Alison brings to the Crew, fun and clever ways to decorate for all the holidays, and Mother’s Day is no exception. With Mother’s Day right around the corner we are so excited to share Alison’s creative Mother’s Day Tea Party Decor. Whether you are planning to host Mom inside or outside, Alison shares so many great ideas you can incorporate them in so many ways.
The eclectic mix of materials in various places is what makes this decor so enchanting. Alison gathers both decor and treats in all shades of white, ivory, grey and pink and together they look stunning. The white accent plates tie it all together and offer a touch of clean lines in the display. Vintage pieces, found wood, and a touch of modern accessories tie in so well together.
Tissue Paper in various shades of pinks
Bakers Twine – pink and white
White Paper Doilies
Tools Used: Scissors, X-Acto knife and hot glue gun and a Sizzix Machine
The Setting: For the setting I used a sewing machine table, antique chair, watering can and topped it off with white porcelain dishes and of course goodies. You can use found furniture you might have around the house, search local garage sales or maybe there is a flee market in your area. A mixture of finishes and colors look terrific together. If you come across any vintage tea or coffee cups they would be terrific too, even if they are not in perfect condition they are part of the display and you can hide the imperfections or show them off!!!
The Backdrop: If you have the luxury of a fence or a wall you can create this floral banner for your backdrop. I used flowers to string a backdrop using pink and white Bakers twine to hang the flowers from. Here I used a wooden branch from my backyard to give more of a rustic feel. I also made large tissue paper flowers to set off the ends. If you don’t have a wall or fence, you can string the twine or cord across the room and let the flowers hang down from various locations. They look great from all sides and make a terrific party decoration. This is a great decorating idea for baby showers or birthday parties too.
How to make the flowers: For the flowers I used my Sizzix Bigz Flower 3D and Flower Layers #12 dies, plus Brenda Walton’s Camellia and Peony dies. I also made felt and paper roses, and loopy felt flowers. There are many floral templates you can find online. Canvas Corp also offers fabric flowers in a variety of colors.
The Letters: After making multiple flowers, with assorted paper, tissue and fabric, I filled the “MOM” letters and then hot glued them on. I started off with using “MOM” paper mache letters that you can purchase at your local craft store. With an X-Acto knife, I cut off the front of the letters and removed the cardboard packing or choose the letters with open backs and turn them around. I painted both the outside and inside of the letters. I recommend Tattered Angels High Impact paints or Decor & DIY paints, both are great options for all surfaces and dry to a great finish. You can also leave them unpainted for a more rustic look. For the inside backing of the paper mache letters, I used Grey & Ivory Mini Dot and Ribbon Stripe paper. To create the backings, trace the paper mache letters themselves. When cutting, cut in about an 1/8 of an inch so the paper easily fits inside, then decoupage them on.
The Coffee Cups: Pick up white tea or coffee cups and fill them with flowers, a handmade paper tag and a macaroon cookie. The paper tags are a great way to use up the scraps from your flowers and add a special touch to each cup. You can create a cup for each place setting if you are setting a table inside or outside and add the name of each person to your tag.
The very popular French Cookie is all the rage these days – A macaroon specifically refers to a meringue-based cookie made with almond flour, egg whites, and granulated and powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd.
To create a fun little desert display, start with an old chair and add a little paper banner across the chair with twine, clothespins and your choice of Canvas Corp Cardstock papers. Add a vintage drawer and a white cake plate, this can be old or new depending on what you can find. Milk glass is another great option. Top the cake plate with a tiny coffee cup centerpiece, cupcakes and macaroons. Handmade cupcake flags are a great touch. Simply cut slips of fabric in a flag shape, wrap them around a tooth pick and then add a tiny handmade paper flower. They can be added to a range of foods you might be serving.
If your desserts span more than a cake plate will hold, add a vintage doily or placemat and add white plates and saucers to hold an assortment of desserts, the random mixture adds to the eclectic look. You can also pile a stack of white plates off to one side perfect for each guest to gather their own goodies.
This sweet banner is perfect for draping across the table, side table or even a chair and adds another touch of color and dimensions to the decor.
Add rustic watering can filled with live or faux flowers. Each of these pieces together make a great statement.
You can transform the dining table, buffet, mantel or entry table with these great decorating ideas to make your personal Mother’s Day Decor. Choose the colors, gather the vintage pieces you have, show off old china, new glassware, the options are endless and we can assure you Mom will appreciate the effort.
Happy crafting and wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Alison is an Assistant Art Director at a greeting card co. Her DIY home and holiday décor are some of her specialties. She loves to create designs that enhance holiday and special occasion celebrations. She likes to work in fabrics, papers and novel objects. Her color palette is often determined by the holiday and she tends toward softer, pretty hues. Hand lettering and typography are other ways Alison likes to express what she is feeling.