Top 10 Ways to Throw a Successful Mother's Day Bash

Mother's deserve to be pampered every day, but Mother's Day is especially the time to put a smile on her hardworking, deserving face. One of the best ways to show Mom how much she means to you is by hosting the best brunch bash ever, a refreshing departure from the traditional tea.

John Johnson, the executive chef of the Four Seasons New York hotel, and Marc Kaufman, the director of catering for Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel, have several ideas for throwing a thoughtful, fun and easy Mother's Day event at home.

Party Planning:

1) Planning a party with a theme, you can take one aspect of that theme and create a centerpiece around it. For example, find out what the Pantone color of the year is and then create an entire table setting around that color from table cloths to centerpieces.

2) Find interesting favors for place settings. Buy small pots of herbs and put at each place setting so guests can take them home with them.

3) Edible place cards are always fun. Buy cookie lollipops or cupcakes and have your local baker drizzle the name of the guest on top or use your own pastry bag to write the names out.

4) Enjoy yourself. Don't be afraid to buy some items ahead of time. Buy smoked salmon, crudite, great local cheeses or salami, so you can focus on your guests.

5) Mix it up at your parties. All courses don't have to be set at a table. For example, start with a buffet theme for the appetizers, sit for the main course and then serve desserts in another room.

6) Simplify things, it is easier than you think to come with an attractive looking appetizer that is a favorite among guests. Cut chunks of watermelon, dust with sea salt, toss with feta cheese and drizzle with balsamic syrup.

7) Prepare as much as you can the day before to save time.

8) Always have note cards or a guest book where friends can write fun notes to the host or hostess and you can read them after the party.

9) A cute ice breaker is to have a beautiful vase of a variety of flowers on an entry table. Ask each guest to select one of the stems and then match it to the corresponding flower at each place setting at the table.

10) It is best to send a thank you gift versus bring a hostess gift as you can customize the gift to your hosts likes.

Mouth-Watering Recipes for Mom:

And don't forget to feed Mom in style! Get John and Marc's favorite dishes for Mom's Day here:

Baked Bay Scallops with Tarragon, Coriander and Spring Herbs

Cherry Hand Pies

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

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