Creative Entertaining Ideas for Mother’s Day

Whether you’re planning to spend Mother’s Day with your own mom, or are looking to honor another important mother in your life, spending quality time together is probably at the top of her wish list. Make her day extra-special with a small gathering at home, plus a themed gift to go with it. Will it be a backyard picnic, literary lunch, or champagne brunch? Get the party how-to’s and gift ideas for Mother’s Day straight ahead.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

The backyard picnic is such a fun way to entertain — it’s simple, casual, and seems to put everyone in a good mood. Make your Mother’s Day picnic feel special by bringing some soft, comfortable items from home. Think fringed throws, striped outdoor rugs, and big cushions for leaning on. Keep the menu simple with baguette sandwiches, sparkling lemonade, and a few fresh veggie salads picked up from a local market. Plus something sweet for dessert, of course! And remember, if you don’t have a big backyard you can always meet at a nearby park.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

Picnic-Themed Gift Ideas:

– Tasty treats and specialty ingredients from a local market

– Pretty tasseled blanket

– Wide-brim sun hat

– Garden-inspired jewelry or scarf

– Tickets to an outdoor theater or music event

– Digital projector for backyard movie nights

– Any of the above items, packed up in a picnic basket for mom to keep

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Does your mom love to read? Embrace her passion for all things literary with a book-themed party! Decorate the table with stacks of books with pretty covers, make bookmarks to use as the place cards, and serve up fare inspired by a favorite novel (Jane Austen tea party, anyone?). To make the party really special, coordinate ahead of time with the other guests to gift your mom a photo book including pictures from everyone involved.

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Gift Ideas:

– A pretty edition of one of mom’s all-time favorite books

– Gift certificate to a local, independent bookshop

– A cute new bookbag

– A new mug and delicious tea so she can sip while she reads

– Book-themed jewelry

– An art print with a quote from a favorite literary heroine

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Mother’s Day brunch. Hosting brunch at home is lovely because you can linger over the table as long as you like — and it doesn’t have to be a lot of effort. If you’d prefer not to cook ten different dishes, no problem! Pick up doughnuts and pastries (or bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon) from the best shop in town, pile up bowls with heaps of beautiful fresh fruit, and pop a bottle of champagne. Then spend some of the time you didn’t spend cooking to print out childhood photos of each guest, and use them as place cards. What mom wouldn’t love that?

Glitter Guide
The Glitter Guide

Brunch-Themed Gift Ideas:

– French press coffee set and a pound of really good coffee beans

– Passes for a sunrise yoga class that you can attend together

– A gorgeous new cookbook and recipe box

– Pretty tea towels and an apron

– French market basket and a date to walk to the farmer’s market together

– Bouquet of flowers in a lovely vase

– A bottle of bubbly

Mother’s Day Art Shopping Guide:

1.Timeless Endless Mother by Tara Moss;  2. Mother and Daughter by Cassandra Cushman; 3. Mother by Sherry DiPaolo Art; 4. Mother Nature’s Love by Sophia Rodionov; 5. You’re the Mom by American Flat;  6. Playing in the Water by Georgia Janisse.

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10 Unique Wall Art Ideas

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via Transitoinicial

We all can appreciate the gallery wall trend that’s been hanging around, but before you drive that first nail into the wall, sit back and take stock of your options. And there are many, many, many. I’m here today to share my ten favorite unique ways to upgrade your wall art game.

Floating Shelves. They create clean lines and make for an interesting skyline of art frames. Floating shelves also have the ability to turn just about anything that fits on them into art – think cookbooks, mirrors, small plants, crystals, and more.

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Picture Rails. If you’d like to add a serious dose of sophistication to your art, go with this plan. Nineteenth century homes and museums rely on picture rails, so you know I’m not steering you wrong! Stagger various shapes and sizes of frames for the best effect.

Christopher Hunt

Binder Clips. Don’t have a frame? You don’t need one necessarily. Pinch a binder clip onto all four corner of a piece of art – two to hang the piece on the wall and two to keep it weighed down – easy peasy. If it’s your thing, consider spray painting them gold first.

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Round the Corner. If you’re really in love with that gallery wall trend, take it up a level. All it requires is an interesting corner in your space to take advantage of and perhaps some matching frames to tie it all together.

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Lean It. I rely on this trick a lot with larger pieces that I’m undecided on where to hang or don’t have the wall space for. If an artsy, bohemian look is what you’re looking for then leaning art on the floors, shelves, counters, etc will help you achieve it.

