The month of May is the time to celebrate our mothers. A perfect way to honor your motherly figure is by hosting a mother daughter tea party. Create an intimate setting for just the two of you, or spin off these ideas for a larger gathering of friends who are moms and daughters, too.
Mother Daughter Tea Party Decor
Select some of your shared favorite colors. I always think of purple for my mom because her birthstone is amethyst. I love to mix purple with blues and natural colors like white, beige, and foliage greens. This is a great time to use vintage family pieces if you have them, such as silverware, tea cups and saucers, vases, or linens.
My mom is also a fan of heart-shaped things and often collects heart-shaped rocks on her nature walks. You can cut out heart shapes from pretty tissue or wrapping paper to use for your table decorations.
Books, teacups and teapots, and candles or fairy lights in jars all bring warmth and charm to your mother daughter tea party table setting.
Tea Party Menu
I’m a super fan of this recipe for Savory Brioche Bread Pudding because it’s easy to prep and yummy every time. It uses an entire loaf of brioche, which is a very rich bread made of plenty of eggs, milk, and butter. This recipe lends itself well to substituting ingredients so choose any breakfast meat or veggie you like, or use a different shredded cheese, too. It also easily halves and does nicely in a smaller baking dish, if desired.
Savory Brioche Bread Pudding
1 white brioche loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes 6 eggs 3 – 4 cups whole milk 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of cayenne 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions 6 strips turkey bacon, cut crosswise into matchsticks (about 1 cup) 2 – 3 cups grated mild cheddar cheese 4 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 11″ baking dish. Fill the dish with brioche cubes and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Whisk in milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne and scallions.
Pour mixture over the bread cubes in the baking dish. Top with turkey bacon, cheese, and asparagus. Press everything down gently to soak the bread. Don’t overfill the baking dish or it may overflow while baking.
Place the baking dish in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 45 minutes (less if halving the recipe), or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the dish emerges dry. (It will rise and get really puffy in the oven!)
Let rest before serving. Serve warm or cold; it also makes great leftovers.
Serve with a side salad, fresh fruit, or these spring Parmesan Peas, an easy side to please any picky eater.
For dessert, a Strawberry Buckle Cake is a simple yet delicious treat for your mother daughter tea party. A buckle cake can be made with any fruit, from peaches and pineapples to pears and plums, but it works especially well with berries. The batter for this cake is dreamy, made with real butter and not too much sugar, traditionally flavored with vanilla and lemon.
Set Up a Tea Bar
Set up a tea bar with a few tea selections to taste throughout your get together. Prepare a couple of servings of each as you meander through your meal and conversation.
Start off your mother daughter tea party with a simple and comforting jasmine green tea. Hope Blend is a Chinese green tea, lightly dried with fresh jasmine flowers. Added in are some extra jasmine buds and a pop of cornflower for color. It’s quite simple and yet invitingly complex all at once and exudes soft, sweet, and encouraging flavors.
Comfort Blend starts with a fresh Ceylon black tea that has a wonderful vanilla aroma, and to it is added dried orange peel, the best cinnamon chips, and just a pinch of clove and ginger. With a little extra orange extract, it’s got a gentle balance that will leave you feeling tranquil and revitalized.
The Self Care Blend is a sweet and tart herbal tea with elderberry and apricot. This all-organic tea with mellow flavors is packed with nutrients. Elderberry is believed to help us tap into our inner magic as well as expel toxins, colds, and viruses, while apricot is thought to be one of the most healing fruits in nature.
Mother Daughter Tea Party Activities
Playing games creates meaningful engagement through light laughter and creative competition, which is exactly what you want for your mother daughter tea party. Here are some ideas of activities for you to do together.
Print out pages ahead of time or use coloring books. Plum Deluxe has free coloring pages with super fun teatime art. If you don’t have crayons or colored pencils on hand, you can find them at your local dollar store or other office supply store.
Mom’s Favorite Game
Growing up, when visiting my grandparents, we would play Yatzhee after dinner. My mom has continued the tradition with us when she visits. It’s a pleasant dice game of pairs, runs, and full houses. If your mom doesn’t have a game she adores, I recommend Scrabble, Uno, or a jigsaw puzzle.
Even if you think you know your mom well, there’s always more to learn about her. Below are some ideas for ten life questions whose answers reveal personal experiences and help you get to know your motherly figure more deeply than just as “Mom.”
No need to be hard and fast about answering exactly 10 questions. If one of the questions opens up an interesting dialogue, let the conversation naturally flow.
What’s the hardest thing about raising children? What was it like the night before/the day I was born? What did you want to be when you were growing up? Was there a pivotal moment in your life that you feel changed your path? How would others describe your younger self in (primary/high school/college)? What historical event had a major impact on you? Do you believe in love at first sight? If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why? What is one thing you know in your heart to be true? What is your dream vacation and why?
Moms, step-moms, and other mom-type influencers can make such a positive impact on our lives. Celebrate your mom (or bonus mom!) by creating lasting memories with her at your mother daughter tea party.