Happy Mother’s Day! My sisters and I always take my mom to Cracker Barrel, her favorite breakfast spot — she loves their pecan pancakes and prefers them over anything we could ever make for her (and I don’t blame her). I’m sure this day has snuck up on a lot of you, so you may not have a gift for your mother, or maybe you want to do a little extra to show your appreciation. You can start out by making her favorite breakfast. To add that extra personal touch, set the table and add a sweet message on the tablecloth or place mat. This idea from A Subtle Revelry will make your mom feel extra special on her day and you can create the look in minutes. Here’s what you do: Print out your message on iron-on transfer paper in your desired font, place the paper face down on the cloth, iron it and peel back the paper.
What other plans do you have for your mom or grandmother today? Tell us in the comments below.
Strawberry season is upon us, and for me, that means lots of opportunities to whip up my one of my all-time favorite spring dishes: strawberry shortcake. I know I’m not alone in my devotion to this dessert; in fact, I seriously question anyone who claims not to be head-over-heels for this classic combo. (If you want to diss strawberry shortcake, you’ll have to go through me first.)
That’s precisely what makes it perfect for a spring dinner party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, it’s easy to give it your own spin to make it feel extra-special: In this Italian-inspired version, lemony ricotta cream and balsamic-mint strawberries elevate the Southern classic.
Strawberry Shortcakes With Ricotta Cream and Balsamic-Mint Berries
Get the recipe and see step-by-step photos after the jump.
Moms? Well, they’re pretty amazing. I know mine is: she’s taught me everything from how to curl my hair (when I was ten) to how to plant the right flowers in my shady yard (this week). This year, show your mom you care with a bright spring flower arrangement. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro florist: we’ve got step-by-step instructions to help you build four show-stopping bouquets.
Lilac Flower Arrangement
Arrange fresh lilacs and lavender alongside green lady’s mantle or eucalyptus in a vintage pitcher. To create the perfect spiral-shaped bouquet, hold the stem of a flower in your hand and add another variety of flower to it at the end, twisting the bunch slightly in one direction as you do so.
If you haven’t gotten your mother a gift, then right now, it is time to discover your inner florist. Don’t be scared. I know, attempting to replicate complicated professionally-designed flower arrangements can be intimidating. Then again, finding budget-friendly flowers and skillfully arranging them into an artful bouquet seems like an impossible feat (for me at least). For this Mother’s Day, however, I’m determined to put together a fresh, spring-style flower arrangement that Mom will love. So can you. (And who doesn’t love flowers?) With less than an hour’s effort, you can present your mom, or the mother of your children, a “handcrafted” arrangement made from simple materials and affordable, in-season flowers. (Keeping in mind that even if your bouquet is far from perfect, she’ll love it no matter what.) Here are five lovely designs with links to easy-to-follow instructions:
Grab a plain pitcher and arrange lilacs, lady’s mantle (alchemilla) and lavender into a charming country-style arrangement. The varying shades of purple and green look stunning together.
4 More She’ll Love
My personal go-to gifts for my mom on Mother’s Day are luxury bath products. They’re something that I know she won’t spend money on for herself but completely enjoys. Creating an at-home “spa” experience is simple enough with a couple of key items. You can add to my favorites with your own (or her own) for an even more personalized gift that your mom will love.
Diffusers or Candles: A big part of setting the right mood in a bathroom is the scent. No one wants to luxuriate in a place that smells like a john, quite frankly. These diffusers from Voluspa are as beautiful as they are lovely scented.
Soaps + Linens
While I tell my Mom how much I love her every day, I’m happy to spend an entire day letting her know how much I truly appreciate her. Mother’s Day gifts I made years ago include macaroni necklaces, tie-dye sand art sculptures, gorgeous artwork (from cartoon coloring books) and plastic bead bracelets. (Those necklaces and bracelets are still in her jewelry box!) Dad was always there to help position the sand art funnel or to hold up the other end of the necklace string, because he knew how important it was for these gifts to be perfect for Mom. So attention Dads, if you’re looking for kid-friendly handmade gifts to craft with your little ones, here are five of my favorites you’ll have fun making together.
This handmade “mom” banner is a pretty way to show mom much she’s loved on her special day. It’s easy to make, and with sweet, personalized messages handwritten on the back, she’ll treasure this keepsake for years to come.
More DIY Ideas Mom Will Love
Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us, and as we all know moms love something handmade.
But if your crafting skills fall a little bit shy of magnificent, you can get a helping hand from Cozyblue. This family tree embroidery pattern would make a perfect gift for you to buy yourself and complete for mom. She’ll love your effort and want to keep it as an heirloom.
Artificial flowers have never been so well-read.
These intricate, handmade bouquets are crafted by Melisa Simo from vintage folded paper. Melisa’s Etsy shop Whether Paperworks can customize a special Valentine’s Day gift, a wedding bouquet or a Mother’s Day pomander from love poems or your favorite piece of music. I even like the thought of having one of these lovely arrangements on a bedside table with colors picked to match my decor.
About once a year, I feel the urge to do something crafty. Perhaps it’s my memory of making a Mother’s Day gift at school and trying to get it home before it fell apart. But, right on time, the mood struck me last week when I saw some lovely spring-colored translucent soaps that looked to me like perfect Mother’s Day fare. But they needed a little something, a little personality.
Embellished Glycerin Soaps
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