Backyard Mother's Day Brunch

The weather here was perfect for a little outdoor meal for the two mom's in my life.  We hosted a lunch for my mother in law and dinner for my mom.  My goal was simple but still thoughtful as I was out of town all day Saturday. 

It was our first official outdoor event this year and it is always such a reward to see the fruits of Spring in our yard.  The grass is finally green again...plants and flowers are in bloom...with just enough sun and breeze for a perfect day with our beloved mommas. 

What mom wouldn't love a little chocolate bar...including some gluten and dairy free brownies for my MIL.  We served it on top a big ol' dollop of ice cream.

I picked up some new cake stands I was drooling over from a Macy's Martha Stewart ad I saw.  They were a bit pricey but I did my best to use coupons and take advantage of when they were on sale.  They were bought one of the weeks my husband was working all night...a night of was either that or eat another whole bag of Dorritos!  I went back three different nights and the lady who worked there recognized me each time!  Sooo embarassing!

I love them nonetheless and they are one of those few things I felt were worth every penny.  Please notice the smallest one has a little glass bird on top.  Dying of cuteness!  I apologize now if you have suddenly become obsessed with them as I have.  That Martha line is intoxicating.

I seem to have our outdoor entertaining down to a science now.  Simplifying all my supplies has allowed me to streamline everything and make the setup that much easier.

Paper straws added color to the table and I cut a few calla lilies from my yard for a centerpiece.

I got into a conversation with my mother in law about planting flowers in your yard for the purpose of cutting them and using them when entertaining.  I had never considered looking at gardening this way.  We have hydrangeas that haven't bloomed yet that would work but I am also considering looking into buying a rose plant for this purpose.  Any other good suggestions on flowers good for cutting?

A relaxing day outdoors to say the least...

We also ate simply but delicious.  I was able to prepare all the food ahead of time on Friday and made the same meal for both moms.  We had corn on the cob, chicken and fruit kebabs, and oven fries with strawberry lemonade.  

Thankful for my dear mom and sweet mother in law who has blessed me with her son.  Happy belated Mother's Day to all you lovely moms out there!!! xo