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  1. 1. TRAVEL Amy Czettisch likes to throw a party. And her living space lends itself to en- tertaining.Theopen-concepthouseshe shares with her architect husband, Da- vid, and15-month-old son Asher allows adultsandchildrentomixandmingle. A good party also takes training in terms of timing. And were honing our chef skills. Roasting a good chicken takes practice, Czettisch, 32, says. When it comes to hosting a guest list populated with little ones, she recom- mends putting out all the food and drinks at once, buffet style, because ev- erybodyisondifferentschedules.With a lot of people theres no structure. You just keep refilling the plates. And you also dont try and accommodate all the different di- etary needs be- causeparentswill takecareofthat. Go-to hostess gifttogive: We often bring homemade gra- nola. And I love Weck jars from Crate and Barrel for that. Theyre glass can- ning jars with a seal but no screw cap that can rust. I add a little olive-wood scooptiedwitharibbonandyouvegota nicegift. DreamMothersDayitinerary: Hanging out with Asher and David, going to the Red Rooster on Broadview for coffee, then taking a break in the park and going to Belong Caf at the Brickworks before exploring the trails. Finally,cominghomeandhaveafamily napallbeforenoon. Hostesstip: We always use cloth napkins and we dontsave the good stuff. We try to use ourcrystalglasses,steakknivesandvin- tage plates as much as possible because it makes for an overall, nicerexperience. Mingling is easy at Amy Czettischs parties, even with 15-month-old Asher in tow. ALVARO GOVEIA FOR THE TORONTO STAR For the hostess IN BLOOM Banana Republic flower brooch cuff, $74, bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca SOFT SERVE Bookhou linen screen pressed napkins, $28 each, shopbookhou.com DULY NOTED Red Box personalized letterpress note cards, price upon request, creativeredbox.com CROWD PLEASER HomeSense beverage dispenser, $70, homesense.ca LIGHTING UP Illume "C" Monogram Votive candle, $10, indigo.ca For this law clerk and new mother, Mothers Day has always been a big, family affair. We used to take all of the mothers in our family out for breakfast and there would be nearly 20 of us, MelissaLallsays. Now that shes recently returned to work, a full day with her daughter, Mi- kayla,isararepleasure.Besideslogging quality time with her husband, daugh- terandclose-knitfamily,Lall,27,admits to being excited about receiving some- thingtangiblethisMothersDay. Im really looking forward to the card, she says. I keep all my cards because, for me, they come from the heart. My mother and father always write beautiful messages in them. My sister adds a poem. And I know my husband searches for hours to find the right one. Theyre not only cards to me. Theyrevaluablememories. Bestback-to-workadvice: Although there was a week of tears, you have to know its for the best. Mi- kayla learned how to be independent andtointeractwithotherchildren.And I feel it brought us closer together. The way she looks and smiles at me now whenIcomehomemakesmyday. Hersupportsystem: The first week [after Mikayla was born], my parents made sure I got the rest I needed by helping out. And my husband was greathe would takechargeandtellmewhat hethoughtwasbest,andhe wasright...sometimes. Makingmemories: I cant wait to get hand- drawn Mothers Day cards or somethingmadebyMikayla. New mom Melissa Lall, 27, with daughter Mikayla, 1. I cant wait to get hand-drawn Mothers Day cards. ALVARO GOVEIA FOR THE TORONTO STAR For the new mom CARRY ALL Roots leather bag, $188, canada.roots.com PUSH PRESENT Paloma Picasso mom pendent in sterling silver, $220, tiffany.com WELL CONNECTED Samsung Galaxy 4G S phone, $299.99 no contract, mobilocity.ca KISSING UP Benefit Ultra Plush lip gloss in Dandelion, $18, sephora.com, murale.ca ITS A WRAP Attitude Jay Manuel scarf, $25, sears.ca Treating mom to a little something next Sunday is easy, no matter what her taste. Ingrie Williams talks to six mothers about their special day ONON1ONON1 SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 SECTION V Good scents Thebestnewfragrancesthis spring,perfectforMomV6 MOTHERS DAYGIFT GUIDE DISCOVER GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR MOTHERS DAY SEE PAGE 3
  2. 2. paying attention to their style and comments so I [can] give some- thing that the person has men- tioned theyve liked in the past or noticed in my store. For example, I gave a woman who helped us get a daycare spot a tea towel that read: Todayisagoodday.Iwantgiftsto bepersonalandspecial. AstheownerofLaMerceria,abou- tique that sells carefully selected home accessories, Sandra Rojas- Chinni, admits she isnt the easiest persontobuyagiftfor. After her wedding in 2005, Rojas- Chinni, 35, who runs the 90- square-metre caf and home bou- tique with her husband, Marcelo, exchanged some practical wedding gifts for a full set of coveted Jasper Conran dishes from The Conran Shop. I was obsessed with them, shesays. Now as mother to 2-year-old Joa- quin, shes discovered that she wants lessmore quality, invest- ment