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Throw Mom a garden party

 
Sick of the whole breakfast-in-bed deal? Mix up Mother’s Day with a sweet spring party that’s packed with girls-only fun. The plan? Invite your besties and the moms over for an afternoon of tasty treats, laughter and fun in the sun. What could be better than that?

 

Invite the crew—and the moms, too!

Nail down the deets now so your pals can pencil your party into their schedule. Make it known that you girls are the ones in charge—Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger! Invite a group that will get along. The girls you’ve known forever and the mothers your mama knows pretty well is a perf start. Keeping the list short will give your party an intimate, cozy feel.

 

Get plannin’

Ask your girls to get together for a planning sesh. Since Mom won’t be lifting a finger on her day, it’s up to you guys to see to the details, and that means everything from décor and essentials (flowers, streamers, balloons, cups and plates) to food and drinks. Ask everyone to pitch in by taking charge of one of the areas. When it comes to munchies, potluck it, or having a cookin’ cutie come over early to give you a hand in the kitchen.

 

Delish bites

You don’t have to go nuts—your moms will be impressed with whatever you serve them. Opt for food that doesn’t have to be kept warm or be babied, like tea sandwiches, cheese and crackers and fresh fruit. Cupcakes, bite-sized brownies and cookies are easy to eat, mess-free and delicious.

 

Sweet sips

Everyone likes a fruity drink, so whip up a few pitchers of beverage choices. Ice water, lemonade and iced tea are easy, but you can mix it up with our fave cranberry cucumber spritzer, too. CLICK HERE for the recipe.

 

Afternoon fun

Leave cameras out on the table for everyone to snap pics all afternoon, but plan for some organized fun after ya eat. Croquet with mother-daughter teams or badminton with moms against daughters are fun ways to while away the time in the bright sunshine.

 

What are you gonna do for Mom this Mother’s Day?

 
 

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/26/2012 12:00:00 AM

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