Without a doubt, most moms are OK with avoiding the long waits, overcrowded restaurants and mediocre prix fixe menus that accompany Mother’s Day celebrations at restaurants. Why not move the festivities back home for a Mother’s Day brunch the whole family can appreciate?
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Invite a few of Mom’s best friends over and pamper them to a brunch filled with good food, good company and a beautiful setting. Setting a beautiful table is not that different from creating a beautiful room with a balance of color, pattern, texture, sheen and a pop of whimsy.
Use these guidelines and designer secrets to create the perfect backdrop for your Mother’s Day table or for your next special dinner.
A strong visual backdrop sets the mood for any space. In this case, the navy-and-white chain patterned tablecloth is the anchor to the otherwise colorful tablescape. The widely spaced pattern provides visual texture, but the large expanses of white counteract the vivid hues and busier patterns elsewhere in the tablescape.
Floral arrangements don’t have to be expensive and daunting. When in doubt, stick with flowers with large flowering heads in one color. For the main arrangement, white calla and stargazer lilies were grouped in bundles and supplemented with small cut branches. Smaller individual arrangements were created for each guest in small milk glass dessert cups for additional color. If you are going to attempt a mixed floral arrangement, limit the palette to one additional color. The mix of purples and pinks pop off the white background of the tablecloth and play up the pinky hues of the lilies.
Dishes, silverware and napkins don’t need to match, just coordinate. The abstract, almost painterly pattern of the salad plates plays nicely with the more fun and geometric pattern of the ikat dinner plates. Mismatched napkins and fun green cutlery finish off the place setting.
Crystal is nice, but it can be too formal for casual gatherings. Instead, try milk glass or pressed glass, as they come in an array of colors and sizes. For this table, we used American hobnob milk glass along with blue and white French opaline glass to create height and color interest. While getting more popular, milk glass and pressed glass can be found for a song at many garage sales and thrift shops.
Who says that place cards have to have writing on them? Instead, create cartoon caricatures of your guests. One-dollar frames were sprayed a peppy coral to coordinate with the table. Your guests can then take the caricatures with them at the end of the party as a keepsake.
Follow these rules and it is all but guaranteed that Mom will be requesting a repeat for next year!