Ideas for a Mother’s Day Party

Mothers give everything: love, life, lessons, and more. While they deserve to be appreciated and celebrated all year round, Mother’s Day gives us the chance to set aside time and do something special for the moms or mother figures in our lives. And on their dedicated day, the stakes are high to show your appreciation for something really meaningful. Sometimes, cards and flowers won’t cut it, and throwing a celebratory bash for them is a perfect idea.

Here are some Mother’s Day party ideas that will let mom know just how much she means to you:

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Host a brunch.

Let mom sleep in on Mother’s Day by hosting a brunch instead of breakfast. Invite her mom’s friends, or keep it within the family by inviting your mother-in-law, your aunts, and grandmothers and make the day special for every one of them. All you need is enough seating and a stellar menu of brunch items. Serve anything from light breakfast bites – such as egg muffins, quiches, mini muffins, yogurt parfaits, scones, croissants, or donut holes – to a full-on pancake waffle or French toast bar complete with toppings and syrups. For the drinks, serve Bloody Mary drinks or set up a mimosa bar with various flavors, such as orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit.

You can also go for a bagel wall – a savory twist for donut walls that you see all around wedding Pinterest boards. You may find a bagel place that offers catering so that you can serve a variety of sweet and savory flavors of cream cheese.

The table is the center of attention at a brunch party, so spruce it up with some flower vases with fresh blooms or tiny potted succulents (that you may want to give away to the moms at the party). Find some beautiful napkins that suit the occasion.

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Have a tea party.

High tea is a classic way to spend a sophisticated, calm, charming, yet fun afternoon to evening with your mother and other mothers in your life. It’s a fail-safe way to make moms slow down and enjoy some well-deserved pampering.

To create the perfect tea party atmosphere, use pastel or light-colored tablecloths, decorate the table with flowers, display desserts, and cookies, and serve finger sandwiches and bite-sized snacks. Encourage your family and guests to dress up in floral dresses or their best Sunday attire – it’s not a tea party without fancy pants!

Invest in beautiful tea sets (and keep it as a gift for your guest of honor!) and a variety of teas that your ladies will enjoy.

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Host an award show-themed party.

You know that your mom is the best ever, but how do you let her know that in a special way? Giving them awards with prizes would be fun! Since it’s Mother’s Day, invite the moms in your extended families to be the guests of honor and invite their families as well. Ask your family members who are going to be present for the party to make some superlative awards for their moms (you may have an idea for your own mom).

Titles like “The Best Chef,” “The Best Singer,” “The Best Counsellor,” “The Best Hostess,” and “The Best Driver” are some nice awards to give to moms. Add some more unique and funny titles like “The Loudest Alarm,” “The Baddest Cop,” “The Woke Mom,” “The Coolest Mom,” “The Techiest Mom,” “The Mom Who Bakes the Best Cookies,” and other awards that would seem fit for your group of mommies. Make sure that these awards are just given to moms, so none of you gets to steal the spotlight, and the titles given would not be too offensive, given some can be more sensitive than others.

Order some flower bouquets from the flower shop (or make your own using flowers from your garden) as awards, and use sashes to put on the moms! Just host a party as usual – with food, drinks, activities, and cheer – and gather everyone in a room to announce the awards and their recipients at some point of the day. Ask moms to give “thank you” speeches and toast them with champagne flutes filled with kid-friendly drinks.

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Go wine tasting.

If a trip to a vineyard isn’t possible, hosting a wine tasting party at a local shop or at home can be just as memorable. Go to local wineries to find some wine or order some samples from subscription boxes online. But even if you select wine bottles from Costco, you can have quality wine samples.

If your mom likes trying out new things, consider buying some wines made from peaches, apples, tart cherries, or even pineapples. Don’t forget a charcuterie board or simple cheese and crackers, but also serve something more special. Shop around at a local chocolate shop, bakery, or ice cream parlor, and design a wine and dessert pairing experience.

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Host a cocktail or mocktail party.

Here’s another fun and chill party idea: a cocktail party. Let the moms take a break from their grown-up responsibilities for a while, and let them have fun like they had pre-kids! It’s best to host this party when most kids of the moms attending are grown-ups, so they can join in the fun as well. But nevertheless, if you’re a mom of young kids, you can host this party and invite your mom friends with you to enjoy your day and just hire a sitter for your kids for a while.

Pick out some easy-to-do cocktail recipes and whip out the ingredients in your blender. Pour out some margaritas with a straw. You can also use your mixology skills to blend some lip-smacking mocktails too. DIY cocktails and mocktails are a great addition to a Mother’s Day party. Create a lively ambiance and maybe hit the dance floor after a few drinks.

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Host a spring dinner party.

Sometimes, a classic dinner party with your closest loved ones is enough to make the day extra special. Now that staying in is the new going out, make it even more exclusive with tasty bites, light wine, and spring flowers. Serve sumptuous dinner food and a variety of wines. Display some in-season blooms in white vases. Set up a layered table setting and use special floral napkin rings. 

With a dinner party, you can serve the guest of honor’s favorite dishes and spare her from cooking them herself. Play some fun family games like charades or Pictionary after dinner. You can also hire a karaoke machine and sing the night away.

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Host a craft party.

If your mom is particularly crafty, consider hosting a craft party at a workshop. Make-and-take classes are fun party activities, and gifts rolled into one. Find a class about candle making, cake decorating, painting, cooking, ceramics, or whatever she wants most.

If there are no workshops in your local area, you can find craft kits online, then DIY a craft party at home. An embroidery kit, jewelry-making kit, or a macramé making kit would be fitting for moms.

Don’t forget to serve delicious drinks and tasty treats. Serve pretty desserts that can double up as decorations, and serve them on a dessert stand.

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Enjoy a spa party.

If you want to pamper your hard-working mom (and the other moms in your life), treat them to a spa party at your home. Hire an in-home spa professional that will come to your house to give them a manicure and pedicure. Or concoct some DIY beauty scrubs and other recipes together and have fun! Provide lots of face sheet masks and more to give away.

If you’re feeling extra generous, prepare a home foot spa, and buy a few foot spa machines to pamper each mom. Surprise them by saying they can take home the foot spa machines by the end of the party! This is one of the most relaxing and effortless Mother’s Day party ideas you can ever give.

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Have a walk down memory lane.

Have you ever been to a book reading where authors do a reading of their own book in front of their readers? Get a little bit of idea from there and do a walk down memory lane. Plan a small gathering where each of you raises a toast and speaks about a favorite or the funniest or most awkward memory of your mother and mother-in-law. It could be an emotional ride, but it will be one that the moms will cherish forever. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make a special scrapbook for the guest of honors. 

For your table setting, use a bunch of flowers, arrange them in vases, and add a throwback photo of each mom being honored in the party – most preferably with their kids. Print them on photo paper and attach them to a stick so you can arrange them with the flowers. You may also want to make a photo banner using wooden clothespins and twine and show off beautiful photos of you and your mom together. Prepare some hearty favorites for your foods and some that will remind them of a good memory. For instance, if the first cake your mother-in-law gave you is a carrot cake from a local bakery, get the same cake to show her you appreciate that memory.

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