Flowers, mimosas, brunch, and some awesome women makes for a Sunday well spent. That’s how I spent my afternoon a little less than two weeks ago for the November event for Gals That Brunch.
After our successful hand lettering workshop with Lettering by Natalie, I knew that the Milwaukee Gals like to Brunch+Learn, so reaching out to the team at Flowers For Dreams was a no-brainer for our next event. What I didn’t realize at the time was that our private workshop was the first one they held in their new location in our great city! What a way to kick things off a bang!
Typically my first question, but my next question was what to eat? Well, that was a seemingly easy answer as well since Goddess & The Baker just opened in the Corners of Brookfield, and I’ve been dying to try their menu. Unfortunately, the glitter lattes don’t travel well, but we were able to dial up some avocado toast, deconstructed yogurt parfaits, mini breakfast sandwiches, fruit and veggies for our brunch spread. Sprinkle in some mimosas, coffee, and great conversation, and I had the perfect recipe for our next event.
Cue Sunday morning, I had a few stops to make to grab all of the goods before I could head over to Flowers For Dreams! Their team was such a dream (haha sorry not sorry) to work with. I can’t say enough good things about how easy it was to plan, coordinate, and execute our event with them. Seriously, if you’re looking for a great event for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, birthday party, or just an excuse to get the Gals together, you’ll love it!
The beginning of the event was filled with brunch bites and champagne sips, good music, and meeting new friends. What I love about the Gals That Brunch events so far is how many ladies sign up and show up solo. In the past, I’ve always been a little bit hesitant or shy to commit to anything without a partner in crime, but I appreciate how confident and comfortable Gals are (myself included) to show up to these events when they don’t know anyone else on the attendee list! It’s all about taking advantage of opportunities to meet new people, put yourself out there, and make new connections. All of the Gals I’ve met so far come from different personal and professional backgrounds, life experiences, and living situations, but they all have one thing in common. They want to make friends, build relationships, and connect with other women in their city. And Gals That Brunch is a welcoming, safe, and fun space to do so.
For the second half of the event, we tied up our aprons, refilled our mimosas, and found our stations to begin the workshop. Then Lindsay from the Flowers For Dreams team, gave us a bit of background on the company, the founders, and the mission. Knowing that a portion of all sales are donated to local charities and the flowers themselves are sourced locally, makes me happy to partner with a company that not only bloomed out of the Midwest, but continues to give back to the communities it operates in.
The lead designer, Erika, at the Milwaukee location is soooo amazing – seriously, go show her some love on IG and give @wyldflour a follow. You can tell how knowledgeable and passionate she is about creating beautiful and impactful arrangements. With each flower or accent placed with love and such attention to detail. She took us through step by step how to create a great arrangement. A few things I learned that I’ll be sure to implement next time I get the motivation to make my own arrangement or centerpiece are…
- Start with some leafy greens on the bottom and layer all around the vase. These help to support the main flowers and round out the arrangement nicely.
- Don’t be afraid to grab a nice variety of pieces, even just 1-2 small branches, pieces of hay, or unique selections to layer in and add some interest.
- Choose a statement flower that you want to fall a little higher than the leafy greens and other supporting pieces.
- I typically grabbed 3 pieces of the supporting/statements flowers or greens so my arrangement would have a unique and full look from any angle.
- Make sure to cut off any leaves or small branches on your flowers that would fall below the water line.
- When trimming your flowers, they did recommend cutting the stem at an angle.
Wow! With all of that excitement, learning, and sipping, it was a fun Sunday! Oh, and did I forget to add that the Flowers For Dreams space in Milwaukee is an Instagram-paradise! Greenery wall, exposed brick and reclaimed wood, plus a chic black wall with floating flowers. Not to mention we had Amanda from Amanda Vick Creative in the house snapping some amazing pictures of the event.
I can’t say thank you enough to the Flowers For Dreams team, Amanda our amazing photog, and Goddess & The Baker for helping to make this an awesome event! Plus, all of the Gals that showed up for their first event or have been to multiple since we started! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to partner with great businesses and restaurants around Milwaukee and share in these new experiences with a great group of Gals. Cheers to another amazing brunch!