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5 Things to Do With Your Charleston Valentine or Galentine

HOORAY!  Even on the years I was single, Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite days of the year! I love the colors, decorations, sweets, and any excuse to treat yourself!  I've rounded up a few fun Charleston things you can do to celebrate between now and February 14th, whether you're with your sweetheart or best gal pal.

1.  His & Hers Vieuxtemps Sip & Shop | Feb. 11, noon-5

Take your girlfriends if your man isn't into shopping, but Vieuxtemps will definitely have something for him, too!  There are so many modern gifts for both guys & gals here- the owner even paints some really awesome fly fishing art. 

Personally I don't love shopping with my husband, so we are just going for the wine & chocolate tasting (they're sampling some Louis Sherry, so you don't want to miss THAT!).  It happens to be Second Sunday on King Street, so hopefully it will be a nice weekend to enjoy a stroll.  If not, they'll take the party indoors!


2.  Magnolia Plantation Chocolate Walk | Feb 10-11

This sounds like the perfect time to check out Magnolia Plantation if you haven't already.  There will be live music and chocolates from around the world, free with garden admission ticket.  Find more information here.

3.  Cookie Fun @ Cannonborough Collective | Valentine's Day Party: Feb 10 11-1 & Cookie Decorating Class: Feb. 13, 6-8

Shop, sip, and decorate cookies with Bullfish Cookie Company while they last Saturday beginning at 11am (FREE party!).  If you'd like to have a fun and intimate girl's night out, sign up to learn royal icing cookie decorating with Bullfish.  Get more more details and sign up for the cookie decorating here.


4.  Love to Love You Yoga & Beer | Feb 14, 6:30-8:30

Enjoy an evening of yoga with your loved one and awesome instructor Beth Cosi at the new Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.  After the class you get to stick around for beer!  Cost: $15.  Get tickets here.


5.  Puppy Love Happy Hour | February 14, 4-7

Puppies, patios, & pints, oh my!  Head to Bay Street Biergarten for a Valentine's Day happy hour that your pup can join in on.  Live music from The Midnight City Band starts at 6.  I'm pretty sure this is what Maddie Martin wants us to go for V-day!  More details here.




The Ultimate Galentine's Day Soiree

"Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." - Galentine's Day as defined by Leslie Knope.

A group of fabulous ladies in Charleston recently joined me to create our own version of Galentine's Day, complete with lush flowers, donuts, & a mint green bus named Bonnie.  The only stipulation for attendees was that they had to bring something to the table.  Collaboration is all the rage right now, because isn't it better when everyone shoulders the load?  Each of these gals contributed something wonderful, from cocktail creating to calligraphy to hand made jewelry.  We all added them to lovely wooden gift boxes.  I provided my felted heart soaps, which are now available only in West Elm on King Street!  A local clothing brand, Escapada Living, made sure we could even be cohesively dressed from the same line of fun prints.  See the full feature with all of the participants in the artilcle I wrote for Glitter Guide, and enjoy my favorite photos of the day below.

all images c/o  Aneris Photography

all images c/o Aneris Photography

Charleston Weekender shop items shown here: Turkish towels (table runners), $32 // Weekender Bag, $100 // Felted Soap, $14 (available in-store at West Elm on King Street)