On the Saturday night before Mother's Day, I hosted our Mom's (and Dads) for dinner. It was a great little party of 6, which is the perfect number of guests for dinner.
I love homemade gifts for holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day (and Easter, and Valentine's Day...). Emma and I made crab hand-prints on some of my Linen Tea Towels (available in Blue, here) for her Moo-Moo and Mimi. I also included coordinating Tapers and Tablet+LePens from the store. I gave Privet Berry Blue Mike's mom, and Mom's Hydrangea (of course) to my mom.
I had a silhouette cutout of Emma's profile made for each of them. I'm working on designing Emma's "Big Girl" room, so I had one made for part of the gallery wall I'm planning, and just had a copies made because I thought they were so sweet.
My menu was all "girly food" - as I warned the men in our family. There were no steaks and baked potatoes, and no chocolate cake for dessert. All girly food. My goal was to plan a menu that could be made completely ahead of time, eh, for the most part. Since it was a family party, everything was very casual and help-yourself style... as you can see here, Emma is helping herself to garlic toasts.
Classic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta is my favorite appetizer of all time. It always tastes good - especially now that the weather is warming up and good tomatoes are popping up at the store. I just large dice 2 tomatoes and 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, then add fresh basil and drizzle over olive oil, sea salt and pepper. For the toasts, I drizzle them with olive oil, bake under broiler for 4 minutes, then rub with a raw clove of garlic. Very simple - let me know if you'd like more detail and I can do a separate recipe post.
For dinner, I made the Barefoot Contessa's Baked Shrimp Scampi. It was fabulous. And so easy. By far the best way to prepare shrimp for a party. I made it in the morning, then it baked for 15 minutes just before dinner. I followed the recipe exactly, except I left out the rosemary because I just wasn't in the mood for it - and I only had dried. If I had fresh, I maybe would've added it. I also used Meyer Lemons instead of regular because I can't help buy by them when I see them at the store.
I made a simple Angel Hair & Spinach Pasta with a light creamy lemon sauce to go along with the shrimp... and this cheese bread. I was inspired by the Pioneer Woman on Saturday morning as Emma and I were watching her show when we were preparing dinner. It is the same recipe my Mom made when we were growing up - Mike loves it, Emma loves it, everyone loves it. I'll do a recipe post with the details later.
And because a mother's day post would be complete without a photo of Emma and me, here are a couple of the two of use being silly and sweet on the beach a couple of weeks ago.
Here is a flashback from our first Mother's Day at Duxbury Beach after the Brimfield Antique Show - a very relaxed day of multiple picnics. I hope you all had a
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