Mother's Day falls in the middle of spring, so take advantage of the gorgeous sun and perfect temperatures! Hamburgers and hot dogs outside on the grill make an easy main course, but your options for grilling are nearly endless. Ask everyone to bring a side dish -- except mom, of course. This way, you don't have to worry about planning the whole menu. Outside festivities mean you won't have to get your house spotless beforehand, and paper plates and plastic cups make cleanup a breeze. Plan outside games such as cornhole and volleyball to keep everyone entertained after dinner.
Try something different this year and host a mother-daughter tea party. Enclose your favorite tea bag in the invitation for a special touch. Take a trip back to your childhood by asking everyone to dress up for the occasion -- hats and gloves preferred. Serve up a delicious selection of cookies, cakes and pies to sample with the tea. This type of affair needs no main course, but light sandwiches are perfect if you want to serve more than just sweets. Offer up a variety of teas, as well as sugar, honey, milk and cream. Transform your dining room into a tea room with lace, doilies and flowers, or take the party out to the garden. Serve your tea and baked goods on vintage cups and saucers. Everyone will enjoy being super girly for the day, and Mom will enjoy special time with her favorite girls.
Brunches are fun and sophisticated, without too much hassle. Plan your event for late morning, and serve easy breakfast foods such as eggs, bacon, French toast, sausage, hash browns, fruit, muffins and pastries. Consider a breakfast casserole you can make the night before. That way, you'll have time to visit and take part in the fun while the meal heats up in the oven. Have a pot of coffee brewing all morning long, and serve mimosas to liven things up a little.
Throw a scrapbooking party for moms and their children. You provide paper, stickers, punches and embellishments, or ask everyone to bring some to share. Have Mom bring an empty scrapbook, and ask the kids to raid photo boxes before the party and bring their favorite finds. Serve up snack foods and punch while everyone gets to work assembling their scrapbooks. Everyone will have fun visiting and sharing ideas, and Mom will love reliving treasured memories with her children. As an added bonus, she'll live with a memento of a day she'll treasure forever.
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