Mother's Day Table and Kid's Menu Hits

It was the MOST GORGEOUS weekend of events here in the ville!  

Derby was on Saturday and we hosted such a fun group at my momma's house (her first Derby in the new house!) and had fantastic food and mixed fabulous bourbon cocktails and the kiddos swam and a great time was had by all.

We did more food than we should have (as usual) and there were wonderful bourbon cocktails of Mint Juleps (of course) and Bourbon Slushes.  It came and went in a flurry of jockey silks with Orb running to win it on a sloppy track with lovely ladies in the background in soggy hats and very expensive pumps waiting to get to a dry dinner reservation and into something warmer.  Ah the joys of Derby and May weather.

We decided to do Mother's Day early this year as the boy and I are travelling this year for the actual day.  Mother's Day Brunch is a traditional event in our family and one of my very favorite events of the year.  I was remembering that one year ago we were on the front side of a great unknown battle with breast cancer with my mom.  It is staggering what changes can happen in one year.  This year we are celebrating her being cancer free and having a new life.  Needless to say, I wanted this event to be a celebration of her and a representation of the grace that she has shown in the face of fear.  I now know what courage looks like.

I could not have been more pleased with how the table turned out and I explored some new flower designs this time that just worked for the event.  

I wanted the flowers to have a very loose "English Garden" kind of feel to them.  

I happened upon some lovely linens that I had forgotten about.  They were shoved at the bottom of a drawer and I squealed "Oh I forgot how much I love that towel!" when I came upon them.  You know that drill.

The menu was our standard Eggs Benedict (I believe there would be a riot if I took those off of the menu), but I added a couple of fun things to the menu for the kids.  

Mother's Day Brunch

Donut Hole Skewers and Milk Shooters ~ 
Chocolate and Glazed Donut Holes with Chocolate and White Milk Shooters

Eggs Benedict ~
Local Eggs, Local Canadian Bacon on English Muffins with Hollandaise

Pancake Skewers ~
Silver Dollar sized pancakes with fresh raspberries and Pure Organic Maple Syrup

Fresh Organic Fruit ~
Strawberries, Grapefruit and Pistachio Salad, Pineapple, Grapes

Scones ~
Lemon Blueberry with Homemade Organic Lemon Curd and Strawberry Raspberry Jam 
Chocolate Chip with Clotted Cream and Nutella

Lavender Peach Bellinis ~
Lavender infused Peach Puree and Prosecco

Mimosas ~
Orange Juice and Champagne

Lady Lavender Mocktail ~
Grapefruit Juice, Lavender Syrup, Club Soda, Fresh Mint

Basil Cucumber Mint Soda ~
Basil, Cucumber, Mint infused syrup, Club Soda, Fresh Mint and Cucumber

Everyone is usually starving when they hit the door so I decided to do donut hole skewers on chocolate and regular milk shooters.  Of course I took no picture of it.  You know me, once it starts, I can't be bothered to photograph an event to save my life.  They were cute and just what you wanted that early.  I also added pancake skewers with syrup for dipping and Nutella for the strawberries and chocolate chip scones and it ended up being a big hit.  We had to remove the container of Nutella from the teenager's hands so he didn't actually lick the bowl.  

I used lots of my grandmother's dishes and it made the table more special knowing she was a part of the celebration.  She would've loved the whole weekend.   I learned how to set a pretty table from her, after all.  She and I had a long conversation about my mother's day table as I was setting it.  I am sure she approved of the final product.  

I also added a couple of new mocktails that were an exciting and different addition.  After a long day of imbibing on Saturday, I wanted a lighter fare to start before we headed full force into the mimosas.  These two were just right.  The Cucumber one is my new summer drink and if you absolutely must add alcohol, I recommend infusing vodka with the cucumber and adding an ounce of it with the syrup and soda water.  

Photo Credit Gentl and Hyers
Basil Cucumber Mint Soda
adapted from Bon Appetit

3/4 cups Simple Syrup
3/4 cups water
1/2 large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise, plus 12 slices for garnish
24 fresh mint leaves plus 12 sprigs for garnish
12 fresh basil leaves
6 cups soda water, divided

Bring 3/4 cups simple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove pan from heat and add cucumber slices (reserving 12 for garnish), 24 mint leaves, and basil. Add 3/4 cup water to mixture and stir.  Cover and let steep for 2 hours minutes. Strain cucumber-herb syrup into a jar, pressing on solids in strainer. Fill a 12-oz. glass with ice cubes. Add 1 Tbsp. syrup and top with soda water (about 1/2 cup). Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber slice and sprig of mint. Repeat to make 11 more sodas.

Photo Credit Wendell T. Webber

Lady Lavender Mocktail
adapted from Food and Wine

3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce Lavender Syrup *
2 ounces chilled club soda
1 basil sprig
1 fresh lavender sprig (optional)
1/4 ounce grenadine

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the grapefruit juice, Lavender Syrup and grenadine and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with the basil and lavender sprigs.

*Lavender syrup is made by adding 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add 1 Tbs culinary lavender and steeping for 30 min-1 hour, depending on strength preference.  

The coming weeks bring some yard projects, more planting, and some event planning (of course) for some fun upcoming birthdays and gatherings.  I'll keep you posted on all of our yard drama as it unfolds.  In the meantime, go and make yourself one of those sodas above and celebrate your momma this week.  If she is anything like mine, she is pretty special.

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