Struggling for ideas on what to buy Mum this Mother’s Day?
Will it be the standard bunch of flowers and a card?

All very nice, but we got to thinking about what it is that Mum’s really want on Mother’s Day. We asked around some of our lovely Mum’s here at Elgin & Hall, to find out what their perfect day would consist of…. and here is what they said:

“All I would like is a nice lie-in and some quiet time to read!”

“A hot bath without someone asking “what’s for tea?’’ every five minutes” 

‘’A nap’’

‘’I’d love a quiet afternoon to relax and unwind. Having a meal prepared for me would be the icing on the cake’’

In conclusion, we can confirm that all our Mum’s really want on Mother’s Day is just five minutes peace! Our Mum’s and Grans are champions when it comes to putting the family first. In fact, they are the best at most things, except putting themselves first.

Of all days, Mother’s Day should be a day that Mum feels like number one! So how do we go about treating someone who will automatically position themselves at the back of the family queue? We feel that the best way to achieve success is to create the perfect environment for rest and relaxation, and what perfect place to start than by the fireplace.


De-cluttering is definitely key when it comes to relaxation. In advance, it’s worth giving the living room a blast of cleaning. A quick hoover and a polish is all it takes. Clearing away the ipad, toys, used mugs, plates and glasses is essential. We need to eliminate distractions so that Mum doesn’t attempt to reach for the hoover or duster when she should be relaxing.

Plump the cushions and light a relaxing fragranced candle or a selection of tea lights. Finally, but most importantly, ignite the fire. The hypnotic, flickering flames are guaranteed to dissolve worries and stress into a comforting glow of warmth.


Decorations are great, but keep it simple, less is most definitely more. Place some fresh spring flowers in a vase and suspend some bunting from the fireplace mantel top. We love the cute, pink heart bunting shown above, but there are all sorts of colourful and personalised bunting options available from gift shops or online. Why not get the kids involved and create personalised bunting with scraps of fabric, buttons, colour copies of family photographs or coloured paper. Link them together with a thin strip of ribbon and tie in pretty bows to add the final flourish.


Why not avoid the over-priced café and restaurant prices this Mother’s Day and bring afternoon tea to Mum, in the comfort of her own home. What could be better than curling up by the fireplace with a scone loaded with raspberry jam and thick, clotted cream, all washed down with a piping hot pot of tea or a sparkling glass of fizz! Divine!

We have included an easy Victoria sponge recipe below but if baking isn’t your thing you can pick up a Victoria sponge form your local supermarket. Take it one step further and personalise your cake by using this ‘I Love Mum’ stencil. Simply download and print the stencil onto card. Cut out the areas in black and place it over the top of your sponge cake. Sprinkle icing sugar delicately over the top. Carefully remove the stencil to reveal your personalised cake. Team with scones, jam, clotted cream and some cucumber sandwiches (complete with crusts removed, of course) and serve.

There is no need to spend a fortune on expensive cake stands. Use a glass tumbler and turn it upside down on your table top. Place your Victoria sponge on a plate and position it on top of the glass, job done.

Don’t forget to add a piping hot pot of tea!


To help give your Mum the relaxing day that she deserves, we are giving away a gorgeous M&S Teatime Treats Gift Basket. For your chance to win visit our Facebook page by clicking here, and ‘Like’ our page. It’s that easy. Best of luck!

Elgin & Hall would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all fabulous Mum’s everywhere. Enjoy your day x



225g soft unsalted butter

225g caster sugar

4 large eggs

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

225g self-raising flour

1 tablespoon milk

For the Filling:

Raspberry jam

Icing sugar to decorate


2 x 20.5cm cake tins greased and lined

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4
  2. Beat the soft butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl and beat together adding the vanilla essence. Slowly add to the cream mixture beating well after each addition
  4. Sift the flour over the mixture and add the milk
  5. Very gently fold the flour taking care not to lose the air in the mixture
  6. Split the mixture evenly between the two tins and gently spread the cake mix right to the tin edges
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Your cake should spring back to the touch when it is ready.
  8. Remove from the tins and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  9. Once cool spread generously with jam and sandwich together
  10. Sprinkle icing sugar over the top sponge and serve.