Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Houston!
The Blind Goat
A classic way to celebrate Galentine’s with your friends is dinner and drinks at a famous restaurant. One restaurant that’s quickly gaining fame in Houston is The Blind Goat. This casual gastropub was a semifinalist for the Best New Restaurant James Beard Award and features Master Chef Season 3 winner, Christine Ha, serving up modern twists on classic Vietnamese food.
The Original Marini’s Empanada House
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Marini’s Empanada House is the place to go. This family-owned Argentinean restaurant has been around since the 1970s and they treat their repeat customers like part of the family. It’s even been featured by Guy Fieri on his show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! The tasty empanadas (with both sweet and savory filling options) are fried to order, so mix and match to try a bunch of flavors!
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And in Texas, even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. For the best location, have your gal pals meet you at Memorial Park. At over 1,400 acres, it’s one of the largest urban parks in the United States. There is a full picnic loop with facilities for your luncheon, and afterward, everyone can burn off the calories on one of the many hiking and biking trails that traverse the park.
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. How about empowering the group with a pole-dancing party? Woman-owned Striptease Houston teaches women the art of seduction through dance and especially caters to “girls’ night out” groups. They have several party package options available or both in-studio or at your home (yes, they bring the pole). What’s more appropriate for Valentine’s Day than boosting your confidence while being sexy, anyway?
The Rustic Brush
If you want something unique to do, head to The Rustic Brush, where you and your friends can create masterpieces while sipping wine! And it’s more than just a Paint & Sip, this “social crafting experience” offers many projects to choose from, like banners, centerpieces, and planters. All you have to do is book a private party and BYOB and the staff will take care of the rest, from the crafting supplies to walking you through the process with instructions. You’re also welcome to bring decorations to make your Galentine’s Day party as festive as you like. And if you prefer to host the party yourself, they offer DIY kits that you can take home.
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