Say thanks by hosting a Mother’s Day tea
Bring out the fine china, fresh flowers and delightful finger foods to celebrate the women in your life. A tea party is a great way to express your appreciation while letting Mom take a load off her feet and indulge.
“It’s meant to be a relaxing time, a time to get together with friends and family, just sitting and conversing without the rush of the busy day-to-day schedules that most of us have,” says Cheryl Lutz Domi, mother of two and owner of Sassafras Tea Room in Greenwood.
This year, host a memorable Mother’s Day tea at home or in the garden with these décor and party tips.
Set the tone
Create a peaceful environment with colors that capture the elegance of a spring tea. If you have classical architecture in your home, Laura Lim, managing partner of Eventfull Planning, recommends working with a color palette of blush and peach tones to create a soft, romantic ambiance.
If you have a contemporary home with neutral colors, Lim suggests picking one signature color to enhance the space in a bold way. You can bring that color in with napkins, flowers and other small details.
When planning the party, think about how many people you want to invite and what atmosphere you want to create. If you’re having a smaller get-together, set the table and plateware ahead of time, serving the tea and treats family-style, Lim suggests.
For a larger event, consider stations throughout the home or garden for tea, coffee, desserts and savory items.
“It encourages flow throughout the space and encourages guests to interact with one another,” Lim says.
Embellish your table
Set your table with fine china, silver teaspoons and linen napkins, Domi says. You won’t need silverware if you serve light snacks like finger sandwiches, scones, sweet breads and tarts. She suggests placing the goodies on a three-tiered plate to create a simple and beautiful centerpiece.
Domi and Lim both suggest decorating with flowers to add color and beauty to your space.
Going into spring, Lim recommends using large blooms like hydrangeas or peonies.
“Roses are also a great idea,” she says. “They come in so many different colors that you really can control what you’re doing with the look and style.”
Instead of a traditional vase, you can use a teapot, pitcher or old tea tin to display the fresh blooms.
For a contemporary setting, Lim suggests using fresh fruit as a centerpiece. Find accent colors in your own décor to incorporate, and fill a glass cylinder with crisp green granny smith apples or a vase of oranges and lemons.
Prepare elegant favors
Leave a lasting impression with dainty delights like loose-leaf tea, homemade goodies or a potted plant.
Creating a tea station is a fun way for guests to try different teas and take home favorite flavors, Lim says.
On a small table or cart, set an array of loose-leaf teas, hot water, cream, lemon and sweeteners like honey or sugar, she says. Include little sachets and bows for guests to bring home their favorites, whether a traditional black or green tea or a more exotic fruit flavor.
Each detail will help to create memories and traditions the whole family will remember and cherish.