Wednesday Apr 27 2022
Rather than wrap a gift for your mom this Mother’s Day, serve her an entire experience with a tray-based present. The design experts at Down to Earth have three clever ideas that will turn your surprise into a whole vibe.
HOW TO GIVE A TRAY-CHIC GIFT
Step 1: Start with a base. You have several clever approaches to consider. We’ll look at three favorites — a shallow basket/tray, a wood tray, and a cutting/charcuterie board.
Step 2: Find filler. With a tray selected, have fun filling it with thoughtful bonus gifts for Mom.
Tray Toppers to Consider
A favorite book
A special treat
Something (else) pretty for the home
Let’s give this tray business a try!
TRAY TO TRY #1: HOME DECOR BASKET
For this pretty bundle, color is key. You’ll see a definite hue harmony happening with a gorgeous spring pallet.
Basket + Fun New Book
Basket + Fun New Book + Pretty Artificial Flowers
Basket + Fun New Book + Pretty Artificial Flowers + Totally Awesome Tea Towel Bundle
Basket + Fun New Book + Pretty Artificial Flowers + Totally Awesome Tea Towel Bundle + Sign Time
Basket + Fun New Book + Pretty Artificial Flowers + Totally Awesome Tea Towel Bundle + Sign Time + Cutest Coasters
TRAY TIP: Sample sizes and textures. The book is the largest, so it’s at the base. With the largest item in place, you can have fun staggering smaller things on top. Have fun using different textures, like the felt pom coaters and soft silk flowers paired with the wood sign and straight edge of the tea towels.
TRAY TO TRY #2: CHARCUTERIE BOARD BRILLIANCE
For the mom who loves to entertain, this idea will get a five-star review! Give her a charcuterie board in the making, complete with a book on the subject.
Cutting Board + Entertaining Read
Cutting Board + Entertaining Read + Pretty Spring/Summer Towel
Cutting Board + Entertaining Read + Pretty Spring/Summer Towel + Elegant Vase
TRAY TIP: Don’t stop at a gorgeous vase. Visit Simply Flowers and fill the vase with an impressive arrangement of fresh flowers.
TRAY TO TRY #3: ORNATE ELEGANCE
On this one, instead of going big OR going home, we’re going big FOR the home! This impressive serving tray would make an eye-catching coffee table piece. Style it for Mom with other focal point pieces.
Tray + Books?
Nope. These “books” are actually stylish boxes. So long obnoxious remotes and other eyesores. They now have a covert place to call home.
Tray + (not) Books + Fresh (looking) Flowers
A vase of artificial blooms is always a great idea!
Tray + (not) Books + Fresh (looking) Flowers + Chunky Chain
Create movement across your display by draping a decorative piece, such as this off-the-chains… chain.
BONUS IDEA: BRING IT ALL HOME
Want to take this already next-level gift to… well, the next level? Why not surprise Mom with a little dingdong ditch action and a NEW door mat? The assortment at Down to Earth will knock your socks off. Select a favorite (or layer a couple!), place the mat outside Mom’s door, put your styled tray on the mat, ring the bell, and… RUN! Or not. You could also wait in the wings and witness your special lady’s delight when she opens the door and finds your heartfelt surprise.
Clearly, this is a fun way to treat Mom to a gift she'll remember. Stop by Down to Earth to discuss even more tray options and find your perfect serving soon! Find more ways to treat Mom this Mother's Day here.