If you’re gathering loved ones for Mother’s Day brunch, make it flawless with this advice from tablescape designer (and Thumbtack pro) Angie Chang of Chairs + Cups in San Francisco, California. We worked with Angie to design this custom Mother’s Day spread and break down how to put together the elements of a perfect table. Read on for her best advice on making a bouquet, selecting tableware, and balancing your color palette to create a special brunch experience for Mother’s Day.
Q&A with Thumbtack Pro Angie Chang of Chairs + Cups
What influenced your vision for this Mother’s Day tablescape?
In terms of tablescaping, I think rose gold is always a success. It’s been high on the trend list for a while, but it’s still going strong. That’s why I chose the matte rose gold flatware. Matte rose gold is more contemporary than shiny gold flatware. It brings warmth and an understated metallic touch, while shiny gold can look really dated.
This photo shoot was about modernizing the more traditional pink, so I selected a warm blush as the central color and kept the accents, including the roses and other flowers, within a blush tonal region. I knew the rose gold would bring together the warmth of the earthenware salad plates—and all those elements together would make the blush pop.
We chose a blush sparkling rosé to go with this champagne coupés glassware. To prevent the visual from being too heavily weighted with blush and pink, I draped a runner down the center of the table in a soft, pearl grey.
For the floral arrangement, I started with roses because they’re a natural fit for the occasion and mothers deserve superior flowers. I chose a range of rose tones from ivory (for my neutral) to soft shades of blush pink.
Here is a list of the flowers I used for the bouquet:
- Garden Rose
- Baby Roses
- Astilbe – used in bouquet and as name card accents
- Viburnum – flowering, leafy shrub
Any suggestions for making a Mother’s Day bouquet at home?
Pick one main flower that has a more substantial size to it to serve as the focal point of the bouquet— in this case, roses. Keep all other flowers smaller in size. In general, don’t use more than five flower variations within one flower pot. Keep a cohesive color palette and only use one type of greenery for filler.
It’s better not to match the main flower to the table or table cloth. Since the tablecloth was pink, I used neutrals as the predominant bouquet color.
Tell us about the plates and place settings.
These are ceramic stoneware plates by Heath Ceramics finished in a matte glaze. The larger plate is called opaque white and the salad plate is called cocoa/fawn. I love the warmth of the salad plate; it’s soft like a bronzer. The delicate brown complements and accentuates the blush, giving it a natural look.
Ceramic has an earthen feel but is also modern and contemporary. Handmade is special. I find that people don’t really eat on stuffy china anymore.
When you have a strong main color (like blush), use neutrals in large quantities to tone it down and prevent your table from looking overboard. Here I used neutrals in the plateware, in the table runner, in the bouquet, and in the napkins to tone down the pink.
The single flower at each plate is an astilbe. They are one of my favorite non-floral florals, but more than that, their colors drove the choice with their soft blend of neutral and pink, really beautiful. Whatever touch you put with the name card, just use one element. A single rose. A sprig from an olive branch. Just keep it simple and cohesive with the overall color palette.
What advice would you give readers making their own Mother’s Day tablescape?
- Nice flowers have a big impact, so don’t skimp in this area. Even if you don’t have all the elements (beautiful plates or high quality linen), fresh flowers carry the look.
- A rule of thumb is one big bouquet or two smaller bouquets per six people. The whole bouquet height, including the vase, should never be taller than 12 inches—otherwise you can’t see your guests.
- Be creative with what you use for vases. In this photo shoot, for the smaller bouquets, I used double old fashioned glasses. Grab a pitcher or use a decanter. I often use drinking glasses as vases at home as they make intimate and sweet bouquets.
Plus: How to Uplevel Breakfast in Bed
If your mom is the laid-back type, you don’t need to spring for a full tablescape like the one Angie designed. Instead, try a minimalist tray service with coffee, champagne and pastries.
You can elevate the feel of breakfast in bed with a mini floral arrangement made of fresh, high-quality flowers. As Angie points out, be creative about what you use for your vase (here we’ve used a stemless wine glass). Pare back the color mix to keep the focus on the treats: neutral roses, gold-rimmed china and white linens make a clean backdrop for that chocolate croissant you know she’s been craving.
Go ahead, treat your mom… We’ll cover the cleanup.