Best Mother’s Day Ever Luncheon Ideas

by Alli

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Mother’s Day will be here soon and childhood memories are flooding my mind, so I decided to host a Best Mother’s Day Ever Luncheon.  You know how much I love a good party!

Best Ever Mother's Day

My Mom (since I wrote this, mom graduated to heaven. I almost cry when I read this.)

If I had to describe my mom with just one word, it would be selfless.  She’s the most giving person I know. She never thinks about herself and is always more concerned about the needs of others.  She’s that mom who would give the last piece of pie away even if she’s hungry and hasn’t had a slice.

I’m so thankful that my mom is still going strong at 83 and does all the cooking when we have huge family get-togethers. In springtime, you can find her mowing the grass, working in her flower or vegetable garden or fishing. She’s the best cook in the world.  She’s not one to share her kitchen, but she does let us handle the clean-up!

My Mom is a Twin!

When my mom’s twin sister had a stroke years ago, she moved in with my mom and dad for a while before transitioning to her own home.  Mom visited often and would regularly wash and style her hair.  My mom never talked about her acts of service, but I saw how much she loved her sister.  I was saddened when my aunt passed away a few years ago.  She was like a second mom to me, but I can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like to lose a twin.

Because we live in different states, I won’t see my mom until a few weeks after Mother’s Day so I decided to follow in her footsteps and give back by honoring a few local moms with a luncheon.  Besides being terrific moms, these young women are all active in the community and volunteer their time selflessly, so I thought it fitting to celebrate them.

Best Mother's Day Ever

How I Planned the Luncheon

I’m often asked how I find inspiration for my party themes.  I’m inspired by so many different elements.  It could be the print on a fabulous napkin or tablecloth, a particular flower, season, etc.  Often times inspiration hits me over the head while I’m shopping and I change gears right then and there.

That’s what happened when I was shopping for my Mother’s Day luncheon.  I was in Walmart and had walked past the traditional card aisle while making my way to the Home department when I spied an entire American Greetings Best Mother’s Day Ever display.  There were cards, gift bags with coordinating tissue attached, candles, candy, jewelry and all sorts of awesome gifts all together in one place. (I’ll have one of each, please!)  It’s truly a one-stop shop!

Mother's Day Luncheon Ideas

Mother's Day Luncheon Gifts

Mother's Day Luncheon

The Tablescape

Best Mother's Day Ever Table

Since it is spring, I wanted to bring it all outside, so I decided to host the luncheon on my daughter’s front patio.  The birds were singing, the flowers blooming and the weather was beautiful.  What more could you ask for?

Mom's Day Tablescape

I found everything I needed for my tablescape at Walmart, too.  I bought 2 yards of fabric in the craft department for the table runner and used fusible bond (looks like tape) to hem the edges – no sewing required.  Don’t tell anyone, but the dishes are melamine.  I fell in love with the color and they won’t break if accidentally dropped – perfect for an outside event.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look as I layered the table covers.  Don’t be afraid to mix patterns – make sure you repeat the color (yellow in this instance), not the pattern.

Best Mother's Day Ever Luncheon Ideas

Mother's Day Luncheon

Best Mother's Day Ever Luncheon

 

Best Mother's Day Ever Luncheon Ideas

Since it’s already kinda buggy here in the south, I used glass jars for the salad to keep those pesky things away!

