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Mother’s Day Table Using Wedding Printables

If you are hosting a brunch or dinner for some special moms this Mother’s Day, we have some super easy and beautiful ideas for you to make each setting extra special.

To get this look you will need:

  • Download files from our Wedding Download Bundle or your selected download packs.
  • Scissors
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Tape
  • Glass vases
  • Real or faux floral stems

Our first idea is to print and use the Monogram Favor Tags in each mom’s monogram to use as a napkin ring. Tape a piece of twine or ribbon that matches your decor to the back of your printed monogram tag. Tie it around your pretty linen napkins and let each guest enjoy this special personalized touch.

How to Use Wedding Printables for your Mother's Day table Decor!

To make this idea really pop, add a sprig of florals to your tied napkin ring!

Use wedding printable downloads for your Mother's Day table Decor

Place a little gift at mom’s place settings with a pretty little Thank You Favor Tag to let mom know how much you appreciate her.

Wedding Printable Download Monogram favor tags as a napkin ring.

For another special touch, use our printable buffet/place cards to mark each guest of honor’s place at the table. Use Mom’s nickname or some short descriptors for a fun twist on the place card concept.

We chose this style place card because of how the beautiful blush and blue coordinated with our floral color scheme.

Using Wedding Downloads for Your Mother's Day Table Decor

Put all these ideas together and you have one gorgeous place setting.

For your table decor, collect a number of small assorted glass vases and various sprigs of florals and greens that you know Mom will love. Place one stem in each vase and stagger them down the center of your table. This will add color and texture in a simple way that will for sure impress your mom! Voila!

Wedding Downloads for your Mother's Day place setting Mother's Day Tablescape with The Wedding Download Printables

Enjoy your time with the special moms you know. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Last Minute Tablescape
Lily & Val Loves- Spring Entertaining

The weather is getting warm and sunny here and holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day have us in the mood to host more parties and get togethers with friends and family to celebrate this lovely time of year.

We have gathered together some of our favorite things for entertaining this spring with style and simplicity.

For use with any simple table setting or just around your home, these handmade porcelain votives add the perfect detail.

Handmade Porcelain Votives gorgeous for any tablescape

Paper straws are always a fun addition to the party. We love these very spring appropriate floral paper straws! 

Floral Paper Straws Pack

This unique 1950’s divided serving dish will be a great conversation piece at your next gathering. Fill with your favorite side dishes or snacks and enjoy!

Vintage 1950's Divided Serving Dish- Perfect for serving side dishes or snacks in a beautiful way

Vintage Golden tumblers add color and interest to your table that will set your party apart. We love mixing vintage colored glass, especially in honor of all of the colors of spring.

Vintage Golden Tumbler set- Perfect to add color to yoru table scape or make everyday use more beautiful

To complete your beautiful table, add some beautiful linens. These floral linens are handmade and lovely for any spring occasion.

Floral Table Linens

So get some special people together for a gathering big or small and celebrate this fresh and beautiful time of year!

Mother’s Day Gift Set Ideas

There are lots of beautiful things for Mom available from Lily & Val so we thought it might be helpful to give you some ideas for your last minute Mother’s Day gift set ideas. Many of these items fit perfectly into our recipe tins, too! What a beautiful gift packaging idea!

This first set features our Mustard Stripe Recipe Tin, Hard working Mama Candle, New Washi tapes, Gingham Meal Planning Bookmarks and The Classic Keepsake Kitchen Diary. I love how these mustard and black elements go so nicely together with some pops of pink. Mom will love how useful all these items are and the nostalgia of the Keepsake Kitchen Diary. The candle adds a little pampering to her gift set, which is just what every Mom needs!

The lovely light pink Farmhouse Gingham Recipe Tin is the perfect container for these beautiful items for mom. The My Hero Candle looks so beautiful with a set of printable clementine stationery, just make sure to write mom a note on one of the sheets. Add some Floral Meal Planning Bookmarks, a pretty pair of scissors, and a matching assortment of our new washi tape and you have a lovely tin gift set full of beautiful and practical things!

