Flower Crowns + Food | Gathering


Last summer, Amanda and I thought of an idea for a gathering we wanted to hold. We wanted to host a small group of girlfriends, make pretty flower crowns and eat + talk, just for fun… because we felt like everyone would enjoy an evening like that. We wanted it to be an intimate event where women could come together, creatively, and share life experiences with one another. But if we’re being honest– life got in the way. We got busy and it just didn’t happen.
 
Nearly a year went by and we decided we were going to start blogging about the things we love combined with hosting those gatherings that we had talked about so often. We wanted to bring women together, around a table, because that’s where the good stuff happens. That’s where you talk, dream, cry, EAT, laugh, and create things with your own hands. 
 
It’s so hard to make time for friendships, but if the past few years of our lives have taught us anything — it’s that friends are the glue that holds us together. It’s important to make time to be with the people you care about. Community is vital, and finding what you love to do is, too. The heart + soul behind The Wild Revival Gatherings is creating a space where the walls can drop and real, honest conversations can happen.
 
This is about connection.
 
On the last Saturday of August, we finally held our first gathering: Flower Crowns + Food! It was amazing to see our heart’s desire come to fruition right in front of us.  It was an ideal end of summer soiree.
 
There were 16 of us at the event and we each brought something different to the table. Our stories are different, as are our struggles + our joys. We created, we laughed, and we engaged in conversations we wouldn’t have had, had it not been for the gathering. There is something to be said about what God does when He brings people together in that way.
“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” 
― Shauna NiequistBread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with RecipesHere’s a look inside our very first gathering!

We are so thankful to all of you ladies for making our first gathering such a success! Seeing you looking so pretty in your flower crowns + engaging with one another further reinforced our calling to do this. We’re looking forward to our next one already! Keep checking back for details on our fall gathering! 




Herb Garden

So, I would love to have a garden. The really nice kind of garden! One with raised boxes and a cute wire fence that welcomes you with a white, wooden swinging gate on the front. Maybe even a few flower boxes along the top. But in reality, I can barely remember to water the four ferns hanging on our front deck. In an effort to not neglect my green thumb, I bought three terracotta pots + some herbs and got to work.

I had ambitions of DYI-ing the heck out of those cute little pots, but never got around to it. Are you noticing a theme here? How does the saying go? …”done is better than perfect”… we’ll go with that 🙂

I set my mint, cilantro and rosemary out along with some potting soil, and my little helper and I got to work.

It was an easy project once I stopped finally trying to over do it. It was nice to be outside while Evan was working in the yard and to share in this activity with Owen.

Are there things you have been dreaming about doing, but complicate it by wanting to make it big and exciting? I can tell you there are joys to be found in the simple and sweet.

Market Day


 

Here at The Wild Revival, we are always looking for opportunities
to share easy community-building activities with you. Our local farmer’s market offers
such a fun energy. All the people bustling about, live music, vendors sharing their goodies + the wonderful, fresh food.  It’s a
great way to spend a late Sunday morning with friends, just wandering around the market, grabbing a quick brunch while supporting local businesses. The best part is…  all you have to do is show up!
We met and went directly to grab some food. So many options
made it hard to choose, but I landed on Hash Browns & New Grounds. This
trendy food truck is owned by local entrepreneur, Cody Thrasher. He creates quick meals with
a creative flavor and artistic delivery. The chicken tacos and hash were great
and filled with unexpected flavors like mango and maple.  Marrissa stuck with her usual omelet, filled with lots of fresh veggies and made-to-order by the Bridgeport Conference Center. 

 

After we finished eating, we checked out the various local vendors who were set up. Marrissa’s husband, Matt got some building tips from a local woodworker. He’s a handy man so of course, he gravitated towards the do-it-yourself’ers at the market.Going out and meeting with friends fuels our soul for the week. Getting out there and
engaging with others in activities we enjoy makes us feel like we had a rich
weekend, making Monday a little easier to face. 



What are some of your go-to
places or events in the summer months? We’d love to hear how spend your weekends. 

 

Flower Crown Tutorial

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We
have been dreaming of making flower crowns for months now. Our Pinterest is
filled with images of these ethereal gems. In true ‘Wild Revival’ fashion: it
was time to stop talking and start doing. So we gathered our (very short list
of) supplies and went down to the lake and got busy.  We hope that this
simple tutorial will help you bring this fun DIY to life.

 

 

  
Tools:

 

 

  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape 



 


 

We purchased our floral tape and wire from a local craft store.
Your flowers can be right out of your garden or from a local flower shop. There
is no wrong way to go with the type of flowers and greenery you choose to use
in your crown. It’s whatever you like! 
 




Instructions: 

1) Wrap the floral wire around your head to
find out what size your crown should be. Keep in mind the crown will
become more snug as you add your greenery and flowers, so be sure to keep a
(little) bit of space when measuring your crown. Once you determine the most
comfortable fit, cut off the excess wire. Twist the end and tuck the wire,
covering the wire crown in floral tape. 

 

2)  Now you will cover your wire in
your chosen greenery. We found the thinner branches of greenery worked best,
due to them being easier to manipulate. Tape your greenery onto the wire as you
go. This part can be tedious, but so worth it when it’s all done! 

 


3)  Now for the fun! Once all your
greenery is secured, you can add your flowers. Make sure to leave 2-3 inch
stems when cutting your chosen blooms. You will place your flowers one at a
time, taping as you go.  Make sure you wrap the tape 3 times around your
blooms, trying your best to avoid your greenery leaves as you go. 


 

 

Fill your crowns with as many or
as little blooms as you wish.  Flower crowns always come out looking fun +
whimsical. We feel that you can never have too much whimsy in your life.  

 

 

 

 

If you used our tutorial to make
you own flower crown, let us know! #TWRhowto // @thewildrevival

 

 

Picnic-ing


It can be overwhelming to try to bring people together anymore. With so many obligations and
tending to our lives, time for community is usually last on the list. That’s
why when an opportunity arises to do something that brings your tribe together
or allows you to meet new people, you just have to jump in and do it, rather than focusing on making it perfect.

 

Here are a few photos from an early spring picnic. Even without the leaves on the trees, it was a taste of
summer with blue skies, the pond, and 80 degree temps.

 

Since it was a last-minute gathering, we kept the menu super simple; nothing was planned or matching. Paper plates, plastic forks
and mason jars were all on hand.  A festive Mexican blanket (or two) made this not-so-planned-out picnic come together so well.We completed our picnic with the items listed below:
  • Chicken Salad
  • Watermelon
  • Croissants
  • Lemonade
  • Tea 
  • Chips + Salsa

 

We are big fans of last-minute picnics (obviously so is Owen!) It was so nice to pull a few friends together for a quick gathering.

 

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