4 Mother’s Day tables during quarantine (using what we have)

For most of us, this Mother’s Day will be unlike any other we have ever celebrated. We won’t be doing the things that we usually do, like traveling, visiting, gathering, or entertaining. In the world of social distancing our tables are smaller and less crowded, but they can still be pretty.

So, the four of us—two sisters (Holly and Brooke), our aunt (Barbara) and our cousin (Kirsten), decided to set our tables for Mother’s Day anyway, using what we have around the house and in our yards.  Along with the photos, each of us has written a short note about our tables.

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Friday mood board 5.10.19


In honor of Mother’s Day we’ve created a mood board for a beautiful outdoor space. Whether it’s a sunroom, a patio, or a screened porch, you can provide lovely surroundings with a dressed table, pretty tableware, and a well-stocked tray table. This is sure to entice any mother to come relax and enjoy her special day. We’ve chosen a soft blue and white palette with botanical accents in memory of our mother who loved this timeless look.


We started with a round farmhouse table with white wicker chairs by Ralph Lauren Home dressed in a simple white tablecloth. We love the addition of this classic blue and white Aerin Fairfield melamine tableware by William Sonoma. The vintage white iron cachepot filled with white garden roses, accented with rose filled mint julep cups completes the pretty tablescape.


We’d cover the chair cushions in this Sabrook Stripe woven fabric by Thiabaut for Sunbrella, accented with pillows in Isabella Green by Ballard Design.

On this charming white wicker bar cart by Serena and Lily, we’d place our beverages including the blue and white ginger jar dispenser.

We accessorized with a traditional white garden stool, vintage finials, and created a focal point with the large black antique urn planted with a fern and under planted with variegated ivy, white Bacopa, and soft pink cornflowers. And we are especially fond of the white lattice backdrop for a porch or sunroom as seen behind the black urn.

Creating an outdoor space takes some effort and time, so don’t do it all at once if that’s not your style, add a bit here and there, or give a piece as a gift for a special mother to incorporate into her own home. Because isn’t it worth it to have a quiet place (no technology allowed) to indulge in the lost art of conversation or of just doing nothing? Our mother would have said yes to that!


Cheers! And Happy Mother’s Day!

Holly and Brooke


butterfly chic Mother’s Day


Our mother loved butterflies and I regret that I never asked her why they so enchanted her, but she is definitely not alone. The butterfly motif (which dates back to ancient times and was particularly appealing to Victorians) seems to be quite popular these days.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite things that might inspire a butterfly chic Mother’s Day.


Like this botanical print Passion Flowers and Butterflies by artist Elizabeth Golz Rush.



Or a blue and white butterfly motif garden stool for inside or out.


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis by Kim Todd tells the story of a 17th century female botanical artist and naturalist.




Pretty engraved butterfly note cards


Botanical Art with Scientific Illustrations by Sarah Jane Humphrey is a beautiful book that is both informative and instructive if you want to try your hand at botanical illustration.


Exotic Butterfly: A fun and lively fabric from Schumacher.


A butterfly garden tea towel


A butterfly house or seeds for a butterfly wildflower garden


Antique butterfly domes


Decoupage artist John Derian (whose work I just love) has a whole section on his website under themes for butterflies.  And don’t forget the butterfly clutch to finish the look!

Cheers! Holly and Brooke