With Mother's day on Sunday, you may be wondering what to do to make it a extra special. After two years of not being able to celebrate with the most important lady in your life, this year you can truly spoil and pamper your mum and show her exactly how much you care. Instead of taking her out to eat, plan a special meal for her at home where you can gather around your reclaimed wood dining table and create the perfect setting that you know she will love. And why stop at lunch? From a casual Mother's Day brunch to start the day off right to an exquisite afternoon tea with all the trimmings, not to mention a sumptuous evening meal, take a look at our gorgeous ideas of how to dress your rustic dining table and throw your mum a Mother's Day to remember.
How to style your dining table for Mother's Day
1. A special Mother's day brunch
Not everyone wants all the fuss of a big lunch and a casual family brunch is the perfect gathering on any Sunday, especially Mothering Sunday. Styling should be laid-back but still set for a special occasion. If you have a rustic wood dining table then opt for on-trend wicker place mats rather than a table cloth, and pick homely earthenware crockery to help create a natural rustic look. To bring a wow-factor into the scheme, why not create a wonderful display of dried flowers and grasses in the centre of the table. Top food suggestions for brunch are pancakes, salmon and avocado, brunch burritos or poached eggs and bacon on crumpets.
2. A popular afternoon tea
There is something quite decadent about afternoon tea. It's a very proper ritual and one that deserves a stylish and elegant setting. The serving dishes, teapot and cake stand are the important elements that should feature on your table and this is the time to get your fine china out! A crisp plain white table cloth (make sure you iron it!) on your dining table, whether that's a small reclaimed wood dining table or round kitchen table, will give your afternoon tea a wonderful hotel feel! Dainty flowers are what is required to style a Mother's Day afternoon tea. Think pretty spring blooms dotted around the table in glass jars of varying sizes. You can even decorate your cake (home baked or not) with pretty edible flowers and a dusting of icing powder.
3. A decadent Mother's Day dinner
This is where you can go more formal and all-out. For an extra special Mother's day meal channel your inner creativity and create a spectacular table display. If you have a beautiful solid wood dining table you may want to keep some of the beauty of the tabletop on show, so rather than a tablecloth, add a runner to help create contrast and colour and make more of an occasion of the table. Layer a couple of runners on top of each other along the length of the table or have two symmetrical pieces hanging across the width of the table. For the centrepiece, go big - your mum can always take the display home with her after! Add a large display of her favourite flowers, along with plenty of greenery to bolster it up. Or create a hanging display similar to ones that were popular at Christmas and weave in a wonderful display of botanical beauty. Position an array of different sized candles and you have a dinner table setting that not just your mum will be proud of.