Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mother's Day Tea Party

With the school year ending, I have been a bit swamped, so I am just now getting to post our May monthly dinner.  Our dinner happened to fall the day after Mother's Day, so I decided to have a Mother's Day Tea Party.  I went simple and sentimental with decor and just made it an evening with friends -- some who are mothers of kids and some who are mothers of puppies!

Invite:  Instead of a paper invite for this dinner, I recorded my own kids in a video. My three darlings wished the ladies a Happy Mother's Day, then invited them to the dinner and told the theme, and finished off with singing "I'm a Little Teapot."  I came up with the video idea because I needed to get the invite out quickly, but I absolutely loved it.  It was a perfect for this type of theme.  The photos are some stills from the video.  Unfortunately, it was too large to upload.

Entry Decor:  All I did for the entry was make a paper wreath with teacups.  I found a couple silhouettes of teacups online and used various colors/patterns of scrapbook paper to cut them out using my Cricut. I cut a large circle out of foam board and then just glued the teacups around the circle. Hot glued a ribbon to the back for hanging.

Inside Decor:  For the table, I used a pink tablecloth and created a table runner with flowered scrapbook paper.  I borrowed my mom's good teapot, teacups, and saucers for the centerpiece.  The wooden letters I picked up at Michaels and stood them up with vases.

The flowers were a Mother's Day present from my kids, so I split them into several vases and added some baby's breath.  I also called each of the girl's moms, husbands, or relatives to find photos of them with their moms from when they were babies or kids.  I glued these photos to skewers and added them to the flowers.

I added the rest of the mother/daughter photos to a few clipboard picture frames and placed them on the table runner. These frames are from Michaels as well.

At each place setting, I used my own wedding china.  We hardly ever get a chance to use it, so I loved using it for this dinner.

For place cards, I bought cute white frames from Michaels, and placed a photo of each of my guests with her daughter/puppy inside.  Simple, but special.

Another sentimental idea I had for decor was to have each of the girl's kids write her a letter. The husbands/aunts/moms emailed me a scan of the letter/photo, and I printed them out and made them into a decorative banner.  At the end of the evening, I gave each guest their letter.  For one of the guests that does not have children, I asked her mom to write her a note about why she loves being her mother.  For the second, her godson wrote her a note.

A close-up of a few of the letters.

I did not actually serve tea at this Mother's Day Tea Party, but I did make simple wine labels on Photoshop after scanning the scrapbook paper I used on all the decor.  I wanted it to blend in with the rest of the decor.

For wine charms, I cut out mini teacups with my Cricut using the same cup and scrapbook papers as I used for the entry wreath.

Menu:  The common theme of tea parties is little sandwiches and small portions of foods.  With working all day, I knew I would not have the time for that, so I just found some recipes that looked good and went with those.  One menu item was a fruit salad that I served in teacups.

I also served a green salad with goat cheese, toasted almonds, and strawberries.  I served it with a poppy seed dressing.

To finish the meal, I made mini mac and cheese pies and ham and cheese sandwiches.  Both were delicious.  The mac and cheese pies are made with Ritz crackers and white cheddar/Boursin Garlic and Herb cheese which makes them taste amazing.  My kids didn't love them, but the ladies did.  You can find the recipe here.  The Baked Ham and Cheese sandwiches were delicious & super easy to make.  Layer them in a 13x9 baking dish and put them in the oven!

1 pkg. black forest ham
1 pkg. provolone cheese
3/4 stick butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 pkg. King's Hawaiian rolls

Slice the Hawaiian rolls in the half.  Put bottoms in an oven safe baking dish.  Melt butter and mix mustard, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce in with it.  Paint some of the sauce on the bottom buns.  Fold each slice of ham into quarters and put one one each bun bottom.  Put one half slice of cheese folded in half on top of ham.  Cover with top buns.  Add the poppy seeds to the sauce and paint it on top.  Make sure all bun tops are covered with the sauce.  Then pour the remaining sauce all over buns.  Bake covered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Take cover off the last 5 minutes.

Favor: Check out these simple teacups I made out of scrapbook paper!  I love how they turned out.  I cut them out using my Cricut which saved tons of time. I used scrapbook glue to put them together and then put a doily in the bottom and Hershey hugs and kisses to fill it.

We had a great time celebrating each other for all we do as mothers.  These ladies are amazing mothers...some of the best I know!

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