Mothers Day Tea Party: With Mother’s Things

I have always enjoyed celebrating Mothers Day, both as a mother and as a daughter. I do believe that you do not need a special day to celebrate great mothers but if it falls on a Sunday and leads to extra well behaved children bearing presents then why not! I get to celebrate two mothers days every year as my mother lives in the USA and my mother-in-law in the UK. For those of you who may not be aware, Mothers Day falls in different months in the two countries. We went to my mom-in-laws to celebrate and that was especially nice as I always get to eat food that I don’t make at home due to lack of eater interest.  Today’s star food was Bharta (Indian eggplant scramble of sorts) that more than makes up for the way it looks by the way it tastes! Later in the day, we decided to have a family tea party at home since due to certain commitments it was not possible to go out. Since we were celebrating Mother’s Day I decided to use my mother’s table linen set that she gave me.  I love this set because it was purchased in 1970 for her wedding trousseau (and made my nuns in Calcutta), making it over 45 years old. It features shadow work embroidery and the finesse of the work is mind-boggling. Shadow work is a type of embroidery that is usually done on semi-sheer or sheer fabric such as organdy, with most of the work done on the back of the design so the shadow shows through on the other side.  The delicate skill required to create high quality shadow work is evident in this linen and just looking at it brings a smile to my face and reminds me of my mother. We then had cake, hot-cross buns and added samosas and cham-chams to ensure that our daily calorie content did not suffer in any way! It was a lovely Mothers Day and as I always tell my kids – hugs and kisses are always the best present which I received in plenty.  Thanks for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Top – &Other Stories, Jeans – Zara, Cardigan – Karen Millen, Cups and Saucers – Good Earth)


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