As Valentines Day rolls around the corner it is important for those of us single ladies to show some major appreciation for our gal pals! Through the ups and the downs these girls have been there for you through everything -- so grab your girlfriends, GBF's, and your favorite chocolate indulgences because it's time to celebrate! Every perfect celebration has four parts: festive decorations, the perfect playlist, snacks and cute gifts/goodies! Follow these steps in order to have the perfect Galentines Day 2017! 1)Festive Decorations: break out the pink streamers and heart shaped wall decals and lets turn this room from bland to grand! One of the key essentials to throwing a great party is having a cute, festive backdrop where you and all your gal pals can take photos! Add some props and a few streamers and you have the perfect, Instagram-worthy location!
2)Galentines Day Playlist: lets face it -- the music makes the party! For this Galentines Day, an empowering, single ladies playlist is a necessity! Dance around with your girlfriends to these songs and you are bound to have a good time.
Fighter - Christina Aguilera
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
Single - Natasha Bedingfield
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce
NO - Meghan
Trainer Worth It - Fifth Harmony
Independent Women - Destiny's Child
I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
Bang Bang - Jessie J
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Break Free - Ariana Grande
Pretty Girl Rock - Keri Hilson
Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson
Bo$$ - Fifth Harmony
3) Snacks: after all that photo taking and dancing you guys have worked up an appetite! Keep the love flowing with some adorable pink snacks! These upside down cupcakes complete with strawberry filling are the perfect snack to keep you and your friends fueled and ready to get back to the dance floor!
Lets Get Cooking!
Step 1: Bake the cakes: Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the strawberry jam, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside. In a large bowl, whip the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs and egg whites one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Add the pink food coloring and mix until combined. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners and evenly distribute the batter into the pan. Scatter the diced strawberries on top and bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes, until the cupcakes are fully cooked. Cool completely, then peel off the muffin liners.
Step 2: Make the filling: Beat the mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the diced strawberries into the cream filling.
Step 3: Assembly: Slice the tops off the cupcakes and place a heaping spoonful of cream filling on top. Replace the cupcake top and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!
4) Goodies: Everyone knows a party is not considered great unless there are presents! If you are still on the hunt for some last minute gifts to give to your gal pals make sure and check out Cocoyana and use the code V17 to receive 20% off your purchase! Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for spreading the love this Galentines Day:
Our Pink and Brown Wayuu Clutch -- the perfect size for holding makeup on the go, your phone, and any other essentials you may need!
Our Pink Leather Bracelet complete with the Gold Amor detail -- great for matching with your girlfriends this Galentines Day!
Our New Edition Gold Heart Necklace is the perfect gift to show your gal pals how much you love them! Complete with our signature Cocoyana palm tree, your friends are bound to swoon over this cute accessory! Make sure to tag @cocoyanafashion on Instagram to show off your fabulous Galentines Day celebration -- and remember, “Valentine's Day is for couples. Us singles have the other 364 days of the year to enjoy ourselves!”
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