The Lavender, Lilac and Lime tabletop is all about sleek white dishware, beautiful flowers, and – of course – shades of lavender, lilac, and lime! The overall feel should be refreshing and breezy...
Start with white table linens and add a green fabric or gift wrap runner. For the place settings, keep things simple - white dishware, green accent plates, and simple wine and water glasses, set atop lavender cocktail napkins. Set a single stem of lavender or lilac flower in the centre of each setting, and attach placecards to each stem with ribbon.
To keep things affordable you can substitute the ceramic dishware for sturdy paper plates in rich purple, white and lime green. Or decorate the edges of paper plates with Rust-Oleum paint pens.
You'll need 2 contemporary white vases and a sleek white pitcher and gravy boat for your centrepiece design. Fill the vases with lavender, lilac, and green willow or moss balls, and add purple tea or votive candles along the length of the runner.
Arrange for mom to go to the spa for the day. You'll find a wide selection of health spas for your region on www.healthspas.co.za.
If you can't afford a session at the spa, get mom a gift voucher for a hand and nails treatment at one of the local nail salons - and really make her feel special.
Rich orange hues, chocolate browns, bright blossoms, and retro-mod patterns come together to create a decidedly chic and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for Mother's Day!
This centerpiece idea is super easy to pull off. Use a short glass vase (or drinking glass) and fill to just under half with clean sand. Place a silk flower on top of the vase (or glass). Now wrap the glass in a ribbon that matches the colour of the flower - ours is orange. Spread the arrangements out evenly on the runner, set candles in between each of them, and done!
Fill glass votive holders or shooter glasses with single stems of fresh flowers that coordinate with your centrerpiece blooms. Use a simple fold-style placecard at the head of your place setting.
Homemade chocolate truffles make the perfect gift. Just wrap them up in pretty boxes. Or you could just spoil yourself. Either way, they're so simple to make and they look fabulous!
You will need:
2 large bars of chocolate, broken
1 cup heavy cream
1 knob of. unsalted butter
1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp. coffee orange or raspberry liqueur, optional
Cocoa powder, icing sugar, coconut or crushed nuts, for dusting
1. Melt broken-up chocolate with cream in a double-boiler or over hot water. Remove from heat, stir in butter and, if you'd like, liqueur. Cool, then refrigerate.
2. When chocolate is set, scoop it out using a melon baller or a small spoon. Roll in cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, coconut or crushed nuts. Keep cool.
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