You’ve got the card, but what else? This Mother’s Day, make sure the women who shaped you know you care. Explore all of our ideas for a Mother’s Day worthy of your queen bee—or, take this quiz, and we’ll tell you exactly how your family can celebrate the lady of honor.
As museums reopen, host a Mother’s Day field trip and take Mom to museums and exhibits in your neighborhood and see what’s new since your last visit. Use a disposable camera to take silly photos in front of your favorite pieces, then drop them off at the end of the day to develop immediate keepsakes. Not into museums? Create a “hop” out of any of her favorite activities, from parks to cupcake shops.
Host an at-home afternoon tea party by breaking out your finest tableware and preparing fancy baked goods, like scones and biscotti. Feeling more like brunch? Just swap tea for bottomless mimosas.
For a guest of honor who loves a challenge, create a silly and sweet scavenger hunt by planting riddles and poems around the house, leading to your present. Going all out? Hide mini-presents along the way that build up to one grand package!
Wine and Cheese
How can you go wrong with wine and cheese? It’s simple, budget-friendly, and a consistent crowd-pleaser. Curate a couple bottles of wine and an assortment of cheeses, then pop in a thematic Mother’s Day movie (think Lady Bird, Stepmom, The Joy Luck Club, or Freaky Friday) for a classy and cozy night in. Cheers!
Picnic in the Park
Pack your baskets for a family picnic in the park honoring the mothers of the family. Bring easy picnic foods, such as finger sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit, cookies, and cans of sparkling water or hard seltzer, and decorate with jars of mini bouquets and balloons. Don’t forget to bring the gifts – your picnic will be the ideal place to open presents!
If you can’t all be together this year, set up a family brunch over video call. Deliver local flowers to the guests of honor, and order food and drink from local small businesses for each household. Or, prep your own meals to enjoy at the same time. To keep everybody engaged, take turns saying something you appreciate about the guest of honor.
There’s no better way to treat the guest of honor than with a day off. Put together an outdoor spa in your backyard or on your patio by creating “relaxation stations.” For instance, set up a manicure and pedicure station, a face mask and essential oils booth, and a massage chair. Lastly, send any guests home with an aromatherapy candle to extend the mood.
Virtual Paint and Sip Night
You and your guest of honor are down for a little activity, and a little wine while you’re at it. Find a painting tutorial on YouTube, order the proper supplies online, and set up your own at-home paint night. This activity works well in person, but if you can’t make it home for Mother’s Day this year, it also makes a great virtual activity to help you feel closer even when apart.
Family Talent Show
Whether you’re two doors or 2,000 miles apart, gather your family in one room or on video chat for a talent show. Ask family members, especially the kids, to take turns performing a talent or telling their favorite stories about the guest of honor. If your family has a strong sense of humor, share some laughs over a roasting hour. Hosting virtually? Feel free to invite loved ones near and far to spectate.
Still undecided? Take our Mother’s Day quiz and we’ll pair you with an activity!
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