Need a simple idea? Why not host a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea? I am not talking about a lavish event instead I am suggesting an intimate affair for you and the one you love. Mother’s Day is May 11th this year, just a month away. Your typical Mother’s Day may be as simple as sending a card or flowers, or picking up the phone. Do you try to get together with your mom? If so, what about setting aside some time for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea instead of fighting the Sunday brunch crowds?
Most mothers I know desire more quality time. Either their children are young, and they long for quality, uninterrupted time with their friends, or their children are grown and desire uninterrupted conversations and the full attention of their busy adult children. What could a mother enjoy more than a chance to sit down over a pot of afternoon tea and an opportunity for quality time with their loved ones?
Here’s a few simple ideas to get started:
1. Properly invite your mother. Decide whether to bring your Mother’s Day afternoon tea to her or host her it your home. Call her with a specific time and place that’s easy on her.
2. All you need for the event, especially if afternoon tea is a brand new experience is:
- an uncluttered corner with two comfortable chairs and a small table.
- a tablecloth or piece of pretty fabric to cover the table.
- a small bouquet of flowers. Grocery store flowers work as well as the abundant wild flowers available right now.
- a pot of properly-brewed tea.
- two pretty tea cups. (If you don’t have any, ask a friend or even your mom!)
- a particularly yummy dessert you make yourself or pick up at a bakery.
Now, there are many little details one can add to this event such as: linen napkins, instrumental music, or a savory. However, if you have never hosted afternoon tea, keep it simple and remember that the gift of quality time is your focus. If your mother mothered you before 1970, a Mother’s Day afternoon tea may very well have been a part of her history, yet not something she’s experienced with you.
If you’re a mother who needs quality time with your friends, see if you can modify the above with 3 or 4 of you on the Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day. See if dads can watch the little ones, keep it simple, and give yourselves time to enjoy one another un-rushed and un-interrupted.
What mother do you know could benefit from sitting down over tea this spring for Mother’s Day?