By The Learning Sanctuary
If you’re a mum reading this – close it now! This one is for all the dads, partners, significant others and children out there who are ready to step up this upcoming Mother’s Day, on Sunday May 10.
COVID times are tough. Mums, and those who take on the role of mums, are often the first to struggle through the pressures that come with difficult times; so now’s your chance to show mum that she’s a superstar in your life, and that you love and appreciate her in a thousand different ways.
Letting mum know you care doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. But a little effort and forward planning will go a long way in making this Mother’s Day the most memorable ever.
Bring high tea home
Mum might be expecting breakfast in bed – but why not take it up a notch and go straight to high tea? If your baking skills can swing it, try a basic scone recipe, and top it off with some jam and cream from the shops.
Add some macarons and pastries from your local patisserie or bakery, and serve it all up on the fanciest plate you can find, along with mum’s favourite drink and a nice big pot of tea.
Baked with love (and flowers)
There’s no shame in using a packet mix to bake mum a cake. It’s still home-baked, after all! Why not ‘hack’ your packet cake mix and top it off with some edible flowers? Get your little ones to help you take a look in your garden or around your local neighborhood, and you may just end up with the toppings to make a Masterchef-worthy cake.
To get you started, edible flowers include pansies, calendula, anise hyssop, honeysuckle, borage, chamomile, mint flowers, marigolds, nasturtium, violas and sweet violets.
Restaurant at home
Snaring a restaurant booking at short notice on Mother’s Day is normally impossible – but this year you may be in luck, with many offering their menu for home delivery or pick-up. If you have a neighbourhood favourite this is a great way to spread the joy. A beautiful lunch for mum plus doing your bit to #supportlocal – everyone’s a winner!
Here’s where you can find the best takeaway options based on where you live:
NSW: Not sure which restaurants in Sydney are doing takeaways? Click here.
VIC: OpenTable has put together a list of all the top Melbourne restaurants currently doing Takeaways and Deliveries. You can view their list here.
Pick of the picnics
Can’t get takeaway delivered to your house? Set up a picnic in your living room or in the backyard if weather permits. All you really need for a mum-pleasing spread is a cooked chook and a selection of fruit, vegetables, cheese and biscuits, all available from your local supermarket or deli, artfully arranged on boards or platters.
Don’t forget to add some fresh crusty bread and maybe a simple insalata caprese – thick slices of juicy ripe tomatoes, basil leaves, torn fresh buffalo mozzarella, olive oil and a grind of salt and pepper.
Pamper with a hamper
A hamper full of goodies makes an impressive gift and you can theme it however you choose. For something that’s all about her, a pampering hamper is a clever choice with scented candle, soaps and maybe some beautiful flowers from your local florist. If there is one gift that’s virtually foolproof it’s flowers but the more thought you put into the selection, the bigger the impact – it may just be best to pre-order to guarantee delivery.
What better way to spend Mother’s Day in lockdown than enjoying some movies and ice cream together? You can buy ahead of time and stash your ice-cream in the freezer, along with some treats to top off home-made ice cream sundaes; or you might be close to some excellent boutique makers.
The Mother’s Day Pledge
A handwritten and illustrated Mother’s Day pledge may be enough this year to brighten mum’s day, especially if the budget is tight. Say it from the heart and hers is sure to melt. Some ideas to get you started:
I promise to ….
- Give you lots of hugs and kisses
- Let you relax all day
- Not fight with my brothers and sisters
- Love you forever!