If you're anything like me, every Mother's Day is a battle for supremacy between yourself and your siblings, and the beginning of May is a frantic rush of trying to find the most perfect present to cement your position as favourite child for the year to follow.
If you're not anything like me, you probably still want to do something nice for Mum on her special day. Wherever you are, whatever you have in your wallet, we've got you covered. Read on to discover the best Mother's Day events for all budgets and all locations.
Remember when you were younger and you would paint Mum a picture for Mother's Day? Now that you're older, why not paint a picture with Mum? Brush and Barrel Studio are hosting two Mother's Day Paint and Sip classes at their Fortitude Valley studio. The event is BYO so you will need to supply your own wine, but Brush and Barrel will provide paints, brushes, aprons, and all the instruction you need to create a masterpiece for your mother this year.
Where: Shop 12, 421 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley When: Sunday, 12 May at 11:00am and 3:00pm Cost: $55 per person
You could take Mum to the ballet... or you could give her a decadent high tea with a private performance by the Queensland Ballet Academy. Sofitel's Ballroom le Grand will host two high teas, where Mum can enjoy French dessert and French champagne. Children under 5 can attend for free.
Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane Central When: Sunday, 12 May at 10:30am and 2:30pm Cost: approx $150 per person
When it comes to Mother's Day, homemade is always better than store bought. The Chermside library will host a maker space the day before Mother's Day, where visitors can make something for mum for free. The event is recommended for ages 4 - 12, so it's less an event for adult children and more a last chance for disorganised partners to ace Mother's Day.
Where: Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside
When: Saturday, 11 May from 11am - 12pm
Sandstone Point Hotel is your one-stop Mother's Day shop this year. The sprawling venue already offers a variety of restaurants, bars, entertainment, and children's spaces, and on Mother's Day, they will add a buffet breakfast and buffet lunch to the offerings. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 3475 3001 or emailing email@example.com.
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone
When: Sunday, 12 May, 7:30 - 9:30am (breakfast) and 12:00 - 2:30pm (lunch)
Cost: $30 adult, $15 children for breakfast | $60 adults and $20 children for lunch | Children under 3 eat free at both seatings
Any time, every day, the Northside Flower Market puts together arrangements to suit all tastes and occasions, making them a good choice for those of you who forgot it was Mother's Day until you logged in to Facebook. Beware, though: this is in the splurge category because if you're leaving it until Mother's Day to buy flowers, you have no choice.
Where: 3/27 Windorah St, Stafford
When: any time up to and including Mother's Day
Cost: first born child, approximately
Bands and bites by the beautiful bay - what more could Mum want? Little Bayside Park at Manly will host this free, family-friendly fair, offering performances by local swing and brass bands. There will also be a selection of food trucks and market stalls available. Bring a blanket and get in early to nab a good spot.
Where: Little Bayside Park, 42 Fairlead Crescent, Manly
When: Sunday, 12 May, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sometimes, the best thing you can give Mum is a little peace and quiet. Give your mother an afternoon of rest and tranquility at the Mother's Day Mini Yoga Retreat at Stretch Yoga Holland Park. The two hour restorative class will include essential oils and guided meditations and is suitable for all levels of experience.
Where: Level 1, 967 Logan Road, Holland Park
When: Saturday, 11 May from 12:15 - 2:45pm
Cost: $60 per person
Take the ferry to Moreton Island to give your mother a tropical beach experience without the big price tag. Moreton Island is full of pristine beaches, sand dunes, and friendly dolphins that can be hand fed. The island has no roads, so unless you're a keen 4WDer, booking through Tangalooma Island Resort is the best way to explore.
Where: Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island
When: Mother's Day weekend
Cost: from $89 for an adult
A butterfly planting day is more than a gift for mum - it's a gift for the planet. The Logan City Council are hosting this community event, where people will come together to plant a butterfly-friendly garden. A light lunch will be provided and the first 25 people to register will receive a free Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vine.
When: Saturday, 11 May from 9:00am
Where: Mt Warren Park (full address provided on registration)
We all know mums are sweet as, which is why the Sweet As Dessert festival is a great option for sweet tooth mothers. Queensland's best dessert makers will gather to offer a veritable cornucopia of delights. The event will also host a Mother's Day morning tea and a 'Sweet As Mother' competition.
When: 11 - 12 May
Where: Redlands Showgrounds, Long Street, Cleveland
Cost: free entry
If your mother is into horses, gambling or fashion, the Mother's Day Raceday at Ipwich Turf Club could be just the ticket. Dress up, put a race on, and book a table for 5 or more to get Mum a complimentary drink.
When: 12 May
Where: 219 Brisbane Road, Ipswich