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You are hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration, and you want it to be perfect. This collection of hosting ideas for Mother’s Day will help you do just that. You’ll craft the perfect menu specific to her favorite tastes. You will set a beautiful tablescape based on what she loves, and you’ll shower her with special touches that make her feel super special. It’s going to be perfect.
Mother’s Day is only once a year
That’s why it’s important to celebrate it and make it as special as you can. As a kid, I don’t think I understood how important Mother’s Day really is. Your mom is the one who has had your back since before day one. She has cared for you, she was your first teacher, and she has loved you without condition. And regardless of what a challenging kid you may have been (I wasn’t challenging at all – but my brother and sister?? That’s where the work came in, lol) she has loved you through it all. That’s why it’s so important to take a little bit of time to make this day extra special for her. Here’s how to go about hosting a Mother’s Day celebration:
Where do I start?
It takes planning to pull off a Mother’s Day brunch, and you have to start somewhere. Why not start by thinking about exactly what your mom loves? What makes her smile?
Let’s start with a menu. Keep in mind that the menu isn’t about your favorites, or even the favorites of other guests. It’s about mom’s favorites, and letting her know how much you care by remembering what they are and filling up the table with them. Take a look at this list and see if any of the items sounds like your mom:
Is mom fancy?
Does she love perfect little tea sandwiches, clotted cream, and sweet treats paired with a mimosa?
Does mom love a picnic?
She enjoys being outside, next to a beautiful lake with her family tow. Picnic foods like salads, french bread, fruit set out on a wooden picnic table with a thermos of lemonade?
How about a good hike?
Is your mom the mom who just wants to throw her favorite granola bars into a backpack and head for the trail? A no frills kind of mom who just wants to be outside with her family?
Is a backyard BBQ her favorite thing in the world?
If a BBQ with friends and family in the backyard where she doesn't have to prep or clean up is her thing, then this may be the way she wants to go!
What is her favorite meal?
If she doesn't like breakfast, or is a late riser - breakfast in bed or brunch may not be her thing. Think about what meal is her favorite and start there!
Now that you have narrowed down what it is that your mom likes, it’s time to start pulling together this Mother’s Day Celebration.
When entertaining, the menu you decide on sets the tone for the rest of the party. Entertaining at home can be a breeze when you keep your honoree’s likes in mind, and design the event around them. The same holds true if you decide to take the party on the road. Remember, it’s all about mom today. Take a look at these recipes that mom will love!
Menu Ideas for a Mother’s Day Celebration
Mom is pretty fancy:
How about a beautiful brunch? I’d include quiche (homemade or bakery bought), and a beautiful mixed greens salad with grapefruit like this one from Spoon Fork Bacon. Some additional recipes I’d add to my brunch table would include: Scrambled Egg Pepper Boats, and Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cake Trifles.Personally, I’d keep it simple with my cocktail and serve both simple mimosa and a bloody Mary.
Mom loves a picnic outside:
A mom that enjoys a picnic with her family would probably love something simple. Why not pack a turkey and avocado sandwich on a crispy baguette along with some red bliss potato salad, and fresh berry salad? Add some of The Best Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls and you’re ready to go!
TIP: Did your mom always make something that you loved and associate with fond memories of her? Include it in your menu!
A hike and mom is good to go:
Again, keep it simple. We’re talking a quick or one day hike here – so no reason to pack to live in the mountains for a few days. Fancy it up just a little. Make a nice cold pasta salad, and an Italian meat wrap. Whip up some homemade granola to take along, and make sure the water in her water bottle is nice and cold!
Mom enjoys a good dinner party:
Gathering people I love around the table is my favorite way to celebrate. For a Mother’s Day dinner party, I’d put her favorites in front of her. For instance, serve this completely easy Pasta Caprese recipe that is made in no time flat. Pair it with a crusty baguette, and even add grilled chicken or shrimp to the recipe to “beef it up” a little. Serve cannoli or other Italian pastry from a local bakery for dessert, or keep it semi-homemade and simple with a pound cake covered in macerated berries with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. When hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration nothing is too decadent.
You know your mom better than anyone! Plan a Mother’s Day celebration perfect for her!
A casual get-together is mom’s vibe:
The perfect way to celebrate and keep it simple is to plan a mid-afternoon cocktail party. Celebrate mom with pretty drinks (pick two – otherwise it can get overwhelming and expensive), and finger food that isn’t fussy. Serving appetizers and cocktails in the late afternoon sets a casual vibe. Try some of these appetizers for a party that’ll give you more than you need to choose from!
The semi-homemade mom:
Putting a spiral ham into the oven is one of my best entertaining tips. Cooking a spiral ham is simple, and it’s always impressive. Pair your ham with scalloped potatoes, a fresh salad (even one from a bag), and viola! An easy, yet impressive dinner for Mother’s Day! A pineapple upside cake would be the perfect ending to this celebration!
Hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration – Mother’s Day Celebration Decor
I’m all about keeping decor simple, fresh, and elegant.
I’m a firm believer that this can be done no matter the setting, and no matter the budget. For example, if you decide to host a Mother’s Day brunch, simply pick up some grocery store tulips. Tulips in a glass vase are beautiful all on their own. A picnic? Daisy’s in a mason jar. Lemons and limes stacked high in a beautiful bowl also make a stunning centerpiece when you add some fresh herbs like rosemary peeking out.
Keep it simple.
The point it – it doesn’t have to be a perfectly coordinated and expensive set up to be beautiful. Take a look at the table setting below. A simple herb leaf can make a huge impact and make mom feel special. How easy is that?
TIPS for the perfect Mother’s Day Celebration:
- Prep the evening prior.
- Use mocktails instead cocktails if needed.
- Don’t try a new recipe the day of your party.
- Keep to two cocktails at the most.
- Slice fresh lemons and limes for water. This little bit of extra effort makes something simple so special.
- Use fresh flowers from outside or your local grocer for decor.
- Mix your fancy plates with your everyday dishes. Remember – everything doesn’t have to match!
When hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration – don’t forget a special gift!
Here you go – I’ve made shopping super easy for you! Choose one of the gifts below for mom and you’ll top off an already perfect day with a little something special just for her. Take a look at my Gift Guide for Mother’s Day.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes for celebrating mom. It’s simple, it’s semi-homemade, and you can whip it up quickly!
- Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cake - Walmart Grocery
- 1 qt fresh strawberries - rinsed and diced
- 1 pint fresh blueberries - rinsed and diced
- 2 large naval oranges
- Zest from one of the naval oranges
- 1 container for each trifle of pre-made vanilla pudding from a six pack.
- 1 large container whipped topping
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Rinse & dice berries & place in mixing bowl.
sugar and orange zest
- Let berries macerate in the sugar for up to one hour until there is juice.
- Cut the cake into cubes
- Put a layer of pudding onto the bottom of the mason jar.
- Layer of cubed cake.
- Place a layer of berries.
- Layer of whipped topping
- Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the vessel you choose to use.
- Chill for a minimum of one hour, and enjoy!!
You can use any type of grocery store crunch cake or even use pound cake, angel food or sponge cake. Without extra flavor in the cake I would double the berries and sugar.
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