Mother's Day Todd asked me the other day what I wanted to do for my very first Mother’s Day. It took me a beat to respond. I was so busy wrapping my head around the fact that a.) it was already May and b.) that I’m a M-o-m, which still sounds funny at times when I say it out loud. Once it registered that I get to indulge a little the next thing that came to mind was a simple request—chocolate cake from Merci To Go, my recent obsession. Aside from being a master baker, owner Elizabeth Colling also happens to be an incredibly stylish mother-of-two. We recently got together with a mutual friend, Maren, and our babies for a sampling of Elizabeth’s creations. Mother’s Day came early for me. Here’s a peek at our afternoon tea at El Encanto.

Mother's Day On the menu:
Kale and California Pear Salad
Scones with Preserves
Tea Sandwiches: Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, Cucumber
Jasmine Tea

From Merci To Go:
Lavender Panna Cotta
Organic Poppyseed Bundt Cake
Rose Macarons
Lemon Tart with Rhubarb and Pistachios

Mother's Day Mother's Day Elizabeth with her adorable daughters. Her dress, which we all gushed over, is by Ulla Johnson—available here and here in white. Mother's Day Marble tray and cake stands from Hudson Grace, a favorite stop for all things pure and simple for the kitchen! Plates from Anthropologie here.
Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day On me + Elin: Sea dress, Kendall Conrad bracelet and bangle, Jennifer Fisher cuffEgg by Susan Lazar romper, Freshly Picked moccasins. On Maren + Daeler: Isabel Marant dressGap one-pieceMother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day The most perfectly sized flower faves found at Porch
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Mother's Day Everywhere we go I make sure to bring a cozy blanket for Elin to hang out on. The Aden + Anais dream blanket is our favorite.
Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Mother's Day Photography by Arna Bee // Food by Merci To Go // Florals and design by Kelly Oshiro // Furniture + flatware from Tent Merchant // glassware + flower containers from Porch // cake stands and trays from Hudson Grace.

As seen in the photos…

Aleks |

This is the sweetest photo shoot! Elin is precious! Hope you have a wonderful first mothers day!

Shae |

These are some of the most beautiful children I’ve ever seen! This tea is just lovely as well, and your dresses are all stunning. Happy early Mother’s Day!

Shae @ Current Habits

Makens |

I’m 5.5 months pregnant…. do you think that SEA dress would work as a maternity dress (at least for the next couple of months)?

Beth Carroccia |

Everything about these photos is lovely ! Your dresses are beautiful and the childrens clothes are exquisite. The food looks delicious too . Thank you for sharing these with us.

Eva |

Beautiful post Samantha! Noticed your new bangle too, I was given the same one in March, it’s so nice!!