Tropical Mother’s Day

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As we continue our Mother’s Day series, the next theme to consider  is “Tropical”. Here in Miami, it is so simple and easy (just step outside!) to create this type of event, but it’s great to bring the tropics up North and to other areas that may not have this naturally. Here, you’ll find some theme ideas, a nice tropical “brunch-style” recipe, some décor ideas and more.

Mother’s Day – Island Style!

If you want to put a spin on your Mother’s Day celebration, why not brighten it up with a gorgeous tropical brunch celebration?  After all, we do live in Miami… it is only right that we take the gorgeous tropical weather we were given, fill it with some more tropical vibes, and leave your mother relaxed and rejoiced!

Start off with some brightly colored linens—try bright yellows, some mermaid blues, and lime greens. Add some creative centerpieces— play around with different ideas. Fill up small trays with sand, stick in a few candles and

shells to create a nice beachy accessory.  You can also try filling up glass vases with lemons and limes (incorporating those two beautiful colors) or with a thick white candle surrounded by more sand! Play with it, be creative, no rules here!

To take your centerpiece to a whole new level, try an Edible Arrangements delicious fruit bouquet! Fruit is the ultimate theme of a tropical celebration… so live it up! Make sure to fill white or bamboo plates with an array of different tropical fruits, veggies, and yogurts!  Try a tasty non-alcoholic punch, anything with pomegranate, acai, blueberries—refreshing, healthy, and delish!

For a light, main course, throw together a Tropical Chicken Salad:

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Spring Mix lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • Large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup peach yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (low-fat if desired)
  • Splash of lemon & lime

Directions

Combine peach yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lemon, and lime in a small bowl. Whisk together until well blended, then set aside. In a large bowl combine lettuce with tomatoes, pineapple, almonds, and cucumber. Add yogurt-mayonnaise mixture to the large bowl, mix well. Top with shredded chicken, can be served warm or cold. Makes 4-6 servings.

Serve with lightly toasted multi-grain bread, brioche, or popovers, freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkling water or create your own menu!

Thai Fruit Salad

  • YIELD: 1 large bowl of fruit salad
  • 1+1/2 cups fresh papaya, cubed (for papaya instructions, see link below)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned (for fresh pineapple instructions, see link below)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup mango, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced or cut into quarters
  • 1 cup other fruit, local OR exotic such as blueberries, melon, dragon fruit, lychees, longans, or rambutans
  • Garnish: starfruit slices
  • FRUIT SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar OR palm sugar

Directions
Stir fruit salad dressing ingredients together in a cup until sugar dissolves. Set aside.  Place all the fresh fruit in a mixing bowl.  Pour the dressing over and toss well to mix. Pour or scoop the fruit salad into a serving bowl, or into a prepared pineapple boat (as pictured). Garnish just before serving with a star fruit slice. For easy instructions, see: How to Make a Pineapple Boat.

Star Fruit Tip:To keep starfruit from going brown after slicing, simply drizzle over some fresh lime or lemon juice.

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You can also grill your favorite fish, or chicken, with grilled pineapple— serve with white rice and enjoy! Plate your dishes with beautiful ginger, birds of paradise, or  heliconia flowers. Again, be creative! No rules apply to this theme— add your own spices and flair that your mother will be sure to love!

Look forward to catching up with the VIBE later to day for great gift and treats for mom!

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