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Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

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Published April 25th 2014
Simple and thoughtful ways to show her you care
The second Sunday in the month of May, it's the same day every year, but after the rush of public holidays in April, Mother's Day can sneak up with little warning.

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Happy Mother's Day


Mother's Day functions are booking up as quickly as the Easter eggs and hot cross buns are being replaced by pretty pink greeting cards and colourful floral bouquets. In some instances, you may need to make plans months in advance to secure a table at your mum's favourite eatery.

While brunch at a cosy café or fancy restaurant would have been nice, never mind if you did miss out because there are plenty of other equally special ways to celebrate Mother's Day in Adelaide. The following suggestions require very little forward planning and, in many cases, are inexpensive yet thoughtful ways to show her you care.

Onkaparinga River, Old Noarlunga Park, Market Square Park, Adelaide Picnic Spot
Market Square overlooking the Onkaparinga River at Old Noarlunga


Let's start with a picnic at the park because, with such beautiful parklands all around Adelaide, it's a shame not to make the most of them. Pack a picnic blanket and basket and take mum to a nearby park to enjoy some fresh air and the fine food that you have provided. Some picnic-worthy parks, to name just a few, include Market Square Park at Old Noarlunga, Old Gum Tree Reserve at Glenelg North, Inchiquin Lake Reserve at Clare, and the Willunga Rose Garden.

While breakfast in bed may not be the most original Mother's Day idea, it certainly is a classic. There aren't many mums out there who don't deserve, nor enjoy, a Sunday sleep in followed by a hearty home-cooked meal. The list of menu options is vast and limited only by time and creativity, but if it is inspiration you seek, here are some Mother's Day breakfast in bed recipe ideas. Presented on a tray decorated with a flower from the garden, breakfast in bed is a great way to begin your mum's day.

Lazy Ballerina Winery, McLaren Vale Wine Tasting, McLaren Vale Cellar Doors
Stop in at the Lazy Ballerina on your wine tasting tour of McLaren Vale


Take your mum wine tasting at McLaren Vale. There are over 70 cellar doors in the region and the best place to start your Mother's Day wine tasting trip is at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre. From there, the choices are endless, but a few recommendations include Wirra Wirra, Coriole Vineyards, Samuel's Gorge, and the beautiful garden setting of the Lazy Ballerina.

High tea is a popular way to celebrate Mother's Day, but such events can be pricey and, again, require advance booking. Instead, spoil your mum with high tea at home. Get the cake stands out and put together a selection of bite-sized savoury snacks and sweet treats served with your mum's favourite variety of tea. To get you started, here are some handy hints for hosting a high tea.

Botanic Garden, Botanic Park, Adelaide Picnic Spots, Parks in Adelaide
Take the time to explore the city, including the Botanic Gardens


Chances are it's been awhile since your mum has taken some time out to explore the city. Wander through the Adelaide Botanic Garden, check out the exhibits at the South Australian Museum, and admire the art work at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Mother's Day. Entry is free to these well-known Adelaide attractions and they're open all day long.

After years spent chasing after you, mum has no doubt earned herself a pampering session at a day spa. However, many spas aren't open, charge an extra fee for Sunday appointments, or will be booked up for Mother's Day, which is why a voucher for a relaxing massage or rejuvenating facial makes a thoughtful gift. A few nice places to unwind in Adelaide are Spa on Brougham at North Adelaide, The Sanctuary at Hove massage clinic, inSKIN Skin Care & Laser Therapy at Morphett Vale, and Diamond MediSpa at Christies Beach.

Market Shed on Holland, Adelaide Organic and Sustainable Market, Sunday Morning Market
The Market Shed on Holland is one of the best places in Adelaide for Sunday brunch


You could spend Mother's Day at the markets. There are lots to choose from on Sunday, such as the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market, which offers a cooked breakfast and fresh seasonal produce. The Market Shed on Holland sells local and organic produce and is quite possibly the best place in Adelaide for brunch. The Flinders Street Market and Myponga Market are brimming with unique and antique treasures just waiting to be discovered.

A bunch of flowers is almost compulsory on Mother's Day and carnations are especially symbolic of the event. Instead of something that will wither within a week, try to craft your own chocolate bouquet. All you really need to make a chocolate bouquet are individually wrapped chocolates, a few skewers, some tissue paper, and a little imagination.

Fish and Chips, Moana Beach
Conclude Mother's Day with fish and chips at the beach


Wrapped in paper and slathered in salt, it may not be particularly glamorous, but fish and chips by the beach is a time honoured tradition for many families. It could be for lunch or dinner and your budget (and appetite) may even stretch to an ice cream for dessert. Take mum for a walk along the sand or watch the sun set as you indulge in fish and chips at your favourite seaside location, like Port Noarlunga, Glenelg, Semaphore, or Henley Beach.

Last but not least, the Mother's Day Classic is held every year and registration is open right up until the Friday before Mother's Day. You can walk or run the course from Peace Park in North Adelaide and there is entertainment, prizes, and refreshments on the day. Money raised from the Mother's Day Classic will help fund breast cancer research, a cause close to many hearts.
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