Love is in the air! And we’re not just talking about romance. We mean this love that goes hand in hand with deep friendship, appreciation, respect and adoration. The love that solidified Galentine’s day with a permanent stamp on the calendar! Sharmaine from iHeart The Details created pure magic with a Galentine’s Day party you won’t soon forget. We love it so much, and Sharmaine’s tips, to have a socially distant party job for EVERY holiday – not just Valentine’s Day. You should save this and apply it to any upcoming celebration! Here is Sharmaine’s inspiration for the party:
Although this year has been difficult, I’ve noticed how creatives have used this unfortunate time as an opportunity to think outside the box. I wanted to create a design that was safe for small groups to gather together, have fun, and do in style! I work with so many great women in event planning – women from different backgrounds and different circumstances. You deserve a celebration! So I brought together a team of extremely talented women from the party industry and we took some rare and much-needed time to create and enjoy a special Galentine Day soiree.
Sylvie Rosokoff was the perfect photographer to really capture the love among the women AND all the stunning details. Trust us when we say: you are not ready! And now we’re giving it to Sharmaine as she shares how to throw the perfect galentine party!
1. To host a socially distant party, you need a spacious venue.
The waterfront venue was a perfect place for parties! Sound River Studios combined the best of both worlds: a bright room with plenty of space to spread out and an outdoor terrace for fresh air and views of the city.
2. Determine your wow factor.
It’s no secret that balloons make everything better. So we teamed up with The Balloon River to fill the room with around 1500 of them! This massive 12-foot installation hung over the garage door that led to the deck to frame the incredible Manhattan skyline. Are you looking for ways to add that wow factor to your party? Balloons are the way to go.
3. Focus on the entrance.
Set the tone as soon as your friends enter the room. Our gang of girls instantly knew what the day would turn out to be when they were greeted with this wood and acrylic welcome sign from Common Oak and beautiful floral arrangements from Diva Blooms. It was going to be great (to say the least)!
4. Create a mask display.
Masks are a must-have now, but they don’t have to be boring. You can wear your mask and make it fashionable! I partnered with Common Oak to design mask stands that featured cheeky and funny quotes to encourage the girls to proudly wear their pink masks. Each mask was individually displayed on white shelves by Taylor Creative Inc. The vibrant flowers from Diva Blooms completed the look. You can find cute and easy ways to display your masks – like on a pretty tray with a few flowers next to it!
5. Target your guests.
Event creatives are used to enjoying their designs behind the scenes. But for that little Galentine’s Day party, it was time to put their names in the spotlight. I was inspired by flash flower installations popping up all over town, decorating street signs and filling trash cans. I wanted to use that street art influence to design a vendor display and give these boss babes the reputation they deserve!
The floor decals made a bold statement thanks to the graphic design by Heather Made.
Common Oak stacked each vendor name to spell “The Dream Team” in the middle. The Diva Blooms display of baby’s soft breaths and roses made the perfect juxtaposition between the wooden signage and the concrete floor.
6. Choose meaningful colors outside the frame.
For this boss-babe celebration, I wanted the room to be filled with sparkling energy. So I decided to liven up the color scheme and add bright pinks and oranges to create a positive vibe. As we navigate this New Year, we do it with spirits lifted. Don’t be afraid to go beyond red. Think of fun colors that will make you feel fabulous and incorporate them into your color scheme.
7. Have a socially distant party with a custom dining experience.
For reasons of space, I wanted to redefine the way we talk and encourage guests to do so safely. We have combined lounging and eating by creating a “private dining” experience for every lady. Taylor Creative Inc’s comfy cane chairs and pillows were the perfect way to make every guest feel at home.
Their side table was placed next to each seat to enjoy personal tavola sausages with a Common Oak personal acrylic nameplate on each box labeled “Work Hard, Snack Oft”. We ended our brunch with the most delicious pink chocolate bar with Sugarfina rosé champagne gummy bears. You can give your guest the feeling of being the VIP that they are by sprinkling small personal details such as personalized name tags or drinking stirrers in the room so that they can keep track of their delicious cocktail. Common Oak is perfect for any occasion.
8. Remember, the joy is in the details.
We all love our heels, but our feet deserve a break too! So we let the ladies exchange their shoes to be beautiful and comfortable. We put a blurry pair of blushing pink slippers in a clear shoebox in front of each seat.
Tie A Bow adorned every table with the perfect little details like bud vases for flowers and dainty glasses with which reed diffusers were infused with essential oils. The smallest things have the greatest impact. So don’t forget about the little details. And if you’re looking for ways to spice up your table decorations at home, consider renting fun and colorful accent pieces that you won’t have to commit to in the long run.
The seats were arranged around a round floor sticker designed by Heather Made. It summed up the entire experience for our meeting. Along with floor flowers from Diva Blooms, the lounge area creatively added space between each guest to socially distance while keeping us together.
Do you see it. Read it. Speak it into being. We have seen so much in the past year and your Galentine Day soiree may be the perfect time to talk about it. Each woman was given a deck of confirmation cards from Starlight and Love, which served as a conversation starter to discuss topics such as growth, dreams, and opportunity. It was so comforting to hear from and connect with others in the group. And it’s nice to know that for every purchase you make at Starlight and Love, you donate a dollar to the pennies4girls project. help educate girls around the world.
9. Don’t forget to make space to play!
We lightened the mood with a 15-foot ball pit filled with over 6,000 balls from Little Palms Soft Play. Their focus on cleanliness made it easy to “have a ball”. All of their ball pits are thoroughly cleaned before and after the events to ensure safety. We finished the styling by adding an over-the-top balloon backdrop from The Balloon River, flowers from Diva Blooms, and an acrylic wall sign from Common Oak for an eye-catching photo adversary.
Galentine’s party staff!
Don’t you love it when the guests have a dress code ?!
Standing ovations to these incredible creatives who show us how to throw a socially distant party without losing the fun. A real dream team!
SO. A LOT OF. FUN.
How could you not be inspired by such a prospect? If a Galentine’s Day party isn’t a work for you, we can see ALL of these tips for a socially distant bachelorette party, wedding shower, baby shower, birthday – you get it. All parties.
Photography: Sylvie Rosokoff // Name of the venue: Sound River Studios, Long Island City, New York, USA // Event design: iHeart The Details // Planning: iHeart The Details // Flowers: Diva Blooms // Table rental: Tie A Bow / / Furniture rental: Taylor Creative Inc // Balloons: The Balloon River // Ball pit: Little Palms Soft Play // Confirmation cards: Starlight and Love // Graphic design: Heather Made // Acrylic design: Common Oak // Charcuterie Box: Tavola