Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Day Brunch

I've hosted Mother's Day Brunch for 4 or 5 years now. It's on the Saturday before Mother's Day. That way there are no conflicts with kids' in-laws or their own family plans. This year we had 11 in Mom, my sister, my two nieces, two great-nieces, my step-daughter, daughter-in-law and two of my grandaughters. It was an age span of 17 months to 74 years!  Unfortunately, the 3 a.m. "crud" hit my daughter's house so she and my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter were unable to attend.

I try to keep the brunches to a theme, I find it gives me a direction for my decorating and food choices. This year the theme was "cherries". As cherries are now ripe in our area it's a timely theme, too!

I set two tables; one for the children and one for the adults. I kept the kids' table very basic and kid-friendly using paper plates, napkins, paper placemats. I included color crayons, some games, cherry-flavored popcorn. Also, at each place setting, were cherry-themed necklaces my niece made.

For the adult table I found some vintage-looking fabric and made a table runner. Again, I kept things pretty simple but it was still pretty. I found cute red pots at Beverly Fabrics and had a local floral shop put flowers in them. Each of my guests got to take an arrangement home.

I also made some cherry bath scrub that was set at each place setting.

I saw napkins similar to these on Pinterest so put my spin on them.  I used one of my rubber stamps to make the outline for the stem & leaf, emroidered them with a simple backstitch, then added buttons to make the cherries.  My Napolean Bee silverware adds to the springy theme.

We had a nice lunch of chicken salad (with dried cherries), fresh fruit salad & sour cream muffins.  Desserts were sugar cookies and chocolate cupcakes, filled with cherry filling, topped with cherry buttercream and chocolate ganache.

One of the gifts for my Mom was also cherry-related.  Again, a Pinterest-inspired creation.

 Here is my Mom and 4 of her 6 great-granchildren.  I think the smiles show that we had a wonderful brunch and many memories were made!

It's Thursday and I'm joining the group at Tablescape Thursday!


  1. Both tables are absolutely beautiful, Julie. Wonderful photo of your mother and the kiddo's.

  2. PS: After reading your profile and noticing you are new to the land of blog, I came back to say welcome!

  3. Hi, everything blends so seamlessly. I particularly like the runner and the way it spun off so many of the elements of the table and food.

  4. Your cherry theme is adorable! love all the cherry details! cute cute napkins, you thought of it all!

  5. What a nice brunch you hosted. The tables are lovely. I especially like the necklaces your niece made. I'll bet the moms will be tempted to borrow them. :)

  6. How adorable! Those napkins are a definite "home run"!! Love your centerpiece and the darling children's table. My grandchildren would be crazy about that cherry popcorn. Also, those cupcakes are too cute and yummy looking. Beautiful job and I love the photo at the end!!

  7. What cute tables! All you cherry touches are perfectly adorable!

  8. What a lovely idea to have the crew a day early. You can even spend your day just like you want! Love love the cherry theme. Those necklaces are darling. Also love the adult table. The cherry embroideries are delectable.. love love.. xo marlis

  9. Such a wonderful theme. I like how you carried the theme throughout both tables and the food. Everything looks delicious. I am sure your guests were so happy with each thoughtful detail.

  10. Amazing mother’s day celebration. Liked these party arrangements. Planning to have these cupcakes and floral centerpieces for my mother’s day celebrations at one of event venues Chicago. Hope will be able to throw best one.