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How to Host Mom

Give her the gift of an unforgettable Mother’s Day this year with our top tips for making it extra special. From flower arranging and market browsing to cooking up the menu of her dreams, sharing in life’s simple pleasures is truly priceless… 

1. A trip to the market

Sundays are synonymous with strolling stalls in search of one-off treasures. From farmers’ markets to a vintage fair, treat mom to a day to remember. Peruse the seasonal fruit and veggie stands to source fresh ingredients for a wholesome, home-cooked meal. You just can’t beat an earth-to-table supper.

And don’t forget to visit the local artisans, too. Whether on the hunt for rare antiques or unique ornaments, search for one-of-a-kind storytellers. They’ll serve as a thoughtful reminder and the perfect memento to look back on.

Top tip: “When shopping for vintage wares, the best pieces are often snapped up quickly, so it’s best to do your browsing in the morning, as soon as the market opens. A roomy tote, or basket, and a pair of comfy shoes are also key to your success!”

2. A garden to grow together

There’s nothing quite like the joy that nature brings. May is one of the best months to see flowers in full bloom, so head outdoors with mom for some quality time – alfresco. Whether tending to the garden, admiring the vibrant colours, or foraging for a hand-picked bouquet, reconnect and recharge in the fresh air.

Once everything has been tended to outside, transform the kitchen table into your very own florist and have fun styling a special arrangement (or two).

Florist’s tip: “Remove any greenery and trim the stems a half-inch from the bottom at a 45-degree angle. This provides more surface area for your flowers to drink. Make sure to change the water every 3-4 days and continue to give the stems a fresh cut.” Lauryn Soden, STEMS + CO

3. A tablescape to top them all

Going out to a restaurant for Mother’s Day can sometimes feel a tad contrived, so why not create an intimate setting at home, complete with the table of her dreams? Just follow Becca’s step-by-step guide to effortless entertaining below…


Set the foundation for your table with stylish serveware. The perfect blank canvas, guests always notice beautifully crafted china.


Add warmth and dimension with neutral accessories inspired by the great outdoors. Our wooden cutlery frames our plates beautifully. 


I love to style brass and ceramic candlestick holders with gorgeous tapered candles for a subtle hint of colour. 


Depending on the size of the gathering, select 2-4 place settings for arrangements. Opt for bud vases filled with posies and single stems, so as not to steal too much table surface.

4. A menu full of favourites

To round off the celebrations, let mom sit back and relax as you transform your kitchen into one that rivals a top chef’s. Make the meal extra thoughtful and design a menu just for her, complete with all her most-loved dishes – from starter to dessert. In need of some inspiration? Head to our recipe section. Choose from a Spring Green Risotto packed with flavor, finished with an irresistible Rhubarb & Frangipane Tart. The options are endless and sure to tantalize the taste buds!

Becca’s tip: “Enjoy the process! Lean on easy recipes that you know and forage greens from your surroundings. Allow it to be truly joyful and a moment to capture the fondest memories.” 

The Mother's Day Gift Guide

And don’t forget to shop our curated edit of presents to please mom. From entertaining essentials for the top host to pampering treats for the wellness enthusiast, we have something for everyone…

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