Mother's Day is a time for families to celebrate the incredible women in their lives, but it is also a welcomed opportunity for busy moms to take some time for themselves. You’ve gotten her that perfect gift, written her a thoughtful card—but the celebrations don’t have to end there. Channeling your creative side with a fun activity is a playful way to make the day extra special.
That thought is what inspired Laurén LaRocca and Marlan Willardson—party stylists and lifestyle bloggers behind —to host a sophisticated pink-and-gold-tinted party for fellow moms to relax and bond over crafted cocktails and a colorful DIY bracelet (because, sometimes Mom wants to play with arts and crafts, too). Not only are you connecting with your own mom at the occasion, but you’re also giving her a chance to enjoy time with friends—an activity that often gets lost in the busy lives of these superwomen.
"Since the party was in honor of our fellow moms, we wanted to make the decor really feminine, with touches of pink, peach, and gold," says LaRocca. "The goal was to create a comfortable and intimate table where the guests could enjoy their drinks and conversation, while still being able to focus on their bracelet-making."
Read on to see how LaRocca and Willardson pulled together the beautiful tablescape, signature sips, and hands-on craft project.
"The vintage runner and gold candlesticks had a glamorous 1960's feel," says LaRocca. "It contrasted really well with the bare wood tables, and marble serving platters." The candles are by , the glassware is by and the linens are by . , a Los Angeles-based floral studio, used anemones, ranunculus, peonies, and wax flowers for floral arrangements in a palette of pinks, white, coral, and yellow. "The modern white hexagonal vases were the perfect offset to the feminine flowers."
For a sweet bite, the husband-wife team behind created lemon tartlets with raspberry drizzle and fresh berries. Savory options on the menu included fig crostini with goat cheese, truffle honey and fig jam; tomato & zucchini polenta cakes with roasted corn salsa; and asparagus crostini with asparagus, ricotta & lemon zest.
served a flight of hand-crafted cocktails perfect for the Mother's Day celebration.
"The Pineapple Express [shown here] is made with Stillhouse coconut whiskey and fresh pineapple juice, and garnished with a lavender sprig," says Chase Beckerman of Stillhouse Moonshine.
Other cocktails included the Mint Condition (Stillhouse mint chip whiskey, soda, chocolate shavings, and a fresh mint sprig) and A Sip of Spring (Stillhouse peach tea whiskey, organic fresh peach agave lemonade, and fresh organic raspberries).
Crafters at provided materials for the bracelet project, an instructor who helped guide guests through the crafting process. "Each guest was greeted at their place setting with materials for seed bracelet making, including a gold or silver charm they could hammer with special letters or numbers of their choosing," says LaRocca.
Follow the instructions below for your own DIY party bracelet, courtesy of Sara Flate, co-founder of Makers Mess.
- in a variety of colors
- Elastic or friendship
- A or small towel
Seed beads are tiny, so to make your bracelet, you will need beading needles to thread the beads onto your elastic/string. Work on the towel or napkin to keep the beads from rolling.
Thread your elastic or string through your beading needle eye. You can make any design you'd like. Once you're finished with your bracelet (be careful not to pick it up and spill your beads), have a friend tie it around your wrist for a perfect fit. Tie it like the start of tying your shoes and then repeat. Then, loop one of the cord ends through the loop of the overhand knot again. You could even loop one end through the loop again for a third pass. (This is what's called a surgeon's knot.)