Best Mother's Day Luncheon Ideas

The Menu

  • Chilled Strawberry Soup
  • Pasta Salad
  • Herb & Garlic Breadsticks
  • Cream Puffs with Mocha Whipped Cream
  • Old Fashioned Lemonade, Strawberry & Watermelon Beverages

Mother's Day Luncheon

Cream Puffs with Mocha Whipped Cream

You may think cream puffs are really hard to make, but it’s a quick and easy dessert that looks like you’ve spent all day making.  Here’s my recipe:

Cream Puffs with Mocha Whipped Cream

Cream Puffs with Mocha Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Hot Fudge Topping
  • Mocha Whipped Cream (2 cups prepared whipped cream with 2 Tablespoons Suisse Mocha stirred in)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and sugar.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water and butter to a boil on medium-high heat.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and stir in flour mixture all at once.
  5. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture is smooth and leaves the side of the pan.
  6. Gradually add eggs, beating until smooth and glossy.
  7. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and place baking pan on a cooling rack. Pierce one side of each cream puff to allow steam to escape.
  10. Cool completely. Slice horizontally and fill bottom halves with mocha whipped cream. Top with remaining halves.
  11. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Top with hot fudge topping immediately before serving.

Helpful Hints:  Keep the entree light so you can splurge on dessert!  Also, when you need to chill bottled beverages quickly, pour cold water over the ice to make a slush. The drinks will get cold faster than just plunging them into ice.

After we finished eating, I presented the moms with cards and gifts from the American Greetings display at Walmart.  Everyone had a great time talking, eating and opening presents.

Best Mother's Day Luncheon

 

Mom's Day Lunch

Best Mother's Day Luncheon

I can hardly wait to tell my mom about my Best Mom’s Day Ever luncheon and how I’m trying to follow in her footsteps by paying it forward.  My mom is such an inspiration to everyone who knows her! Don’t tell, but I bought her gifts from the American Greetings display, too.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?

 

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71 comments

JanetGoingCrazy May 2, 2015 - 2:22 pm

What a beautiful spring Mother’s Day party and a great way to give back. #client

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aimee fauci May 3, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Home is where your story begins.. I love that card! I love that your family unit is so strong.

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Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes May 3, 2015 - 9:48 pm

This is such a lovely luncheon; the colors are beautiful and having it outside is perfect! I’m a pattern mixer, too, and I feel like it always gives things a more high end look when I do so. The strawberry soup looks yummy, I’m pretty sure that and the delicious cream puffs would be a meal for me!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:46 am

Thanks, Michelle! It was a lot of fun!

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Dionne Dean May 3, 2015 - 9:51 pm

You did an amazing job as always! How an simple greeting card aisle inspired this, I will never know LOL You are REMARKABLE!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:45 am

You are too kind, Dionne!

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Logan Can May 3, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Your mom sounds like an incredible woman. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother who still does all of the cooking for our family gatherings as well. She absolutely insists. I love all of the pattern mixing you did in your decor. It is so pretty and springy.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:45 am

Thanks, Logan! My mom is a pretty remarkable woman. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Mother’s Day. You received the best gift of all – that precious baby girl.

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rochkirstin May 4, 2015 - 5:47 am

We have not yet decided how to celebrate Mother’s Day. My mom is also the best cook in the world for us tastes and she likes spending time in the kitchen preparing meals.

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) May 4, 2015 - 5:47 am

Chilled strawberry soup? I am definitely curious about that – it sounds delish! I think a luncheon would be a fun idea for my mom & sister this year.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:41 am

Strawberry Soup is my favorite summertime soup. It’s almost like a smoothie that you eat with a spoon. I had it for the first time on a cruise and I recreated it when I returned home.

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Janelle May 4, 2015 - 7:59 am

Aww, everyone and everything here looks so beautiful!! So good to read your mom is 83 and going strong!! Mothers day wasn’t always my favorite. Didn’t have a mother to celebrate this time with. But now that I am a mom I so look forward to celebrating with my 2 daughters and my husband.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:40 am

Have a great Mother’s Day, Janelle! Your daughters are blessed to have you as their mom.

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Shirley Wood May 4, 2015 - 8:33 am

Your mother sounds a lot like mine, very giving and considerate of others. She is certainly active for her age! That is inspirational. I won’t get to see both of my girls on Mother’s day this year due to the separation of miles but we will be together soon.
Your party was just beautiful and I know everyone had a great time.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:39 am

My next to the oldest daughter took me for mani/pedis & lunch yesterday because it’s their turn to spend Mother’s Day with her husband’s mom. I like that they keep things fair. The rest of the kids will be here for Mother’s Day. Hope you have a great weekend!

