11, cb2.com.
5. Charm school tray besties, $27, rosannainc.com.
Greet your BFFs at the door with a signature drink. This cherry lime cooler is one of our favourites! It has just the right balance of sweet and tart.
The best part of any party (aside from the company)? The food! Treat your friends to a table packed with some of our tested till perfect party nibbles:
Every party needs a playlist. Create one that represents you and your friends, whether it's old-school rap from those awkward dances from back in the day or songs from and about strong women. You can also use an app like Apple Music or Spotify to search existing playlists.
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Here's how to make your own shower bomb with essential oils for a whole new level of relaxation.
If you enjoy a hot shower or bath to help you relax at the end of a stress-filled day, you'll love these quick DIY shower bombs that allow you to add a soothing essential oil blend to your shower's steam. Essential oils have long been used to aid everything from sleep to energy.
Now Solutions created this recipe to help you get the benefits of essential oils through inhaling the scented steam of your shower—it's like your own home spa treatment. When these scents are diffused through steam, they reach the nerves in the olfactory cavity, which go right to the brain, so you're likely to feel the calming effects right away.
How to make your own shower bomb
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into the mini-muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with several drops of essential oils.
For a shower bomb that will help you relax and unwind, Now recommends a blend of one drop of chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of sandalwood blend oil. But you can make your own blend, too. Clove essential oil is also soothing and comforting, as is ylang ylang. Or, if you're looking for a pick-me-up to start your day with, basil essential oil is known to be energizing, and bergamot and lemon are both uplifting scents.
When your shower bomb is ready, place it on your shower floor and enjoy the relaxing vapours.
Want more ways to destress? Check out these eight stress-busting habits.