Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Set the Scene

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: What better way to enjoy Mother’s Day than being poolside enjoying crisp, fresh spring air? Check out these mom-pleasing decor ideas from our relaxation expert, 

While it may still be a tad chilly to jump in the pool, it’s the perfect time to dine poolside, taking in the beauty of spring. Picture this: a beautifully decorated table alongside your newly-opened pool turned into a “garden pond” with the Mother’s Day gift of pretty, floating lotus lights, swimming fish and lily pads! Here’s how to easily set the scene:

Turn your pool into a pond

Decorate your pool with floating flower decor, or motorized swimming fish! Mom will also love receiving them as a gift and using them all season long.

Complete the pool-as-pond setting with some large, floating lily pads cut from green fun foam you can buy inexpensively at craft stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore. This is a fun activity for the younger members of the family. Place small toy frogs on them for extra charm!


Don’t forget to have mom’s favorite music playing on a portable music player. You could even borrow some CDs of classical music or nature sounds from the local library for a soothing acoustical backdrop!

Create a tablescape that doubles as a garden

Even if you have very few flowers blooming in your yard on Mother’s Day, no worries! You’ll have a table bursting with blooms with this fun, easy and inexpensive table setting!

First, cover your table with a length of artificial grass which can be found at stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Decorate it with flowers from your local dollar store. Add accents from around the house and garden like garden gnomes, toy frogs and turtles, or artificial birds, nests and butterflies from the local craft store. Put flowers in a watering can in the middle of the table for a centerpiece. Voilà! A beautiful garden for mom!



Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Prepare a No-Fail Feast

Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book