A little of this, a little of that, Lily of the Valley Day, Mother’s Day gift ideas and more…Weekend Meanderings.
Happy weekend friends!
It is Saturday morning and I am having a lie in with my pups and enjoying my new book.
Can you believe that tomorrow is May 1? Where does the time go?
Lately I have been thinking about creating a cottage garden and Mother’s Day gift ideas. So I decided to combine the two and here is what I came up with, flower themed Mother’s Day gifts.
Lily of the Valley Day~La Fête du Muguet ~La Fête du Travail
Have you ever heard of Lily of the Valley Day? The First of May is a Public Holiday in France, officially known as La Fête du Travail (National Labour Day) but also called La Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day).
It is an occasion to present Lily of the Valley flowers to loved ones. The French tradition of giving Lily of the Valley on May Day is supposed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of Lily of the Valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year.
I have always loved the scent, look and charm of these delicate flowers. I am hoping to plant some bulbs under the pine tress for a layer of ground cover.
Mother’s Day Memories
Mother’s Day is the perfect day to go all out and let mom know how much you love her. As I child, my siblings and I would pool together our allowance to buy a gift for our mom. Somehow we always ended up at Woolworth. Does anyone else remember Woolworth?
After we debated over wether or not she would like a fish or a hamster we headed to the home decor department. Porcelain music boxes of men and women in Victorian clothing lined the shelves so one year we decided to start a collection for her. I am not sure what made us think she would like them because we had nothing in the house like it. Mom was always gracious and told us she loved the gift and us. The last time I was at home I found a few of these little music boxes in the attic. I should note, the figurines shown above are antiques and are not some of the ones that we purchased.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with Flower Power
If you would like to get your mom something a little more sophisticated you can never go wrong with flowers. Flowers picked from your garden and arranged in a vase, or flowers from her favorite florist are sure to brighten her day. You could also get her something that will last a little longer, flower themed gifts.
Flowers for Mom-Pajamas
Or this pair of pj’s from J.Crew, which by the way is on sale.
A few weeks ago I saw this dress online at Saks Fifth Avenue and it became the inspiration for this post. It’s an investment piece to be sure. As I have no where to wear it I left it in the cart and will admire it from afar.
This Sweet Pea Flower Dress while quite different is vibrant, pretty and at a less expensive price point.
A beautiful scarf is always nice.
A few more floral favorites I have posted in the past.
Tea and Biscuits
McKenzie Childs Teapot will bring the colors and cheer of spring to your kitchen all year long.
Here are a few more tea themed gifts.
Gifts for the Kitchen
You can never go wrong with a sweet treat. A gift baked with love makes every celebration better. Why not bake the moms in your life some scrumptious cupcakes? You can find the recipe and tips for the decorations on this post for white almond cupcakes with buttercream frosting.
If you don’t feel like baking you can pick up a special sugary treat from your local bakery or order these.
Breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day or any day will be much sweeter with this waffle maker. I have this waffle make in the traditional design and it makes the perfect size “appetizer” waffle. If I am not making my own waffle mix I use this mix.
There is something about mini-treats that is so sweet(no pun intended),this mini-cupcake pan can be used or gifted to your mom to make delectable treats all season long.
Edible flowers can be used on cakes, cookies, salads or whatever else your imagination comes up with.
Sue of From the Great Island recently shared this recipe for Pansy Topped shortbread. Why not make a batch for your mom to accompany the tea and chocolate?
If you would like to learn more about edible flowers this is a great article about using them, preparing them, finding them and more.
Don’t forget cookbooks!
My mom loves perfume so that is one thing that is always in her gift box. A few weeks ago I told you about The Library of Flowers and I think they all smell wonderful.
The Library of Flowers is one of my favorite brands, it is economical and they come out with new scents often. That is one of the great things about perfume you can find a sent to suit any price point. Note: The scent above is sold out, but Honeycomb with notes of sugared fig, ambrosia honey and bee blossom, is another scent that smells like Spring. My other favorite perfume Lollia is at Anthropologie.
If you enjoy lilies of the valley you might like this perfume.
Last but certainly not least books!
I love any and all book by Carolyne Roehm and think they would all make a beautiful gift.
Her latest is called Passions.
London in Bloom takes me back to the many adventures I have had over the years in London.
Botanical illustrations are some of my favorites, this book by Celia Fisher is on my wish list.
You can find all of my book recommendations on My Bookshop Pinterest board.
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Have a wonderful day.
I hope that you enjoyed the post, Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, Lily of the Valley Day, Flowers and More. Thank you for spending part of your day with me!
Don’t forget to hop over to visit Juliet and Kim to see all of the things they discovered this week, the links are below.
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