Mother’s Day Brunch at The Paine Art Center & Gardens

Happy Monday! I hope that everybody had a nice weekend that was full of celebrating the special and influential women in our lives. My family made the drive to Wisconsin on Saturday for an early Mother’s Day brunch at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh.

Mother's Day brunch spring 2016 paine center and gardens oshkosh, wi

You may remember me talking about this location from when I visited the Dressing Downton Abbey exhibit last summer, and more recently, when Ryan and I attended the annual Nutcracker in the Castle before Christmas. This is my very-favorite place in all of Wisconsin (at least, of what I’ve seen/visited so far) – I always feel like I’m transported to the English countryside when visiting this estate, and it was fun to attend a special event there with my family.

The brunch was held in the estate’s conservatory, which also is connected to the carriage house. I would love nothing more than to renew my vows at this location! The room was light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, which was to our added benefit since we lucked out with a picture-perfect spring day.

Mother's Day bruch spring 2016 paine art center and gardens oshkosh wi

Following brunch, we toured the mansion and attended the opening day viewing of the latest exhibit, Audubon’s Birds of America. Photography isn’t allowed inside the mansion when a new exhibit is on display, but the first-edition drawings were something to be seen, and I never pass up an opportunity to walk through the different rooms of the mansion. I fall in love with it more every time I visit!

Paine Art Center & Gardens Audubon's Birds of America exhibit 2016Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis., spring 2016

Afterward, we headed back outside to walk through the extensive grounds and gardens. Since it’s pretty early in the season, not everything was in bloom yet, such as the rose garden, but the tulips and magnolia trees more than made up for it.

Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis., spring 2016Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis., spring 2016Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis., spring 2016

And, of course, no Mother’s Day would be complete without some family photos. Ryan was away for the weekend, so this was the first time in forever that it was the original five of us. My dad was the designated cameraman, so unfortunately I don’t have any photos of him from the day! All photos also were taken with our iPhones.

Mother's Day spring 2016 Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis.Mother's Day spring 2016 Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis.Mother's Day spring 2016 Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis.

Mother's Day spring 2016 Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wis.

The Paine Art Center & Gardens never fails to host fabulous events and exhibits, and I’m happy that I was able to share this one with my whole family in honor of my mom.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special to celebrate your mom?

Linking up with Biana & Meghan.

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  1. 5.11.16
    Abby Castro said:

    What a gorgeous place with such a gorgeous view! We also took our moms (including my mom-in-law) to lunch that day!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  2. 5.10.16

    Such beautiful photos! Looks like you had a fabulous Mother’s Day!

  3. 5.9.16

    Such a beautiful spot to celebrate Mother’s Day! Glad you were all able to get together!

  4. 5.9.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    This location is gorgeous – what a great place to spend such a special day – it looks like you all had the best time! I’m glad I’m not the only one that wants to renew my vows! I always ask Derek “It’s only been a year and a half but when is not too soon to renew??”

    • 5.9.16

      Haha, you are in NO way alone on that. I’m thinking we may do it when we reach five years, so only a couple more years to go. 🙂 And, I guarantee you it will be at that location!

  5. 5.9.16
    Tamara said:

    Such a beautiful place! Sounds you had a wonderful day!


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  6. 5.9.16
    makeupHER said:

    What a pretty place! Sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day and weekend!!

  7. 5.9.16

    What an absolutely gorgeous space and it looks like you had a wonderful time with your family 🙂

  8. 5.9.16

    Such a gorgeous spot for a Mother’s Day brunch, look at all those pretty tulips! Glad you had a wonderful day with the fam, and loving your dress <3
    Green Fashionista

  9. 5.9.16

    Oh my goodness, The Paine Art Center and Gardens looks so beautiful, and you couldn’t have asked for better spring weather either! It sounds like you had a great time celebrating your mom, and even though it sucked that your husband was away, I know that it must have been fun to just have your “original” family there to celebrate!

  10. 5.9.16

    What an amazing way to celebrate mother’s day! The grounds and gardens look so gorgeous!

  11. 5.9.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This was such a special day and a real treat to have all of us together (minus Ryan, boo hoo). A gorgeous place, so fun to see it in a different season – those gardens have stole my heart! So glad we have those pictures to capture a special memory.

  12. 5.9.16
    Darcy from A Memory of Us said:

    Wow that looks like such a cute place! Love your pictures, too

  13. 5.9.16

    This place looks amazing and such cute photos!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  14. 5.9.16
    Pamela said:

    What an amazing Mother’s Day brunch! That location is so gorgeous! And the weather looked amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  15. 5.9.16
    Jenn said:

    It looked BEAUTIFUL! And I’m glad that the sunshine cooperated for Mother’s Day, too!

  16. 5.9.16
    Biana Perez said:

    From your snapchat and these pictures it looked like a lovely place to celebrate Mother’s Day!! Your dress was so pretty! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston