- We made it to spring! And if you’re like me, you’re looking for every reason to celebrate this year.
- Everything is so well made and durable, with plenty of outdoor furniture and decor accents that nail the neutral, lived-in look I’m always going for.
One of my requirements for a Mother’s Day menu is that it’s got to be easy enough for Adam and the kids to make it solo. Anyone feel me?
Okay yes, I definitely styled the cheese and charcuterie board shown here (Adam’s good but he’s not that good), but with a little instruction, this grazing table is 100% something that my family could make without me.
Thankfully, “easy” can still be incredibly festive. After all, this is a chance to celebrate the moms who have been working so hard during this challenging year! This picnic spread keeps prep super simple with a huge grazing board full of Good & Gather snacks, nuts, and spring produce, plus an assortment of cheese and charcuterie.
- All that gorgeous fruit doubled as my centerpiece.
Cheese Board Tips
Here’s what I added to this cheese and charcuterie board:
- Cheeses: a wedge of Stilton, a wheel of creamy goat cheese, and slices of firm Manchego
- Meats: thinly sliced prosciutto and rounds of salami
- Good & Gather Cerignola Olives and Good & Gather Salted Almonds
- Fresh fruit: raspberries, grapes, pears, and figs
- Dried fruit: Good & Gather Dried Apricots, Good & Gather Fig & Rosemary Artisanal Crisps, and Water Crackers
- The beauty of this menu is that it’s basically a meal on one big platter. I set out a baguette and the rest of the fruit in a big bowl, and we filled our plates with our favorite snacks.
I’ve declared these grapefruit mimosas my official cocktail of spring. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler, and it’s light on the alcohol, refreshing, and just so darn drinkable, especially as a daytime brunch cocktail.
Here’s what you need: grapefruit juice, prosecco, mint, and grapefruit slices for garnish. Stir it together in a beautiful pitcher, then pour over ice.
This dinnerware looks like handcrafted terra cotta, but it’s actually an incredibly durable blend of bamboo and melamine.
And I can really get behind kid-friendly dishes that actually add to the aesthetic of my tabletop.
We’re doing our best to live low-waste lives, so whenever possible, I go with durable outdoor dinnerware instead of paper plates and pretty glasses instead of plastic.
For a picnic, I like to lay the foundation with neutral, everyday tabletop pieces that I love and use all the time, then dress them up with affordable but special touches like candles and linens. This tablecloth is actually a lightweight throw blanket that I tossed over the table — I love the texture that it added to our setup. Then (picnic hack!!) I pulled it right off the table and laid it on the ground to serve as our blanket when it was time to picnic.
- Let’s take a moment to talk about these citronella candles from Project 62, shall we?
- I cannot begin to describe how long I’ve searched for citronella candles that are actually pretty and will repel mosquitos, and here they are. These are made of a chic, matte terrazzo (yes, please) and have five wicks to help the wax melt more evenly. They also come in grey and blue, and you better move fast because I might buy all of them.
- ‘Tis the season for easy white dresses that embrace that carefree, rumpled look (since I’ve completely given up ironing in my life). I’m wearing the Women’s Sleeveless Button-Front Dress by A New Day™, and Phoebe has on the Girls’ Tiered Woven Maxi Sleeveless Dress by Cat & Jack™ in white.
You heard it here first: Picnics are going to be big this year.
They’re the perfect way to gather with friends and family again, while respecting people’s comfort levels by staying outside and giving the option of social distancing. Plus, if you don’t have a full outdoor furniture setup, no prob. All you need for a great meal on the grass is a picnic blanket (or in my case, this throw blanket) some durable outdoor-friendly dishes, and this easy, snackable menu.
The fun of a picnic is that you can spread it all out and let everyone help themselves. No plating, multiple coursing, or buffet-ing required. Keep it CASUAL, y’all.
For a picnic setup, there are a few dos and don’ts that I keep in mind when it comes to sweets.
On the “don’t” list: ice cream, super sticky things, and cake.
- The dos? Something crowd-pleasing and store-bought: like Good & Gather’s Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus. We took all the fresh berries and baguette slices from our grazing board and dipped them into this addictively delicious dip that tastes like chocolate frosting (with the surprisingly healthy addition of chickpeas – I swear you won’t taste them).
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a handmade Mother’s Day gift… an original artwork by Henry is truly my favorite thing.
But I also love getting (and giving) gifts that are a little more elevated, and these fresh herbs potted in beautiful little ceramic pots are not only beautiful but I can keep them by a sunny window to pick fresh herbs for my cooking.
I placed these potted herbs in the center of the table for a garden-inspired centerpiece. Flowers in a vase aren’t necessary when the backyard is bursting in spring glory!
- I tucked a few seasonal fruits and vegetables alongside the herbs, and they make the sweetest Mother’s Day gift to take home at the end of the gathering.
A few tips for potting herbs (and keeping them alive):
- Use a pot with drainage holes.
- Fill it with good, nutrient-rich soil.
- Keep them in a sunny spot.
- Keep the soil damp.
- Harvest and prune them regularly.
Mother’s Day is all about getting to spend time together as a family, and we are a family that loves to craft together.
It’s such an engaging activity for parents and kids of all ages, and for a gathering — everyone gets to leave with their own special creation!
I’m so excited about Target’s new craft brand, Mondo Llama™, featuring paint sets, canvases, all kinds of craft kits, and more — most under $25.
For our springtime vibe, I picked up this paint-your-own flowers set, and a paint-your-own critters set, along with all the brushes and paints we needed to deck them out.
- This spring, I’m serious about taking my spring staycation feeling to the next level with a luxe lounge setup (without the luxe lounge price tag).
- Need even more inspo? Check out Camille Styles’ complete Mother’s Day blog. ›