Mother's Day Party Ideas
Flowers, flowers, flowers. Not sure what kinds your mom likes? Choose blooms in her favorite colors, or select the flowers she used in her wedding bouquet. Potted flowers dress up both outdoor and indoor spaces and make a great gift for Mom after the party.
Instead of place cards, use "vintage" (no one likes to be thought of as old!) photos of your guests and place them in decorative frames. These, too, can serve as party favors.
If your mom is the traditional type, set a formal table with nice china, cloth napkins and even finger bowls. Just fill shallow bowls with lukewarm water and add a lemon slice for this retro-fancy touch. Got a more laid-back, modern mom? Create a spa-like retreat with soft lighting, candles and bowls of fruit.
Special moms deserve special gifts. Here are three ways to give your mom a gift, and a day, to remember.
- Spend the day at a paint-your-own-pottery store: Devote a whole day to painting mugs with Mom. Once the store has fired them, give Mom the set.
- Pose for a family portrait: Whether you break out the digital camera or hire a professional photographer, Mom will appreciate this reminder of her special day. Present the photo to her in a nice frame.
- Queen for a day: Moms' days are usually filled with lots of tedious tasks. This is the day to cook, clean, fill up Mom's car with gas, and take care of every little detail to make her day easier.
In addition to showering your mother with presents, there are lots of other fun ways to spend the day.
- Brave new brunch: If Mom would miss her annual brunch, mix things up by making her a brunch picnic. Pack quiche, a green salad and chocolate-covered strawberries into a basket, and take Mom to her favorite scenic place.
- Blast from the past: Growing up, what was your mom's favorite pastime? Bowling, mini golf, ping-pong, bridge, softball? Relive her youth with a fun group outing.
- Take a group dance lesson: Treat Mom to a dance class, like salsa, swing or ballroom. Contact local dance studios and schedule a group lesson for Mom and the family.
Although Mom will pretend to like a burnt toast breakfast, she'll really love a homemade meal of decadent treats like these.
If you plan on serving breakfast or brunch, treat Mom to omelets made to order, homemade granola or a baked french toast you prepare the night before.
For dinner, think lobster or coq au vin, and finish the meal with a real showstopper, like a rich trifle.
- 1/3 cup fresh peach juice
- 2/3 cup chilled prosecco
Pour peach juice into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco.
Non-alcoholic — Peach or apricot juice with a splash of soda and a lemon twist