Here are some creative ideas to celebrate Mother's Day and to let Mum know you appreciate her this Mother's Day. Create some new family memories with Mum, by doing something she loves, while spending some extra quality time with her favourite people. Regardless if you are self-isolating or not, Mum will enjoy being spoilt and pampered at home or outdoors, if allowed. Just make sure you give her a heartfelt card.
1. Take a Family Bike Ride – deck out Mum's bike with flowers, balloons, streamers to make her feel extra special before heading out for a bike ride. Load the car up and enjoy the sunshine while spending some quality family time. For a quick lesson on a floral bike basket visit www.lovelyindeed.com/diy-floral-bike-basket
2. Grieving the loss of Mum this Mother's Day – take a leaf out of JK Rowling's book and spend some time alone for a moment to acknowledge how grateful you are of Mum, even if she isn't around anymore. It could be a simple gesture such as lighting a candle for Mum, planting a rose bush in the garden or a pot, or arranging a vase of flowers before or on the day of Mother's Day. It is still a special day to acknowledge a special woman.
3. Make Mum Breakfast in Bed – this is an oldie but a goodie that works like a gem. Pre-order or buy some local bakery delights that Mum would enjoy, such as croissants, Danishes, muffins, along with a cup of her favourite brew accompanied by a newspaper or magazine. Pick some flowers from the garden and pop them in a vase on a tray along with a linen or paper napkin to make her day.
4.Spend the day crafting together – try your hand at one of the many craft projects that are going bonkers at the moment. Create your own craft day by buying some champagne or sparkling for everyone to sip on while crafting away. Add some finger food to the mix that are simple and easy to make, such as a cheese platter, fruit and vegetable platter with Mum's favourite dips to chow on. Martha Stewart has many crafty ideas to get those juices flowing, such as felting, jewellery making and pom-pom making. Check out Martha's website for further inspiration www.marthastewart.com/7781323/craft-kits
5. Backyard or Lounge Room Movie binge – remember the days when you had a movie night inside? Take movie night to the next level by setting up a lush picnic-style movie setting at home either in the living room or in the backyard with throws, cushions, fairy lights and tea light candles. Set up a large white sheet for your very own outside drive-in cinema or a blank wall in the living room and enjoy Mum's favourite movies on the big screen. Make popcorn, homemade pizza, hotdogs, buy ice-cream or pre-order some true Italian style gelato from Brisbane's gelato king's La Macelleria and make flavoursome sundaes that the whole family can enjoy.
6. Play Virtual Bingo – if you, unfortunately, are unable to physically make contact with Mum this Mother's Day never fear. The incredibly handsome Matthew McConaughey and his wonderful family hosted a virtual bingo game with the residents of the Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living. Check out the hilarious youtube video for inspiration and play virtual bingo with Mum this Mother's Day. Make it a special event by inviting other relatives or family friends to partake in the bingo game. Make it extra special by showing her a prize if she wins and of course, she will win, that either you will send or give to her at a later date.
7.Play Card Games – pull out the cards and play Old Maid, Rummy, Poker, Uno or Go Fish, while spoiling Mum with a cocktail or two. If you are unable to make Mum her favourite cocktail, then pre-order those cocktails and support your favourite inner-city bar with a takeaway cocktail or two. Brisbane's Death and Taxes is one bar that has takeaway cocktails ready to go. Just add ice and a bit of mint, sliced orange or lemon for garnish. Visit Death and Taxes website for further details at www.deathandtaxesbar.com.au
8. Stock Mum's cupboard by buying her a week's worth of groceries – in the current climate get back to the essentials of cooking Mum a hearty homemade meal. Cook Mum a Mother's Day lunch or dinner that is fit for a queen and one she won't forget, while you are there and a catch-up. A chat over a home-cooked meal is sometimes the best thing in the world and more so now. Buy Mum some nourishing wholesome foods from one of the many local Farm Box's that are popping up such as Millen Farm Box from Samford Valley north of Brisbane and support local farming communities.
9. Stroll through a Virtual Garden – normally this is a great way to spend Mother's Day surrounded by some blooming flowers. If this year, it is a bit difficult to do this, then hop online or send her the link to Keukenhof Tulip Garden in Amsterdam. It is the largest tulip and flower festival in the world and anyone can virtually tour the grounds and admire the blooming flowers. Visit their website for gardening talks from the experts at www.keukenhof.nl/en/keukenhof-virtually-open
10. Zoom or Skype Tarot Card Reading – make an online tarot card reading appointment and get your cards read together. If tarot card reading isn't your style get a psychic or astrological reading. Afterwards have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some quality time with Mum while discussing the reading. There are many online psychic and tarot card readers available in Australia such ashttps://www.souldirection.com.au/