Treat Mom to something truly special this Mother's Day. Sure, she'd appreciate a thoughtful card or gift, but what most moms really want is family time. So why not surprise her with a sweet outdoor tea party in your own backyard? From flowers to refreshments and finger foods, these garden party ideas are fit for a springtime celebration, Mother's Day or not.
To transform a weekend afternoon into a tea party for the women you admire most, begin with inspiration from the garden. And what better vessel for a tea party centerpiece than a retro tea kettle?
Set the scene with a tea party table Mom will remember. Fragrant branches of lilacs and vintage china adorned with English rose motifs serve as the focal points of this pretty pastel table.
Floral-print napkins, silver teaspoons, tiered serving pieces, and a dash of colored sugar all add a touch of romantic grandeur. And a chandelier hanging from a tree branch lends the affair sophisticated charm.
Beautiful blooms, such as garden roses, lupines, peonies, and lilacs, set the scene, as do lush arrangements in pitchers filled with flowers from your own garden or a market.
For a winsome welcome, hang a tote brimming with flowers at the party's entrance.
For ease and eclectic style, mix your teacups and teapots. Combine finds from thrift or antiques shops and discount stores. Or borrow a few pieces from your mother or aunt.
Present mismatched teaspoons in a vintage sugar bowl. Choose floral-print paper party napkins, or make your own from a remnant of cotton fabric and pinking shears. And give each guest her teacup for a party favor.
Treat guests to teas they love—and some they've never tried. In celebration, serve cups of , which combines chamomile, rosebuds, and citrus flavors. And consider a ; its petals unfurl in water. Set out milk, honey, and sugar—in cubes or in pastel colors.
Or, if you're in the mood for something stronger, this cocktail recipe combines both sweet tea and sangria for a fun and fruity twist on the traditional tea party.
Even the Mother's Day cake can feature a floral element, as in this vanilla lavender confection. Because as Julia Child said, "A party without cake is just a meeting."
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At the guest of honor's seat, place an on-theme present. This DIY Mother's Day gift idea incorporates the tea party element.
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To ease preparation, fill store-bought tartlet shells with fresh conserves.
From a bakery, buy petits fours. Top prepared meringues with fresh berries.
Revive girlhood! Don pretty skirts, sip tea, and join in once-loved lawn games.
After tea, plan a relaxed activity, such as a game of croquet, or a match of badminton. Games inspire playful banter, and being up from the table allows guests to mingle anew.