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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2013: Entertaining Bliss

Urban Bliss Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013

There’s something magical that happens when you get friends and family together and fill a home with laughter and shenanigans. Whether hosting casual get-togethers or swanky soirees at home, these items are sure to please any mom you know!

This Mother’s Day, I am delighted to share some great gift ideas to help moms add style to home entertaining — and all are  under $50!

Urban Bliss Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013: Entertaining Bliss

1. BAR10DER All-in-One Home Bartending Tool – Blue ($39 – $49)

2. IMUSA Bamboo 3-piece serving utensils ($3.99 Target)

3. WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating 12-Inch Saute Pan, Champagne Gold ($20 – $39)

4. Totally Bamboo 20-7930 3-Piece Cutting Board Set ($22.99)

5. Scribble Linens Chalkboard Table Runners ($40) / Placemats ($15 each)

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Bar10der

For the drink-mixing gadget girl in your life, you have to check out the Bar10der.

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This handy dandy compact tool is essential to any home bar. It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of parties.

As the name suggests, the Bar10der contains 10 different functions: a muddler, stirrer, knife, channel knife (for garnishes), zester, reamer, jigger, bottle opener, corkscrew, and strainer.

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We tested it out making some Vesper Martinis, which allowed us to test out the jigger, channel knife, knife, and zester. I really loved the compact design. It’s nice to be able to have an all-in-one tool instead of trying to store and find each separate little item. The next time we throw a party, I know we can just grab the Bar10der, drink ingredients, and we’re set!

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Bamboo 3-Piece Utensil Set

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The IMUSA Bamboo 3-piece utensil set is available for just $3.99 at Target, and includes a cooking spoon, spatula, and scoop. Use these for stir-frying, sauteing, deep frying, steaming, or even as beautiful serving utensils for salads. I love this bamboo set because the tools won’t scratch the surface while cooking, and also because the bamboo stays cool (read: you can rest it on your hot saute pan and it won’t melt into a gooey mess!).

This is an awesome, inexpensive gift on its own, but you can pair it with either the bamboo cutting boards and/or the WearEver pan below for a sweet gift basket!

WearEver Porcelain Enamel Saute Pan

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WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating 12-Inch Saute Pan in Champagne Gold is AWESOME. Friends, I cannot tell you how much I love this pan. While it can retail for anywhere from $30-$49 depending on your local retailer, you can also purchase it on Amazon for much less. Get one as a Mother’s Day gift to your mom, and get another for yourself!

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I’ve used this pan now several times: for cooking bacon (of course!), hash browns, pasta sauces, pancakes, and my favorite Summer Corn Salad (want the recipe? Let me know and I will post it in a future post!). The porcelain enamel makes it absolutely nonstick and insanely easy to clean – highly important for any busy mom! Seriously. Go out and get one of these pans NOW. I love it that much!

Some highlights of the WearEver Nonstick Ceramic Coating Saute Pan:

  • Ptfe-free, pfoa-free, cadmium-free, recyclable
  • Superior stain resistance, superior scratch resistance, durable ceramic cookware
  • High performance, perfect cooking, easy ceramic nonstick, high quality aluminum base
  • Soft touch and ergonomic silicone riveted handle
  • Sear and deglaze with ease, cook at high temperature (up to 750-degree F)
  • Limited lifetime warranty, safe for all cooking methods except induction

Bamboo Cutting Boards

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As someone who cooks, bakes, and entertains regularly, I know from experience that you can never have enough cutting boards. These bamboo cutting boards are just $22.99 on Amazon, and come in three sizes: 8″ x 6″, 11″ x 8.5″, and one 13″ x 9.5″. They are thick and heavy enough to not slip around as you are cutting on them yet not too heavy that you feel like you can pull a muscle when lifting them. Wrap a gorgeous bow around this set, and your Mother’s Day gift is good to go!

Scribble Linens Chalk Cloth Table Linens

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Chalk is all the rage these days, and these chalk cloth table linens from Scribble Linens are not only functional but ADORABLE! I am so in love with the designs, and the concept.  Scribble Linens offers table runners, placemats, coasters, and more. One side features gorgeous cloth (you can choose from several different designs) and the other side features a chalk cloth that you, your kids, your guests can write on with chalk. Each product comes with three pieces of chalk to help get you started.

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Scribble Linens are great for entertaining a house full of guests or even just for everyday fun at family meal time. My daughter loves to scribble on anything and everything, and this gives her a mom-approved outlet for her creativity! You can use them at a dinner party to mark the names of different items being served, at the home bar to write down ingredients for your party’s signature drink, or write each person’s name on a placemat and these serve as fun and functional place settings.

Scribble Linens Table Runners are 14″ x 70″ with three pieces of chalk ($40 each). Placemats are 12″ x 17″ with 3 pieces of chalk ($15 each).

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I really do love each of the items featured in this year’s Urban Bliss Mother’s Day Gift Guide. As a busy mom who loves to entertain, I can attest that each of these products has been mom-tested (and in some cases, dad-tested and kid-tested too!) and approved.

Happy shopping! Go treat your mom (or yourself!) today!

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Thanks to Bar10der, Scribble Linens, WearEver, and Imusa for sending me products to test out. All opinions, as always, are my own. 

Lover of bacon, bourbon, and the Beastie Boys. I write about food and wine, cocktails, cooking, recipes, family travel, restaurants, hotels, family life, style, party printables, home decor & DIY. I'm also a social media strategist, freelance writer, and graphic designer - UrbanBlissMedia.com. Mom of 2 of the best kids in the world. Email: info (at) urbanblisslife (dot) com.

  • Jenifer May 5, 2013 Reply

    Love the suggestions! I am forwarding the links to my hubby for hints!! Thank you!

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