The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
If we’re being honest, every day deserves to be Mother’s Day. Why? Well, you never really get a day off from being a mum – it’s a 24/7 gig. That being said, Mother’s Day is still a great opportunity to tell your mother how much she means to you. There are many different styles of mum, so there’s not one coverall approach to celebrating their worth. Some mums are foodie mums, while some mums like to be pampered. It’s up to you to know what kind of person your mother is. Our job is to help guide you to some excellent Mother’s Day ideas based on your mum’s taste. You’re welcome, mums.
The Foodie Mum
Your mum has kept you fed and watered for most of your life – it’s high time she took a break and let someone deal with dinner for once. If you want to spoil mum with a range of culinary delights, you’ve got plenty of great options to choose from. We suggest starting with Treasury Brisbane’s sumptuous Mother’s Day three-course dinner at The Lab Restaurant and Bar. If you’re after something different, Sazerac is upping the ante (literally) and getting pretty in pink with a high tea in its plush sky bar, with free-flowing champagne and tasty treats galore. The Hilton is also celebrating mums, with not one, but two high teas taking place at Vintaged Bar + Grill. GOMA Restaurant is a great spot to spoil mum rotten, with a three-course lunch designed by head chef Aaron Holt and a glass of G.H. Mumm on arrival.
If you are looking for more spots to treat mum for lunch or dinner, we suggest OTTO Ristorante for a special three-course lunch overlooking the Story Bridge, The Palace Supper Club for either of its Mother’s Day dinners, Blackbird Bar & Grill for its special high tea, Stokehouse Q for its Mother’s Day lunch offer or Salon de Co for a share plate banquet. Other hot spots on your list should include the new-look e’cco bistro, Spice Den, Walter’s Steakhouse, Casa Cibo, Detour, Happy Boy, Shucks Bar, Drum, or Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar, which is teaming up with BASIK Chocolates for a multi-sensory chocolate degustation experience. Want more ideas? Check out the Stumble Guide.
The Culturally Savvy Mum
Let’s say your mum has a more active social life than you – she’s not going to be impressed with a stay-in movie night at home. We suggest you both get dressed up and get out and about – there’s plenty to do! If your mum loves a movie, then the Big Screen on the Green at Eagle Farm Racecourse is the perfect Mother’s Day outing. Recline under the stars and catch a screening of The Sound Of Music on the massive screen. Both the Spanish Film Festival and the American Essentials Film Festivals are on over the weekend, while Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Affection exhibit continues at GOMA. When it comes to theatre, you and mum are spoiled for choice. Catch Twelfth Night and Disney’s Aladdin at QPAC, The Crucible at Brisbane Arts Theatre, Quiet Faith at Brisbane Powerhouse or A Prudent Man at QUT Gardens Theatre. The Fish Lane Festival is taking place on Saturday May 12, with the South Brisbane hub putting on an array of food and entertainment. Across town, the Chrome Street Fiesta will liven up the streets of Salisbury with art, market stalls, live music and food stalls.
The Pamper Mum
Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy being pampered like royalty? Our mums are queens and deserve to be treated as such. One way to give mum the royal treatment is to take her to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for a shopping spree, and while you’re there take her to the Mum in a Million event, where she can score free mimosas, free treats and a free nail, hair and makeup touch-up at Indro Beauty Bar. Speaking of beauty, there are a bunch of day spas and pamper palaces around town that mum will surely love. Off the top of our head, we can recommend One Wybelenna in Brookfield, Waterlily Skin in New Farm, Bliss Float in Bulimba, Brooklyn Beauty Bar in Fortitude Valley and Petrie Terrace (for cocktails and pedicures), Stephanies Spa Retreat in The City, Skin Spirit Day Spa in Tarragindi and Petrichor Day Spa in Hawthorne. Pampering also means getting spoiled with presents. Gift mum a personalised box of goodies from The Bundle Collective, filled with the likes of Anna Spiro books, Four Pillars Negroni Gin and Status Anxiety pouches. If she wants to shop some more, take her on a tour of Fortitude Valley’s laneways or Brisbane City boutiques. Speaking of gifts, we’re loving the scarves from David Subroto, the growing gifts from Greenery Lane, the luxe slippers from Bertie, the assortment of natural beauty products from Beautifully Well Box and the adorable potted pals from The Succy Bunch.
The Active Mum
Did you know there’s such a thing as ‘mum energy’? It’s the mysterious power supply that gives mums the energy to deal with all of our crap. Should your mother want to expend some of that energy on Mother’s Day, we suggest getting up early with a trip to your closest farmers market (a great spot to purchase your mum flowers), a drive to a swimming hole or pack a picnic for a family outing. If she’s a crafty kind of mum, you and her can get hands-on with some clay at the Mas & Meik Ceramic House or sign yourselves up for one of Only T’s tee parties. If you’ve got one of those really unstoppable mums who loves a challenge, sign her up (and yourself, for that matter) for the Women In Super Mother’s Day Classic annual fun run.
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