The longer I am a mom, the more I realize how important it is to cultivate community within moms. As I prayed and planned for Bloom, my hope was that moms would connect and feel a sense of community and encouragement. Ever since I attended a Mom’s Night in Charlotte hosted by Natalie, a seed was planted about the idea of doing something similar in the Charleston area.
My husband encouraged me to go for it so I started planning. As I was talking with a friend she said she had felt challenged to water the grass right where she was in her current season. The more I thought about that, the saying, “Bloom Where You Are Planted” kept coming to mind and there the name for the night was born.
As I continued to plan, shops started donating products for the night. Friends stepped up to help out and donate their time and talents. All of the photos were taken by LaVonda with LaVonda Downard Photography. Didn’t she do an amazing job?! If you are local, you need to connect with her for some pictures.
As I shared about the idea for Bloom with friends many stepped up to offer help the day of and then my friend Melissa mentioned she would help with the planning if needed. Finding people that you can work well with and your gifts can compliment one another is a beautiful thing. Melissa is one of those people and I am so thankful she stepped into this adventure with me!
The event was held at Essentials Coffee in Moncks Corner. From the moment I stepped into this coffee shop, I felt drawn to it. It is beautifully set up and the coffee is incredible. I am so grateful to Ashley and Pastor Shawn for allowing us to use their coffee shop for the night.
As we thought about the night, we knew we wanted to bring in some encouraging speakers. A friend mentioned Katie Crocombe and since I had recently connected with her, we decided to ask her. I also asked my longtime friend, Karla. Both girls said yes and I knew we had a winning team. Both of these girls shared such wisdom, truth, and honesty.
Karla is a dear friend of mine and old neighbor. She is also a wife, mama to three boys and founder of Three Little Warriors, a children’s textile company created to provide survivors of human trafficking a place of work and freedom. . I love her heart for others and how she uses her gifts in such a beautiful and life giving way. She shared her story with us and how to bloom in life. Her message was powerful! One of our favorite quotes is:
- “We all been given areas of influence. God wants you to take the area that you are in and be intentional in that area. Girls, nothing is going to change BUT EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE! the things we do on an everyday basis will have a whole new meaning!”
Katie and I connected over Instagram and I instantly loved her encouraging and cheerful attitude. She uses her voice to bring hope and light to women whether it is at conferences, in real life, or via her website and Instagram. She shared such an encouraging message. One of our favorite quotes from her was:
- “Jesus modeled margin- using your values as a strainer allows you to be focused in your life and in your decision-making”
Along with the speakers, we wanted to have some local moms share how they were each blooming in their different seasons of life. These girls are all incredible and I admire them all greatly.
As many of you know, I have a heart for missions and companies that are building a life for someone else. It was so exciting to have some of Melissa and my favorite shops on site that we love and support.
What is a mom’s night without tasty food? The cupcakes were provided by Crisps and Crumbs. I absolutely loved these cupcakes and their presentation was perfection. This company is ran by a husband and wife
The cookies were provided by Flour Creations. Jill is my go-to cookie girl. She has a beautiful gift and with each cookie I am amazed and blown away by her talent.
We also decided to add in some strawberries from Hickory Bluff Farm. This is my family’s favorite farm in the Lowcoutnry so we loved being able to have strawberries from them!
If you are local, you need to connect with all three of these businesses!
All of of paper products were from Zurchers– we love them!
A few weeks before Bloom, I started noticing that Target Dollar Spot had some gardening themed items. My friend found the Bloom banner there and I found some of the cute containers there. Beyond that all of the rest of the decor was a combination of shopping by house and my friend Ashley’s house. Plus, mason jars are always a win filled with flowers (thanks to Publix and Hickory Bluff Farms for the flowers).
We also partnered with Books Beyond the Nest! Every mama that brought a book to donate, received bonus raffle tickets.
During the two workshop times, moms could choose to go to a Hand Lettering Workshop with Hannah, learn about speaking truth with Katie, do a simple chalk board craft, or shop around and fellowship.
Another big part of the night was all of the amazing raffle prizes. I really wanted the moms to have some fun with this and be blessed with some lovely items. The months leading up to Bloom, our house became filled with boxes.
My friends Jill, Ashley, Annette, and Melissa and my sister, Katie, all arrived early to help me set up. They took my layout of plans and brought everything together so beautifully.
Here are some of our amazing raffle prizes:
- Rodan & Fields Cream
- Rad Joy Prayer Cards
- Turkey on the Table
- Purely Elizabeth Bag + Granola
- Lips BYBMG Gift Certificate
- Usborne Books with Brandi Book Collection
- Grace & Roots Essential Oils Kit
- LaVonda Downard Photography Session
- MBI Woodworking Ancor Sign + a South Carolina sign (not pictured)
- Chewbeads Necklace
- Little & Me Prints + Mug
- Natasha Red Prints, Meal Planner, + Apron
- Rad Joy Surrender Cross
- Milk Snob Cover
- The Busy Bee Life Rustic Ladder
- All Good Things Collective Three Different Prints
- Grove Collaborative Gift Basket
- Be Still Clothing Company Tee
- Little Adi + Co Beach Bag
- We are Knitters Blanket Kit
- Urban Southern Market Tote
- Schmidt’s Naturals Deoderant
- Gleeful Peacock Bracelet
Every mom received a swag bag when she arrived! Hooray for incredible items in this bag! Melissa made these lovely bags that were filled with so many amazing things from shops. We are sharing more on Instagram what was in the bags.
Each mom could pick up a We are Knitters Kit for a scarf. The moms loved getting this beautiful kit.
There were also boxed flavored waters from Make It Simple Kids .
It was a beautiful evening that surpassed what I ever imagined. I cannot say enough the importance of first giving your plans to God and second surrounding yourself with a great community and team. This night went well because of those reasons.
Want to start your own night for moms like Bloom? Go for it! Many times we slink back in fear, but when we step forward in faith, amazing things happen! Continue to follow along with Bloom on Instagram and hope to have you join us in 2018!