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Nichole May 4, 2015 - 8:34 am

So sweet! Your momma sounds like mine – very selfless. They just do what needs to be done! I love this luncheon idea!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:36 am

Mom’s are the best!

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Christy Maurer May 4, 2015 - 10:09 am

I love the decorations you used and the food you served! It looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂

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CourtneyLynne May 4, 2015 - 11:37 am

Omg!!! These are some pretty fabulous luncheon ideas!! I really cannot believe Mother’s Day is this weekend?!? Crazy how fast time goes!

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Louida May 4, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Great job Alli! How wonderful of you to do this for other moms.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:34 am

It was fun and those young moms really had a good time – and they loved the food!

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 4, 2015 - 1:16 pm

What a cute setup! You did such an amazing job on this.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:34 am

Thanks, Stacie! I love dreaming up new tablescapes.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication May 4, 2015 - 2:07 pm

So beautiful! I love the colors and how fresh and bright everything is! I wanna come to one of your parties 🙂

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:33 am

You have an open invitation!

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Fi Ní Neachtáin May 4, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Oh what a fabulous idea! I’d love to have a luncheon with my children when I’m older, it’d be so lovely.

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Vickie May 4, 2015 - 5:07 pm

How fun and pretty too.
The tableware/plates are gorg..I need to stop in Walmart and take a peak..<3 them.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:33 am

I was amazed that Walmart had such pretty dishes!

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R U S S May 4, 2015 - 5:33 pm

We usually go out and eat somewhere fancy during this day but I think this year, it would be nice to do something new for a change. I like the idea of the luncheon – it’s something that my Mom will love. We can even invite her friends for this. By the way, those cream puffs are just divine!

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lisa @bitesforbabies May 4, 2015 - 6:20 pm

What a lovely luncheon!! The food looks great, the decor is so pretty and the pics are beautiful too! Great job!

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Liz Mays May 4, 2015 - 8:23 pm

That sounds like such a great luncheon. Those cream puffs do sound really nice. I hope they are as easy as you say!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:32 am

Much easier than making homemade biscuits (something I still struggle with). 🙂

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Donna Ward May 4, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Hi Alli, Fun post and great contest – I also saved those great looking creme puffs dessert recipe – You each look beautiful and what a wonderfully happy party theme – great work 🙂

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:31 am

Thanks, Donna! We did have a great time.

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Jessica Simms May 4, 2015 - 10:25 pm

These are such great ideas my mom and defiantly my grandmother would love to have these. Wow this totally inspired me thank you!

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Jeanine May 4, 2015 - 10:30 pm

I love everything about this! I can’t wait to do this type of thing when my girlies are older. What fun! Looks like a great time!

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Zan May 5, 2015 - 12:46 am

What a great if idea. Your parties are always great. I don’t think I have spotted these Mother’s day section at Walmart…maybe I just was not paying attention. But those plates, I have been eyeing them every time I walk into Walmart. You mom is like my mom..selfless. Funny thought that your mom still goes fishing at 83!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:30 am

You would never know my mom is 83! She stays busy and I do think that’s the reason she looks and acts so young.

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michele d May 5, 2015 - 7:41 am

What a unbelievable party. I love all your decorations. It’s beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:28 am

Happy Mother’s Day!

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ricci May 5, 2015 - 8:06 am

What a fun mother’s day celebration!! It’s so bright and colorful and it looks like y’all had a great time!!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:28 am

We did! It was so much fun!

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Kathy May 5, 2015 - 8:57 am

What a wonderful idea! I love your display, it looks so nice! I wish I could be that creative. Those cream puffs sure look good too!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:27 am

It’s easy and it was all done with one trip to Walmart. 🙂

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Lauren May 5, 2015 - 12:55 pm

What a beautiful party you through for fellow mom’s out there! I love that idea of bringing your friends together to celebrate all that mom’s do!

