Tea & Toast to Motherhood

mothersday17_036The inspiration for this shoot was my grandmother’s breakfast. No, really… she’s been having tea and toast for breakfast for as far back as I can remember. When Jayme of Mint Studio asked me to style a Mother’s Day tea for an upcoming paper flower workshop, Tea & Toast was what came to mind. As I thought about working with this theme I was inspired to play off of the double meaning of toast. We served some beautiful crostini that was definitely not my grandmother’s toast. I loved this modern spin on the most basic of foods though. We also toasted motherhood with a delicious tea-based cocktail. We kept the color palette ultra feminine with shades ranging from pretty pink to a deep plum.

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Loren from Four Things Paper created the most beautiful stationery inviting our guests to parTEA. She covered all the details from the coordinating envelope liner to the gorgeous calligraphy addresses and matching vintage stamps. As with the invitation, there was also lots of pink watercolor texture in the other pieces she created for the event too. The recipe card signage for the Hibiscus Tea Margarita we served was one of my favorite pieces. It was the perfect nod to the moms and grandmas that keep a box of their treasured, hand-written, family recipes.

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Andrea of Not My Dish raided her collection of vintage teacups, saucers, and serving stands for pieces that were pink, purple, and floral. I love how the mismatched sets came together to build a beautiful tablescape. The pink and purple glassware she brought was perfect for our cocktails too. Each place setting also featured a hand-painted place card along with a tiny succulent.

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While talking about blooms and motherhood with Jenna of Craft Blooms she told me that she felt inspired to use succulents in her creations. Her thought was that succulents are enduring just like the strength and resiliency required for motherhood. We agreed that we’ve both been so fortunate to have shining examples of this from the amazing women role models in our lives.

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Tania is known for her giant paper flowers and for good reason! She can build such beautiful floral creations out of paper. We incorporated some of her smaller paper blooms into our balloon garland backdrop and I loved the results of this pairing.

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Pascal Lorange put together some of the most beautiful toast I’ve ever seen. The crostini that he prepared was wonderfully colorful and of course very tasty too. For desserts, we tried to go the more traditional tea service route. We had Pastel Bakery bake some of their old-school bakeshop goodies. The simple cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream was a beautiful, and the cookies and fruit tarts were absolutely delicious.

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We took the opportunity to take generational portraits of our guests that they will hopefully value as precious family mementos. Even when we don’t necessarily feel like being photographed, I think it’s so important to document our families as we grow and age together.

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Cheers to all of the amazing moms out there!

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Concept and styling: a la Mo | Photography: Rachael Smith Photography | Event Location: Mint Studio | Paper Flowers: Tania Fischer Design | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Four Things Paper | Event Rentals (Pink & Gold Chair + accessories): CC Vintage Rentals | Tablescape Rentals: Not My Dish | Cake and Sweets: Pastel Bakery | Flowers: Craft Blooms | Crostini: CRUDO by Pasal Lorange | Model: The Jessica Journey

 

Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Wether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate. My daughter is 5 and loves to celebrate all holidays, big and small. When she recently asked me what we do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I was a little stumped. I told her that we wear green, but I felt like that was an inadequate answer considering that our family’s heritage does include quite a few ancestors from Ireland. I decided that we needed to make things a little more festive around our house for St. Patrick’s Day. I also teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit all of the blogs to explore different kinds of holiday inspiriation for everyone’s favorite day to be Irish. You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $1oo Visa gift card. May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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I’ve included links to products I’ve used in this project for your convenience. If you purchase a product using my link I earn a small commission that helps me keep the blog afloat so I can keep sharing my ideas and offering free printables. Thanks for your support!

Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

To make my family feel special for St. Patrick’s Day, I styled a fun green and gold St. Patrick’s Day tablescape in our dining room. I wanted them to know how lucky I felt to be their mom and wife! A balloon garland, a quick centerpiece, individual Irish soda bread loaves, and printable cards at each place setting did the trick.

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For a simple centerpiece, I filled a gold basket with some small honeycomb tissue decorations and a paper clover garland I purchased at Target. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it brought some great color and texture to the table.

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The balloon garland looks fancy, but it’s also fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. I admittedly have a bigger balloon collection than most people, so I had an assortment of different greens as well as gold and white balloons available. You can search for tutorials on how to make a garland using a balloon decorating strip like I did this time. Alternatively, you can save yourself some trouble and purchase a kit like the ones I love to use from One Stylish Party.

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Each place setting featured little details like a shamrock coaster that was really just a foam shape that I purchased in a pack from the dollar store. Personalized tent cards let each member of the family know how lucky I am to have them (download your free printable version below). Irish soda bread is one of my favorite traditional recipes that I remember my grandma making each year. I used her recipe and made them into individual loaves instead of the usual big ones. They looks so pretty wrapped up on each plate.

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If you’d like to use these place cards on your own table, you can download the free printable with 16 different version for husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, etc. Click here for your file.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

Now go check out the 8 other bloggers participating in this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I hope you’re inspired to create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends or family.

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Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty’s Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick’s Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape by a la Mo

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