Inspiration for a vintage Mother’s Day tea
Be the hostess with the mostess this Mother's Day as we show you how to host a celebratory vintage tea party
We’re all for celebrating any event or occasion at the moment (hello Valentines Day, Pancake Day and Easter!) but you can’t beat treating your mum, friend, sister, grandma or aunt to a brilliant Mother's Day celebration. Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday 14th March and regardless of whether we're able to celebrate around the dining table or in the back garden, hosting a celebratory vintage tea party is certainly something to look forward to. Here we share our top tips for hosting a tea party that's extra special – from creating a show-stopping floral centrepiece, to laying the perfect vintage table.
Did you know that Mothering Sunday wasn’t originally to do with celebrating mothers at all? Originally it was the Sunday on which people returned to their mother church (or the main church in their area) to celebrate the middle Sunday of Lent. Of course, because people were returning to their local area, this also meant that people had a chance to go home and see their mums and so Mother’s Day as we know it was born.
Whatever the reason, we always love to treat our Mums. And what better way than to sit her down with a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake...
Make the front door look beautiful
We all know that few things are more cheerful than a colourful front door, and a spring wreath is the perfect finishing touch! Whether you buy a ready-made example – or get creative with willow, twigs and spring foliage – a wreath like this one will enchant your tea party guests as soon as they arrive at your door.
Our favourite spring wreaths
Don't fancy making your own? Here are some beautiful spring wreaths available right now...
Wildflower spring wreath, £58, Not on the High Street
43cm flower spring wreath, £27.99, Lights4Fun
Spring wreath making kit with dried flowers, £59, Etsy
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Source pretty vintage china
What could be more charming than a Mother's Day afternoon tea served on antique and vintage china? Hunt-down a complete tea set for a cohesive feel, or keep things eclectic by mixing and matching colourful cups, saucers and serve ware. It's easy to pick up an array of vintage floral or patterned china at flea markets, charity shops or online. For investment pieces, Gentle Rattle of China has some excellent antique examples, or find updated versions of heritage designs via Spode or Wedgwood.
Buff up the silverware
Transform your Mother's Day tea into a real occasion by laying the table with glittering antique silver! Whether you serve tea in a pretty silver tea pot, dig out the silver cake forks or adorn linen napkins with antique silver napkin rings, your guests are sure to be impressed. But don't forget to give everything a quick clean before they arrive!
Create a show-stopping tea table
Now that you've chosen the vintage china and polished the silverware, all that's left to do is lay the tea table to perfection! To ensure your vintage tea party goes without a hitch, we recommend doing this the night before. Opt for linen and napkins in a single colour palette for a look that's simple and sophisticated, or go bold with kitsch vintage florals and antique embroidered table linen. You could even get crafty with some personalised place settings, like those pictured below.
Create a vintage floral centrepiece
Nothing says Mother's Day like a sweet-smelling display of hyacinths, tulips and daffodils straight from the garden! If you’re short on vases, why not raid the other vintage or antique vessels in your home? Old pudding bowls, flour bins, bread crocks or jelly moulds are perfect for creating unusual seasonal displays when stuffed with floral foam or chicken wire.
Bake something delicious
No vintage tea party is complete without cake! We love the look of these sweet iced fairy cakes topped with edible spring flowers, and this indulgent chocolate and ginger cake is also a real crowd pleaser.
Our favourite vintage-inspired cake stands
A beautiful cake also calls for a beautiful cake stand! And we love these examples...
Cake stand by Angel Strawbridge, £25, Sainsbury's Home and Argos
Skye McAlpine splatter cake stand, £98, Anthropologie
V&A Alice in Wonderland 3 tier cake stand, £38, Dunelm
Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 3 tier cake stand, £135, John Lewis & Partners