The week of the backyard bonfire was a roller coaster! With a 100% chance of rain for Saturday, we contemplated calling the whole thing off more than once. So we gave our guests an option: move the backyard bonfire INSIDE or reschedule for a later date this fall. They voted to have it indoors…so, we did!
We were a little skeptical about how it was all going to play out. We’d planned for a couple of months to hold it outside. We wanted the ladies paint pumpkins at wooden picnic tables by the pond, and use hay bales to make a table for our chili bar (more on that here). Looking back on it now, it made us realize just how well things can go, even when it isn’t the original plan. We were on Media Marmalade’s blog the other day and saw this Chinese proverb and felt it was so true:
“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
Despite all of the things that came up that week, we adjusted our plan, moved the gathering indoors and pressed on with our intentions to bring these ladies together for a night of creative fall fun + connection. The night went so well and the space couldn’t have looked better. It felt like we converted a barn into a movie theater. We used the same table from our flower crown gathering, running brown kraft paper down the center, and we hung these globe string lights from Target across the ceiling, which was our favorite touch. The menu for the night was a chili bar with everyone’s favorite toppings and let’s not forget the cornbread! For dessert, we had homemade pumpkin spice cupcakes. (of course we did!)
While our girls were painting their pumpkins, we had Hocus Pocus playing in the background. It was fun to see the different personalities come out in their decorating styles, and watch the conversations go from one-on-one, to flowing all around the table. Much to our surprise, it didn’t even rain that evening… Before the night came to a close, we went outside to roast marshmallows and drink a cup of hot, spiked apple cider around the fire pit.
Creating an environment where women can come together; offering a space where acquaintances can go from pleasantries to sincerity, is our goal. A place where they can ask the woman beside them how she is REALLY doing, and allow her to honestly share the truth, is heart of The Wild Revival. This was only our second gathering, but we see it happening already. It’s happening in a BIG way for us personally.
We shared our dream when we kicked this off two months ago. We are so humbled by the support we are receiving from our readers, and our friends + family. Without you all, these gatherings just wouldn’t happen. We love this tribe we are building and can’t wait to see where it goes and who joins us in the future. 😉
In life, you need people in your corner, fighting for you and cheering you on. If it weren’t for you ladies investing your time into us, even if it’s only for a few minutes to read a post or a few hours attending a gathering, we would NOT be doing what we love. From the bottom of our hearts… thank you!
We drank our hot apple cider out of this new line of mugs from Target!
S’mores + pumpkin spice cupcakes
We loved seeing everyone so hard at work on their pumpkins!
How fun was Allison’s pumpkin?! She used a sticker!
Marrissa and her cousins, Paige & Laiken!
Our group for the night, minus 1 who had to leave early!
Have we mentioned how much we love hosting gatherings? 😉
If you’ve been wanting to come to one of our gatherings, we encourage you to try it out.
If you want to, bring a friend. We would love to have you!