If Mom is not a recipe tin person, consider getting her a beautiful canvas pouch. Place some printable monogram stationery sheets, fun stickers and coordinating rolls of washi and meal planning bookmarks for the Mom who likes all things creative.

Lemon themed gift sound good for your Mom? The Lemon Lavender Mom Candle and Lemon Recipe tin go perfectly with some sweet lemons washi and a pretty pouch with a sweet saying for your beautiful momma.

Last but not least, a gift for the busy, hard-working mommas out there. The Hard Working Mama Candle looks beautiful with the Mustard Recipe Tin and Busy as a Bee Pouch. Add in some printable stationery in Mom’s monogram and a little coordinating washi to complete the set.

We hope that whatever combo you choose, you find something perfect for the special Moms in your life this Mother’s Day! Enjoy and cherish your moments together and let her know how much she means to you.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Lily & Val
May’s “Enjoy The Little Things” FREE Desktop Download

May's "Enjoy The Little Things" FREE Desktop Download

The other day Mak and I went for a walk through our neighborhood and I was telling him that although Fall is still my favorite season, a VERY close runner up is Springtime. Each year, seeing the blooms on the trees and all the flowers popping up in flower beds never gets old. The day we make our annual trip to the nursery to fill my own pots and planters is one I look forward to! Spring is a breath of fresh air, but it goes by just as quickly as it comes.

This year, especially with Baby McKeehan, on the way in just a few short weeks, I really want to pause to enjoy the little things -all these tiny details of this special season. I hope this month’s hand-drawn wallpapers remind you to take a pause too. Happy May!

Free May Desktop Wallpaper Free L&V iPhone Background Download

To download for free during the month of May 2019 use coupon code: DDMAY19

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Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting-Mini Kiwi Tart Recipe

We are so excited about our new Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting supplies! Having supplies that specifically coordinate with both the classic and the lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diaries takes adding recipes to a whole new level of fun.

Lemon Themed Keepsake Kitchen Diary Supplies

(P.S. We have been so overwhelmed with the response to the Keepsake Kitchen Diary, that there are limited numbers for Mother’s Day! Classic Keepsake Kitchen Diary is still available on lilyandval.com. You can find your Lemon Keepsake Kitchen diary at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon)

Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting Supplies- Mini Kiwi Tart

This recipe for Mini Kiwi Tarts is so fun and perfect for a Mother’s day luncheon, baby or bridal shower, or even a summertime dinner party.

For the Kitchen Diary crafting of this sweet and simple recipe, I was inspired by the colors of the kiwi and the beautiful Lemon themed crafting supplies.

For this spread I used:

-Lemons Washi Tape

-Yellow Floral Washi Tape

-Lemon Weekly Meal Planning Bookmarks

-Yellows & Greens Dietary Restriction Stickers

-Markers in coordinating colors you like ( Tombow Dual Brush Pens used here)

Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting Supplies - Mini Kiwi Tarts Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting Supplies now available Lemons Washi Tape to Coordinate with The Keepsake Kitchen Diary New KKD Crafting Supplies Washi Tape

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary has such an organized page layout that gives you plenty of opportunities to add information about your recipes and the memories attached to those flavors and experiences. I especially love to use washi tape to outline some of the special areas or important information for the recipe like the title, directions and notes sections. This helps visually divide your recipe for easy use and just looks pretty!

Dietary Restriction Stickers for your Keepsake Kitchen Diary

Since this recipe is “vegetarian friendly” I used a coordinating “Vegetarian” dietary restriction sticker. These stickers are great to add to your index pages and the recipe spreads themselves to help you when you need to find a certain type of recipe in a pinch. This also makes dietary meal planning a cinch with other labels like “gluten free” and “paleo” also available in the pack.

