Mother’s Day is coming up so fast! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I hosted my first gathering. Last year, for Mother’s Day I hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch for my mom, both of my grandmothers and our mommy friends. Everyone was invited, (men too) but the women were celebrated. It was a blast!
Over the next couple of days leading up to Mother’s Day, I am going to be sharing some tips on how to host a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration and some of the recipes that I whipped up for our brunch last year. I am so happy that I can say this is one of my “annual” events now. I have always wanted to be the hostess for barbecues, brunches, and holidays. Now, I am making that dream come true and I love it.
Today, let’s start with my 5 Tips To Help You Host A Great Mother’s Day Celebration! These tips are some things that I put into practice last year and I am so excited to share them with you!
Tip #1 – Everything doesn’t have to be expensive!
Last year, I found so many wonderful decorations for a fraction of what I thought I would end up spending! Table covers/liners, utensils, decorations, etc. My décor was awesome (IMHO) and it was under $100.
You can find awesome things at your Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Home Goods, Ross, or anywhere really. Find some awesome paper straws or heavy duty paper plates that match your décor for your guests to use and an easy cleanup for you! Also, make sure to use what you already have! We had some Ball mason jars left over from our wedding, I used them as centerpieces with some sunflowers in them. Sunflowers are my mom’s favorite flower, choose your mom’s favorite and voila!
Tip #2 – Choose a delicious watermelon.
I actually saw this tip on Pinterest and it was a lifesaver! Watermelons aren’t fully in season right now, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t good ones out there. First, look for the yellowish part of the watermelon and make sure it looks very deep yellow, not white. It should look like it’s been sitting on the ground for quite some time. This will mean that it is very ripe and therefore very sweet! Second, know that farmers actually consider the watermelons as boy/girl genders because there is such a huge difference in the taste. This means that a more circular (female) watermelon will usually be sweeter and a long (male) football-shaped watermelon will be more watery. Lastly, you should pick an average size watermelon, not the largest and not the smallest. Whichever one you pick, it should feel heavy for it’s size.
Tip #3 – Use pastels and neutral colors.
This is a mother’s day celebration. Not 4th of July. Use light-colored pinks, purples, greens, blues, and of course whites, yellows, and/or oranges. You want your décor to be feminine and fun. I wouldn’t use the same décor that could be used for a summertime backyard barbecue. Maybe choose a nice cream colored tablecloth, bright spring flowers, white plates and gold colored utensils. Anything can be done on a budget. Pinterest is your best friend. Follow my page for some great inspiration!
Tip #4 – Make it YOUR party.
Do something that your guests will remember your party for. Create a mom-mosa bar, have personalized mason jars made for your mama friends to take home with them, set up a fun photo booth with props and a Polaroid camera, or have a ticket raffle with an awesome “pamper yourself” basket for the winning mama! Just make it your party! Again, Pinterest can definitely help if you need some inspiration.
Tip #5 – PREP
Make sure to keep your guest list manageable. Start with the most important women in your life and then, make sure of who they will bring with them. Their husbands, their daughters (if that’s not you!), their daughter’s husbands, any kids, etc.
Try to host on a Saturday, as some people may want to do something with their immediate family on the actual day. Make sure to get your official invites mailed by April 20th. This way, your guests will get them with at least 2 weeks to prepare for your party. To me, this is a very important step. These days, people use email, texting, or those e-vite things way too much. Give them something beautifully thought out and tangible. It shows how important this event is to you. On the invite, have your preferred RSVP date in BOLD. State that their RSVP’s should be given to YOU by the Wednesday before the party and can be done via text or phone call to you directly. This way, you will have a rough estimate of exactly how many people will be coming.
Now, food prep. Make sure at least half of your menu can be made in advance and if you need a neighbors fridge, be sure to run it by them with ample notice. Make everything you can the Friday before so you have little to worry about Saturday morning.
Last but not least.
Be sure to ENJOY your own party! If you’re like me, then you are a mama-to-be and deserve to enjoy this party just as much as your guests will. Don’t be too concerned with all the behind the scenes stuff. Enjoy yourself and your guests will too.
I hope you have all enjoyed reading my tips for hosting a mother’s day celebration. Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to hosting? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Lots of Love,