Sharon Schweitzer: Protocol and Etiquette Worldwide
Mother's Day is just two weeks away and if you haven't started planning yet, Sharon Schweitzer, from Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, is bringing us unique ideas that will make your mom feel extra special. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @WeAreAustin and find us on Facebook at We Are Austin Lifestyle Show.
Sharon Schweitzer's 5 Etiquette Tips & Modern Manners for Mother's Day
Be Culturally Aware
Mother's Day occurs on different dates worldwide and is celebrated with unique customs. Be aware of the traditions that have influenced your mother and other beloved matriarchs to ensure they are appreciated and celebrated.
It's a Balancing Act
On Mother's Day, plan well in advance for your mother, mother-in-law, aunts, grandmother, sister, and wife. One option is to schedule your day by meals; spend brunch with mom, afternoon tea with your grandma and aunt, and dinner with your spouse. Try hosting an event to celebrate all the mother figures in your life. Host a brunch inviting them all to spend quality time together. If distance is an issue, plan a phone call or Skype chat. Make sure a beautiful order of fresh flowers and a special card reaches your loved ones before May 8, 2016.
It's About Quality Time with Mom
You know your mother best, so customize on this day to meet her needs. Whether her grandchildren put on a skit, bake and frost her favorite cake, or enjoy afternoon tea. Spending quality time with mom is what means the most to her, and she wants to feel loved and appreciated. Clean the house for her the Saturday before, or take her to her favorite restaurant. Meet her where she is and ensure she's doing what she loves to celebrate her unique style.
Design a Card or Customize a Thoughtful Gift
Anna Jarvis is the founder of Mother's Day in the USA, and she created the holiday to recognize mothers who are often not appreciated as much as they deserve. To show your appreciation and love, in addition to making or sending Mom a beautiful card, consider personalized gifts such as family photographs, framed letters or monogrammed bags. Personalized phone cases, photo printed mouse pads, and jewelry are all prime examples of thoughtful and customizable gift options. Whatever your budget, use creativity and your own personal flair to present a thoughtful gift.
Remember All the Inspirational Women in Your Life
Mother's day, especially in the U.S., includes a celebration of all the inspirational women who've played a role in your life. This is the perfect day to say 'thank you' to these mentors, grandmothers, step-mothers, cousins, sisters, friends, aunts and in-laws with cards and small tokens of appreciation.
Sharon Schweitzer's How-to's of Hosting an Amazing Mother's Day Brunch
On Mother's Day balancing time with loved ones may be best accomplished when a family member hosts a brunch for all of your loved matriarchs: grandmothers, mothers, aunts, step-moms, sisters, and wife. Including friends, extended family, mentors and others is wonderful. Remember to keep the group small enough that your guests will be able to mingle, feel appreciated, relaxed and happy. Mail or send invitations for brunch 3 weeks in advance to give your guests ample time to prepare.
How to make all mothers feel the love
Try to personalize the day so every women feels special. For example, use place cards to create a thoughtful seating arrangement. Create personalized place cards with a little note to the respective seat holder wishing them a Happy Mother's Day. Your hostess gifts may be placed on the guest's chair, or you may wish to have the gifts delivered by their children. Make sure the gifts match the relationship, for example make sure your mother has a truly heartfelt gift, whereas your sister or mentor may receive a thoughtful card. Include each guest in this endeavor. During your brunch propose a toast or give a small speech to recognize the amazing women who've touched your life.
How to decorate
Use elegant designs to make the most of your brunch. Ask for help with the projects so everyone feels relaxed, especially the mom! Use your mother, wife, or grandmother's favorite color. Accent the party with fresh flowers, candles, and linens to provide a pop of color. Use the best china, beautiful stemware, and favorite recipes.
How to be the host with the most
Depending on the size of your party, have gifts and cards ready for your loved ones. Invite children and have them deliver cards to their mothers, or put on a skit for their mums which encourages laughter and levity, making everyone feel happy and special. Party favors ranging from sets of tea, flowers and cards, all the way to fine jewelry can also make the day wonderful. Pinterest is an excellent resource to find ideas.
How to create delicious options for everyone
Ask about dietary restrictions on the invitation and take note of special requests as the RSVP's arrive. As a host, you want to ensure that every guest feels welcome. Build your menu around your guest of honor's favorites. Include sparkling water, freshly squeezed juices, mimosas, fine teas and coffee to enjoy throughout the day. Finger sandwiches, fresh quiche, eggs benedict and more from the Food Network will please the mothers in attendance.
Enjoy the Day
Make sure your brunch is well-planned and low maintenance to ensure your guests are stress-free and relaxed. Make sure you, as the perfect-party-planner that you are, have time to enjoy the event as well. This day is about spending time with the ones you love. Don't forget to do just that. Happy Mother's Day!