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Bright & Cheery Afternoon Tea for Mother’s Day

Celebrate mom with an afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. A fun and tasty way to show your love and appreciation!

Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day with Cheery Table Decor, Floral Tea Cups and Blueberry Angel Food Cake

Hello friends. I hope you’re enjoying May so far. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d put together some fun and pretty ideas for hosting an afternoon tea. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a mom who couldn’t use a little pampering and indulging. Am I right?

Plus, tea parties are quite easy. Being a busy mom, I definitely look for short cuts and uncomplicated when it comes to entertaining. Of course, I still consider the details that make a celebration special.

Mother’s Day Tea Party Ideas

I set this Mother’s Day table indoors, but outside would be lovely as well. Here’s hoping it’s a gorgeous and sunny day. I’m a warm weather kind of gal.

Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day - Bright and Cheery Spring Table Setting with Yellow Tulips in Milk Glass Vase

If not, the bright and cheery inspiration I’m sharing with you today will surely brighten your mood. I know, more colour than you’re used to seeing from me, but I was craving it after a slow start to spring. What about you?

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Tea Party Table Setting Ideas

My jumping off point for the tea party table setting was the blue and white floral tea cup and saucer set. I’m drawn to its vintage vibe. So pretty and charming.

I love the way it looks against the blue and white striped napkins. It’s hard to go wrong with a blue and white tea party, right?!

Tea Party for Mother's Day - Pretty Blue and White Floral Tea Cup and Saucer - Tea Party Ideas

Of course, I couldn’t stop there. I had to add the matching set, including dessert plates, creamer and sugar dishes, tea pot and adorable tiered server.

All of these would make perfect gift ideas for Mother’s Day too.

Pretty Blue and White Floral Dessert Plate with Gold Flatware

The gold-trimmed flatware was the icing on the cake (see similar here). Of course, nothing’s too fancy schmancy for afternoon tea. I like how it ties in nicely with the gold trim on the tea set.

Afternoon Tea Table Setting with Blue and White Tea Set and Yellow Flowers

I kept the flowers simple by arranging grocery store tulips along with dahlias I snipped from outside (yay for gardening season!). Both options are a great way to save when it comes to decorating a spring table.

Of course, I jump at any chance to pull out my milk glass vases. Use whatever you have on hand, even glasses or jars.

Bright and Cheery Tablescape for Afternoon Tea with Yellow Tulips, Blue and White Floral Tea Cups and Pastries

Tea Party Food

My husband and son were eyeing up this blueberry and lemon angel food cake. Do you need to put “Don’t Touch!” sticky notes on food sometimes too?

Blueberry and Lemon Angel Food Cake on White Plate for Mother's Day

It looks quite impressive, but was super easy to make. I love these half-made-homemade cake recipes that are quick to throw together. Perfect for afternoon tea or Mother’s Day dessert. Fresh blueberries on angel food makes a delicious dessert.

I also have an easy strawberry angel food cake version you may want to try.

Fresh Blueberry and Lemon Angel Food Cake on White Plate for Mother's Day

I picked up the scones and pastries at a local bakery. Usually I bake from scratch, but for gatherings I cheat a little sometimes. Mother’s Day doesn’t need to be complicated.

Blue and White Floral Tiered Server with Scones and Cookies for Afternoon Tea

You may want to check out the recipe for my honey and rosemary blackberry jam. I served it in my grandmother’s tea cup for a bit of nostalgia.

As you probably know, I enjoy mixing a bit of old and new when creating a tablescape. It always makes it more interesting (and budget-friendly).

Thrift shops are a great source for vintage dishes and other decor.

Vintage Floral Tea Cup with Blackberry Jam

I also made some refreshing lemonade using sparkling water, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. This lavender and blackberry sparkling lemonade is another recipe you may want to try.

Aren’t the stemmed glasses with bees adorable?! They’re a perfect motif for spring.

Homemade Lemonade in Glass Bottle and Scones on Blue and White Dessert Plate

And, of course, afternoon tea calls for delicious tea for mom! Do you prefer green, black, white, something else?

I love that pretty tea pot with delicate blue flowers. Perfect for spring!

Blue and White Floral Tea Set

Tea is the perfect complement to any sweet treat.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea with Blue Floral Vintage Inspired Dishes

Here’s to celebrating Mother’s Day with a lovely afternoon tea! I hope you enjoyed my afternoon tea table setting ideas :)

Be sure to pin these Mother’s Day afternoon tea ideas for later!

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Wishing you a lovely Mother’s Day,

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. What a beautiful table for Mother’s Day!! Love blue and white dishes. And those glasses with the bees!!! They are adorable :)

  2. I’d love to be inspired by your list if you make one, so feel free to post yours in the comments! Or spread the love of a return to simple fall joys!

  3. Hello…..
    I love tea parties and I bring out my nice china to set the table. I am a china/porcelain addict.
    Your design for this Mother’s Day tea is just over the top beautiful.
    I have just found your blog and am loving it. I have seen this blue and white china with the tea cups at your 2018 Christmas blog and now again. I would like to find out the manufacturer and pattern name, Please. It’s gorgeous and very feminine with the fluted edge.
    I hope you get this since I am not a Facebook person. So, not sure how to contact you.
    Thank you, Patty

    1. Hi Patricia, Thank you so much for your kind comments! The dishes are a tea collection from Bombay Canada. Unfortunately, the company no longer exists. If I come across something similar, I’ll be sure t le you know :)

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