There are several thing we moms enjoy receiving on Mother’s Day. Massages, facials, manis and pedis are consistent winners. Jewelry is ALWAYS exciting especially when handmade out of macaroni and string. I have an artisanal necklace handmade by James which I treasure made of string and beer can tabs. However, a summer bag or cute, strappy sandals are always appreciated. I think what we all want is the perfect day…you know…the one where everyone is home and getting along. Dad is happy and sweet to everyone and the kids are cheerful and act as though they’re thrilled to spend the day with Mom and not with their friends at the beach. It’s the day when moms want to feel a little like a girl again. Yes, we LOVE, L.O.V.E., opening homemade cards from our children and seeing how excited they get when preparing us breakfast in bed. But part of the day is the girly thing and that’s where the husbands come into play. I realize I’m not my husband’s mother; he is quick to point that out as we get closer to Mother’s Day. But if Mom is running behind the children getting them ready for church, brunch and the beach she’s not relaxed. Mama doesn’t want to man the grill or mix the cocktails. Nor does she want to think about what she’ll pack for lunches the following week while standing in line at the grocery store Sunday night. No. What she’d really like is to be pampered a bit and not have to lift a finger. For just one day. Just one. Bottles of champagne will bring big smiles as will pretty cocktails. Even better in the pool. On a float. With James Taylor, Jack Johnson or John Mayer singing away in the background on the outdoor speakers. Those are my thoughts. So to all my moms, Happy Mother’s Day. You bring us joy!
This drink is a marvelous concoction from the book “Essentially Lilly” published by Harper Collins. It’s a great book on entertaining by our wonderful Lilly Pulitzer, replete with photos of vibrant, brightly colored Lilly prints and fabrics, Lilly’s family and her legendary Palm Beach pool parties. It’s a fun, fun read. As she states in her book, if you wish to make this Bellini alcohol-free substitute the Prosecco with either sparkling apple cider or ginger ale. Also, leave out the sugar. The fruit puree can be prepared one day ahead of serving, covered and refrigerated. It will then be mixed with the sparkling wine just before serving. Mama will be so happy!