This Mother’s Day party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
The past 9 months have been tough, but the past 3 months have rocked my world. Each and every day is like a game of will I be able to walk today. Will I be able to open my own bottle of water, or will I have to rely on my support system to make up where I physically fail in the mom department. I’m so ready to blow this Popsicle joint for good. Sayonara. Good riddance. Arrivederci.
Although it’s been challenging, I have come to realize what a lucky lady I am. I have an amazing group of people willing to help out however they can. Laundry, helping me take pictures, spending time with Michael, comforting Maverick in ways that are difficult for me, anything and everything. And, it should come as no surprise, the majority of them are mothers. Moms are the best.
I am grateful beyond belief. So much so that I find myself at a loss when it comes to thinking about ways to express my gratitude. What do you do when you feel like you should do more than say ‘thank you’? You guessed it! I default to my love language- parties.
MOTHER’S DAY PARTY DECORATIONS:
It was important for me to find a balance between the perfect party plan and the reason for the party. I didn’t want to overshadow the message, but I didn’t want to run out to the closest fast food joint either.
Behind the scenes: The blue flower was Michael’s contribution to this party. He can be adorably frustrating when he makes last minute adjustments. Ha!
And then it hit me.
My focal point was made out of a burlap pinboard and a few Mother’s Day cards from American Greetings. Is there a better way to focus on the ladies in my life than a display of my gratitude for all to see?
The banner took all of 30 minutes to create. I cut the strips out of plastic tablecloths, tied them to a piece of baker’s twine, and secured it to the table with duct tape.
Speaking of duct tape, I wrapped my vase of oranges and the glass drink containers in a teal/aqua tape, and dressed it up with a pink washi tape. Easy and still oh so adorable!
It was sheer luck that I found this tablecloth! I found it as I was doing my usual browse everything in the store in an effort to buy all-the-things. Is it not perfect? And beautiful? And perfect?
Keeping with the color scheme, I added silverware and napkins to the table. I figured it would be smarter to keep everything within reach of the little people so they had fewer chances to spill our grub all over the floor. A valid concern in our home seeing how Michael applies the 3 second rule to everything. Without telling you.
I thought about filling these candle holders with candy but…
I decided to turn these adorable jewelry holders into individual candy dishes. Candy dishes filled with mama bear’s favorite candy.
MOTHER’S DAY PARTY FOOD:
I knew I wanted the food to be easy, so I started with my mom’s favorite meal- fried chicken. Walmart makes a mean fried chicken, guys. You know, for my fellow lovers of shortcuts.
I peeled some mandarin oranges for a few reasons:
- I didn’t want to hear “will you peel this orange for me” the entire evening.
- I liked the extra pop of orange the vase provided.
I added some pasta salad because I can get it from the deli. Shortcuts.
I added a mix of berries.
And finished with my mom’s favorite dessert- sugar cookies! Only the most important thing on the menu.
Note: This was my first time using Wilton icing. I’m torn because it isn’t smooth, but Wilton beats Betty Crocker when it comes to color selection.
MOTHER’S DAY PARTY ACTIVITIES:
I know my mom looks at her time helping me as a great way to spend time with her grandkids, but I wanted to get her something in addition to a card. She deserves so much. So, so much. Although, any gift is just a drop in the bucket.
Note: The wall art pictured above was the inspiration for this party.
I picked out the gift wrap, cards, and the picture frame from the “One-Stop Shop” from American Greetings at Walmart. It was easy. Heck, I found the aforementioned jewelry holders and wall art in the same display!
Outside of gifts, I didn’t plan any activities. I know, right? Talking, laughing, and playing with the kids seemed much more appropriate.Oh, and reading about superheros.
Behind the scenes: Don’t mind Michael’s ‘beach party’. He thinks planning a party means spreading the decorations out so they cover every inch of everything. It’s precious and a mess all at the same time.
See? It really was a “One-Stop Shop”. You should check it out when you are out and about!
DO A GIRL A FAVOR AND PIN THIS MOTHER’S DAY PARTY!