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Place of Honor

Photography by Mac Jamieson
Photo styling by Amy Burke and Lucy Wilson

Recognizing mothers is a time-honored tradition. In 1908, the mother of Anna Marie Jarvis passed away, and Anna Marie wanted to do something special not only for her but for all mothers by setting aside a special day each year to honor them. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress officially established the importance of this observance by passing a law that set aside the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Among the customs associated with this special holiday is the gift of flowers. Carnations in particular have come to represent Mother’s Day. Anna Marie chose to hand these out at one of the first celebrations of the day because they were her mother’s favorite. Nowadays, a wide variety of flowers are given to express love and appreciation to mothers.

Setting a pretty table is another lovely way to honor mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other important ladies in our lives. Whether planning a formal affair, a casual gathering, or even a companion children’s table, take the time to show them just how wonderful they are.


For a slide shows of pictures for a classically elegant Mother's Day tablescape, click here.


For a slide show of pictures for a playfully childlike Mother's Day tablescape, click here.


For a slide show of pictures for a casually refined Mother's Day tablescape, click here.

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