You celebrate your mother every day of the year, of course, but this Sunday make sure your mamacita is in the pink on Mother’s Day. Whether you’re planning the perfect day at home or just want to make every moment memorable for maman, these pastel-hued treats will help her feel like she’s seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.
Mom will be tickled pink!
Fragrant flowers beautifully arranged make every mother feel like Queen for a Day. Floral designer Craig Powell of Pollen Botanical Design, one of the most frequently quoted entrepreneurs on Eagle Rock Patch, helps you give Mom the royal treatment.
“This year for Mom, the designs are fresh, modern and natural,” says Powell, with “classic and contemporary water bowl designs and tubes and towers for a dramatic floral statement. Lovely, scented flowers like lilac, sweet peas, hyacinth, peonies, tulips and beautiful roses—in shades of pinks, lavenders, dusty yellows, and creamy whites—make not only an elegant statement but fill the room with scents of springtime.”
Or pick up one of Pollen’s arresting orchids, giant grammataphylums or succulent cubes for an exotic extravagance.
Powell notes that floral designs start at $55 and that Pollen will have special, extended hours (Friday until 7 p.m., Saturday until 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.) for last minute Mother’s Day love.
“We can’t get enough pink!” says John Nugent, co-owner with wife Jennifer of Colorado Wine Company. When asked for a recommendation for Mother’s Day brunch, Nugent noted that 2010 has been a good year for roses. He was particularly enthusiastic about Triennes Rose ($15.99) from Provence, which is “bone dry, not sweet” and has an alcohol content that is a little lower than is traditional, making it perfect for an early-in-the-day indulgence.
Don’t just think pink for brunch, however. Nugent suggests Triennes as an accompaniment for appetizers, salads and on into dinner. “It’s so versatile; it goes with everything.”
If you’re feting la mere for dinner, Nugent is happy to share Aeon Pinot Noir: a delightful (and delightfully priced) discovery from the Willamette Valley region of Oregon, which produces some of the best pinot noirs in the country because of its cooler temperatures.
“Pinot noir is a hard grape to farm,” according to Nugent, and consequently it’s hard to find a Willamette Valley pinot noir for under $30. At $19 a bottle, Nugent says that Aeon Pinot Noir is like the “Holy Grail” of Pinot Noirs—it delivers all of the mushroom, cherry, earthy flavors that the wine is known for.
It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without sweets for your sweet mom—but order these treats by noon on Friday. Instead of a box of chocolates, think luscious lemon or blueberry squares—actually, a generous rectangle of goodness—for the best brunch bites ever. And if your mother appreciates a little European elegance, order cocoa-dusted chocolate friands—a French teacake that's a cross between a brownie and a cupcake—or a dozen of Maile’s vibrantly-hued pastel macarons.
Maile's pastries almost look too gorgeous to eat—but don’t let that stop you from sampling the goodness. After all, your mother would approve.