Dietary Restriction Stickers For KKD Crafting Weekly Meal Planning Book Marks

The Weekly Meal Planning Bookmarks are a beautiful and clever way to mark any recipe you would like to use throughout the week. We all try to do meal planning and grocery shopping in an organized way…and usually, struggle to plan ahead. So why not make it a little more fun by matching your bookmarks to your recipe spread motifs?!

It’s wonderful to have these crafting supplies to help organize and decorate each recipe in the special way it deserves. I can’t wait to share more Keepsake Kitchen Diary Crafting ideas with you! Happy Baking!

Lily & Val Crafting & Scrapbooking Supplies Are Here!

Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

Guys! This a moment I’ve been waiting for – for A LONG TIME. Lily & Val crafting and scrapbooking supplies are here!  (I’m just a little excited.)

Back when we first introduced the Keepsake Kitchen Diary, I didn’t immediately anticipate the way that you all would immediately embrace the diary and make it your own with all types of washi, stickers, stamps etc. When beautifully crafted recipe & memory spreads like this one started popping up, I was absolutely in love with the idea and began scrapbooking in my own Keepsake Kitchen Diary! This then got the wheels in my head spinning! What if we could offer coordinated scrapbooking supplies to use inside the pages of the Keepsake Kitchen Diary to give you another way to add your creative touch to your family cookbook?! The thought made my heart skip a beat!

Now, fast-forward years later and these supplies are a reality! I’m still pinching myself.

Whimsical Lemons Keepsake Kitchen Diary | Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

Stickers, stamps, ELEVEN different styles of washi tape – it’s all here. All hand-drawn with love by yours truly with the intent of giving you pretty products that will add a handmade feel to your special, heirloom book. The pieces all go together – so you can’t go wrong with choosing different stickers and tapes to pair.

Although these were all designed to coordinate with both our Classic and Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diaries, the supplies can be used for scrapbooking and crafting projects of all kinds!

New Washi Tape! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I must say there’s something about these illustrated herb stickers on a clear background that really get me!! I want to stick these on everything!!!

Herb stickers on a clear background | Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

We also created something really fun for this collection and that is weekly meal planning BOOKMARKS! Fun, right!? Each bookmark in the pack features a day of the week at the top. A cut-out rectangle in the bookmark allows you to mark pages in your Keepsake Kitchen Diary (or another cookbook!) and easily see the day of the week sticking out of the top! We’re all about cute and functional.

Meal Planning Bookmarks | Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

I just can’t wait to see how you use these pieces in your projects! We’ve been cooking up some ideas and inspiration behind the scenes to share with you as well!

Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

How cute are these dietary restriction stickers?! They come in two different styles!

Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here! Lily & Val Crafting, Scrapbooking and Planner Supplies Are Here!

And an update about our Keepsake Kitchen Diaries:

With the launch of our scrapbooking supplies, plus Mother’s Day just around the corner -we have SOLD OUT of the Whimsical Lemon style of Keepsake Kitchen Diary on lilyandval.com. But, not to worry – you can still find it in person at a retailer near you, Barnes & Noble stores near you, barnesandnoble.com and on Amazon! (You can find the classic at all of these places as well in addition to our website, but they are going quickly!)

Be sure to scoop yours up in time for Mother’s Day along with a few supplies! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Lily & Val Loves- Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to share some of our favorite handmade and small business gift ideas for mom.

As you know a few of us around here are becoming mom’s for the first time! So this list is full of some things that are great for new momma’s too!

This super chic phone charging station is also a beautiful vase made by our friends at Stak Ceramics. The bloom vase is the perfect addition to any momma’s space and great to keep her phone hand in a beautiful way.

Beautiful Handmade Ceramic vase and charging station.

This beautiful handmade floral bouquet clock is something any stylish mom will appreciate. The neutral color and floral motif are a great way to update her space for the season.