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Overlap It. Put those floating shelves or the dining room credenza to harder use by layering up different sizes and styles of art. Add empty frames or unframed pieces to the mix as well for a carefree vibe.

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Skirt Hangers. I was using this method before I knew it was a method, and it remains one of my favorites. Framing can cost nearly as much as the art itself, sometimes more, so noncommittal hanging options that don’t harm anything are a lifesaver. Skirt hangers fit those requirements and can add a great industrial touch.

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Unusual Surfaces. My favorite two unexpected locations for hanging art are off of bookcase shelves and window frames. And thanks to things like Command hooks you don’t have to damage any surfaces in the process (of course this applies to walls, too!). The options are limitless and the look oh so eclectic!

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via Deko

Office Clipboards. I love this option and have used it in a former living room for an easily convertible inspiration wall. You can attach everything from art to magazine clipping to fabric swatches. Once the grid of clipboards are easily hung up, swap to your heart’s content.

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A Clothesline. Like a gallery wall, but the updated version! Attach a length of wire, cord, or something similar to your wall of choice, then grab a handful of clothespins to do the dirty work. I really like the darkroom feeling this option brings.

Of course, art can also be on the floor! Here are some of my favorite options:

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Tips for Choosing + Displaying Art

Art is one of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize your space, and with so many great affordable art options out there these days, there’s almost certainly something to love within your budget. Read on for 5 tips for choosing and displaying art, plus my top 3 art print picks!

Tip no. 1: Consider the mood you want to create in your space. In the living room, think cheerful, vibrant, and conversation-starting. In the bed and bath, think soothing and serene.

Tip no. 2: Choose what makes you happy! Taste in art is highly personal, so go with your gut and choose pieces based on how they make you feel. The art in your home should be a source of inspiration and joy.

Tip no. 3: Take a cue from your furniture when hanging. Art works best when it relates to a nearby piece of furniture. In the space shown here, a grouping of artwork centering on a large-format floral print works to draw the eye up and away from the ‘big black box’ of the TV. In other areas of the home you might want to position artwork above a credenza, console table, or headboard.

Tip no. 4: Make hanging art easier. Use picture hanging strips instead of nails for all but the heaviest frames, and don’t forget to use a level! To completely avoid the hassle of hanging, you can always prop up artwork against the wall, or line up pieces on a floating shelf.

Tip no. 5: One oversize piece always looks good. Salon style groupings can be gorgeous, to be sure, but nothing beats a single stunning piece for maximum impact. Plus, it’s foolproof to get right!

My top 3 favorite prints right now all have a bit of a springtime floral theme, perfect for ushering in the next season…which can’t come soon enough!

Art shopping guide (clockwise from top): Close-up of cherry blossoms; Whisper Magnolia; A Pot of Tea and Keys.

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3 Chic Plant Projects to Make + Give

The holidays are coming around the corner, and I am on a mission to make them as stress-free and simply beautiful this year as possible. One of my favorite ways to keep the holidays feeling less hectic and more harmonious is by choosing to forgo the big shopping malls in favor of thoughtfully handmade gifts for my loved ones, and simple decorations inspired by nature. These 3 beautiful plant projects are at the very top of my to-make-and-give list this year.


1. Potted amaryllis bulb. My sweet mother in-law plants about a dozen amaryllis bulbs in little pots each winter, so she always has something on hand to bring as a hostess gift to parties. This is so simple, and makes a wonderfully heartfelt gift for literally anyone on your list. When you’re ready to gift one, tuck a few sprigs of greenery inside the pot, wrap it in ribbon or garden twine, and affix a simple gift tag.
2. Simple fresh cedar branch wreath. I love that this project uses an embroidery hoop (widely available at craft stores) as a base instead of the more expected wreath form. And the side-swooped greenery and ultra-fine wire of lights makes this wreath look fresh and modern. Hang one on your wall above the bar cart, suspend in front of a mirror, or, of course, place one on the door.
3. DIY jasmine kokedama. Kokedama is a planting technique that hails from Japan, and is simply a plant with the root ball covered in moss…which allows you to forgo a pot! This DIY kokedama project is gorgeous, and thanks to the fragrant jasmine, smells delicious, to boot.

Bonus idea: botanical art. And while I wouldn’t say that a green thumb is required for any of these projects (really!), if gardening is not your cup of tea, why not pick up a few botanical art prints, instead? Botanical art can please even those with fussy tastes, and it brings a welcome dose of greenery to the winter home.

botanical art
Art shopping guide: (clockwise from top left) Audubon’s Vireo; Woodland Ferns VI; Woodland Ferns VII; Crimson Botanical IV.
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