I am missing my girlfriends like crazy right now. Sure, I’m on the phone/facetime/zooming with them a ton, but it’s still so hard to be away from them physically. I want to hug them and dance with them and mix them a cocktail and feed them everything. Each collection at More + Merrier centers around a treasured female friend or family member. These women along with the other amazing women in my life are my muses. I draw such incredible strength from witnessing their greatness and walking through life’s challenges with them. With the full moon coming up on May 7th, I would like to offer the suggestion that you gather a small group of the women that lift you up, and participate in a goddess celebration that allows your intentions to flow, along with the tears, drinks and laughter. Here are some suggestions to set the stage for a connected celebration during social distancing.
I have long been a fan of Paperless Post. They offer the most beautiful online invitations, and there are so many options to choose from. I went with an earthy floral vibe, but you might choose something more contemporary or colorful or whatever vibe your crew has going on.
Here’s where you’ll get a little creative. With multiple locations involved, you’ll want a good vibe going on in each home, so you may not necessarily have a totally uniform look, and that is totally okay. Here are a few suggestions for you and your guests to find inspiration in.
Set your coffee table/dining table/floor space with a tablecloth or runner to ground the rest of your ritual pieces. Our Genevieve Gauze Table Runner is a great piece to build upon.
Next - grab whatever candles you’ve got- tapers, votives, pillars, scented, unscented- candlelight is gorgeous no matter what, but if you need a little inspiration, here are some favorites from our collection.
A metal or ceramic bowl is key for rituals like burning sage, past hang ups and current intentions. The Gretchen Hammered Brass Vase is an ideal vessel, just be sure to keep it away from the fire alarm, or better yet, keep the burning portion of the evening outdoors. A few other key items on your table might be crystals or stones, sage or other herbs and essentials oils.
Wear what makes you feel most beautiful. During this especially strange time, dressing up is likely not a priority, so why not use this time as an excuse to go all out. Maybe that’s adding a little lipstick or throwing on a dress or weaving your own floral crown (if you’re feeling super ambitious), it’s up to you and your guests.
Food + Beverages
Considering the hands on nature of this celebration, you’ll likely want to stick to some favorite snacks and fun cocktails, nothing too complicated. I love a good grazing board with a nice mix of your fav fruits/veggies, pickled things and carby delights. If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail or mocktail, check out the two recipes below for something fresh and springy.
‘The Gretchen’ (cocktail)
Makes 1 serving
Sprig of fresh rosemary
3-4 slices of fresh ginger
1 T lemon juice
2 ounces gin
½ cup ginger beer
In an old-fashioned glass, muddle together the rosemary + ginger in the lemon juice. Add ice to glass. Add the gin + then the ginger beer. Garnish with lemon slices.
‘The Annie’ (mocktail)
Makes 1 serving
¼ cup sugar
¾ t lime zest
¼ cup water
4 large mint leaves
¼ cup lime juice
¼ English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
½ cup sparking water, chilled
Combine the sugar, lime zest + water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat + stir in the mint leaves. Let sit for 30 minutes. Strain the lime syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Combine the syrup with the lime juice + cucumber. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, add in the sparking water. Serve over ice.
After you’ve settled in and enjoyed some great conversation, little bites and refilled your drink a couple of times, it’s time bring out your paper + pen, fireproof bowl and matches. Now you have the opportunity to reflect on and jot down the following.
3 things to let go of
3 things you’re grateful for
3 things you want to manifest
Some examples might be letting go of fear, gratitude for your health and a desire to be more patient. After everyone has finished, you may go around the virtual circle and read aloud your thoughts. Not everyone will be interested in doing so, and that’s totally cool, so something they could say instead is “I am letting go, I am grateful and I am manifesting”. Remember that this is a time for each person to be heard, so just allow their thoughts to linger without comment. Now everyone can put their paper in the bowl and strike a match to all of it. Above all, the intention here is to create a safe and connected space that encourages growth, empowerment and appreciation.
I hope you'll find inspiration in this post and add your own personal spin on it. I would love to hear about your additions in the comments!