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They say it takes a village to raise a child—a year into motherhood and I’m realizing that this phrase could not be more true. During my first year as a momma, my mom friends have been the ones that have helped me through the postpartum blues. They were the people I could text in the middle of the night when I couldn't calm my crying baby. They even taught me how to put a diaper on properly so it wouldn't keep leaking.
From every “me too” to each “I’ve been there” the moms I’ve met, both near and far, have made this journey a little less lonely and made this time of my life something I feel grateful for each and every day.
Making mom friends had been something that intimidated me in the early days of pregnancy and motherhood. I knew that I needed a support system for this exciting new period of life, but it was terrifying to think I had to put myself out there and find other mommas to connect with.
One of the very first friends I met was my sweet friend Lindsay. I joined a meetup.com group for new moms late in my pregnancy and Lindsay and her sweet baby boy were at the first meet-up I attended. As time went on, we bonded over all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum (she’s an amazing postpartum doula and newborn care specialist). I knew she was a true friend when she helped clean poop off my leg in the middle of the mall parking lot after Brody had a blowout. Only in motherhood can you bond over poop.
The little Momma Society Instagram community has also blessed me with new friendships. It has been so fun to meet and connect with moms from across the globe throughout our pregnancies, births, and experiences of motherhood. It is easy to feel like a hermit as new mom, so the relationships that have been cultivated through social media have become so dear to me. From meeting Shanlen in Las Vegas, to a zoo date with Melody and Wilder, to the local mommas who came to hangout at Drybar last month, and the amazing moms I’ve had the pleasure of chatting back and forth with on Instagram—the bond of motherhood runs deep.
With so much gratitude for all of the mommas in my life, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate these friendships than a Mother’s Day brunch. Finding time to plan a fancy brunch can be tough as a busy mom. But with a few shortcuts, you can throw the perfect backyard brunch for the special mom friends in your life.
Keep it simple. A simple menu, a casual atmosphere and a fun theme are the perfect ingredients for a special celebration. For brunch, my go-to’s are a box of Bosa donuts (our favorite local donut shop), vanilla yogurt with berries, and mimosas. Simple, delicious, and easy to display.
Rather than a traditional party favor, a DIY floral bouquet bar is the perfect alternative. Flowers always have a way of making me smile, especially when there is a vase of fresh flowers sitting on my kitchen table. There’s no sweeter sign of appreciation than a morning sipping mimosas, snacking on sweets, and putting together bouquets.
A few days beforehand, I headed to my favorite florist (ahem, Trader Joe’s) and bought a cart full of flowers. I tried to keep a general color scheme in mind, so the flowers could also serve as a decoration for the brunch as well as a party favor.
A few supplies you’ll want to have on hand for bouquet crafting: scissors, twine, ribbons, tape, wet cotton balls, sandwich bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper (cut into rectangular pieces).
Fresh flowers have long been one of my favorite gifts to give. To spice up grocery store flowers, I love using gift wrap to create a more personalized feel.
Here is a simple tutorial to beautifully wrap a bouquet with wrapping paper.
1) Gather your flowers and tie them together tightly with twine.
2) Fill a sandwich bag with wet cotton balls. Place the bottom of the stems into the sandwich bag and tie with a piece of twine. The wet cotton balls help to keep the flowers from drying out before they are placed in a vase.
3) Place the piece of gift wrap face down on a table.
4) Place two pieces of tissue paper on top of the gift wrap (approximately 4 inches above the gift wrap)
5) Place the flowers on the tissue paper (approximately 2 inches above the tissue paper)
6) Grab the right side of the tissue paper and gift wrap and pull it across the flowers all of the way around the bouquet creating a cone shape.
7) Take the pointed bottom portion of the paper and fold it upwards toward the flowers.
8) Secure with a small piece of tape or tie with a ribbon.
Reflecting on this monumental first year of motherhood has filled me with so much gratitude for the new friendships that have sprouted. Motherhood wouldn’t be the same without each of you. Wishing you the happiest Mother’s Day!
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