Tips for a Mother’s Day Tea

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tea parties are such a special way to take a moment and connect with someone. Many little girls have memories of playing tea party with their moms (or dads!)— the little plastic cups and pretend tea. Growing up I always love the way tea sets looked and how dainty I felt when using them. One of my favorite things about going to my grandmother’s house was getting to see her beautiful china tea sets that she had in her china hutch. I’ve now had a tea party or two with my son and he likes it just as much as I did when I was a little girl. But, then again, he likes anything that involves sandwiches and cake!

When Plum Deluxe asked me if I’d like to try some of their tea, I immediately thought of creating a Mother’s Day tea party. Enjoying conversation over a pot of tea, tea sandwiches and sweets makes for a lovely way to connect and can make anyone feel special– especially mom! Read on for some tips for throwing a Mother’s Day Tea Party and to learn more about Plum Deluxe.

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother’s Day Tea Party

The cool thing about tea parties is that you can do so many different styles of tea parties from classic English tea party to a modern Japanese tea party. The key to a successful tea party is light treats, a pot of tea and some good conversation. Below are some of my suggestions for creating a great tea party: (affiliate links are used in this post*)

  1.  Pick a few simple, but delicious food items that are a mix of savory and sweet. You don’t need a lot of variety. Tea party foods are mainly just for snacking. For this tea party I went with classic tea sandwiches, cake, and fresh melon. (See below for links to recipes!) If I were serving a delicious green tea I might go with a selection of sushi, sweet filled mochi and fresh fruit. If I did a breakfast tea with milk and sugar cubes I might serve scones with crème fraîch and jam. Really, anything goes! Pinwheel sandwiches and petit fours are other great thing to serve at a tea party. Tea is often served between meal times, so don’t worry about needing to fill your guests tummies. Instead, focus on a few special treats that will pair nicely with the tea you are serving.
  2. Pick one great tea to fill a pot, or put out a selection of teas served with hot water. If you tea party is for two then you probably just need to make a single pot of tea, choosing a tasty variety that you know your guest will enjoy. If you are throwing a larger tea party, you might think of having a selection of different teas and serve with hot water! Make sure your guests have the tools they may need to make their tea. Either opt for tea bags or put a couple of tea strainers/infusers with the tea. For this tea party I used the Plum Deluxe Oregon Breakfast Black Tea. It didn’t even need any milk or sugar due to the bright notes of orange and hazelnut the tea had.
  3. Don’t forget to make the table pretty! Tea itself is pretty. The tiny bite size treats are pretty. Don’t leave out the table! Throw some flowers out on the table (Yes, I mean literally throw! I snipped the heads off some blooms and decorated the table with the blooms for this tea party.) Use a variety of coordinating dishware. You don’t even have to have tea cups if you don’t already have them. You can use some of your favorite mugs instead if you’d prefer.

Tea Party Recipes

There are a ton of great recipes out there for making tea party food. I like to keep my tea party food as simple as possible and make sure the flavors are fresh and not too heavy. Below are some of my favorite go-to recipes for tea party food:

  • Cucumber Sandwiches – These are so simple and refreshing. I think the key is a really great white bread. You can make the filling anyway you’d like really, from as simple as cream cheese and cucumber slices to more flavorful such as this recipe for Cucumber and Lemony Dill Tea Sandwiches.
  • Asparagus Tea Sandwiches– I made my tea sandwiches similar cut and shape. My asparagus tea sandwiches was simply sliced through… however, I love the idea of these asparagus rollups! So much easier than cutting through blanched asparagus neatly!
  • Cheddar Biscuits would be a nice savory treat for a tea party.
  • Scones – Scones are traditional, they are creamy, and they just go so nicely with tea! Alton Brown makes my favorite scone recipe by far!
  • Fresh fruit – I love to server some fresh fruit at my tea parties. Strawberries, apple slices, and melons make for beautiful tea party sides. To make melon look prettier I often take my melon baller to the melon. Learn how to ball a melon here.
  • Need more ideas? Try these 50 Tea Sandwiches from the Food Network or Martha Stewart’s many tea sandwich recipes!

Oregon Breakfast Black Tea Blend from Plum Deluxe

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

About Plum Deluxe

I love the story behind the Plum Deluxe website and tea subscription. Owner Andy Hayes shares about his purpose and how his mother inspired the website that helps readers create moments that matter. The articles and resources available for free on Plum Deluxe is supported by the Plum Deluxe signature and organic line of teas. The teas are available in as a part of a monthly subscription service or sold by the ounce.