pieces that make life easier, she says. I want to be surrounded by beautiful and comfortable ob- jects at home. Then I can focus on myfamilyandwhatmatters. HerperfectMothersDay: "Allplayandnowork.Iwantitto be the three of us at a farm or cottage, somewhere relax- ing. Our life is so hec- tic with the store, so Id wish for just one day to get away and havedowntime. Her tried-and- trustedfavourites: "Books on decorating and cooking; spa gift certificates whichIlovebecause Im all about pampering." Hergo-togift forothers: Im always Lisa Milne doesnt just dabble in dirt. This self- employed mother of two (Lark,16, and Sage, 6) has a background in horti- cultural care and con- sidersgardeningalife- timeactivity. Even in childhood, chores on the weekend in- volvedgardening,shesays. Milne has turned everything, from a discarded kitchen sink to her sons asphalt school- yard, into green space. She even had a stint planting sunflowers throughout thecity. I see gardening as a micro-macro activity, Milne, 48, says. Sometimes, its good to just look at the tiniest spot of open soil andputaseedinit.Othertimes,its good to stand back and look at the wholepicture. Despiteherlong-honedexpertise, her approach and aesthetic are re- laxed. My garden is pretty free- form. I just buy what I like and figureoutwhereitwillgrowbest.If something does really well, Ill get moreofit.Andifsomethingperish- es,well,cestlavie. HeridealMothersDay: In the garden, of course. Some- bodywouldmakedinnersoIcould finish gardening, then Id have a lovelycocktailandabath. Whatsinhergarden: Tulips. I think its worth it to buy a hundred bulbs, just to see what happens. I also love buddleia, a shrub that attracts monarch but- terflies. But I also have sculpture and plastic dinosaurs. When my son didnt want to play with them any more I took them outside. Theyre very popular with all the otherkidsintheneighbourhood. Whatstolove: Gardening is spiritual, artistic, good exercise and neighbourly. Ive met a lot of people because of my garden. Lisa Milne gets help from Sage, 6, and furry friends to tend the garden. Squirrels are just little gardeners helping with relocation, says Milne. ALVARO GOVEIA FOR THE TORONTO STAR HOME SWEET HOME Crate & Barrel driftwood birdhouse, $44.95, crateandbarrel.ca FANTASY LAND CB2 wire hare garden sculpture, $80, cb2.com SHADY LADY (inset): Reitmans sun hat, $18, reitmans.com DIG IT HomeSense garden tool set, $10 each, homesense.ca V2TORONTO STAR SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 ON ON1 >>MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE WALK THIS WAY J.Crew leather ballet flats, $183, jcrew.com For the hard-to-please DESIGNER DRYING Tea towel by Alanna Cavanagh, $14.95, exclusively thebay.com Sandra Rojas-Chinni and Joaquin, 2, relax outside her shop, La Merceria. ALVARO GOVEIA FOR THE TORONTO STAR EAT UP Canvas flatwear, $29/four piece set, lamerceria.ca MAGIC POTION Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $230, exclusively holtrenfrew.com CASE STUDY russell+hazel leather clutch portfolio, $129, lamerceria.ca For the gardener DRINK UP Indigo watering can, $9.75, indigo.ca
  3. 3. ON ON1 SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 TORONTO STARV3 to mom, *Offer valid on the purchase total of eligible products using a valid Shoppers Optimum Card after discounts and redemptions and before taxes. Excludes bonus points and Shoppers Optimum MasterCard Points. Not to be used in conjunction with any other Shoppers Optimum Points promotions or offers. See cosmetician for details. Offer valid Saturday, May 5 to Friday, May 11, 2012. BUY BEAUTY AND GET REWARDED FASTER 20x May 5 - 11 Receive 20x the Shoppers Optimum Points when you spend $75 or more* on cosmetics or fragrances. You are lovely, graceful and radiant. And this Mothers Day, you deserve to be celebrated and showered with gifts and all things beautiful. From springs freshest fragrances to must-have makeup this Sunday in May is all about you. Offer includes All Brands Of: COSMETICS SELECT SKIN CARE HOSIERY FRAGRANCES JEWELLERY HAIR COLOUR BATH FOAM & GEL NAIL CARE
  4. 4. V4TORONTO STAR SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 ON ON1 >>MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE When she was a child, Dr Dee would watch her mother turn a ge- neric can of broth into something akintocoldcurriedlemonsoup.It would freak out all my friends be- cause it was so unorthodox. But I remember feeling that was a cool waytomakeacommonpantrysta- pleexotic,shesays. Now a mother herself, Dee, 42, a freelance editor, has likewise be- come an expert at savvy food prep- aration. What makes me happy is to thrill someone with a flavour theyhaventtastedoraninteresting waytocooksomethingtheyvenev- erthoughtof,Deesays. Before she had children, she had time to create intricate, crowd- pleasing appetizers. Id take vaca- tion days to prepare rolls, tartlets and things tied with chives for a party, she says. Now, to speed thingsup,shereliesonherkitchen- gadgetcollection,whichboaststwo completely stocked knife blocks, various containers of gourmet ne- cessities stashe