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Celebrate Mom on Her Special Day with a Mother’s Day Luncheon

A Mother’s Day luncheon is the perfect way to show your mom, grandmas, aunts, cousins, and in-laws just how much you appreciate all they do. It’s a chance to spoil them with good food, great company, and lots of love.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the last few weeks wondering how to make the day extra special for the amazing moms and mother-figures in your life. Sure, flowers and cards are great; anything that comes from the heart is sure to be adored by Mom. But why stop there? Why not go the extra mile this year and treat the women you love to a Mother’s Day luncheon?

A Mother’s Day luncheon is the perfect way to show your mom, grandmas, aunts, cousins, and in-laws just how much you appreciate all they do. It’s a chance to spoil them with good food, great company, and lots of love. It might sound like a lot to get done in a short period of time, but, if you follow our tips, you and your mother will be lunching away in no time.

6 Steps for Hosting a Beautiful Mother’s Day Luncheon

Making the Guest List

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Once you’re ready to start planning your Mother’s Day luncheon, you’ll first want to consider the guest list. It’s natural to want to include all the moms you know and love. However, for an event like this, it’s essential to prioritize quality over quantity. Consider the size of your space and table and invite only as many guests as you can comfortably accommodate. Otherwise, you run the risk of not being able to devote enough time to all your guests.

While you may have many friends and family members that you’d love to honor on this day, keeping the guest list intimate ensures that everyone feels included and the conversation flows easily. Remember: this luncheon is all about showering your guests with gratitude, and that’s hard to do if your attention is divided between too many people. Ultimately, the goal is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone feels cherished and appreciated.

Choosing the Theme and Color Palette

A picture depicting two different place setting options for a Mother's Day Luncheon. One has two stacked plates that are off white with a Lemon Crème Cake Roll in the center of the top plate. The other is a white plate with a gold border and decorative pattern. There's a Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll slice on the center. There's also pink and yellow napkins and flower options.

Selecting a theme and color palette can help set the tone for your Mother’s Day luncheon and create a festive atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top or matchy-matchy. But starting with a general theme and color palette will help you achieve a more cohesive look by giving you elements you can include throughout the event, from invitations to florals to plate settings.

For instance, if your mom is set to be the star of the show, consider her preferences and personality when choosing a theme or center everything around her favorite color. This can get a little tougher to do if you’re planning a gathering to honor a bunch of moms. If that’s the case for you, we have some ideas you can consider.

For a classic and elegant look, consider a floral theme with soft pastel colors such as pink, lavender, and peach. You can even incorporate fresh flowers into your table decorations and centerpieces to enhance the theme further. On the other hand, if your guests prefer a more modern and chic style, consider a contemporary color palette such as black and white with pops of bright colors. Then, incorporate uniquely shaped vases and dinnerware to pull it all together.

Picking the Invitations

After your guest list is finalized and the theme is chosen, it’s time to send out the invitations. The format of your invitation is entirely up to you; traditional paper invites, emails, or a simple phone call or text message are all options you can consider. If you choose to send a paper invitation or digital invite, select designs that are both eye-catching and festive, with colors and imagery that match the theme of your event.

When picking the format of your invitation, consider how much time you have before your event. Guests need enough notice, so they can add your luncheon to their schedule. We recommend sending out invitations at least two to three weeks before the event itself. If you have plenty of time, an elegant paper invite would be perfect. If you have a lot going on or find yourself pushed for time, digital invites (email, phone, or text) can get news about your party out there in a flash.

Also, don’t forget to request an RSVP. This will give you an idea of how many people to expect, so you can plan your space and menu accordingly. If you don’t hear back from someone, follow up with them. They’ll appreciate the gesture as it shows you really value their presence at your luncheon.

Setting the Table

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You’ve got your theme, and the invites are out. Now, it’s time to set the table. Your Mother’s Day tablescape should feel special and inviting without feeling cluttered or over the top. Start by selecting a tablecloth or runner that complements your theme and colors. To create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, you can build layers by using both a tablecloth and runner and mixing and matching textures and materials.

Next, choose the dinnerware, glassware, and utensils. Opt for matching sets to give the table a clean, refined feel or mix and match different pieces for a more eclectic look. Consider using decorative chargers or placemats to add even more texture and interest to the table.

For the centerpiece, you can never go wrong with fresh flowers. Arrange a big, charming bouquet in a beautiful vase or prepare several small vases that you can run along the whole length of the table. You can also incorporate candles, decorative branches, or other natural elements to add depth and dimension to your table.

Creating a Memorable and Low-Stress Luncheon Menu

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Advanced preparation is the key to any successful and low-stress party. To ensure you can spend as little time as possible in the kitchen the day of your luncheon, we recommend planning your menu at least one week ahead of time. This is an easy way to knock something off your to-do list and eliminate the risk of feeling rushed as the event gets closer.

As for the food, aim for dishes that are not only delicious but also easy to prepare. Look for recipes that can be prepared, at least partially, in advance. Have one or two appetizers ready for when people begin to arrive. Then, at the table, you’ll serve your main course, a few side dishes, and a dessert. And don’t forget the drinks! Coffee, lemonade, and fruit punch are all easy to make in large batches and can be served in a carafe or punch bowl, so you don’t spend the whole party refilling glasses.

The Perfect Desserts for Mother’s Day

Here at Dutch Apron® Bakery we like to say that desserts are more than what we do…they’re what we love. So, allow us to guide you on picking just the right sweet treat to feature at your Mother’s Day luncheon.

Hosting a Large Gathering? Try Flowerpot Cakes!

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Flowerpot Cakes are charming, delicious treats that any mother would fall in love with. The dessert features layers of chocolate goodness, from the rich Chocolate Crème Cake Roll slices to the decadent pudding to the crushed cookies. Then, the dessert is adorned with meticulously crafted gum paste flowers, creating a stunning presentation that is sure to impress at your luncheon. With its blend of rich, chocolate flavors and beautiful floral decorations, this dessert is a true showstopper that will delight your taste buds and captivate your guests.

Keeping Your Party Small? The Fresh Fruit Cake Roll is for You!

Fresh Fruit Cake Roll

Show the mom in your life how much she means to you with a special treat made just for her. Our elegant Fresh Fruit Cake Roll is easy to make and packed full of spring flavors. A Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll is covered in delicate buttercream rosettes and topped with Mom’s favorite fresh fruits to make a stunning dessert that is almost too pretty to eat. It’s the perfect treat to help Mom celebrate on her special day.

Add Personal Touches

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Make your Mother’s Day luncheon extra special by adding personal touches that show Mom how much she means to you. Consider incorporating sentimental pieces like heirloom dishware or special family photos to your tablescape. These items will evoke precious memories and create a warm, nostalgic atmosphere.

Another thoughtful idea is to prepare a special gift or token of appreciation for each guest to take home. This could be a small potted plant, a scented candle, or a homemade treat wrapped in pretty packaging. These little gestures can go a long way in making your Mother’s Day celebration feel heartfelt and memorable.

Let’s Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day!

A Mother’s Day luncheon is a wonderful way to honor the mothers in your life and show them how much they are loved and appreciated. By carefully planning the guest list, selecting a theme, setting a beautiful table, creating a memorable menu, and adding a few personal touches, you can create a meaningful and unforgettable experience for everyone. Whether you’re celebrating with a small gathering or a large party, the most important thing is to make Mom feel cherished and celebrated on her special day. Cheers to all the moms out there – this day is for you!

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