A gift subscription to the monthly club would be a fun gift to give at a Mother’s Day tea. Not only does mom get to enjoy an afternoon of discussion and treats, but gets the promise of a new tea each month that they can in turn share with you for future tea dates!

This Mother’s Day take a little tip from Andy’s mother that he shares on his site, “My mom taught me that no matter your circumstances, you can choose to create moments that matter, every day.” Take a moment to make a moment that matters this Mother’s Day weekend.

Thank you to Plum Deluxe for sharing some complimentary tea for my review. All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links are used in this post. Incremental amounts of items purchased using these affiliate links help support this blog at no cost to readers. Thank you for supporting  A Well Crafted Party. Check in soon for a free Tea for Two Mother’s Day card printable!

 

Super Last Minute, (Fairly Inexpensive) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hey… did you know Mother’s Day is SUNDAY? Yea, the thousand and one posts about it on social media and the blogosphere reminded me too. I actually mailed out my gifts this year BEFORE Mother’s Day. (Though, likely, they will still be late.) A serious accomplishment for me nonetheless.

I do have good intentions. I actually love all the ideas that come up right before Mother’s Day on all the blogs. I think, “Wow. Next year I am totally going to do that.” Then the year passes by and it is suddenly May 5th. And, while I am sipping on my margarita I inevitably realize that another Mother’s Day is approaching and catching me unprepared.

If I am this terrible at remembering Mother’s Day—and, I’m a mother—I really can’t be terribly upset that my husband completely forgot that Mother’s Day is this upcoming Sunday and might have planned to be at a Timber’s game.  I’m guessing my two-year-old hasn’t planned to make me breakfast in bed or created me a stunning card creation. (slacker)*

Super Last Minute and Not Too Expensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I thought I’d help a hubby out and share my favorite picks for Mother’s Day. While being a mother is gift enough—and all that jazz— I sure do like a well-thought-out gift.** This momma doesn’t have expensive tastes, loves a sense of humor, and appreciates thoughtful/useful (yet still fun) gifts. Maybe, just maybe, you haven’t figured out a gift for your momma (or baby mamma) these gift ideas will be helpful for you as well.

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Were you on top of things this year and remember to show mom a little love?

*While my husband’s memory is not made for remembering holidays and such… he shows me every day how much he loves and respects me. I like to rib him a little about his forgetfulness, but seriously, he is awesome. The kid is a total slacker though. 😉

** Anyone who knows me knows this is a joke. Sure, I like a pretty little gift as much as the next person. But, I cherish things much higher than baubles. Happy Mom’s Day out there to everyone who made it this far in the post!

 

Mother’s Day: The Role of Mom

I’m a lucky woman. I have a lot of people in my life who love me and who I love. I’ve had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend so far and have enjoyed every moment of celebrating mothers and being celebrated by my husband and son.

Every Mother’s Day I spend some time thinking about my past and the role of a mother. My story of my relationship with my mother is a long one… there was a time in her life that she wasn’t able to take care of her children the way she wanted to, and had to spend time getting herself help.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I am lucky to have three wonderful women in my life that I can call mom. All three inspire me by the lives they’ve led, the people they love and the parties they’ve thrown. So, this party inspiration post is dedicated to these lovely women and the people in their lives that support them (that means you dad, grandpa, T, father-in-law E and the rest of my lovely family!)

Let me introduce you to these wonderful women.

In the upper left corner is my mom. (She doesn’t look like me at all does she?) Just below her picture is my grandmother. And, pictured in the lower, right-hand corner is my mother-in-law.

Each one of them has helped developed my love of parties and my ability to execute fun-filled events. One event from each of these women that really inspired me includes:

My Mom
My mom loved to throw parties while I was growing up. She enjoyed the details, the crafts and the fun. She often had champagne tastes on a kool-aid budget and always made it work.
The party: One party I remember distinctly is a Halloween party she threw for me, my sister and brothers, as well as several families from the neighborhood. Everyone was in costume. Everyone played games. And everyone got a sack full of goodies to remember the party by when they left.
How this shaped my party philosophy: 1. Encourage costumes or certain attire for some of your more special parties. Wearing a costume or a certain type of attire helps people get into the party and anticipate it well before the party begins. It will also help people feel more at ease in the “theme” of the party. 2. Send people home with something to remember the evening– make the event live on and on. Even if the favor is a 4X6 photo sent in the mail a week later… the guests will always remember the event when they look at that photo, trinket, etc.

