I love hanging out with the girls – it’s safe, it’s fun and after a couple of lavender lemon-drop martinis, even those you JUST met become your long-lost gal-pals. I honestly didn’t know what a lavender party was when Catherine Bersted, owner of Lavender Falls Farm, invited me to one. In all honesty, I can’t remember if she invited me or if I invited myself and she haphazardly agreed to it. Regardless, I had a blast and met some fab women in the process.
What the Heck is a Lavender Party?
First and foremost, if you haven’t heard of Lavender Falls Farm by now, I am not sure if we can be friends. It is this amazing farm about 10 minutes outside Springfield whereby the owners grow their own lavender and then distill, conceive and create amazing homemade all-natural lavender products. And soon, they will have a little wedding chapel whereby patrons can enjoy quaint, pastoral, lavender-filled wedding.
One of their new products is a 3-in-1 candle which triples as aromatherapy, a lovely source of light and (pay attention gentlemen), massage oil (wink wink). The cool thing about this candle is the wax doesn’t leave you screaming with third-degree burns on otherwise sensitive parts of your body – nope! You can tie up your lover and drizzle this warm wax all over them without fear of hurting them, unless that’s your and your consensual partner’s thing. I won’t judge! But I digress…
We gathered in the home of one of Catherine’s close friends and kicked off the evening with lavender-laced cocktails and treats. My favorite was the lavender honey chicken – it was phenomenal! The husbands dropped off their wives, the children played in the backyard and the women congregated in the dining room and around the beverages.
Unlike other home parties where people gather and the host tries to, “hard sell” you paintings, deco and other things that aren’t necessary for you and your family’s survival, this was very laid-back. Catherine took five (5) minutes to talk about the different products she was featuring, gave out samples and schmoozed for the rest of the evening. It was fantastic!
The Roots of Lavender Falls Farm
In her five-minute spiel, Catherine told us how the concept was birthed – it is an exceptional story. Thor Bersted was injured on the job and was hospitalized. After some time there, Catherine decided to visit him while he was heavily medicated which led to stories about dragons wild beasts and all sorts of other imaginative concoctions. During this time of fairytales and whimsies, he also slipped in there, “Oh, and I bought 768 lavender plants.”
“Sure you did honey!” This is what I imagined Catherine told her hubby.
Catherine, after hearing it all, didn’t think much of what he said until the lavender plants were delivered. “Oh my gosh, he was serious!” Along with her brother and relatives, she shrugged and thought to herself, “What the hell?” They tilled their farm outside of Springfield and planted the lavender in the fields, and not too soon either. Shortly after, she was unjustly (and illegally) fired from her job – but it was all serendipitous. Barely a year later, her lavender is being sold in five (5) other states and many boutique stores and grocery outlets in Springfield and Branson. Mr. and Mrs. Bersted wholesale their lavender oil, and hand-make products which you can find at the farmer’s market.
I Want to Host A Lavender Part-tay
If this is the case, please invite me – I had so much fun. If you are interested in hosting a relaxing girls’ night in, the requirements are as follows:
- There must be at least 10 people present.
- The package is customizable, but depending on what is required, there is a fee.
- You MUST have fun – or no deal.
Catherine is an amazing woman, and a fun one to be around as well. I can honestly say there hasn’t been one time whereby I have hung out with her and have not laughed. She is a firecracker – a lavendery, austere and classy compilation of wonderful who makes you giggle like a school girl. But enough of my gushing over my fav WeDames gal– if you would like to host a girls’ night in, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will get back to you shortly!