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Mother's Day is coming next Sunday! We have a few ideas for you to treat mom

Associated Press.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Treat mom to a special tea party.

Associated Press.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Treat mom to a special tea party.

Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering.

If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother's Day. And it's so much easier than it sounds. Brew up some of her favorite teas. Purchase some high-quality sweets - some beautiful candies and chocolates, as well as some delicate cakes are ideal. True to the tea party theme, everything should be small. So if you can't find small pastries, get some that are easily cut and divided.

Likewise, creating tea sandwiches is all about being dainty. You want to create something small and pretty. Of course, it also needs to taste good. The easiest way to do this is to start by assembling multiple (and different) standard sized (but thin) sandwiches, then cut them down to more petit sizes. With the exception of the avocado, these sandwiches also can be prepped a few hours in advance.

MOTHER'S DAY TEA SANDWICHES

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Makes 16 to 20 petite sandwiches

8 thin slices tight-crumb bread, such as brioche, pumpernickel or a country-style white bread

Softened salted butter

Softened cream cheese

Orange marmalade

Very soft brie cheese

Thinly sliced radishes

Thinly sliced cucumbers

Watercress

Thinly sliced ham

1 avocado, pitted and sliced

Fresh tarragon

Fresh chives

Thinly sliced pear

Place the slices of bread on a cutting board; 4 will be bottoms, 4 will be tops. Spread butter over 2 slices, cream cheese on another 2, marmalade on another 2, and brie over the final 2.

For the fillings, arrange the sliced radishes over 1 of the buttered slices; the cucumber slices over the 1 of the cream cheese slices; the watercress over 1 of the marmalade slices; and the ham over 1 of the brie-covered slices. Top the radishes with thin slices of avocado; the cucumber with tarragon; the chives over the watercress; and the pear over the ham.

Top each sandwich with the second slice of bread. To cut the sandwiches, you can either use small cookie cutters (shapes such as ovals or hearts are fine) or you can trim off the crusts, then cut each sandwich into small triangles or rectangles. If desired, secure each smaller sandwich with a toothpick.

- Associated Press

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Mother's Day Wine and Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, noon to 4 p.m. at Granite Creek Vineyards, 2515 N. Road 1 East, Chino Valley. Features live music by Filabusta, wine tasting, souvenir wine glass and art fair. 928-636-2003; info@granitecreekvineyards.com.

Mother's Day Trunk Show for Prescott jeweler Grace Ashford,

Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Newman Gallery, 106-A S. Montezuma St., on Whiskey Row, Prescott. 928-442-9167.

CANDY

Pralines of Prescott will be offering special chocolate roses, as well as a one pound chocolate assortment, which is available for $18.30.

GIFT SHOPS

The Copper Whale will most likely have a 10-15 percent discount on Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9

The Galloping Goose will be offering mothers 15% off any item in the store

Things Remembered will have a special sale on jewelry and picture frames. For instance, a $40 frame will be on sale for $29.99.

GIFT SHOPS

The Copper Whale will most likely have a 10-15 percent discount on Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9

The Galloping Goose will be offering mothers 15% off any item in the store

Things Remembered will have a special sale on jewelry and picture frames. For instance, a $40 frame will be on sale for $29.99.

DID YOU KNOW?

The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna's mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis' home state. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

- wikipedia.org