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Kinfolk Saturdays: Hosting a Flower Potluck

Film by Andrew & Carissa Gallo from Sea Chant Photographs by Carissa Gallo Words by Julie Pointer

We recently launched our Kinfolk Saturdays film series, which we hope will offer you lots of ideas for things to do on weekends, inspire you to try new things and make the most of your precious days off. This week we celebrate the Flower Potluck, which was an event that we hosted in April in 24 cities.

The language of flowers is universal, and nothing could be simpler than bringing your friends together to bask in blossoms. Everyone knows how to potluck, so why not do it with blooms-a-plenty to go around? Invite your friends to bring a bunch (wild, manicured, foraged—whatever is available) of flowers, foliage and food, and spend the afternoon arranging and snacking.

Here are a few tips for hosting your own Flower Potluck:
1. Make sure you have plenty of shears/scissors and buckets or vases on hand. It’s also nice to have some twine or ribbon for making little hand bouquets to bring to a friend.
2. Clear a table for all your flowers and greenery; order by shape, color, size, variety, scent—whatever makes the most sense to you.
3. The rules are: There are no rules. Some like to make really wild, frenzied bouquets; some like to make prim and proper posies. Let everyone pick their fancy and go with it. Flowers are personal.
4. One bit of helpful advice: Cut the stems at an angle for more water absorption and cut the leaves off the end of stems (anything below the waterline). This will keep your arrangements fresher for longer.
5. Now that everyone’s had their fill of flowers, enjoy a simple meal together with your bouquets strewn about. No need for anything fancy—your flowered setting will bring charm to your meal no matter how mundane.
Florist, Riley Messina. Stylist, Alison Brislin. Music, La Liberte. Sound design, Clint Snow.

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