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Memories of Mom Tablescape

If you are looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day, maybe you’d like to honor the memories of the moms who are no longer with us. I’m sharing how I set an alfresco Mother’s Day table with memories of Mom!

Since this is my first Mother’s Day without my Mom, I wanted to create a tablescape to remind me of all the wonderful meals I had as a child. These last few months have been about cleaning out her home and bringing home treasured pieces of her life.

Today I’m honoring her memory by setting the table using a set of dishes like she used when I was a little girl.

Ever Yours Vintage Dishes for a Mother's Day Brunch Table setting for A Memories of Mom theme

I recently shared how to use those treasured old family photos.

The Perfect Setting

I decided to place my tablescape on our pier.

I remember my Mom taking us to The Ponds and letting us fish while she planted flowers around the little cabin. We couldn’t fish off the pier because she was afraid we’d fall into the pond.

Alfresco Mother's day Brunch Ideas with vintage dishes and picnic style dining.
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1957 Photo of The Ponds Pier with my mother.
Here is a picture of my Mom in 1957 on the original pier.

The Dishes – Memories of Mom Tablescape

So you’re probably asking yourself, “Where did these dishes come from?” Well, I never forgot these fun Boutonniere plates, although they had long been gone from my Mom’s table.

We were out yard sailing, as I like to call it, one weekend, and there they were! A whole set for only $10.00. Because I needed more dishes, wink-wink, home with me, they came. This inspired the idea to use these dishes in memory of my Mom this Mother’s Day!

Ever Yours Vintage Dishes for a Mother's Day Brunch Table setting for A Memories of Mom theme
Ever Yours
From Taylor, Smith & Taylor

My mom never had fine china, and what she did have was used daily. We grew up with three home-cooked meals a day. Needless to say, when we cleaned out my mom’s house, we only found one heavily chipped Boutonniere plate.

Thankfully, this set of dishes was perfectly preserved to allow me to create this Memories of Mom Tablescape Tour.

These Dishes hold a special childhood Memory of my Mom for me

I vividly remember one wonderful summer that seemed to last forever. I was probably 9 or 10, and we played outside every day, and it was perfect. Every day that summer, my mom would cook us a fabulous lunch.

Vintage Yard Sale Dishes make a perfect table setting with aqua and white alfresco dining table setting.
Sea Turtle Salad Bowl & Salt and Pepper Shakers from Arthur Court Designs

The garden produced well that summer. We had green beans, cantaloupe, corn, potatoes, and always homemade biscuits. But the one thing that sticks in my memory about that summer is eating from these sweet dishes. I think it’s where my obsession with dishes began.

Yard Sale Find Vintage Dishes perfect for a Memories of Mom, Brunch Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Mother’s Day Brunch ideas

If you are looking for a perfect brunch menu, check out these “so easy even I’ll make it recipes.” If you like planning outdoor dining, here are my 9 Best Outdoor Dining Ideas.

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas for dining alfresco.  Vintage Table setting from yard sale finds.
Table Runner, Placemats from Wayfair
Napkins from Pier One Imports

Last summer, I ran across the glasses to match at a thrift store, and you guessed it. I was thrilled.

There’s just something special about those childhood memories that come flooding back whenever I look at these dishes. I know that their value is in their age and my memories. My mom probably got hers as a bonus for grocery shopping or collected green stamps to get them.

Memories of Mom Tablescape ideas and brunch ideas for alfresco dining ideas for Mother's Day.

As we packed away my Mom’s possessions, we didn’t bring home many valuable antiques or family heirlooms. But we brought home memories of a life well lived—memories of a childhood filled with love, a home-cooked meal, and a Mom who would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it.

Memories of Mom!

Rudy, Mini Goldendoodle at the dining table on pier.  Mother's Day Table Setting ideas.
Wisteria Garland

You could say this post isn’t so much about my tablescape as it is about remembering our Mothers on their special day.

My mom lived to be 98 years old. I was so blessed to have her in my life for so many years. So, with tears in my eyes, I’ll say, treasure your moments with your loved ones! And Happy Mother’s Day!

Photo from 1957 of my mom and dad.
My Mom and Dad before I was born on the original pier in 1957.
The new pier was built in 2010
Memories of Mom Tablescape ideas and brunch ideas for alfresco dining ideas for Mother's Day.

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Susan Sikes

Monday 30th of May 2022

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! I love the fact that this is set up on the pier where you have so many memories!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thanks so much Susan!

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Thursday 13th of May 2021

I love the way you honored your mom with this table setting. Congratulations, your post was most clicked at the Friday with Friends link party! Thank you for sharing this with everyone at the party. RR

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Friday 14th of May 2021

Oh Rachelle I am so honored. Thanks so much.

Barbara at Mantel and Table

Friday 7th of May 2021

That's so sweet Rachel - such a beautiful table and wonderful memories! You've inspired me once again as this is our first Mother's Day without my mom. Thanks so much!

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Sunday 9th of May 2021

Barbara, Thanks so much for sharing. I appreciate you input.


Sunday 17th of May 2020

Absolutely amazing post!Thank you for sharing.Hugs and blessings.

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Monday 18th of May 2020

Maristella, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I'm so glad you liked it. Rachel