Mother’s Day is almost here! If you are hosting a celebration this year, we have some last-minute inspiration to help you plan the perfect gathering.

Immerse Yourself in the Setting

With its vibrant spring blooms and warmer weather, May is a great month to plan an outdoor event. Consider setting a table outside near fresh flowers or beneath a beautiful tree for a seasonal affair. If you prefer to gather indoors, consider opening windows, allowing gentle breezes and spring scents to waft through your home during the event.

Seven Oaks, Image © Jen Fariello

Embrace the Season on your Table

Fresh flowers and greenery are always a must for any spring gathering, whether you choose to pick from your garden, a farmers market or a local nursery. Consider mixing small arrangements with larger ones to highlight a myriad of blooms for your table setting. Once you have created your floral displays, you can use leftover stems to adorn plates.

Plan the Perfect Toast

For any celebration, it is a good idea to serve a drink with which guests can toast. Local sparkling or white wine, or hand-crafted cocktails like mimosas are perfect for an al fresco Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon and a special toast to mom.

Don’t Forget the Sweets

No gathering is complete without a sweet treat, or two. They make for a perfect party favor or ending to a meal. Consider Charlottesville favorites MarieBette Cafe & Bakery for the perfect Mother’s Day confectionary, or artisan chocolate truffles from chocolatier Tim Gearheart of Gearharts Chocolates.

If you are not hosting an event this year, or are looking for other ways to celebrate mom, be sure to check the Charlottesville Welcome Book calendar for local Mother’s Day events! ~

Photography: Jen Fariello
Design & Styling: Marisa Vrooman of Orpha Events
Florals: Southern Blooms
Venue: Septenary Winery at Seven Oaks Farm
Caterer: The Catering Outfit
Desserts: HotCakes Gourmet
Rentals: Emerson James, Stonegate Event Rentals & Festive Fare


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