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Mother’s Day in the time of coronavirus is probably not going to be what you’re used to, but you can still treat the most important woman in your life to a gift she’ll love. Don’t forget to Skype her too, of course; a virtual hug is better than none at all. As for the other present, if your mom is the queen of cocktail parties and the grande dame of dinners, these entertaining gifts are sure to please her.

Doesn’t it feel like mothers really can do it all? Does your mom love to host the holidays, or put together an impressive wine and cheese platter in an instant? Or how about a casual get-together with the neighbors? If your mom harnesses the power of Barefoot Contessa and is the belle of the hosting party ball, we got you covered from festive tabletop decorations and decor to functional and useful entertaining must-haves for a special Mother’s Day treat.

It may be a while yet before she can host again, but she’s sure to go all-out when it is her time to shine once more—and in the meanwhile, she can enjoy all these herself.

Celina Mancurti Striped Blue Linen Napkins, 2 for $44 on Food52

Celina Mancurti Striped Blue Linen Napkins


These handmade, timeless linens are beautiful from the get-go, but they become softer and softer every time they’re washed. Classic and tasteful for Sunday brunch with the neighbors, they’re unfussy enough to use every night too.Buy Now

Rustic Outdoor Melamine Dinnerware, $4.76-$118.88 at Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Rustic Outdoor Melamine Dinnerware

Williams Sonoma

Garden parties are great except for a few pitfalls, namely bugs and breaks. You can prevent the latter with a gift of shatter-proof melamine dinnerware that looks like vintage pottery you picked up at a French flea market. Whether you buy a couple pieces or a full set, mom will be charmed, we’re sure.Buy Now

Sasha Vase, $44 at Anthropologie

Anthropologie vase


A neutral vase with delicate hues and clean yet just slightly off-kilter lines is the perfect vessel for showcasing any hue of flowers or hand-picked plant stems throughout the year.Buy Now

Pompoms Art Botanical Paper Pinwheels, 8 for $23.95 on Etsy

Etsy paper pinwheels party decor

Pompoms Art/Etsy

These pretty paper pinwheels with floral and metallic touches will put a smile on your mother’s face, adding a festive touch no matter what the occasion is.Buy Now

Matte Rose Gold Serving Set, $16.99 on Amazon

rose gold serving set


Who doesn’t love rose gold serveware? These elegant copper-hued utensils bring warmth and sophistication to that delicious meal mom just prepared.Buy Now

“The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering” by Elizabeth Heiskell, $25.40 on Amazon

The Southern Living Party Cookbook on Amazon


Break out the Southern charm with the quintessential “The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering.” Spark some Southern inspiration with classics like Smoked Salmon Canapes and Brandy Alexanders.Buy Now

Coupe Serving Platter, $99 at Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics serving platter

Heath Ceramics

Heath is a California classic, creating timeless ceramics for decades. The circular Coupe line platter is a must-have for entertaining whether its for showcasing hot hors d’oeuvres, a colorful fruit plate, or a homemade quiche.Buy Now

W&P Gold Pineapple Tumbler with Straw, 16 oz., $99 at Sur La Table

Sur la Table golden pineapple tumbler glass

Sur la Table

Everyone loves a botanical and playful mai tai or other tiki-inspired cocktails. This pineapple tumbler will be the perfect conversation starter, and will also look great on mom’s bar.Buy Now

Andrew Pearce Black Walnut Wood Double Live Edge Board, $115 from Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce natural edge wood cutting board

Simon Pearce

Simon and Andrew Pearce are synonymous with Vermont handmade glass and wooden decor. This walnut cheese board showcases a natural raw edge. A wonderful, organic board for mom’s next entertaining fete.Buy Now

Glass Cake Stand by Mosser Glass, starts at $34 from Food52

Foos52 Mosser glass cake stand


These glass cake stands will add beauty to mom’s dessert table. Plus the cheery hues are perfect for spring and summer! Buy a few in various heights and colors for an extra wow factor.Buy Now

Laguiole 3-Piece Cheese Knife Set, $36 at Anthropologie

Laguiole cheese knives


Add some retro pop to mom’s next cheese night with the classic stainless steel French Laguiole cheese knives in cheerfully vibrant colors. They are timeless and will last for years.Buy Now

Berto Bianco Vermouth, $17.40+ on Drizly

Berto Bianco vermouth


Everyone loves an aperitivo before a dinner party. Berto vermouth from Italy’s Piemonte region is an herbaceous treat, filled with subtle notes of orange, absinthe, vanilla, coriander, and more. Serve on the rocks or with a spritz of seltzer and orange peel. A great complement to savory appetizers before the big feast.Buy Now

Clemence Lime Glass Pitcher, $38 at Anthropologie

Anthropologie Home floral pitcher


Whether mom is pouring cocktails or keeping guests hydrated with lemon-infused cucumber water, this colorful floral pitcher will look great on any tabletop.Buy Now

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Marisa Olsen is a Boston-based writer and founder of Girl Loves Food. Follow her on Instagram at @marisaolsen17.
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