Celebrating the Rocks in My Life for Valentine’s Day: My Besties

Not everyone’s idea of a perfect valentine involves a guy. And at this point, I have as many friends who are divorced as are married. For women, our friends are often “our rocks” more than our husbands or boyfriends. When I’m having a bad day, they see it on my face immediately at 3pm pick up. When I feel guilty for screaming at my kids, they’re the ones who tell me I’m still a good mom. And when something good happens to me, they’re my cheerleaders. They’re with me through thick and thin. And many were with me LONG before I met my husband. And for my divorced friends, we’re the ones that remain after he’s gone. So I can’t think of a nicer way to celebrate Valentines Day than with the women in your life.

How to Host a Valentine’s Day Friendship Lunch

Make Things Festive and Pretty.

Leave a bud and a small gift for each guest.

Spray paint mason jars and fill with roses that your friends can take home.

Write a note for your guests telling them why you are grateful to have them in your life.

The Glue String blog for Michaels’ Craft Stores has how to’s for your girlfriends brunch.

Give a Little Gift
Buy a little gift for your guests like pretty soap or lotion; an inspiring Alex & Ani bracelet or a gift card for a manicure. Or, of course, flowers! Whole Foods has pretty little potted bouquets for only $9.99
Ask your friends all to bring a gift that’s under $20 and exchange gifts.

Cocktails Are Key. Make something colorful and yummy:


Blueberry Smash

Fifth Avenue Cocktail

Watching Calories? Try Our Low-Cal Dirty Martini.

Or make pretty cappuccinos to go with your brunch.

Make an Easy Lunch or Brunch:

Heather Cheese and Ham “Paninis”

Avocado and Chicken Salad

Emily’s ham hash

Sausage and Lentil Soup

Veggie & Herb Frittata

Potato, Sausage & Spinach Casserole.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
If they’re friends you’ve know for a long time, pull out old photos.
It’ll bring back memories that have you giggling.

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Did we give you a chocolate craving? Try Emily’s Brown Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies.
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."