Published on March 20, 2019

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We all have ways of showering our moms with love and affection, especially on her special day. Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and while an “impromptu” breakfast-in-bed situation is a sweet gesture, we’re also heavily in favor of breaking course from tradition.

This year, skip the restaurant and throw Mom a dedicated fete at home. Not quite sure where to begin? That’s where we swoop in with entertaining tips that are guaranteed to take your Mother’s Day celebration to the next level. Read on for the table-setting and party-planning ideas inspiring us right now.

Play around with unexpected colors

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Elevate an ordinary spread by inviting a bold dose of color to the table through plates, linens, and glassware. Opting for a bright blue plate, in lieu of the standard white, can turn something mundane (like melon slices) into an Insta-worthy setup.

Let the centerpiece do the talking

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Line the length of the table with an eclectic assortment of bud vases and fill them with overflowing florals to bring a showstopping detail to the surface.

Go monochrome

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Nothing says statement quite like a monochrome tablescape outfitted with a handful of lustrous elements: Scallop-edged plates and brass-finished cutlery add high contrast.

Reinvent supermarket flowers

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Put Mom’s bouquet to good use by designating it to the centerpiece. Line the table with colorful water glasses and evenly disperse the florals.

Allow the menu to dictate your palette

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If the menu you’ve planned is set to be colorful—as any spring fete should be—take a pared-down approach to the tablescape. Begin with a neutral base, reserving the softer hues for the table linens, and allow the food to serve as the focal point.

Mix and match plates

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You’re hosting brunch for the first time and the one thing you’re lacking is a cohesive dining set. Don’t worry: Source a set of mismatched plates from a local vintage shop and pair with a linen tablecloth for an effortlessly cool look.

Keep it rustic

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Take Mother’s Day brunch outdoors and outfit the table with an abundance of wildflowers. Colorful glassware, vintage tea cup sets, and an eclectic collection of dining chairs elevate this bucolic setting.

Inspiration for your menu:

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