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Rosey May 5, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Everything just looks wonderful. And hurrah for weather warm/nice enough to entertain out on the patio!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:28 am

Yes, great weather has been hanging around lately, much to my delight.

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Breanna May 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm

This is a great thing to do with girlfriends/family to celebrate Mother’s Day with the very important women in your life. I am going to remember this for next year!

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Ann Bacciaglia May 5, 2015 - 5:02 pm

This would be such a fun lunch to do. The Cream Puffs with Mocha Whipped Cream look so delicious. I will have to try making them this weekend. I am sure my family will love them.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:25 am

Everyone loved the cream puffs and they were so easy to make.

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Bonnie @ wemake7 May 5, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Wow what a great luncheon! I love your set up and all the food ideas. Looks like everyone had a splendid time.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

We did have a great time! Thanks! I felt so young being around those 20 & 30 something moms.

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Lynndee May 6, 2015 - 8:31 am

My husband usually takes me to dinner on Mother’s Day. I don’t know if he has something up his sleeve this year other than that. 😉 Anyway, those cream puffs look good. Good to know they are so easy to make.

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DOGVILLS May 6, 2015 - 2:34 pm

What a great party set up. Those cream puffs look delicious. My mother is a huge fan of this dessert

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:19 am

Make them for your mom and don’t tell her how easy they were to make. 🙂

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HilLesha May 6, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Wonderful ideas! I’ll be out of town for business on Mother’s Day. However, I do plan on making it up to my mom once I get back. 🙂

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:16 am

My mom lives in another state, so I won’t see her on Mother’s Day, but I did send her a gift and we’ll have a long chat on the phone.

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kim May 6, 2015 - 7:48 pm

Wow, cream puffs sound extravagant. But you make it sound so easy – definitely gonna give it a try!!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:15 am

They were so easy, Kim! And I had all the ingredients on hand.

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Rachel May 6, 2015 - 8:43 pm

How beautiful. I just realized I have never done a Mother’s Day party. I feel so bad now. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday.

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:14 am

Thanks for hosting!

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Erin May 6, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Well you are just amazing!! I wish I would have thought to have a Mother’s Day luncheon for the ladies in my community. Next year!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:13 am

Sometimes young moms get a bad rap and I wanted to honor young moms that are doing an amazing job as a mom and giving back to their community.

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Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies May 6, 2015 - 11:54 pm

I love the colors and the table settings that you used for the get together! Those cream puffs look delightful as well!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

They were delicious and surprisingly easy to make. I was always a little intimidated by cream puffs, but once I made them, I was amazed that they didn’t collapse. You can also make them a day or so ahead of time. Just store them in an air-tight container.

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Krystal May 7, 2015 - 4:59 pm

This is such a sweet set up . I love spring, flowers, and bright tableware like yours! Hope everything was a great time!

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Alli May 8, 2015 - 9:00 am

We did have a great time! And the moms loved their gifts from American Greetings!

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Shannon Gurnee May 9, 2015 - 6:17 pm

It sounds like you had an amazing time! I would love to go to a luncheon like this. Thanks for sharing.

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Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden May 10, 2015 - 4:41 am

Everything looks so nice! Cream puffs recipe sounds delicious too. thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

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Erlene May 10, 2015 - 9:36 pm

You’re so lucky to have your mom to celebrate Mother’s Day with…she sounds amazing! Your luncheon looks wonderful too. I saw those plates at Walmart and debated about picking them up, but I may have to go back and get them. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Christine May 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm

AWWW! How cute! I love all these flower details! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I would like to invite you to my birthday giveaway on my bloggie! I’m giving away a gorgeous pair of fair trade earrings (US addresses only though.) I look forward to your visit! 😉

Blessings,
Christine
http://www.beyoutifulhope.blogspot.com

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