On Mother’s Day, you could offer mom jewelry, a new blouse, or a purse in a perfectly wrapped package. Or you could turn the day into an experience she won’t forget for years to come. We have five ideas, and all the necessary components for each, so that you can plan the perfect Mother’s Day. Take along your camera, or snap pictures on your phone, to preserve the moments for years to come.
Start the day off right
To make a good Mother’s Day morning great, whip up brunch or serve your mom breakfast-in-bed. You can’t go wrong with the Lemon Cream Filled Crepes with Strawberries from Lauren’s Latest. A good nonstick skillet will help you create crepes with ease. The result will be a breakfast that satisfies mom’s sweet tooth without making her feel too stuffed for the rest of her special day.
Or prepare the impressive sounding, yet easy to make Eggs en Cocette from Bakers Royale. Be sure you have a set of ramekins on hand. To make, you’ll pour a bit of cream into the bottom of each ramekin, followed by sautéed mushrooms and blanched broccolini. Top with an egg, and then the oven does the rest of the work. And good news if your mom’s an early riser; you can assemble everything the night before, and bake breakfast when you wake up.
Enjoy sunny spring weather
Be ready to help your green-thumbed mom in the yard by checking out advice from Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, and Martha Stewart. You’ll astonish her not only with your know-how about gardening, but with the essentials you stocked up on from Home Depot or Lowe’s ahead of time. No room for outdoor planters? Bring the garden inside, with decorative pots and artfully designed stands, or plant window boxes.
Book the perfect afternoon out
Plan a day for two, or the whole family, out on the town. To find nearby events she might enjoy, check out Groupon, LivingSocial, or Amazon Local (these sites will also help you save a few bucks). You could take a class together, go bike riding, do a wine tasting, or anything else she might enjoy. Travel websites, like Travelocity, list activities as well.
Try a new restaurant
For dinner, surprise mom with reservations to a restaurant she’s never been to. Just enter her favorite meal into the search bar on Yelp, and it will provide you with a list of smart recommendations. Other sites to try include TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon, and Nara.me. When it comes time to make a reservation, call the restaurant directly or book through OpenTable.
Delight with dessert
After dinner, have one last surprise waiting for mom at home. When served, layered in pretty dessert glasses, the Food Network’s White Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits are a sweet treat that’s also a feast for the eyes.
Another stunning dessert option comes from Epicurious. This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a showstopper, with a moist, rich texture. A stand mixer, like those by KitchenAid, will have your batter ready to be divided between two cake pans in no time. Score style points by serving the dessert on one of these cake stands.
Of course, you could always opt for the fail-proof option, and order the dessert of your choosing.
Chris Reed contributed to this post.