Life has been so busy recently, I haven’t even talked with my mom about mother’s day plans yet. When I scheduled this post, I thought I’d already have something lined up for Sunday, but here I am planning a hypothetical Mother’s Day gathering (it will likely unfold in some version of this).
Holidays like Mother’s Day are all about seasonal food, easy outdoor entertaining, and relaxing with the fam. All this brings to mind three things: lawn games, fresh salad, and refreshing cocktails made with citrus. Here are three ideas that are super simple to pull off and perfect for a sunny spring day.
Lawn Games:There’s so many to choose from, but my personal fave is bocce (or petanque/boules). This game is inexpensive to buy (the set pictured is fancy, but you can get less expensive sets here), great for a group and really casual – so if you need to pause for dinner that’s just fine. No special skills are required. Grandma can play and so can the tikes. It’s like bowling without gutters. Bocce makes a good Mother’s Day gift too.
Fresh Salad: I made the most amazing salad the other day, and of course, I forgot to snap a pic, so I’ll just give you a brief run down. First – it’s very easy to make, and without any leafy greens, this salad travels well. Make it ahead of time – no problem. You’ll need: 1 cucumber sliced into thin half rounds (I like the seedless English cucumbers), 1 bunch of radishes sliced into thin half rounds, 1/2 cup of red grapes slices in half, 1/2 cup of pineapple in small chunks, 1/2 cup cojita cheese crumbled, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, olive oil, white vinegar, and fresh ground pepper.
In a large bowl combine the cucumber, radish, grapes, pineapple, and cheese. In food processor combine jalapeno, cilantro, 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Process until smooth (if you don’t have a food processor you can chop everything very fine and then whisk together). Pour dressing over the chopped friuts and vegetables. Toss to coat. Done.
Refreshing Cocktail: Who doesn’t like grapefruit juice, gin, lillet rose and flowers? These are the four simple ingredients that go into this pretty drink. Just a few ingredients, and combine, nothing fancy, but wow, this is a refreshing and impressive cocktail to serve at a spring soiree.
Have a happy Mothers Day!