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ELEGANT TEA PARTY IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year? If you need a few ideas, we’ve got you covered today with these elegant tea party ideas!

Mother’s Day is all about showing mom just how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you.  Therefore, what’s more perfect than showering her with an afternoon of delicate pastries paired with her favorite teas? Plus, a tea party is the perfect opportunity to put on those sun dresses you’ve been saving for the spring!

To help you plan the perfect Mother’s Day celebration, FTD curated the best tea party ideas around. They created these mood boards featuring ideas for unique centerpieces, creative finger foods and drinks to serve, as well as elegant tablescape ideas to impress mom!

Check out the ideas below to get started on planning the ultimate treat for mom this Mother’s Day!

ELEGANT TEA PARTY IDEAS FOR MOTHER'S DAY

Top right Photo by: Kristyn Hogan , Florals & Styling: Cedarwood Weddings | Middle left Photo by: Tiny Tots Toy Hire | Middle right Photo by: Pinwheel Collective | Bottom left Photo by: Claire Macintyre Photography |Bottom right Photo by: Ken Kienow Photography

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4 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

Nothing says fall than comfort foods filled with our favorite ingredients like apples and pumpkin or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Combine those together and you can enjoy one delicious plate of hot, fluffy pancakes. I’ve rounded up 4 mouth-watering, fall-inspired pancake recipes that will have you wanting to whip up a batter to try!

‘The Best Pumpkin Pancakes’
recipe by Cooking Classy

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKES

All the seasonal spices are packed in these pancakes – which will make for a savory stack of pancakes!

‘Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup’
recipe by Averie Cooks

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIIPES

Apple pie or apple pancakes…you be the judge. Either way, it’s a scrumptious classic taste to enjoy during this season.

 

‘Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Pecan Sauce’
recipe by Julia’s Album

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

There’s a whole bunch of yummy goodness on this plate!

 

‘Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes’
recipe by Recipe Diaries

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

Apple sauce with a hint of spice…delightful fall flavors!

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Dessert Recipe: APPLE & PEAR HAND PIES

Apple & Pear Hand Pies

Sometimes I get those dessert cravings and since I had some fruit in the fruit bowl and a box of puff pastry sheets in the freezer, I knew exactly what to make! It’s an easy and tasty treat that combines the sweet-tart flavor of a granny smith apple and bosc pear. You can practically add any fruit filling but to try out this one out, keeping scrolling for the recipe and enjoy!

Apple & Pear Hand Pie recipe

Apple & Pear Hand Pie recipe

Apple & Pear Hand Pie recipe

 

Dessert Recipe: APPLE & PEAR HAND PIES
 
Recipe type: dessert recipe
Serves: 5

Ingredients
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Bosc Pear
  • 1 Puff Pastry Sheet
  • ⅓ cup, Sugar
  • 1 tbsp, Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp, Ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp, Nutmeg
  • 1, Lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 tbsp, Butter
  • 1, egg
  • Cinnamon Sugar, for dusting

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While you thaw one puff pastry sheet, dice your apple and pear into small cubes and place in a bowl. Combine the sugar, spices, half of a lemon juice and zest; toss to combine.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat pour the apple and pear mixture into the pot. As it comes to a boil, stir occasionally until apples and pears are soft but not mushy. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the white part of the egg; set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the pastry sheet and slice down lengthwise in three equal slices. With each long slice, you are going to slice 4 equal squares. You should have a total of 12 squares. Each square is for a top and a bottom. This will give you 5 hand pies.
  5. Line a baking pan with Parchment Paper and place your pastry squares on top. Lightly brush the egg white on all sides of each pastry square.
  6. Scoop a spoonful of the apple and pear mixture in the middle of five pastry squares; take the remaining squares and place each one on top of filled ones and use the back of the fork to seal the edges. Brush each pastry top with egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake until pastry puff is brown. Let cool on wire rack before serving.

Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Round-Up: MY MOST-READ BLOG POSTS

In yesterday’s post, I announced my 3-year blogiversary and a gift giveaway (still time to enter!) From all the blog posts I published in the past three years, it’s fun to see what it is you all like to read and are inspired by. So I thought I would share a round-up of the top most-read blog posts this year, in case you missed reading any of them (wink, wink).

Most-Read COCKTAIL Recipe Post

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Italian Mule Cocktail recipe: this was one of my favorite summer cocktails – so refreshing!

Most-Read DESSERT/FOOD Recipe Posts

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Custard Fruit Puff Pastry Shells: I love to make anything with Puff Pastry.

ROUND-UP OF MOST READ BLOG POSTS

Apple Oatmeal Brunch Food recipe: I’m thinking of what else I can make with apples this fall.

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Arroz con Dulce recipe: a family favorite!

Most-Read DIY Post

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Bridesmaid & Groomsman DIY Gift Box: snacks, cocktails, goodies, and a card all packaged nicely? A great way to ask your bridal and groomsmen party to be a part of your wedding!

Most-Read HOME DECOR Posts

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Fall Home Decor: It doesn’t take much to transition your home decor from summer to fall.

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‘Press for Champagne’ framed bell: one of my favorite and fun purchases, to date!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLES THAT INSPIRE ME TO CREATE MY OWN

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE

One thing that will bring an instant smile to my face any day are flowers – there is something about them that are so cheerful! Whether I’m viewing a beautiful garden with an array of colorful flowers, perusing stunning arrangements on instagram or making one of my own, they inspire my creative spirit. As of late, I’ve been admiring a particular style of impressive floral arrangements from a few florists I follow. The drama of the way the designers position each flower to appear as though each bloom is mingling with the next, the way they let particular florals drape in its natural form, the free flowing design that is not structured and brings your eye in and around has a garden-style aesthetic – that is truly a creative work of art!

A look into some of the talented florists that inspire me with this type of floral design:

Sinclair and Moore

Studio Mondine

Ava Flora

Tulipina

As of late, this way of styling a floral arrangement has inspired me to try my hand at it. I obviously have to keep at it in order to perfect my arrangements but I sure do have fun trying! In the first picture above, I created this flower arrangement using about nine different blooms. I centered the hydrangeas, since they are the larger blooms and I cut each other stem in a various of sizes so that the florals didn’t look so meticulously arranged.  I styled an early fall vignette that lets the pink pop from all the natural white and browns.

Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to style this arrangement as a centerpiece for a tablescape design.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLES THAT INSPIRE ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRE ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

So what do you think? How did I do? If you are a florist and would like to share some tips, we are all ears! Feel free to comment below.

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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