Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Celebrate Mom’s generous heart and great taste with premium tea and sipware chosen just for her. Whether you are planning a get-together with fellow mothers and young daughters – or simply grown-up daughters planning a party for your own loving mothers – there is no better way to celebrate the spirit of Mother’s Day than with a lavish tea party.
From location to decor to the menu, here is how to plan a Mother’s Day celebration to remember.
Set the Scene
Since the month of May has some of the nicest temperatures of the year, why not plan your tea party outdoors? Be sure to check your local weather forecast for the weekend, but nothing says “tea party” like blue skies, a gentle spring breeze and a lovely table set in the garden.
Set up a table on the lawn and top with a simple white or light pastel tablecloth. Give the tabletop a lush, springtime feel by adding in plenty of fresh blooms, your best china, delicate floral print napkins, antique teaspoons and elaborate tiered serving pieces. Sprinkle in small decorative details like butterfly shaped place cards or bird’s nest napkin rings.
Create a Teapot Centerpiece
For a whimsical and festive surprise, fill a decorative teapot with an arrangement of garden roses, tulips, carnations or other spring flowers to create a gorgeous floral centerpiece. Accent the display with pretty tea cups filled with smaller arrangements of flowers. Your table will appear elegant with just the right touch of “Alice in Wonderland” whimsy!
Stock Up on Tea Serving Essentials
Be sure to have a festive tea set so that you may serve your guests in proper style. If you do not have a tea set large enough to accommodate your party, use mismatched tea cups and create a fun vintage feel.
Still searching for the perfect teapot to set the mood? We recommend our Language of Flowers Teapot Set as the perfect starting point or our Flora and Fauna Teapot. For a teapot that is stylishly subtle, our Aqua Teapot is a sophisticated choice.
Choose Your Tea Varieties
When planning your tea selection, choose a few classic varieties that your guests already enjoy. However, you may also want to include a handful of exciting teas which may also become a new favorite among your guests.
Earl Greyer, British Breakfast and Chamomile Lemon teas are wonderful traditional blends for this occasion. It is always good idea to include at least one naturally caffeine-free herbal blend or decaf tea for those guests who may have caffeine sensitivities.
In honor of Mother’s Day, our MOM You’re the Berry Best is a premium, caffeine-free blend that is reminiscent of strawberry shortcake. For delightful floral blends perfect for any springtime tea party, steep some Organic Serenity SuperGreen Tea with soothing lavender or luscious Raspberry Rose Hibiscus Tea. If you and your guests daydreaming of garden tea parties in the English countryside, you may want to explore our Downton Abbey® Teas.
Remember to include plenty of freshly cut lemon wedges, milk, cream, sugar and other sweeteners for your guests to enjoy with their teas.
Plan the Menu
It is also important to plan a menu that will complement your tea selection. Refrain from foods that are too heavy or overwhelming to the palate. Opt for light “finger food” choices that can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace instead. For a savory option, choose traditional finger sandwiches featuring egg salad, chicken salad, cucumber or smoked salmon.
Finally, every tea party should have an array of sweets to savor. Decorative cake stands, pedestals and tiered serving pieces will allow you stack dainty macaroons, scones, petit fours, fruit tarts and sugar-dusted cookies for your guests. Fresh berries and sliced melon also make for a refreshing treat.
How will you be celebrating the mothers in your life this Mother’s Day?