My Grandma
My Grandmother often tells me how she thinks the things I do with parties are so amazing and impossible to do. What she doesn’t know is I probably would never have wanted to throw a party if it wasn’t for her.
The party: Every year growing up Christmas Eve was my grandmother’s night. She decorated the house for weeks and hung stockings for everyone in the family by the chimney with care. The tree was always filled with gifts that everyone brought over that night. People would randomly break out in carols or the kids would act out a Christmas play. We looked forward to this night every year.
How this shaped my party philosophy: Parties are so much more than a group of people getting together to celebrate. They can be an EVENT. They can be TRADITION. They can be a bright spot in a dreary week. My grandmother taught me the importance of meaning in a party. Personalize it to your guests and put yourself into the party.

My Mother-in-Law
My mother-in-law is a practical, organized and hard-working woman. She is always the one to come through with thoughtful actions–driving 12 people the 2 hours to the coast because she is the safest driver, staying up and cleaning the kitchen after a night of cooking, sending notes of well-wishes every holiday and birthday.
The party: I didn’t know what to expect for my rehearsal dinner the night before I got married. But, walking into the venue I saw the effort and details that my mother-in-law had put in place to make our rehearsal dinner just as memorable as our wedding. My husband’s family live in Japan and my mother-in-law put so much of that culture into this beautiful party. She cooked traditional Japanese food and brought us traditional kimonos to wear throughout the evening.
How this shaped my party philosophy: Parties are fabulous gifts. Putting the effort into making a memorable and personal party can be one of the best gifts you can ever give someone. Instead of giving a sweater–give a memory, it will last a life-time.

Thank you to the wonderful women that help shape my life. Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday Menu Madness: Mother’s Day

When I think of Mother’s Day I think of breakfast in bed. I think of pampering mom by letting her sleep in and be treated to a delicious, decadent breakfast whilst surrounded by cozy blankets with sunshine streaming in on her from the open window.

While most likely this won’t happen, why not give it a try and let mom have a few fantastic morning moments on her day.

Below are some sample menus and links for recipes that I think make up a great Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed:

“Mom”osas and Eggs in a Basket: Eggs in a Basket, Toad in a Hole, Egg in a Hole… many names but not so many breakfasts are quite this cute. 1. Eggs in a Basket recipe from the queen of good things Ms. Martha Stewart 2. “Mom”osas, or Mimosas rather, give mom a nutritious gulp of orange juice along with bubbly goodness 3. Don’t forget the flowers this Mother’s Day! This daffodil bouquet, from Paper-Source, she can keep forever.

Hot Mama Breakfast in Bed: Treat mom to a quick flash back to college days with a sophisticated pizza in bed and a simple, spicy Bloody Mary. 1) A delicious looking breakfast pizza with Italian sausage on Ciabatta bread would be a tasty start to a morning. 2) Pair it with a quick green salad–some great tips on how to make a good salad at The Stone Soup blog 3) a Bloody Mary with a kick will get mom ready for her day 4) Lastly, grab a few bunches of flowers at the supermarket and throw together a lovely bouquet for mom via iDIY.

I Love You a Latte Breakfast in Bed: What mom wouldn’t enjoy a breakfast of heart pancakes and a great latte? 1) Martha gives tips on how to make these great looking heart pancakes 2) I think a well-made latte is probably one of the closest ways to near euphoria for me. Show mom the love. 3) Does that bouquet look like it originated from a supermarket? Those diy gurus over at iDIY show you how to do it.

A Sweet Treat Breakfast in Bed: A quick decadent treat for mom starts with 1) amazing homemade donuts and 2) The most amazing recipe for chocolate milk all from the Pioneer Woman

Don’t live near mom? Show her some love through the mail. These great baskets will let her have a great breakfast on her day even if you live across the continent. 1) The adorable tray from Wine Country Gift Baskets would make breakfast in bed a complete treat 2) This basket from amazon comes with waffle mix and chocolate 3) a great gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets 4) Really treat mom with this Dean and DeLuca basket with coffee and pure maple syrup

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