May 11, 2012

Lilac, Cake & Tea for Moms

Happy Mother's Day weekend, dear friends! 
To honor our mothers, I have a simple suggestion: 
bring back precious memories for Mom with a special tea gathering for her and friends. Make it memorable by setting a simple, but thoughtful table. Keep in mind one of the many crucial advices she has given you all these years "Very often a simple statement makes the greatest impact" or " Never forget the importance of a first impression as you would never get a second chance to make it again"... 
Choose a simple menu to "reflect" her personality: genuine, uncomplicated, funny, friendly, and enjoyable. Make something from her recipe journal, something easy, most trusted, something that she likes, that is HER personal trademark ... an angel fruit cake ... Remember how the sweet vanilla smell coming from the kitchen waked you up countless mornings?...
Put the dried chamomile flowers into the kettle and prepare a soothing, relaxing tea. Remember your childhood summers when you both collected these tiny daisy-like plants and dried them on a special table in your grandparent's house... 
"Dress up" the table with her favorite flowers, lilac and peony. I bet, branches of lilac scent her living room right now. Let the thoughtful final touches be the pretty presents gift-wrapped with vintage ribbons. You can even put on the music, her favorite Sir Tom Jones' Delilah and she would be the first to dance ...Oh, she loves to dance...( You, too!)
Nothing fancy; it has always made her a little uncomfortable!
...and then 
share the motherhood,
"mothers and daughters are closest, when daughters become mothers"


As a matter of fact, my lovely mom lives thousands of miles away from me; I prepared this table for Mother's Day afternoon tea with friends and family thinking of her. I will call my mom on Sunday and we will talk for hours, laughing and crying...
Funny how the distance has always made our mother - daughter bond stronger and our love deeper! 

What's the most cherished advice your mom ever gave you?
Which song is her favorite song? What was your favorite dessert growing up?

A wonderful, sunny Mother's Day to all of YOU and those you love!


  1. This table is so beautiful. I can smell the lilacs and just imagine how delicious that cake would taste. My mother always said to me that if something was worth my time doing, it was best to do it right the first time. Have a Happy Mother's Day. Hugs, Deb

  2. Good morning Sylvia,
    Happy Pink Saturday! Your tea setting is simply exquisite. How lovely to walk into a room and smell the lilacs! Your double handled cups are gorgeous and the cake looks scrumptious. I enjoyed your post so very much and I invite you to share it with us next week for Tea Time. I know my ladies would love it! Thank you for your visit and have a lovely Mother's Day weekend.


  3. All I will have are memories of my mother. She was only 56 when we lost her. I will have a nice day with my son.

  4. Fabulous and delightful!

    My PINK, enjoy your weekend and happy mother's day!

  5. What a wonderful Tea Sylvia. I bet the smells were wonderful! Happy Mother's Day and Pink Saturday!

  6. Look at all those beautiful lilacs on that gorgeous table! Such a lovely Mother's Day tea!

  7. Oh Sylvia - such gorgeous photos and wonderfully meaningful suggestions for Mother's Day. Thank you for each one of them! Praying that your Mother's Day is full of love and joy! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Your table is stunning and your photos are beautiful! I am now your newest follower and can't wait to see what you do next.

    Susan and Bentley

  9. Beautiful Slyvia! I so adore lilacs and wish we could grow them here! Wishing you a Happy, Delicious and Flower-filled Mother's Day :)

  10. Oh my. What a fabulous post full of such sweet tea party ideas! And those lilacs! To die for!!!! Thank you for the many great ideas including the Mother's Day ideas. I have one at my site for grandmothers and granddaughters that's along these lines - only with a cute childrens princess tea set and tinme :) Have a lovely Mother's Day and Pink Saturday.

  11. Just the loveliest post, Sylvia , so well prepared and thought out...I think your Mom will be extremely proud. I can see that you cherish her and all your memories together....Wishing you a beautiful Mother's Day! N.xo

  12. Oh my gosh such gorgeous photos!!! I love your blog :) Happy Mother's Day!

  13. So sweet! Beautiful table and the food looks delicious. Lovely tribute to your mother and all mothers!

  14. Good morning most sweet and beautiful friend!

    Your photography is remarkable my dear and that MACAROON IS SCRUMPTOUS INDEED!!!!!! Your sweet sentiments are just lovely and I wish YOU a most happy day with all the people that you love!!!! BISOUS, Anita

  15. Beautiful table and the lilacs are just stunning.

  16. Such a gorgeous post. Wonderful to have you part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  17. Oh this is such a pretty post!!!

    MA BELLE, thank you for coming to visit and agreeing to join the party! IT WILL BE SOOOOOOO FUN! Last year we had such a great time and I met new friends that are just the best. ENJOY coming up with something YOU LOVE about Paris!!! BISES, Anita

  18. Oh I love your images...
    and your tea time idea for a mother too.
    But my Mom passed away already
    and she's greatly missed during these times.

  19. Blissfully gorgeous, my dear friend!
    I can imagine it is so difficult having your mother so far away...
    I hope your day was special and lovely, you deserve the very best, beautiful Sylvia!

    This is my second year without my dear mommy, but I was blessed to have her near after we came to the States.
    Thank you, my sea sister, for your sweet wishes.
    Sending much love to you,
    - Irina

  20. Your Mother's Day table is elegant. A nice idea to have a special tea for mothers, at any time of year, really.

  21. I just had to pop over for a visit, from Kathy's blog, Delightsome Life, the gorgeous lilacs caught my eye right away. Beautiful flowers and stunning photos. I will be back for another visit, I am sure. xo

  22. Sylvia, You are truly an artist! Gorgeous table - flower arrangement - perfect words - ones we should all live by. This is a perfect tribute to Mother's Day, I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  23. Hi Sylvia, Your bouquet is just stunning, and I loved reading your thoughts on mothers and making MD special. Angel food cake reminds me of my grandma. She would make homemade angel food cake using 12 egg whites, and then use the egg yolks to make noodles. Hope your MD was good.

  24. What a beautiful tea, Sylvia! The pictures are just outstanding. I'd love to be a guest at your table.

  25. A great tea and I adore your lilacs -- ours are now gone! Love that tea cup!

  26. Hi Sylvia,
    would love to be your MOM with all the wonderful treats and gifts. This post is really a wonderful Mother's Day celebration. The bouquet is gorgeous and so is your tea setting. I love macaroons, too.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  27. Oh, I could almost smell the aroma of those wonderful flowers and your table looks gorgeous!

  28. I hope your day
    was as BEAUTIFUL
    as this lovely tea, Sylvia!

    I had a tea for several
    of my dear friends last
    week, but was so busy
    serving them {and refreshing
    their tea cups} that I did
    not get to capture any
    photos of the details, only
    the attendees in their cute
    little hats : )

    I love tea and would LOVE
    to share it with you, someday!


  29. Oh my, what a beautiful table setting! I can't get over that gorgeous bouquet of lilacs. It's too bad your mother wasn't there to take in all the beauty that you created. I hope you had a wonderful day :)

  30. Hi Sylvia,
    Your tea setting is elegant! I love your bouquets of lilacs and beautiful china. Your cake looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  31. Just beautiful Sylvia! Such pretty photography. Looks like it is out of Martha Stewart Living.
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  32. Your blog is just stunning! I am so glad I found you today... I'll be back to catch up on past posts. Your newest follower!


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