In May 2012, an all-star cast of entertaining experts joined forces in the Napa Valley to create a stunning Mother’s Day brunch. Three years later, the timeless event is still offering up two – or twenty – ideas to steal for an upcoming fete of your own. (And with Mother’s Day just around the corner once again, we figured it was time to revisit the gorgeous photos!) The day was filled with punchy linens, striking centerpieces, and desserts that were equal parts delicious and beautiful. The folks behind the picture-perfect party offered up a few tips for a swoon-worthy soiree:

-Floral designer Max Gill suggests choosing a bold, fun palette. Create centerpieces using blooms in only one or two colors, and surround with smaller arrangements to add a feeling of dimension and abundance. If you use cute bud vases, they can double as party favors!

-Batter Bakery’s Jennifer Musty says that preparing 75% of the food beforehand is essential. If you’ve got food-savvy guests, save a few light finishing tasks for them in the kitchen to include them in on the fun. Finally, always send guests home with a uniquely packaged sweet treat for the next day!

-Want to document the big day? Photographer Lisa Lefkowitz explains that the event (and your guests!) will look best in a soft, natural light. The best photos will come in the true moments of connection – laughter is always better than a posed smile! And if you can’t help but Instagram the details, get down to the level of the table for the best perspective.

-As for those details, event designer Erin Taylor says they really do matter! The thoughtful touches are what bring personality and style to any event. As your plans progress, continue referring to your original inspiration to keep things cohesive. Most importantly? Once the big day arrives, don’t forget to enjoy time with your guests!

Now that you’ve got an arsenal of top entertaining tips, get pinning. This is an event you won’t want to forget!

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Max Gill Design
Batter Bakery
Aerialist Press
Swanson Vineyards
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Hartmann Studios