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Perfect party templates for any type of mom this Mother's Day

Mothers. They gave us life. They were there all those years we called to explain just how our hair accidentally got dyed purple at Stacey's. They are there now to guide us through careers, tough breaks, family life and possibly more unfortunate dye jobs.

But moms are a not a cookie-cutter bunch. Some moms like brunch, and some prefer Netflix and beer. Some people don't have moms around at all, or have a weird relationship with mom, or have another female figure in their life to honor this Sunday. Read suggestions from our critics and writers that veer outside the expected.

Pick your favorite mom posture. And take it the extra mile with these party templates, designed to ace your Mother's Day meal-and-hang.

 

Let's Not Go Crazy Brunch

 

We love a traditional mom! And she loves her brunch.

Serve: A frittata, a casserole, mimosas and something special she taught you how to make.

Tablescape: A light floral tablecloth. Shabby chic glass vases. Sprigs of baby's breath or clusters of blue hydrangeas (I get them from Whole Foods).

Playlist: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder; Teach Your Children; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; The Best Day, Taylor Swift

 

Us Against the World Picnic

 

It was you and mom all those years. Keep it small and thank her, big time.

Serve: Fondue for two. Individual pot pies. Cupcakes.

Decorate: Collages with your faces cut onto famous pairs in history. Peanut butter and jelly. The Blues Brothers.

Play: Dear Mama, 2Pac, In My Life, the Beatles; Just the Two of Us, Bill Withers

 

New Flame Dinner

 

Do you dare present your paramour for the first time on Mother's Day? Good luck!

Serve: Have your new love whip up his/her own best recipe, passed down from generations. It'll be endearing.

Decorate: Display photos of your mom in her youngest, best-looking state (1980s abs, hey!). She'll appreciate the props.

Play: Magic Man, Heart; Mama He's Crazy, the Judds; I Got It from My Mama, Will.i.am

 

It's Complicated Pig Out

 

Don't talk much? Just rekindling a relationship? Have stuff to work out?

Serve: Probably just some strong drinks, to be honest. Maybe order a pizza. No expectations. It'll be freeing for you both.

Decorate: Pajamas and pillows for this night in. You need to talk.

Play: Mother Mother, Tracy Bonham; Mama Tried, Merle Haggard; Fancy, Reba McEntire

 

Choose Your Own Mother Adventure

 

Maybe you have a family of choice or a woman who is not your biological mom but has taught you a lot.

Serve: A taco bar. It encourages choice, customization and variety.

Decorate: Set places with hand-written quotes from famous inspirational women. Have everyone put their own inspirational thoughts into a bowl and draw one.

Play: Q.U.E.E.N., Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu; That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

Perfect party templates for any type of mom this Mother's Day 05/03/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:12pm]
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