I'm hosting Galentine's Day, and this is how I'm getting my home looking v cute for it

*Insert heart-eyes emoji*

Galentines home decor hearts all over
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What better way to celebrate Valentine's than with your best gals? Okay, sure, a movie night with the boyf or a romantic meal out sounds dreamy 'n' all, but for us single ladies, a night in together full of cocktails and fun can't be beaten.

I'm hosting the annual Galentine's this year, and in true extra mode, I'm planning on making my home look the part with all the heart-themed sh*t you can think of: heart-shaped champagne flutes, snack dishes, placemats, pink home decor, and more. Chick-flick at the ready and homemade Valentine's cocktails in hand (yes, we're doing this), I've created Galentine's night to remember. Well, it'll at least make the 'gram. 

If you too have texted your gal pals to keep February 13th free, then peep these must-have items, and why not treat them to something special too? You'll be forever known as the hostest with the mostest of the group, trust me.

1. Glam glassware 

My girls' and my favorite thing to do is make our own cocktails — we do this (at least) every month. And this time, given it's Valentine's Day, the theme is pink, obvi. We'll all be experimenting with our own mixes of cranberry juices, strawberry puree, and candies in the shape of hearts, but they'll only look the part if they're in glam martini glasses to match, right?   

2. Heart-shaped serving dishes 

Galentines home decor settings table

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It's not a night in without snacks. Instead of getting out my usual blue bowls and plates — which wouldn't completely ruin the vibe, in my opinion — I've found a few serving boards, dishes, and table accessories for an extra special touch. But don't think these are the throw-away kind either. These inexpensive kitchen buys are great eco-friendly alternatives to buying plastic cutlery or napkins. They're so cute that'll you probably want to use them past February 14th, too.  

3. Candles to set the scene 

Galentines home decor settings candles all over the table

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A cute candle or two is the ultimate mood-setter. But I'm not just talking romance. Getting a few heart-shaped tealight holders or sweet-scented pillar candles make the perfect backdrop to take some photos or a TikTok. They'll give all the chill vibes when you're settling down for movie night, too. Here's your sign to set up a Galentine's Day shoot with your friends. 

4. Cute cushions and extra special touches 

I'm guessing you also saw that Kim K completely redecorated her house pink and added new carpeting and more for her daughter's birthday party? I'm sure we'd all love to be able to totally transform our space to fit every party we have, but as a renter (who's on a *tight* budget) it's not an option. So, instead, I've picked up a few cushions and Valentine-themed items to get my home all loved up. 

Louise Oliphant
Ecommerce Editor

Louise is the Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, specialising in sleep content so you can wind-down well. With prior PR experience working for a luxury bedding brand, Louise knows the importance of getting a great night’s sleep. Joining the other side of the desk as a full-time journo, Louise brings her bedding expertise to writing sleep buying guides, reviews, and news for Real Homes. Aside from helping readers get essential shut eye, Louise also writes shopping content for homeware items that’ll add a decorative edge to your space. With an eye for design that won’t snooze on style, but a budget that won’t quite stretch, Louise loves nothing more than a modern designer dupe. From coloured glassware to contemporary storage, anything to upgrade the bare space of her rented East London flat.