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Your Mother’s Day morning plan!

mother's day plans tea sandwiches and croquet

If what mom really wants in her special day is to lounge around in bed till noon and then make grilled cheese, this is totally the day to do it. But for those who wake up with a little more spring in their step, why not put together a garden party style spread?


Nothing says fancy tea party like a trio o’ finger sandwiches. To whip up an easy selection of tea sandwiches you can display all pretty-like, grab yourself a big baguette and make three varieties in one fell swoop. This minimizes toil in the kitchen and maximizes kid and parent pleasing variety. Make sure your kids don’t scrutinize your filling actions if they’re squeamish about cross contamination!

  • Cuke n’ avo — spread mayo on both side of the baguette, and top with cucumber slices, avocado slices and cracked black pepper
  • Walnut, honey, cream cheese and apple — Combine ¼ cup chopped walnuts with 1 Tbsp of honey, and combine with 2 Tbsp softened cream cheese. Spread mixture on baguette and top with apple slices.
  • Nutella, PB and banana — Spread nutella on one side of the baguette, spread peanut butter on the other side, and top with thinly sliced ‘nanas.

Now, cut each of the three sandwich sections from the baguette, and slice each into fingers as thick as you like.

If you really want to pimp out your garden party spread, make a tiered cake stand on the fly: grab three plates, each one smaller than the other, and two sherry glasses (or plastic cups to make it sturdier). Put the largest plate on the table, and set a glass in the middle, then put the medium plate on top, top with another glass, then set the smallest plate on the top. Serve juice from a teapot! If you like, supplement your sandies with these earl grey scones.


After that baguette sandwich is crushed, treat your family to the perfect garden party activity: croquet!

If you happen to have a set lying around somewhere, pat yourself on the back as you unearthed a sweet summer fun kit. If not, no biggie. You can substitute a the ceramic ball for a tennis ball, a mallet for a golf club or small push broom and you can make wickets by bending and cutting coat hangers with wire cutters.

To play, arrange coat hanger wickets and 2 stakes in a double diamond pattern. For a visual, check out this diagram. The object of the game is for each of the two teams to advance their balls through the course by hitting them with a mallet, scoring a point for each wicket and stake made in the right direction. (For the right direction, check out the diagram above.) The winner is the first team to score the 14 wicket points and two stake points for each of its balls. Bonus shots can be earned by scoring a wicket or by hitting the other team’s balls. The turn ends when the player has no more bonus shots or finished the course. If this fails, it’s also fun to just try to hit the balls through the hoops mini-golf style.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Photos by jessica wilson and annechisholme via Flickr 

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