The Check List: Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Celebrate mom with a cup-full of appreciation.

mother's day tea
Shanna Shipin // Ikaroo

Welcome to The Check List, Ikaroo.info's bimonthly roundup of completely fun no-obligation ways to enjoy the country. In a world of endless options, consider this your complete snapshot of must-haves.

Getting mom a thoughtful gift is always encouraged, but May 13th calls for something special! Celebrate her day with an afternoon steeped in tradition: Set the table, break out the china, and treat your mom (and the other special women in your life!) to a homemade high tea party for Mother’s Day.

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1 Tiered Cake Stand
royal albert cake stand
Courtesy of Royal Albert

$69

The wonderful thing about tea parties is that the food should be small and simple, so you can set a seemingly lavish spread with minimal effort. Arrange your finger sandwiches on a tiered space-saving stand from Royal Albert.

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2 Pastel Petits Fours
pastel petit fours
Courtesy of The Vermont Country Store

$25

White gloves are optional, but bite-size cakes are not. Whether you're baking your own, or getting a little help, make sure the dessert is a treat for the eyes and tastebuds. Try these charming petits fours, topped with a candied pansy petal for a lovely springtime touch.

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3 Glass Teapot & Warmer
Glass_Teapot_And_Warmer
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

$36


Your afternoon tea forecast calls for sunny skies that give way to a long night of talking, laughing, and reminiscing. Keep each cup hot with this handy glass teapot warmer that also serves as a glowing gold focal point.

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4 Cherry Blossom Tea
cherry blossom tea
Courtesy of Harney & Sons

$6

Try stocking up on tea that comes in a tin can to complement your spread. Ring in spring and pick a brew that smells as good as it looks, like this cherry blossom charmer.

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5 Azalia Scarf
azalia scarf
Courtesy of Anthropologie

$32

If your soiree is outdoors, make sure to keep mom’s shoulders warm with a light scarf she can throw on if the breeze picks up.

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6 Spring Fling Flowers
spring fling flowers
Courtesy of Farmgirl Flowers

$68

At afternoon tea, presentation is everything. You're probably already getting flowers for mom, but why not try a bouquet that serves double duty? This pretty arrangement makes for a gorgeous tea party centerpiece that she can take home once the afternoon is over.

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7 Tea Cup & Saucer Set
dream and tea set
Courtesy of Modcloth

$59


Herbal, black, green ... whatever tea mom likes, make sure it’s poured into a cup she’ll simply adore.

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8 Songbird Teabag Rest
songbird teabag rest
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

$15


The only puckering this party needs is the kind mom lands on your cheek! Avoid the bitter taste from leaving a steeping a tea bag for too long by providing guests with a sachet rest.

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9 Paper Chintz Plates
paper chintz plates
Courtesy of Etsy

$7


Who said that "pinkies out" meant no paper plates? Make clean-up easier with these adorably dainty disposables.

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10 Afternoon Tea Towel
afternoon tea towel
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

$18

Lay your pot o’ hot tea on an embroidered napkin that mom can hang in her kitchen year-round! This one is adorned with icons to remind her of your afternoon together.

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11 Silvered Tea Spoons
silvered tea spoons
Courtesy of Anthropologie

$28

No tea party is complete without a few silver spoons! Jazz up your fancy-but-not-too-formal affair with this stunning set.

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12 Happy Day Card
happy day card
Courtesy of Anthropologie

$17

As an alternative to a Mother’s Day card, Happy Day is a "flip-up" book that turns into a vase full of (paper) flowers. You can set it on the table once she’s done reading!

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13 Pink Champagne Truffles
pink champagne truffles
Courtesy of Sur La Table

$25

Keep the love of all-things miniature going when the party’s over by sharing these strawberry truffles as party favors. Pick a few in your mom’s favorite flavors to take to-go.

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