Treating Your Mom to Brunch? Suprise Her With a Centerpiece She Can Keep
Show your mom how much you care with a centerpiece that doubles as a thoughtful present.
The only thing sweeter than a Sunday brunch is sharing the meal with your mom, of course. If you're planning to celebrate Mother's Day with a beautiful spread, you'll definitely want to take your table to the next level with the right centerpiece. We recommend one that your mom can keep as a gift!
DIY Mother's Day Lunch
Vibrant spring flowers become the star of the show when displayed in handmade vases for Mom. Pick up a ready-made bouquet from the local flower market, or form your own arrangement to add a splash of color to the table.
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If your mom keeps fresh flowers around the house, chances are that she’d enjoy a personalized vase. Use a stencil to create a custom design, or try your hand at making a beautiful gold-leaf vase via this easy DIY project.
DIY Candle Holders
Simple but sweet, candles make great centerpieces. Select some of your mom’s favorite scents and use a hot glue gun to decorate the candle holders' edges. Branches, moss and cinnamon sticks are just a few ways to get creative.
DIY Ceramic Tile Centerpiece 01:00
After watching this quick video, we're hooked on the idea of gifting ceramic tile centerpieces. Who knew something so stylish and thoughtful could be so easy to replicate?
If your mom has her eye on a porcelain tea set, now's the time to treat her to it! She'll love your sweet display and enjoy using the cups and plates long after Mother's Day. An extra tip? Pair an antique teapot with a new package of her favorite refreshment.
Let Them Eat ... Butterflies
Cake stands and pedestals piled high with sweet treats serve as delicious centerpieces. Now's not the time for sensible eating: Finger sandwiches, sugar-dusted cookies, macaroons and petit fours are delicious ways to indulge. Even store-bought treats look special when artfully displayed at varying heights.
Butterfly Tea Sandwiches
Delight guests of all ages with tiny tea sandwiches shaped like fluttering butterflies. Using a butterfly cookie cutter, cut shapes from thin white bread. Toast under the broiler for one minute on each side, then cut half of the butterflies down the center to make "wings." Place a teaspoon of paté, herbed goat cheese or salmon spread in the middle of the whole butterflies, then stick two wings into the spread at a 45-degree angle. Add thin slices of cucumber or radish to the sandwiches for a splash of color.
Flights of Fancy
Delicate paper butterflies perched on the rim of each glass look as though they might take flight. To create, spray-mount colored paper onto card stock and fold in half. Trace the outline of half a butterfly onto paper, with the center of butterfly's body against the fold. Cut out butterfly, and snip a v-shaped notch along the folded edge. Open butterfly and slip the notch over the rim of a glass.
A Proper Spot of Tea
Every good hostess should learn the basics of brewing a proper cup of tea. Bring cold water to a boil then remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes. In a teapot, toss in a teaspoon of tea leaves for each cup you are making and fill pot with boiled water. Let steep for three minutes for green teas and four minutes for full-leaf black tea. Pour the tea into cups, using a strainer to catch leaves.
Take Your Seat
Golden eggs bearing cards with hand-stamped names are a playful way to assign guests' seating. These gilded holders from Paloma's Nest double as party favors: Guests can tote them home as a memento of an afternoon spent with their most-adored girls.
Your mom will grin ear to ear when she sees cherished family photos decorating the table. For a more personal touch, choose a frame with special significance. I can think of a teacher or two who would love this ruler-edged look.
Books + Magazines
Decorating With Books: Small Groupings
A grouping of design, art, architecture and pop culture books turn this multipurpose workspace and dining room into a cozy spot packed with personality and plenty of things to read.
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Does your mom like to keep up with the latest styles and trends? Surprise her with a colorful arrangement of her favorite magazines. Better yet, visit your local bookstore and hunt down a vintage copy or two of her favorite book; she'll get a kick out of your creativity and enjoy the centerpiece more than once.
Coffee in a Jar
Mason jars filled with your mom’s preferred roast are perfect for adding a rustic touch (and pleasant aroma) to your table.
An Origami Display
If you're feeling bold, try learning a new skill like paper folding. A unique centerpiece comprised of delicate paper cranes will both brighten your table and remind your mom of handmade gifts from your childhood.