7 Unique Ways to Give Mum Flowers on Mother’s Day

Every single mother is unique: each has an individual outlook on life, their own way of parenting and their own personality. Some bake cakes, some garden and others run around doing so many things it’s hard to pin down what they do. Regardless, mothers are awesome. There’s no denying it, but we should also celebrate their diversity. Why give your mum the same thing as all the other mums this Mother’s Day? What makes your mum your mum? Here are 7 twists on the usual bouquet that you can try to make this Mother’s Day extra special.

1. Paper flowers

Grab your mum’s favourite colours on card, crepe or paper and craft your own bouquet to last years, not days. Here are some step-by-step instructions.

2. Plant a flower in advance

If you really want to get in early, plant your own flowers or herbs in a pot and present her with something home-grown. After all, home is where the heart is. Follow tips for gardening basics through Today’s Homeowner.

3. Pressed flowers

Preserve your mother’s favourite blooms by pressing and mounting them behind glass onto a framed board. We’ve found some examples for you.

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4. Put flowers in cake

Purchase some edible flowers from the market and use them to decorate a cake. If you’re stretched for time, there’s always the quick option: buy some chocolates, muffins or cakes with a flower theme. If you need some pointers, try these.

5. Seed card

The gift that keeps on giving: somewhere in the super eco world, someone invented plantable stationery – paper and cards sewn with seeds. Choose from a range of options, from carrots to daisies, to give your Mother’s Day card a twist. Here and here are some seeded cards available in Australia.

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6. Jewellery

Is your mother a brooch or badge kind of woman? Or is she the kind who enjoys long and loopy necklaces? Bracelets, rings, earrings and hairpieces – the possibilities of flower jewellery available are endless. Find some inspiration from Georgia P designs.

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7. Oriental Teahouse Mother’s Day Tea

There are few people who don’t like tea and mums especially enjoy it. Our Mother’s Day special pack is twice as nice: a box of silver needle tea coupled with a treasure chest of carnation flowers that blossom when brewed in hot water. A sweet and delicate treat for the number one lady in your life, available now here.

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DIY Mother’s Day Presents with Tea

If your mum, like many mums, loves tea, why not try something a little bit more exciting than simply buying her some? Here are five ways you can incorporate tea into hand-made Mother’s Day presents. A little bit of extra effort goes a long way!

1. Green Tea and Peppermint Bath Soak

The antioxidants in green tea make skin glow and peppermint is known for its soothing properties. Not only will it make your mama even more beautiful, she’ll love that you took the time to make it yourself.

What You Need:

3 cups epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
3 teaspoon loose leaf Oriental Teahouse green tea or 9 green tea bags
4-6 drops of peppermint essential oil
6-8 drops coconut or almond oil

Instructions: Adventures in Coupons DIY Green Tea and Peppermint Bath Soak

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2. Orange and Black Tea Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some treats for the lady of honour! These cookies are beautiful – the black tea gives them unique flavour complexity, the olive oil lends a softness to the shortbread texture and the orange adds a zesty note of freshness.

What You Need:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Oriental Teahouse loose black tea leaves, crushed
½ teaspoon salt
1 orange, zested and juiced (about 4T)
1 cup olive oil

Instructions: Orange and Black Tea Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

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3. Create Your Own Tea Blends

Chances are you know your mum pretty well. And if she’s a tea-drinker, you know which brews make her the happiest. Not only does this DIY Mother’s Day idea result in a happy mum, it also gives you an excuse to act like a mad scientist. Gather up a few tea varieties and get to work concocting one-of-a-kind tea blends made just for Mummy. Bonus points if you package them real pretty!

What You Need:

Your choice of teas from Oriental Teahouse – pick out a few of your mum’s favourites and start experimenting!

Inspiration from The Haystack Needle

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4. Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

After a big day of being showered with love and attention, mama’s going to need a drink. This elegant cocktail combines the classic flavour of Earl Grey with a kick of gin, rich honey, lemon and a subtle infusion of lavender from the sprig garnish. Stock up on the ingredients and surprise Mum with a bevvie when she least expects it!

What You Need:

180ml cold Oriental Teahouse Earl Grey tea
40ml gin
40ml honey simple syrup (recipe below)
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
2 lavender sprigs

Instructions: Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

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5. Tea or Herb-Infused Honey

This one’s for the mums that like to mix honey into hot drinks, drizzle it over porridge or perhaps smear a bit on toast every now and then. The flavour of honey varies depending where the bees have been, but you can complement these natural notes by infusing herbs of your own.

What You Need:

About 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup of honey (stock up on pure dried flowers like rose, chrysanthemum and more from Oriental Teahouse)
Clean, dry jars and lids (half-pint and pint mason jars work well)
Chopstick, wooden spoon handle, or other stirrer (avoid metal, which can scratch jars)
Clean cloth for wiping jar rims
Strainer

Instructions: Tea or Herb-Infused Honey

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