Mums: Why we love them and what to get them
Mother's Day is the day you get to show your mum how grateful you are for everything she's done for you. Write a card, tell her in person or buy her a gift to let her know how much she's appreciated - here's a few ideas......
Homemade Hydrangea Pompom
These are pretty easy to make if you can get your hands on some dried hydrangeas. I've found a website in the UK that sells them and has them in stock - http://hopshop.co.uk/shop/dried-flowers. You'll need a ball of 'oasis' (available everywhere online) and a long piece of invisible nylon thread. Start by tying the thread (with plenty of length left to hang it) around the ball of oasis and then simply cut florets from the hydrangea head and poke them in. Keep them quite close together to avoid seeing the oasis underneath and voila, a beautiful gift that you made with your own bare hands. Here's mine hanging on the study door.
Potted plant with a beautiful ribbon
A plant is all very easy to get but it would be more thoughtful if you provided it in a stylish pot and finished it off with a beautiful ribbon. I've bought a succulent from the garden centre and popped it in one of our White Ceramic Pots.
Before we go to the last couple of gift ideas, I thought I'd share my thoughts about mums, what they do and why they should be celebrated:
1. Let's face it, being a mother is a bit of a thankless task (certainly feels like that sometimes) but they carry on regardless guiding, nurturing, protecting and caring for their children.
2. Mums have the ability to make everything alright. Even when you've had the worst day of your life, if she's there to talk to, wipe your tears, tell you it's all going to be fine and produce a couple of chocolate biscuits, everything seems right with the world again when you're a child.
3. Mums are often the glue that holds families together plus they help us learn, grow and become productive adults (mostly).
4. They are generous, kind, honest and completely selfless when it comes to their children and while, in the end, mums believe the greatest reward for all they have done is seeing their children turn into happy successful adults, I think that a little acknowledgment of love and appreciation from us goes a long way..........
Chocolates (in an incredible bowl)
On the same theme as the plant, it would be simple to go to the shops and purchase a decent box of chocolates but if you bought something individually wrapped like these Lindor Lindt chocolates (highly recommended by the way) and put them in a gorgeous dish like one of our Net Bowls, your mum would also have something to keep. Buy some cellophane wrap to put around the whole thing to stop the chocolates from escaping / you eating them all before Mother's Day.
A vase full of fresh flowers
Lastly, simply buy a bunch of something gorgeous from the supermarket but because it's your mum it would be much more preferable to present them in a real vase that she can keep forever to be constantly reminded of her wonderfully generous and appreciative son or daughter. We have plenty (of course) at Andrassy Living to choose from. This one is the Dot Vase.
To end on, I have a couple of tips on how to keep fresh flowers at their best which I've picked up along the way. Firstly make sure the vase is completely clean then trim the ends on a slant and cut a small split at the bottom too and re-trim after a few days if they're still doing well. Remove any leaves that are going to sit under the water as they create dirty water and lastly, make sure you use a fabulous vase.
So, whether you're a mum yourself, whether you'll be celebrating with your own mum, grandmother or just having a knees-up for the sake of it, we hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.