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Throw Mom a Colorful Alfresco Lunch

By: Sara Westbrook and Brittany Egbert

Gather the girls and make Mother's Day unforgettable with an elegant outdoor lunch. Bright, citrus colors pop while a delectable menu will invite guests to linger.

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Take the Party Outside

Celebrate all of the mothers in your life with a beautiful lunch served outdoors. Try something fresh this year with a citrus theme. We'll show you how to carry the theme through your dishes, centerpieces and menu — plus, download our coordinating printable invitation and menu card. Floral design by Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals

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Easy DIY Invite

Aqua is a beautiful complement to this party's citrus theme. Download our blank invitation, then fill in your own party details. Add a sophisticated finishing touch with a yellow grosgrain ribbon laced through holes punched in the top. To secure, tie the ribbon in a knot on the front or back-loop it.

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Create the Perfect Setting

No Mother's Day get-together is complete without fresh flowers. Double up the arrangements to fill the table with color and fragrance. No plastic picnic furniture here — make Mom's day even more special by bringing your dining table and chairs outside so everyone can comfortably enjoy time spent together outdoors.

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Add a Little Zest

To create your centerpieces, soak floral foam in water overnight then place in containers. Attach floral stems to picks then insert in wet foam to create a mounded arrangement. Once you're happy with the flowers' placement, add freshly cut oranges, lemons or limes to complement the party's citrus theme. Tip: Add the cut fruit to your arrangements just before guests arrive so they will look fresh.

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