We all loved our visit last month to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden so much that we decided to go again for Mother’s Day.
The visits were just a few weeks apart but so many things were different. Equally beautiful but not quite as over the top.
Still a good amount of yellow:
And fluttery purple flowers:
I take it back. There is nothing subtle about this kind of masterful color work. I’m still very impressed.
I thought we needed a little treat before our walk to celebrate the moms. I made Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream. I added mini chocolate chips to the batter and dipped the frosted tops in chocolate sprinkles.
In order to transport them I thought of a brilliant idea. I would put them into plastic cups! After a little play on Pinterest I discovered this is not an original idea. I popped them in the cups, they didn’t quite fit, but it did the job.
You know how I like a bit of a theme. I went with blue, not wanting to recreate the yellow drama from the last family gathering (He still doesn’t want to talk about yellow). I decided on blue because sport cap water bottles where the only ones I could find in the mini size. It just so happens that I really like blue and had lovely paper liners to use.
I found a graphic that reminded me of the meadow. I used it to make water bottle labels.
I even managed to persuade my printer to print the design on lunch bags. I don’t think the printer was too terribly happy about it but it still seems to be working.
Each bag contained a cupcake, mini water bottle, cocktail napkin, and fork.
I bundled up some cherries and berries for an extra treat for the Mothers. The pretty little jewels!
These little Chinese food take out boxes are one of my favorite things to use for food gifts. Another bit of the theme printed on stickers.
We found a picnic table to gather around and dig into our baggies. The cup and fork really made the cupcake easy to eat and didn’t leave us with sugary fingers or a huge mess to clean up.
From there we set off on a walk.
A different trail this time. It took us through a forest of redwoods.
Ending with the same glorious, grand finale.