Mother’s Day is this weekend! I cannot believe this will be my third year celebrating as a Mom. I still find myself wanting to celebrate my mother more. Grandmother’s are so special there’s something about that connection that is irreplaceable. I am so blessed to have my mother in town to be a part of our children’s lives. Do you feel that way too?

This year I wanted to do something fun, chic, and pretty in pink. 🙂

My first inspiration for setting the table was Hot Skwash, Swarvoski Crystal Strawberries. I love all of Daria’s pieces they are all so beautiful and the strawberries are not exception. They are so versatile I thought they would make a beautiful feminine table.

For the center, I started with the “Spotted, not Dotted” table runner from Deck your Table. Our online shop will be launching this month! Next I decided to use a variety of pink florals. I then placed the strawberries around the table and at each place setting.

For the place settings, I used my floral china and black flatware. To give the basic white napkin a little pizzaz, we added a buffalo check ribbon and tied them into bows. We finished the look off with adding a strawberry to each setting as a favor to take home.

At the ends of the table, I like to display the dessert. I used pink and white cake stands. Doing something simple like this gives the table more depth and interest.

To match with the occasion, I made a white chocolate strawberry naked cake! I am so proud of myself, I am not cake decorator by any means. Doing a naked cake makes it so much less stressful because the icing job does not require perfection. It’s all about the imperfections! I will take that!

Mother’s Day is all about the ladies so I kept this menu clean. Watermelon salad, chicken salad sandwiches and desserts! We made a Watermelon Cucumber Spritzer that was very refreshing.

Watermelon Cucumber Spritzer

Trader Joe’s Watermelon Cucumber Juice
Ginger beer
Champagne or Vodka (Optional)
Cucumber (sliced)
Mint (Garnish)

Prepare glass with ice. Pour half a glass of juice and finish off with ginger beer. If choosing cocktail recipe, add one shot of vodka, or if champagne replace the ginger beer with champs! Finish off the pretty cocktail with a sliced cucumber and garnish with mint!

Watermelon Salad
2 cups Watermelon (Sliced)
1/2 cup Feta Cheese Crumbled
Trader Joe’s Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

In a large bowl toss watermelon, feta, and chopped cilantro. Pour into serving dish. Top with extra feta. With your glaze run over the salad in a zig zag movement. Spill over the sides with the glaze to decorate the plate.

My go-to way to serve chicken salad is in a croissant sandwich. I went to my local grocery store and grabbed them from my bakery. I also, picked up fresh pre-made rotisserie chicken salad. To make, use bread knife to cut croissant down the center. Fill with chicken salad. Top with a herb, like cilantro, and voila! You have a fancy looking sandwich.

For dessert, I made a white chocolate strawberry cake and black and white cookies.

I am all about doing things semi-homemade. I simply made a white cake box mix- (follow the directions on the box except instead of oil, I use butter). “More Butter Y’all” If you know who says that, then your my BF4L! I cooled the cakes then started layering.

White Chocolate Ganache
6 oz. of White Chocolate melting chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of powder sugar

Melt chocolate in microwave. In mixer combine all three ingredients, whip on high until it reaches desired consistency.

In between each layer, spread ganache evenly. Add sliced strawberries on top. Continue stacking cake and layering. For the top, I used a fluffy white canned icing. 🙂 I told you semi homemade. To decorate, I used florals and fresh strawberries (whole).

The Black and White cookies I found at Trader Joes and thought they would match perfect with the table styling.

I hope you have a terrific Mother’s Day week and weekend! To all the Momma’s your doing a great job, to those who are desire to be a Mom- stay faithful, and those whom have lost a child hold tight to the memories you have. I love you all and thank you for this little community.

Until next time,
Whitney Elaine

Table Styling: Whitney Elaine Designs
Strawberries: Hot Skwash
Table Runner: Deck Your Table
Food and Drinks: Trader Joes
Florals: Trader Joes styled by Whitney Elaine Designs