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Mother's Day Party Ideas


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When I was in primary school I remember in the lead up to Mother’s Day we would be busy with craft classes, making gifts for kids to buy and take home to their mum’s for Mother’s Day. Families would donate arts and craft materials and out of it we would make jam jars filled with coloured sand with the lid wrapped in fabric and tied up with a bow. Bars of soap would be wrapped in wrapping paper with a stick on tag saying “Happy Mother’s Day”, little tulle bags of potpourri to go in mum’s underwear drawer. We would make vanilla scented bath salts and then store them in washed out vegemite jars (like mum’s have the time to take a relaxing bath – right?) and of course we would sell faux roses at 50 cents per rose. There would also be little platters of cupcakes, home-made toffees and slices to choose from. All our creations would then be placed out on the table and we were then allowed to choose and pay for our gifts to mum. Sometimes it would dissolve into pure chaos as kids wanted to buy back the items that they made for their mum, or others who were not so crafty would swoop on an item made by another kid, which would cause tears and tantrums. I would always buy mum the gift I had made and a little something extra, like a faux rose or jar of coloured sand.

Every Mother’s Day mum would graciously accept our gifts of macaroni and wool necklaces, bars of soap and coloured sand. Our cards would be placed up on the mantle with the faux flowers. As I got older I could not understand how mum could love these little gifts that to a teen were so dodgy. Surely something from the shops would be so much nicer? How many macaroni necklaces and jars of sand could she seriously want? I didn’t get it then, but I do get it now I am a mum (funny how that works!). I now have keepsake boxes that are filling up with everything my two children make with their beautiful little hands. My heart lights up when I pick Tilly up from school and she has made me a card or a picture and I would much rather prefer her hand-made gifts over anything you could buy in shops. Their gifts are priceless and I know that there will come a time when they decide that hand-made is geeky and will want to buy things from the store…

Before I get teary with the vision of my two as smelly, attitude-riddled teenagers, let’s look at what is on the calendar – Mother’s Day! If you want to organise a little something, a get-together for your mum this year why not take her back down memory lane and re-create the gifts you made her as a child. Australia’s #1 Party Shop has great products that can help you make this a sweet party for your mum. For example, they have coloured sand that you can use to pour into jars and decorate the table or tables with. Around the room have photos of your mum up for everyone to see. Vases of paper flowers to make it pretty, you can fill little organza bags with potpourri. In the gift bags include macaroni necklaces for your guests to take home. Pink Frosting even sell little soap favours! Hand-make your card for mum with the help of the Martha Stewart ranges of creative products.

If you want to make some bath salts, all you need is organic sea salt crystals and scented oil of your choice. In a bowl pour in the salt and add a few drops of scented oil and mix through. Spread the crystals out onto a piece of grease proof paper and allow drying out. Once dry you then pour them into a container or jar, tie with a pretty ribbon and tag and there you go! Easy home-made bath salts! For the party food why not re-create the Mother’s Day breakfast with a grown up touch. Using a round cookie-cutter cut out circles in the bread and toast. Plate up with scrambled eggs and bacon placed on top of the toast as neatly as possible, but make the cup of coffee or tea weak and cold (for mum) just like old times! Also have food like sponge cakes, scones and slices like the ones you would for her buy at the Mother’s Day stalls at school. Check out Pink Frosting for their cake decorating and tea pot party collections too for serving up food and drinks.

Writing this story has made me wish I lived near my mum. I’d love to be able to throw her a party. Instead, this year I think the kids and I will get crafty and make her a treasure of goodies, just like when I was little. But for the lucky lot who have their mums in the same location, head over to Pink Frosting to start planning, creating and decorating for your Mother’s Day soirée! Love you Mum!!!



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