For spring break, my daughter and I traveled to London. We had an amazing time bonding while endlessly sightseeing and shopping. Springtime in London is my favorite time of year and everything was in bloom there – literally and figuratively! The floral trend we had seen during NY fashion week was all over London, too. Not only did I notice the trend in street fashion, but also in home decor — lampshades, dinnerware, rugs and textiles all had beautiful floral motifs.
Now that Mother’s Day is approaching, I am taking inspiration from the beautiful floral trend to create a Mother’s Day lunch in the garden. Normally I take her to brunch at a beautiful restaurant, but I thought that putting in some more time and effort to create something truly unique just for her would be more meaningful.
Put together your favorite salad and buy edible flowers from the grocery store or farmers market. Lettuce and a flower mix is all you need for this salad – the key is to show off the beauty of the flowers.
As a simple yet decadent champagne cocktail, mix half parts champagne and half parts guava juice to create a not-too-sweet but adorably pink sparkly drink for mom.
If you have a pretty area in your backyard or garden, move a table into that space. Set up the table close to your rose bushes or under a tree for a change of scenery. Create an intimate atmosphere with your best dinnerware and colorful floral linens. Nothing sets the stage for a beautiful table like a floral arrangement. Even though Mother’s Day is usually associated with shades of pink, I am following fashion and using bright, sunny yellow as my salute to mom.
Here’s how to easily put together a floral arrangement:
1. Use the freshest flowers you can find at the market. Look for flowers that still need to open a bit so you can prepare the arrangement the day before. Here’s what I used in this particular arrangement: 6 roses, 6 sunflowers, 2 bunches of snowball hydrangeas and 1 kalenchoe plant (cut up and used as filler).
2. Lay out all your colors before you arrange. Keep the color combination simple, stick with only one or two colors.
3. Lay a cut up bag on the ground for easy cleanup.
4. Strip stems of all leaves. The arrangement should be mostly flowers.
5. Think high and low. Floppy snowballs are great in the center while sturdy sunflowers make great focal points.
6. A great florist trick is to buy inexpensive roses and peel back the petals, carefully and slowly. What you get are simple roses that “blossom” to look like cabbage roses.
7. Add large and small blooms of the same color and choose one accent color.
Enjoy spending a day relaxing outdoors with mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
Photo credits: Elizabeth Lamont