Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and since my family is outside at the moment working on a top secret Mother’s Day gift, I have a bit of free time to share one of my favorite Mother’s Day ideas with you. At our school we always hold Mother’s Day Teas. The moms all come in and visit their children’s classes for some special treats. The kids and teachers spend weeks preparing for the teas, and I haven’t been able to share anything about them in previous years because of a risk of spoiling the surprise. However this year, I am in a different classroom so I can safely share about the theme we used in the past. (Mum’s the word on this year’s theme though until after the big event tomorrow!)
In our old classroom, our thematic unit for May was Indiana. After all, with the Indy 500 going on, May is Indiana’s time to shine! As a proud Hoosier, I always had a lot of fun with this theme – especially when it came to planning a Mother’s Day Tea around all things Indiana. The children made ball point pens topped with peonies (the state flower of Indiana) for their moms. They put them along with tissue paper peonies they made in Ball jars (yup, also from Indiana). These were the gifts and the centerpieces for our party.
We used napkins we found at Party City with peonies on them as well. We also had the children make “LOVE” placemats for them and their moms inspired by famous Hoosier Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” artwork.
The food we served also had something to do with Indiana – chocolate milk, cheese, and yogurt from a local creamery. We also included popcorn, which of course, is a very big deal in Indiana.
Finally, we had the children sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” for their moms during a special program.
I always absolutely loved this Indiana themed party – I’m sure it could work for any celebration, not just Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Hoosier moms as well as moms everywhere!