Mother’s Day is upon us! Sunday will be a day to take a moment out to give our moms (or the women who have closely guided us) a nod of acknowledgement for all they have done. Everyone has a different relationship with their mom and different traditions for how they spend the day. Having become a mom myself and now being in the ‘trenches’ with a toddler – I am acutely aware of and understand what it means to be a mom – at this early and very ‘hands-on’ stage of the game. I now understand how my mom has felt for me and the sheer magnitude of love that a mother has for her child.
In most cases, becoming a mom truly changes a woman’s life, as she knows it. In my case, I literally went from being – one day: a woman with days all her own – to the next: someone who exists solely for another person. There’s nothing dignified about childbirth (there’s no need to go into detail about that!) From pregnancy, to breastfeeding and holding your baby, a Mother’s body becomes an instrument for care. Her mind and soul are no different. A transformation takes place that is hard to explain. From that point forward, a woman’s life becomes devoted to caring for her baby’s needs, minute-by-minute. As a mom, life ‘fits’ around your children. Your needs ‘fit’ around your children. Sanity? Dependant on them too! 😉 And, the real phenomenon is – that you fiercely love it that way, and would not change a thing.
This mother’s day, it is not the amount of money that you spend on a gift that’s important – it’s the acknowledgement and gratitude that matters most.
Jody and I were ecstatic to receive a press package a couple of weeks ago that was curated to include some amazing bottles of wine along with tips from Lauren Sabo of Botany & Co. as to how to pair wine and flowers as a beautiful gift – or for entertaining – which may be useful this Mother’s Day.
Tip 1: Match the label. Keep your colour palette in mind by matching your florals to the label on your bottle.
Tip 2: Chill with the wine. If you’re having mom over to celebrate over a festive meal, prepare your flowers and wine before she arrives to keep everything party ready. Tulips, peonies and hyacinths make a beautiful centrepiece and bloom for longer when kept cool. Chill your peonies in the fridge alongside your favourite white wine, and keep your hyacinths away from direct sunlight to preserve the opening process for longer.
Tip 3: Match the wine. Why not match the colour your wine with your flowers? Use creamy yellows for whites, and for summer reds like Meiomi Pinot Noir pair with burgundy red charm peonies, to accent the deep colour of the wine.
Tip 4: Food First. Pinot Grigio is a popular choice for the Spring since it pairs with favourite spring foods like halibut and shrimp, or cheeses like chèvre and burrata. At a food focused gathering, it’s best to choose scentless flowers, like seasonal ranunculus and anemones, to keep guests focused on the flavours of the wine and food.
The wines that we were gifted in our press package were Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc & Ruffino Prosecco. We are excited to sip these wines and will share our taste test over Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow us @ilikeherstylevancouver on Instagram: here – and stay tuned to our stories to hear our thoughts as we taste test!
We absolutely loved the idea of matching flowers to the wine colour and label. We chose this amazing bouquet of cheerful yellow flowers from our partner: Pretty Things in beautiful Steveston (Richmond).
Pretty things carries a variety of plants and florals. We absolutely love to visit their floral cooler, where the blooms are all separated into colour groupings. It is truly a feast for the eyes, and makes it fun and easy to select flowers to match any wine label!
Above are a few other gift ideas that we curated from Pretty Things in Steveson:
Not your average ‘card-shop cards’ from Sugar Paper LA and Rifle Paper Co. • The Cottage Greenhouse products made Oprah’s 2016 Favourite Things list and are exclusive to PRETTY THINGS in Richmond. • Pretty little dishes, decor and details. • Gorgeous stationery and notebooks from Kate Spade & Paper Source. • Canadian made scented candles by Coal And Canary. • Every woman needs this Hot to Jot pencil set by Ted Baker London.
Visit Pretty Things at 110 – 3531 Bayview Street Steveson
(Across from The Cannery)
See Pretty Thing’s Ad on Page 15 of our Spring 2017 Issue.