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Celebrate Mom and Mother's Day with an Afternoon Tea Party with the Help of Windy City Novelties!

Whether it’s your own mother, who has sacrificed everything for you her entire life, your wife, who you want to honor for giving you your children, a close friend who’s a struggling single mom, or yourself, any woman who is a mom deserves a fabulous celebration on Mother’s Day!  So instead of the typical barbeque with burgers on the grill and maybe some fresh cut flowers on the table, why not plan a more elaborate Mother’s Day celebration that shows the mom in your life just how important she is? 

To make Mom feel really special, why not have your Mother’s Day celebration be a traditional early afternoon tea?  What woman doesn’t love settling down to a relaxing tea complete with delicious finger sandwiches, pastel cakes and sweets, delicate china teacups, and other girlie things that she doesn’t typically get the opportunity to enjoy?  You can make this a girls-only event that gives all the ladies in the family-young and old-an opportunity to bond, giving them all memories they will cherish forever.  And, so the men don’t feel left out of the entire Mother’s Day celebration, they can come later in the day to cook dinner on the grill! 

Start out your Mother’s Day tea by letting Mom know just how special she is with a custom Mother’s Day banner. These banners are the perfect way to let Mom know how much you love her, and as an added bonus these high-quality banners will last for years to come, giving her a lasting keepsake of what will probably be one of the best Mother’s Days she’ll ever have. 

Even though Mother’s Day means Mom shouldn’t have to spend hours cleaning up in the kitchen, that doesn’t mean you have to eat your fancy finger sandwiches and tea cakes off boring solid colored paper plates that you find at any supermarket.  Set your table in pretty pastels with our pastel gingham table cover and use the coordinating paper goods, like the plates, napkins, and cups. Or, if you’re feeling extra ambitions when preparing for your Mother’s Day tea, check your local thrift stores for antique tea cups and plates, which can often be found for a very reasonable price.  The sets do not have to match and setting your table with tea cups and plates in different patters can create a unique look.  If you’re going for a more elegant look with your china and tea cups, set the tables with crisp white table cloths, white chair covers, and cloth napkins in pretty pastel colors that complement the colors in your china. 

The spring weather makes the outdoors a perfect setting for your Mother’s Day tea, provided it’s not raining, and the fresh flowers that will be blooming in the garden will make a perfect backdrop for your tea.  Cut or purchase fresh flowers to create centerpieces for your table and string simple yet elegant pastel lanterns from the trees to complete the look for your Mother’s Day tea.  There’s no need for elaborate decorations for you tea as the fresh, bright colors of the outdoors will offer all the adornment your party will need! 
Choosing the menu for your Mother’s Day tea is also simple.  You don’t want to foods to be heavy, especially if the men will be returning for a dinner later, so stick with the typical tea menu of finger sandwiches, sweets, and simple beverages.  You can either have the tea catered or do all the cooking yourself, as all the dishes can be easily prepared ahead of time. 

  • Bite-sized sandwiches with the crusts cut off, made with simple fillings like jams, cucumbers, chicken or tuna salads, and cream cheeses
  • Small pastries
  • Mini cakes with pastel frostings and fruit fillings
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Mini éclairs
  • A selection of teas-use a coffee urn to keep the water nice and hot so everyone can make their tea whenever they need a refill
  • Fresh lemonade for those who don’t like tea

Putting together an afternoon tea for your Mother’s Day celebration does not have to take much effort on the day of your tea as long as you get your preparations done the day before, leaving you free to enjoy your Mother’s Day as well.  And spending a day that celebrates the special link between a mother and her child by bonding with generations of women in your family will create lasting memories that everyone will cherish. 

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