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Celebrate Mom with an Al Fresco Gathering


May 11, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Mother’s Day is almost here! If you are hosting a celebration this year, we have some last-minute inspiration to help you plan the perfect gathering.

Immerse yourself in the setting. With its vibrant spring blooms and warmer weather, May is a great month to plan an outdoor event. Consider setting a table outside near fresh flowers or beneath a beautiful tree for a seasonal affair. If you prefer to gather indoors, consider opening windows, allowing gentle breezes and spring scents to waft through your home during the event.

Embrace the season on your table. Fresh flowers and greenery are always a must for any spring gathering, whether you choose to pick from your garden, a farmers market or a local nursery. Consider mixing small arrangements with larger ones to highlight a myriad of blooms for your table setting. Once you have created your floral displays, you can use leftover stems to adorn plates.

Be prepared to toast. For any celebration, it is a good idea to serve a drink with which guests can toast. Local sparkling or white wine, or hand-crafted cocktails like mimosas are perfect for an al fresco Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon and a special toast to mom.

Don’t forget the sweets. No gathering is complete without a sweet treat, or two. They make for a perfect party favor or ending to a meal.

If you are not hosting an event this year, or are looking for other ways to celebrate mom, be sure to check the Charlottesville Welcome Book calendar for local Mother’s Day events!

Photography: Jen Fariello
Design & Styling: Marisa Vrooman of Orpha Events
Florals: Southern Blooms
Venue: Septenary Winery at Seven Oaks Farm
Caterer: The Catering Outfit
Desserts: HotCakes Gourmet
Rentals: Emerson James, Stonegate Event Rentals & Festive Fare


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more;
 the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

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