French-Inspired Crafty Mother’s Day Luncheon

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I originally featured this party in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine in May 2011 and is making a reappearance on the blog to help get your creative energy flowing for your upcoming Mother’s Day brunch!!!

“When it comes to party planning, I say it’s better to make it than to buy it.  Digging into your own creativity allows for personal details sure to impress – and fun to pass along to others.  This Mother’s Day lunch is the collective effort of several inventive minds.  It’s designed to help keep your expenses down, but also present a polished, pretty and – most of all – memorable celebration.  So grab your scissors and get to work!!!”

Crafty Party Planning Tips:

  • Begin by creating a theme and color palette based on your location, your creative personality, and your guest list. 0f38da812e1f1a3b6d6156315455ab4b
  • Consider the creative talents of those around you to help pull it all together.  My sister is a very talented seamstress, so she was quickly called in to make fabric napkins to pull together the color scheme and theme of this Spring Garden luncheon. food station
  • Take inventory of the items around your house that can be incorporated into your party.  This not only cuts down on the costs, but it is an inventive way to repurpose items you already have on hand.  Once an empty flower pot, now a utensil holder.  Potting bench by weekend, bar by party time. 7f864909dcff448c8e78a785b7adf289
  • Utilize sites such as Etsy for creative ideas and inexpensive handmade items that can add to your party such as the printable designs from The TomKat Studio.  If you have a few extra minutes, hop over to the craft store and just peruse the aisles to get your creativity flowing.  Click here for free Mother’s Day Printables from The TomKat Studio. a722c87c778e3ee2b653321dd44174d2
  • Get creative with your location.  If weather permits, bring your indoor furniture outside and create a comfortable party while enjoying the beauty of nature. flower arrangement
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune on arrangements when you have the resources right out your front door.  Grab your pruning shears and cut branches from your spring-blooming trees or flower garden.
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  • Remember that every personal detail is not only thoughtful; it also creates a wonderful memory for your guests

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French-Inspired Mother's Day Luncheon


    For the Coq Au Vin (from
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • For the Rice with Herbes de Provence (from
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • For the Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Creme Brulee (from
  • 8 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • ½ pound Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking bar, broken or chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp and 2 tsp granulated white sugar


    For the Coq Au Vin
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken parts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Place wine in a shallow dish or bowl. Dip chicken pieces into wine, one at a time, and return to skillet. Add any remaining wine, stock, and onions, stir together and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Cover skillet and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water and add mixture to sauce to thicken; cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes and serve.
  4. For the Rice with Herbes de Provence
  5. In a medium saucepan stir together rice, chicken stock, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Set over high heat, and bring to a simmer; cover, and cook 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and serve
  6. For the Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Creme Brulee
  7. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  8. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with 2/3 cup sugar until smooth.
  9. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the white chocolate. Turn off the heat and whisk until the white chocolate is melted. Add 2 tbsp of the white chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking continually to prevent the eggs from scrambling. Add the remaining white chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Whisk until smooth. Add the vanilla.
  10. Pour into eight 6-inch ramekins or custard cups. Place the cups in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Add enough hot water so the cups sit in 1 to 1 ½ inches of water.
  11. Bake for about 45 minutes, until set. Allow to cool, and then refrigerate the custards until chilled. Before serving, sprinkle the tops of each ramekin with 1 tsp of sugar and place under the broiler until caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes. Rechill in refrigerator for 5 minutes before serving.




–          1 ¼ oz Ciroc vodka

–          ¼ oz lime juice

–          ¼ oz triple sec

–          ¼ oz cranberry juice

–          kumquats


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add crushed ice.  Strain into glass.  Garnish with kumquats.

Vendor Credits & Resources:

–          Party Styling – Amanda Hardin, AH Designs

–          Photography – Taylor Cooper Photography

–          Party Printables – Kim, The Tomkat Studio

–          Napkins –  Sweet B Creations

–          Fabric – Stitchers’ Playhouse

–          Crown materials – Hobby Lobby

–          Recipes –,

–          Asian umbrellas and other craft supplies – Hobby Lobby

–          Bar – Pal’s Package Store, Clarksville, TN

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