Have plans for Mother’s Day? Why not celebrate the women in your life with food and drink as colorful as they are? We’ve partnered with Nikki Baxendale, founder of Literally Life, to see how to create appetizers and cocktails perfect for a Mother’s Day menu.
This is part two of our Mother’s Day series. See recipes for Mother’s Day desserts, including cupcakes, meringues, and white chocolate brittle.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the ladies who have helped shape our lives. This year, my twin girls Chloe and Lily had both Grandma, who was visiting us from England, and their fabulous teachers from St. Mark’s Preschool join them in a colorful feast filled with giggles and treats. These women brighten up their day and make their whole world feel like home.
When planning an event, I always begin with the color palette and theme. Chloe and Lily were eager to help me choose the colors, pointing out the beautiful spring blooms in our garden. We decided the cheerful colors of sorbet, brought to life with the new spring collection from Crate and Barrel, would set the scene. Since the ladies in our family love to share small plates and try new recipes, we thought it would be fun to carry this style throughout the menu, offering a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors.
Even the simplest things can look fabulous with a touch of creativity, and our bunting bites added an English twist to this festive occasion.
Goat Cheese, Pear and Pecan Phyllo Cups
These little phyllo cups tasted every bit as fabulous as they looked on this beautiful, vibrant butterfly serving platter.
Mozzarella, Grape Tomato and Basil Skewers
For another quick treat with a pop of color, you can create a batch of mozzarella, grape tomato and basil skewers.
- Grape tomatoes
- Mozzarella pearls
- Fresh basil
Simply slice about 1/3 of the top of each grape tomato off and slide the tomato onto the skewer. Follow up with a basil leaf, then a mozzarella pearl and another basil leaf. Finish with the remainder of the sliced tomato. Displayed in Josie glasses, these sticks add the finishing accent color.
Refreshing Drink Recipes
Our colorful mix of Mother’s Day cocktails and refreshers were showcased in a variety of drinkware.
Along with our Mother’s Day appetizers, we offered our guests a healthy shot I like to call “sweet relief.” To refresh, I used a mix of honeydew melon, cucumber, mint, green apple, lemon and coconut water. To energize, I blended blackberries, raspberries, ginger, key lime and coconut water. These were very popular and helped balance out the treats that followed.
For a lighter Mother’s Day cocktail option, I used Prosecco as the base for the cocktails and sparkling fruit blends. In beautiful tall glasses, we served two varieties—one with raspberries and a large sprig of rosemary, and one with a spiral of lemon rind and a rim rubbed with lemon zest.
Key lime soda and sparkling strawberry water with a confetti of lemon, cucumber and mint leaves were also served in these Josie glasses. The girls enjoyed feeling very grown up with their own mocktails.
Blackberry Mint Julep Recipe
I just love these mint julep cups. Adding the silver touches really balanced the color of the table. Our blackberry and elderflower mint julep offers a twist on an old favorite.
Of course, no soiree is complete without something sweet. Check back next week to see how to create a beautiful cupcake centerpiece complete with meringue, coconut cupcakes and white chocolate brittle.
Attending a Mother’s Day brunch? Find gifts perfect for the host on Crate and Barrel’s Pinterest board.