HOME IDEAS: Pick a good setting this Mother’s Day weekend

Mother’s Day is this weekend and while mom will surely love any gift from you, try taking it up a notch this year with a cute table setting – and perhaps a fun gift idea too.

If you’re planning a family gathering for her this year, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

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Flower place settings
I saw this idea at a Mother’s Day brunch last year and thought it was cute. First off, place settings for each guest are made from craft paper.

Simply purchase a few sheets of colourful, craft paper from your local stationary store, trace out shapes of flower heads and cut them out with a pair of scissors.

Write each guest’s name on the flower head and insert them into the fork at each place setting.

Teacup flower arrangement
It’s an idea that has been around for some time but it’s a good one. If your mom has a beautiful set of antique teacups and saucers, it will work beautifully for this idea.

You can either use wet floral foam for this idea or simply use stems of single flower heads.

Soak your floral foam for 30 minutes in room temperature water. Cut the foam pieces to fit snugly inside the teacup. Insert your flower heads into the foam to completely fill in all gaps in the top of the arrangement.

Place the teacup on the saucer at each guest’s place setting. Insert a name card into the top of the flowers.

Herb garden pots
This is the perfect time of year to put together a few herb pots for your mom.

Whether you choose to do individual window pots for her kitchen or perhaps a few small, terra cotta pots for outside in her garden, in the end your mom will love the idea. Purchase inexpensive garden pots from your local nursery and fill them with organic potting soil.

Add her favorite herbs such as basil, thyme and rosemary. Insert a pretty herb tag for easy identification.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign. bludogstagingandredesign.com

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