21 Apr

Real Parties: Lovely Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Just in time for Mother’s Day celebrations, Vicky from The City Cradle sent over some fabulous party inspiration! This truly lovely Mother’s Day Brunch is “inspired by vintage yellow bikes and the like…”

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Read on for all the pretty details, as told by Vicky…  (P.S. The labels & signs that Vicky designed for this party can be downloaded for free too!)


Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

My mom loves daffodils, so that was an easy choice for our pre-Mother’s Day Tea. Wrapped in a Mother’s Day bouquet label, the flower’s brightness stood out amidst the vintage backdrop of the day.

A rusty yellow bike reminds me of childhood more than any other item… The freedom of being able to ride for hours, and when the day was spent coming home to dinner, hugs and the loveliness of having a mom. Each mom at our Mother’s Day tea received a yellow bicycle key chain attached to a thank you card for all their wonderfully important work!

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

The favors were hung on the wall creating an artful display, inspired by an idea I first saw here utilizig a pin board.

I wanted to make it a bit more formal for tea, so we strung thread around two tiny nails and hung the favors with thin metal chains. As it turned out, they hung daintily, like fine necklaces from the wall. Accessorizing with favors might be my new favorite trend!

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

The muffins each had flags with yellow bikes on top and a pink touch of loveliness to begin the meal.

I realize the trend right now is for cupcakes, but our local baker had these adorable heart pirouette cookies that I couldn’t resist! They were the perfect flaky addition to afternoon tea:

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Each cookie was tied up with embroidery thread and flagged with the phrase: “Lovely to be a cookie, because why should cupcakes get all the love?” (Download the label here.)

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

I took my first try at freezer stenciling and used the tutorial found here. My only advice if you decided to try this project is to pick a very simple design – hundreds of cuts for bicycle wheel spokes made it quite the challenge!

I used my homemade stencil to decorate the cake with a yellow sprinkled bike. Afterward, with a little yellow paint it livened up the wispy pink and gray stripped table linens.

The cake was also adorned with a strand of miniature bunting to celebrate the occasion:

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

We served tea and sparkling punch labeled in the Mother’s Day labels I designed for the day.

The label I designed was inspired by an old vintage card that had been worn and dragged around for awhile. It quickly became my jumping off point for this Mother’s Day tea. (Download the label here.)

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

I love the label’s mixture of old world charm in the detail and distinctly modern touches in the type. It is the perfect size for a double bouquet of flowers handed to mom or even sent from far away.

To compliment the bunches of daffodils, we made individual raffia flowers (DIY tutorial here) and placed them around the room in modern white vases.

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

On the wall hung large gray and white stripped bunting with fake yellow bike “cross stitch.

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

The cross stitches were an extremely easy & fun project that brought a distinctly vintage flair to our afternoon, and the two-toned scalloped bunting became a perfect backdrop for our tea.

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

It was a wonderful day for afternoon tea to celebrate with good friends and amazing moms, even if it was a few weeks early. ;) May this inspire many tea’s, and flowers, and lovely details as the actual holiday of Mother’s Day approaches!


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Lily SAYS:

LOVE the raffia flowers idea! Genius!

Reply April 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Cassandra SAYS:

I absolutely adore the yellow bike theme. I remember my yellow bike (with the polka dot banana seat) like it was just yesterday I was zipping around my neighborhood. The color combo of yellow, white and blue is refreshing! Thanks, as always, for sharing such a beautiful party theme.

Reply April 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Vicky SAYS:

Thanks for the feature- you make it look even more lovely!

Reply April 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

mandi SAYS:

i love her ideas! I think this would be great for lots of differnt occasions – 1st birthday or baby shower – LOVE IT

Reply April 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Amy F. SAYS:

This is a great idea! I’ve been wanting to plan a brunch for my mum this mother’s day. Thanks for the inspiration.

Reply April 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

baby cribs SAYS:

These are nice and pretty ideas if that day comes!

Reply April 22, 2010 at 2:20 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Great idea, so inspiring! so lovely

Reply April 22, 2010 at 7:28 am

Susan Southerland SAYS:

The daffodils, yellow bike, and polka dots are so fresh and fun! This would make a great mother’s day brunch or bridal shower luncheon!

Reply April 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

Tanya SAYS:

Ah! Love every detail of this brunch especially the bikes

Reply April 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

Punctuation Mark SAYS:

love all the decorative details and the color palette!

Reply April 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

thefortunatehome.com SAYS:

All the ideas are really lovely. The bike makes a nice statement as I, too, remember when I could go out and ride my bike around to all my friend’s houses and be gone for hours, then come home and my Mom was there with a snack or dinner ready. Can anyone even imagine letting your child be gone for hours and not being exactly sure of where they are, and that being okay, in today’s world?

Reply April 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

Kristy ~ Posh Pixels Design Studio SAYS:

Sooo gorgeous! What font did you use to write the captions on the pictures? I’m in LOVE with it! :)

Reply April 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Nashville Party Bus Rental SAYS:

This is so beautiful brunches for mothers. These are looks like love of son or daughter to their mother. You can also organize special party with help of party bus who can make wonderful day for you.

Reply April 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Sarah SAYS:

Such visual stimulation! Beautiful fonts, bright colors.. your blog puts a smile on my face :)

Reply April 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

Kari SAYS:

The raffia flowers are so neat! I need to make some of those. Love the whole set up!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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