I love Mother’s Day, I think it’s much more fun than a birthday – it’s a great excuse to be queen for a day! Now how often does that happen? I find that birthdays are always rather anti-climatic,they almost never live up to expectations. But Mother’s Day is a sort of “no pressure included” kind of a holiday for mums of every kind. And I don’t just mean mum’s with kids, I think Mother’s Day is a holiday for anyone who’s nurtured and taken care of anyone or anything – most of us girls are nurturers by nature but not all get the opportunity to bear children, which doesn’t mean they should be excluded from this day of mummy worship.
Our Mother’s Day weekend was a busy one with two mother daughter tea parties. Once again I failed to conjure up a clone of myself and so wasn’t able to be in two places at once. I settled for our Brentwood party, mainly because (it was close by) and we were trying out our cupcake decorating activity for the first time. In the past we’ve always hired an outside company to carry ou this sugar fueled deed, but I thought it was time for me and my girls to get down and dirty
Here is my motley crue – a no- nonsense gang of tea pot weilding Brits. Well 2 of them. The middle beauty is Canadian, so that’s close!
The preparation was a bit of pain – pre-filling 30 icing bags with frosting… We did chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and lemon. But in the end using pre-loaded bags was much easier for everyone – the kids & my staff. Actually it was a totally selfish inspiration in that the clean up is a breeze, plus the kids don’t smear frosting all over themselves and everything else within reach. It’s also fun for the kids to learn a new skill.
The day before the party we baked up full size chocolate and vanilla cup cakes, one of each for every child. This way they got to decorate both cakes, eat one at the party and take the other one home in a cute box to share with mum. Or not.
It was a full service sit down tea and a scorchingly hot day. We had mums at one long table in the blissful shade of the veranda and kids at two round tables in the garden. However, fried children were not on the menu, so we ended up moving two 60 inch round tables fully set with tea china up onto the veranda, no small feat let me tell you! It was a five woman job per table, followed by an ice cold lemonade chaser.
Mother’s feasted on curried chicken salad and arugula salad with shaved parmesan along with traditional tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & organic strawberry jam and fruit. For the children we made adorable heart shaped tea sandwiches, fruit wands and hand decorated heart shaped cookies. As usual the children didn’t eat much because they couldn’t wait to get to the cup cake decorating dessert!
Once the kids had finished picking at their tea time spread we cleared the tables, took away the chairs and set the stage for the cupcake decorating madness. Two staffers per table to help the kids master the icing bags and prevent total sugar overload (we failed). Everyone had a blast, kids and staff alike. They produced some wicked cupcakes, loaded down with multicolored icing and enough sugar to feed the entire population of America for a year!
The clean up was simple, no mess, no fuss – By jove, I do believe we nailed it! Our maiden voyage into the world of children’s party activities was deemed to be a huge success by all who sailed in her.
I have to say I was glad to get home later that afternoon, put my feet up and swig down a good strong cup of tea (without a cookie). Sugar overload is a sure fire way to put you off the sweet stuff for days.