Exceptional times call for exceptional gestures. For many of us, Mother’s Day marks our opportunity to express the gratitude we feel towards mum – families gather to pay tribute and celebrate. There is no doubt that this year’s unique circumstances would have overthrown entire plans with many of us now forced to celebrate at home or even apart from the women we hold dearest. However, let’s not allow this to taint the day nor lose sight of what really matters. Now more than ever is our opportunity to make this Mother’s Day the most meaningful one yet. With some creativity and preparation, you still have time to make next Sunday, May 10 truly memorable – our list of ideas may just ignite a spark…
Say it with flowers and cake in one
Flowers are predictable you say. Not with The Baking Mom they aren’t. A handmade cupcake flower bouquet or Maison des Fleurs cake will almost certainly secure you those brownie points. You’ll want to be quick though, as the order deadline is the morning of 7 May and she’s only got two hands!
Play old school with a handwritten letter
Can’t remember the last time you put pen to paper? Take the time to reflect on your relationship and acknowledge mum with this simple gesture. For some of us, laying our feelings bare in a one-on-one conversation is not always easy, so a heartfelt letter could be just the memento that makes this occasion extra special.
Attend a virtual dance class together
With studios and gyms closed, there has been a surge in live-stream fitness classes being made available. Get your gear on, clear the living room and tune in. Now more than ever, dance could be just the thing you both need, or alternatively opt for something more zen such as pilates or yoga.
Take her for a picnic in your backyard
If the weather permits, make dining at home more exciting by taking the party outdoors. Lay down a blanket and roll out the red carpet of picnic-ready snacks – we’re thinking antipasti platters, crudités, freshly baked bread and last but not least a great bottle of vino to accompany. Not exactly a whizz in the kitchen? Why not order or pick up take-out from mum’s favourite local restaurant?
Host happy hour over Skype
What’s not to love about happy hour? Get the party started by connecting with your loved ones over Skype, FaceTime or virtually any video conferencing app of your choice. For an extra memorable meetup, preselect a classic cocktail and share the recipe well in advance so that everyone can find the time to nip to the shops. Make it together and raise a glass to the woman who raised you!
Go bold with a balloon arrangement
Balloons are a great way to shake things up and surprise mum with the unexpected. Whether in vogue bubble balloons, or combined balloon and flower arrangements, Ochsner Balloons are offering bespoke creations for those hoping to achieve jaw-dropping reactions. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you place your order as soon as possible.
Gift her a pamper day
After spending weeks in lockdown, a visit to the salon may be just what mum needs. Encourage her to stop worrying about others and take some well-deserved time for herself. For those who aren’t sure where to start, local beautician Beauty Angel recommends a manicure, wash and blow-dry or basic facial suitable to all skin types.
Celebrate a different nation’s Mother’s Day
For those who really can’t get to where they need to be this Mother’s Day, why not just reschedule? Countries all around the world celebrate Mother’s Day at different times of year. While our nearby neighbour France will celebrate on 7 June, Thailand only marks the occasion in mid-August and Argentina not until the third Sunday in October! With plenty of wiggle room, give your mum something new to look forward to.