Floral Handmade Clock

Keeping you purse organized is tough right?! This gorgeous leather coin purse can be personalized with any message you want that special mom to see every time she uses it!

Personalized leather coin purse

Mom’s make a house a home…Let mom know that you still love coming home to see her with a custom pen and ink Family Home Illustration. This will be a keepsake the whole family will appreciate.

Custom Home illustration

Every mom needs a little coffee help now and then…especially the new ones! Get your hard working momma this stunning handmade ceramic mug that is big enough to fuel her throughout her day!

Stunning large ceramic handmade mug

Check out these awesome vendors and find something beautiful and truly unique for the moms you know this Mother’s Day! Happy shopping!

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

Friends, this is one of those ideas that isn’t even really fair to call it a DIY. Truly, it’s more like an idea because it’s just SO simple. Despite that, I thought these gifts were really cute so I wanted to share. You guys know me and how I like easy gift wrap with just a little bit of a special touch! (This has mostly been born out of the fact that I tend to wait until the last minute to wrap and I have to get a bit creative.) Well, with Mother’s Day coming and shower season – here’s an idea you can pull out in a pinch!

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

You will need:

  • Brown kraft paper
  • Jute twine or ribbon of your choice
  • Bits & pieces / odds & ends of faux flowers

Tips:

The two papers I always try to have on hand are: brown kraft paper and white kraft paper. I feel like if you have both of these, you are completely set for making beautiful gift wrapping for ANY occasion.

I also keep a random plastic box filled with ribbons and jute twine. If I have been gifted a present with a pretty ribbon, I will save it in my bin to reuse.

Lately, I’ve been creating a lot of faux floral arrangements for the new season and I always seem to be left with a few odds & ends when I’m done that I just don’t want to throw away, but I’m not sure how to use! I’m so glad I kept those little pieces though because adding them to gifts is the perfect way to not let them go to waste.

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

The brown kraft paper just works so well for this rustic, botanical wrapping. When you tie on your ribbon at the end, just add a little sprig or two and tie in a bow.

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

 

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

You could always affix a gift tag or add a bit of hand lettering to the package! In my opinion, there’s no need to complicate things- I like to letter right on the kraft paper!

DIY Easy Spring Botanical Gift Wrap Idea

I hope this idea sparks some fun ways to reuse your faux flower stems and surprise someone this Spring with a pretty gift!

If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, we have some thoughtful items like Keepsake Kitchen Diaries and limited edition Mom candles in the shop! Take a peek! 

P.S. Don’t forget the card! 🙂

Mother's Day Card
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #104, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with vintage quilt inspiration, Spring flowers and chalk art flowers 1. “Totally inspired by these vintage linen colors!” – Valerie, Founder and Creative Director

2. “I’ve been enjoying the gorgeous blossoms- especially these ones outside my bedroom window!” – Valerie

3“With Easter this week, I felt the urge to draw one of my favorite Spring Flowers! (I shared the tutorial on Instagram!)” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with The Good Neighbor, maternity shoots and Spring floral arrangements4“Started a new book- “The Good Neighbor”! I’m only a few chapters in, but already LOVING it. Mister Rogers was such an incredible man and I’m fascinated learning more about his life.” – Valerie

5. “My dear friend Amanda of Amanda Kraft Photography shot my maternity photos in the Hershey Gardens! The blossoms came out just in perfect timing! I can’t wait to see the finished photos.” – Valerie

6. “Mak got me a Parisian flower arranging class at Phipp’s Garden center for Valentine’s Day. It was so much fun! I learned a lot and hope to take more classes there.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with brass bows for baby room decor, iPad floral drawing and wooden storks for baby showers

7. “How sweet is this vintage brass bow?! It will definitely be hanging in baby girl’s room. I found it from this Etsy shop!– Valerie

8. “A little coffee and a little blossom drawing on the iPad. A good day.” – Valerie

9. “Getting ready for the baby shower! Dad made this wooden stork from the stork I drew for my invitation, and I’m in love!” – Emily, Creative Coordinator

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with Teavana tea, curious little girls and gorgeous birthday wrapping10. “Mommas…get an iced green tea with almond milk and a little sweet tea…trust me! So good!” – Emily

11. “Sweet beautiful moments of my little niece being her adorable curious self.” – Emily

12. “Turned 30 this month, and 30 weeks pregnant! Loving this ribbon so much!”- Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #104 with puppy kisses, blue ocean views and campfire s'mores13. “These two melt my heart!”- Nicole, Operations Manager

14. “Hubby and I were on a cruise to the Bahamas and Haiti. I think I need this view every day of my life.” – Nicole

15. “One thing I love about the weather finally changing is building fires in the backyard and, of course, S’MORES!” – Nicole

Decorating Envelopes to Match Your Printable Stationery Sheets

Decorating Envelopes to Match stationery sheets

We are so excited to finally offer stationery sheets and monogram stationary sheets through our printable stationery sheet downloads just in time for National Letter Writing Month!  To celebrate we decided to share some fun and simple ideas to decorate your own envelopes to coordinate with the stationery style you choose.

After so many of you loved the stationery sheets from the Letter writing Box last year we knew it was time to offer stationery sheets just like the ones in the box. Many people asked for monogram stationery specifically….and we were able to deliver!

Decorating envelopes and stationery sheets I love how neutral this monogram style sheet is! The black and white washi tape that will be coming soon looks lovely with this neutral design.

decorating envelopesI think my favorite stationery is this beautiful clementine and floral design. The colors are so soft and go perfectly with some watercolor brush stroke details on your envelope.

DIY Envelope decorating and stationery sheets

Consider letting the illustrations inspire your envelope decorating. Adding some simple clementines here was super easy with a little watercolor and a small round paintbrush.

clementine watercolor envelope DIY

For the floral monogram stationery sheets, I used the flowers to inspire the colors and details on the envelope. Since each letter features a different flower species, your set will be truly custom. Adding some lettering to match your flower is the perfect way to make your letter seem even more special!

Tulip Monogram DIY Envelope and Stationery

Boxing in your recipient’s address is a great detail to add to your envelope. By adding a fun scallop detail here, we can incorporate multiple colors from the stationery.

Easy Envelope DIYAnother great example of the floral monogram stationery allows you to use different colors and details. The black and white gingham washi and herb washi go beautifully with the “W” stationary florals. Consider using dots and borders to accent the front of your envelopes.

Printable Stationery Sheets and DIY Envelope Decorating

It’s so simple to mimic the pink florals from the stationery to the corners of your envelope and borders. Here I used watercolor, markers, and colored pencils for the leaf designs. Floral Monogram Envelope DIYThe “Bonjour” stationary has such lovely soft blush and blue tones, we just had to use them on the envelopes too. Using watercolor, brush on some color in the areas you would like to feature.

DIy Envelope DecoratingDon’t have washi on hand? A drawn on gingham border will do the trick just as well!

DIY envelope DecoratingThe coffee and flowers stationery illustration is full of great colors and designs to inspire your envelope details. Try using watercolor, colored pencils, and washi all to create a layered look.

DIY Envelope DecoratingThe little pyrex mug inspired the drawn flourishes and gold dots on this envelope design.

DIY envelope decorating

Don’t forget, the backs of your envelopes are a great place to add some simple decoration as well. Consider a faux drawn “seal” or a border on the envelope flap.

Diy Envelope Decorating with stationery sheets

Faux seal envelope decoratingFor our envelope decorating gather up your washi tape, colored pencils, Tombow twin tone markers, metallic sharpies, watercolors , scissors and anything else you want to use to spruce us your envelope. The sky is the limit, and the stationery is the perfect place to spark your imagination.

DIY Envelope Decorating