Treat Your Mama Right: Mother’s Day Ideas 2014
Mark your calendars – Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 11th. If you're at a loss for what to do for the mothers in your life, here are some mom-approved special events and places to shop for gifts.
Take her to one of these special events:
The city's most notable cemetery is hosting a special Mothers Day tea and "momosas" (with delicious tiny desserts) and a tour of the grounds. Walking will be required, so wear the appropriate clothes and footwear. Reservations required, follow the link above to register online.
Take your mom to brunch in the Japanese garden at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The catered lunch will also include live music from the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, crafts for children, and roses for the mothers. Tickets for adults are $40 and kids under 12 are $10. Reservations are required, call (901) 636-4131.
Memphis' famous Peabody Brunch is all for the moms on this day, with everything from fried green tomatos to caviar to waffles served buffet-style. Reservations are required 901-529-3668.
Take your mom to brunch at the Brushmark, then take her on a tour (self guided or with a headset) of the exhibits Brooks Museum of art. Or, if it's nice out, take her for a walk in Overton Park.
Take your mom to brunch at First Congo in Cooper-Young to enjoy a buffet, live music, and special treats for mom. The brunch and silent auction (last minute gifts for mom, anyone?) will benefit the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Steak-loving moms will love the mother's day brunch at Texas de Brazil (all-you-can-eat meats of every kind and a huge "salad" bar that's much more than salad). Every mom at your table will also receive a $25 gift certificate for a future visit. Reservations are required; call 901-526-7600.
Go downtown (with free valet parking) to the Westin Hotel for a champagne brunch buffet for mom. Complimentary family portraits and live entertainment will be provided. There are three seatings (at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m.) so be sure to make reservations.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers will perform at the Water Tower Pavilion on Broad Avenue on Saturday night to kick off the eight-week Dance on Broad series, which will be Saturday evenings in May and June filled with dancing, lessons, live music under the stars.
– Mother's Day Mad Hatter Brunch, Madison Hotel, May 11 (Sunday), $59 adults/$19 children
"Celebrate Mom like only the Madison can at our Mothers' Day Mad Hatters Brunch – chock-ful of amazing taste and colorful decor. Wear a hat, or not – but if you do, the Madder, the better, because The Mom with the Maddest Hat will win a luxurious night at the Madison." – From the Madison website.
If you're in need of a mom-appropriate gift, try these local shops/ideas:
– Spruce (5040 Sanderlin Ave #103) – This tiny, charming interior design shop that also carries vintage and new jewelry, accessories and candles.
– Maggie's Pharm (13 Florence Street) – Maggie's has all kinds of mom-appropriate cards, candles, jounrals, jewelry, bath and body products and locally-roasted coffee.
– Rachel's Flowers (2486 Poplar Avenue) – Rachel's carries cut flowers (so you can build your own bouquet), bouquets and lawn and garden items. For those of you that don't have much cash to spend, go on Saturday afternoon between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., when all of the cut flowers are half price.
– Booksellers at Laurelwood (387 Perkins Extd.) – Rather than just pick out a gift or a book or some Orpheum tickets for your mom, take her to brunch at the Booksellers Bistro and then let her pick out something for herself.
– My Heavenly Creations (2577 Broad Ave.) – Local, handmade soaps, candles, lotions, bath fizzies and more. Go shop in the store or online.
– The Mighty Olive (4615 Poplar Avenue #18) – Choose from over 40 different varieties of oil and vinegar, from blood orange extra virgin olive oil to serrano honey vinegar, or pick out some olive-oil based chocolates or beauty products for your mom.
– MEMMobile Trucks – A fleet of fashion-forward mobile boutiques have descended upon Memphis, filled with clothes, accessories, and jewelry your mom might love. You can find the trucks by following them online:
– Henny Penny (women's apparel) – see my post on Henny Penny here.
– K'Presha Haul of Fashion (men and women’s apparel)
– Sache T-Shirt Truck (custom-printed shirts)
– Thigh High Jeans (repurposed denim apparel) – see post on Thigh High Jeans here.
They'll all be at City Hall downtown on Thursday, May 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for your shopping ease.
– Plant a tree in her honor at Shelby Farms as part of their 1 Million Trees program.
– Get her a Mother's Day honorarium card to support The Exchange Club Family Center, benefitting Memphis families and children. You must call or go online to order by May 5, 901-276-2200.
If you're feeling splurgy:
– Book a room for your mom at the Peabody Hotel, the Madison or River Inn. Send a bottle of champagne and some locally made chocolates (or cupcakes) to the room. Maybe book her a massage at Gould's. Then, leave her alone and let her sleep in.
If you've got any other ideas (or, better yet, if you're a mom who knows what she wants), leave them in the comments.