I've been a Mom now for 13 years and have had a Mom for... well, I'm not going to say! Anyways, it's fair to say that I've seen a number of Mother's Days over the years.
We've gone out, hosted brunches and, I admit, even done a few things that I, as Mom, really didn't want to do (a motorcross race on Mother's Day comes to mind) but it kept the peace so I went along and had a fine time anyways.
My main criteria for Mother's Day festivities is, first and foremost, they must be stress-less for Mom. Mother's Day is not the day to stick Mom with the cooking and the dishes, packing the car and making outing preparations. Unless the Mom on your list goes for that, then I guess it's OK.
Bearing that in mind, here are a few of my Mom's Day faves if you're looking for Mom-friendly Mother's Day ideas:
1. Host a Mother's Day Family Brunch
This sounds like work, right? It's really not too hard to put together and is a fun way to celebrate several Moms at once. If you're not a cook, a quick visit to Costco or Sams Club will set you up with some great ready-made, easy-fix brunch items like
mini quiches, pinwheel rolls, veggie trays, pre-cut cheeses and coldcuts, fruit trays, mini desserts, all sorts of prepared dips, and a variety of chips, crackers and breads.
Check out our video below to see how to set up your buffet table, and don't forget the dishes. Disposables are definitely the way to go, and you can even go green with biodegradable Bamboo versions!
2. Go Somewhere She's Talked About
Many of us hardworking Moms often talk about going to museums, parks, city centers, aquariums, art showings, or other local attractions, but we never quite make it there. This Mom's Day, make it a point to go. Pair it with a lunch out or take a picnic if the weather is nice. For easy picnic fare, a stop by Costco or Sams Club can fix you up, or pick up some yummy sandwiches at your favorite sub shop.
3. Shopping? Always a Favorite
I know, shopping sounds a little humdrum for Mother's Day, but I've had a blast exploring new, out of the way shopping areas on Mother's Day -- mainly because it IS Mother's Day and I could take my time without apology. Most towns, large and small, have an artsy shopping district and there's usually a cafe or two for a luncheon. An outlet mall is another fun shopping destination. And I wouldn't worry too much about overspending, most of us Moms are well aware of the family budget and are notorious browsers!
See how easy it is to set up your buffet table for a Mother's Day Brunch: