Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend and had a Happy Mother's day yesterday! How did you celebrate your mom? Did you do a simple gathering with close family members? A big cookout at a park? Did you take mom out to brunch? Or did you just do something simple and just spend time with your mom? Last year, we did a barbecue - Jeff was off, and my mom brought her friend Marcia. This year, my mom and I had some "mother - daughter" time, and I did what she likes most - I made things for her. Not in a crafty way, but just simply put together...

Move loves salads, so I thought this salad I made would work well with her other faves: fruits and bagels. The salad was very easy to make: One bag mixed Italian, with 1/2 a chopped roasted lemon-pepper chicken, 2/3 of a container of traditional feta, and half a bag of mixed nuts and raisins - all tossed with a yummy sweet raspberry vinaigrette dressing...

A simple throw of a throw covered our metal outdoor table. Two pintuck stripe covered pillows added comfort and picked up on the red stripe s in the throw.To not clutter up the table, I brought out a round rattan ottoman from inside. It worked as a simple space saver and place to put a serving tray...

A pedestal milk glass bowl I picked up for only $4 while thrifting Saturday afternoon made a great way to serve a fresh fruit mixture I pulled together: one pre-cut melon bowl from Publix and I added in fresh grapes and strawberries. While I tossed the salad, we sipped on some mimosas...

Although I had set the outdoor table for mom with two teapot arrangements I made, when we were ready to sit and eat, I shifted them to the nearby eteger...

The teapots I actually found thrifting back in January (or February) for only $2 each. I knew when I saw them I wanted to make arrangements with them...

The arrangements were super simple: Saturday, I picked up two bunches of tea roses (for a fractions of what the stands & stores were selling them for 1 doz. at only $8) along with two bunches of whit mums. I just cleaned & filled the teapots with water (and a flower food packet), cut the stems, and started to randomly layer in the flowers to the teapot. No oasis or rubber band needed. I left the leaves on the roses to give it a just picked in the garden look...

On the table, I used one pillar candle holder to give height to the composition. Since mom loves shells and the ocean, I brought some scallop shells and coral out to the table...

A sweet treat for dessert was this adorable heart shaped cake I spotted in Publix Saturday afternoon. I couldn't resist: white chocolate & raspberry shortcake. I set it on the tray, along with a simple arrangement I made from some of the leftover flowers. I had it on the counter along with her present...

A simple white frame and a printed recent photo, plus cards and her favorite scented candle... not to mention the two teapot arrangements I made were her gifts. She was going to separate the arrangements at her home, but I suggested she use them on her bedroom end tables, on top of a stack of books.

Thankfully, the Florida weather was cooperative - not too humid or too hot and just sunny enough for our alfresco mothers day together. Although we were under the shade of a tree sheltering our patio, we did spend the rest of the afternoon inside... having an overdue "mother - daughter" chat ;-)

Have a great week!



  1. Such a gracious banquet you set. I know mom was uber thrilled.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. As always, you did it with such a great impact! I'm sure your mom is so happy for making her feel special :) Thanks for linking this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. It's a great Mothers' Day present for me :)

  3. So beautiful! I am sure your mom felt special and spoiled like all moms deserve to be! :)

  4. A truly lovely way to spend the day with your mother. She's a very lovely lady. Loved the roses in the teapots! Beautiful photo too.

  5. Such a gorgeous tablescape. Fabulous way to relax and enjoy. Everything looks wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. Beautiful table and I enjoyed reading about how you spent Mother's Day. Your mother I know must appreciate such a loving young daughter. My mother is no longer with us but my family, 3 grown kidlets and four soon to be five grand children took me out to our country club for lunch and later I enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at home.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  7. Just lovely. Your attention to detail is marvelous. It's neat how you used the basket for extra space next to the table. Being a huge teapot fan, the arrangements are at the top of my list. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Hope to see you next Sunday.

    - The Tablescaper

  8. Oh my goodness... this is so beautiful to see--so many pretty things but even more beautiful in thought. Your mom is lucky to have such a sweetie for a daughter! Thanks for linking up to my Share the Love Wednesday party!

  9. Very sweet and full of simple touches of beauty, as always. Your mom is very lucky to have such a creative and caring daughter who utilizes her talents for very thoughtful gestures for her mom. Thanks for sharing your special day and your beautiful tablescape with us and thanks for breaking down the step-by-step process of your work and showing how simply and easily a beautiful tablescape and small-scale luncheon can be presented! Wow...everything was lovely!

  10. Everything is so beautiful. I love what you did with the teapots especially.

  11. I spent mother's day at my sons home. We had barbeque ribs. Yummy. Love the teapot arrangements. I bet your mother was very happy with your luncheon out doors. Everything so perfect.



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