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Breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day classic. But why not elevate it this year? Instead of carrying a precariously balanced tray of scrambled eggs to her room on Sunday morning, invite your mom to a beautifully set table where you can celebrate over a long meal together.

If you can’t be with your mother this year due to social distancing, you can still celebrate her and enjoy brunch or dinner over Zoom. Read on for table-setting ideas that will make her smile whether you’re together in person or on video chat. 

Pump Up Your Palette

Photography by Aaron Dyer

Elevate an ordinary spread by bringing a bold dose of color to the table through plates, linens, and glassware. Opting for bright melamine plates and milky-hued wineglasses in lieu of standard white can turn a mundane meal into an Insta-worthy setup she’ll love to share. The best part? The bright colors will pop even over the most pixelated of Zooms. 


Let Your Centerpiece Do the Talking

Photography by Meghan McNeer; Styled by Kate Berry

Line the length of your table with eclectic centerpieces meant to set the scene. FS Objects’s powder-coated standing bowl is perfect for holding citrus. If you’re hoping for a candlelit look, Hawkins New York’s Frog Bowl has room for your favorite tapers and floral arrangements. 

More Monochrome

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Nothing makes a statement quite like a monochrome tablescape outfitted with a handful of lustrous elements. Sculptural white bud vases and hem-stitched napkins add instant glamour.

Reinvent Grocery Store Flowers

Photography by Kate Berry

Instead of sending Mom a bouquet this year, bring the florals into a special centerpiece. Line the table with mix-and-match vases (or regular glasses if you’re working with what you have) to evenly disperse the flowers. If you’re not together, try FaceTime-ing while you create matching arrangements.

Mix and Match Plates

Photography by Roland Bello

Maybe you don’t have a cohesive dining set. Don’t worry: Everyone can source some mismatched plates and pair them with a linen tablecloth for an effortlessly cool look. We’re loving both John Derian’s butterfly design and a more classic motif with a twist from Williams Sonoma. 


Keep It Rustic

Photography by Wynn Myer 

If you have a backyard or balcony, take Mother’s Day brunch outdoors and outfit the table with an abundance of wildflowers. Colorful glassware, a rustic cutting board, and splashy ceramic bowls will elevate the setting and make it a day to remember. 

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