The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
Honestly, mums don’t get enough credit for everything they do for us. Not only did they give us life, they also made sure that we stayed alive through our oblivious infancy period, kept us out of trouble (as best as they could) and loved us unconditionally no matter how many scratches we put on the car or tattoos we added to our bodies. Our mums are one in a million, which means any gift this Mother’s Day must reflect their personal interests. If you are stumped for ideas, we’ve put together a list to act as a guide to ensure you treat your mum the way she deserves to be treated – like a honest-to-goodness Queen.
The Foodie Mum
When it comes to keeping the family fed and watered, mum usually is the one holding it down in the kitchen. Sure, you’ve probably stirred the cake mixture a couple of times, but it doesn’t take much mental math to calculate the discrepancy between mum’s home-cooked meals and yours. This Mother’s Day, treat mumsy to a meal she’ll never forget – start the day with a Mother’s Day breakfast at The Boatshed, which boasts an a la carte menu of delicious day starters. Lock’n’Load is another great choice for brunch with specials and complimentary mimosas available. Follow it up with a high tea experience at several of Brisbane’s finest dining institutions. The Hilton, Gambaro Seafood, Black Hide Steakhouse, Bacchus, Sofitel Brisbane, Sazerac or Emporium Hotel (the latter two include a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival) will the best spots to indulge in some refined fare. Alternatively, you can opt to sit by the river and enjoy some quality time with mum over a two or three-course lunch at Stokehouse Q. Allium will be celebrating mums with a special two-course lunch and degustation dinner, while One Fifty Bar in Ascot will also be getting in on the action with a three-course offering that includes a glass of Prosecco upon arrival. Get elevated at Eleven Rooftop Bar for a three-course lunch complete with live entertainment and cocktail jugs, or work your way to The Jetty in South Bank for brunch, lunch or dinner by the river. If you and mum are keen to go all out, Mecca Bah is plating up a sumptuous Mother’s Day banquet to gorge on.
Mums are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining on their special day – top-notch spots such as Aria, e’cco bistro, Summit Restaurant, Gusto da Gianni, Madame Rouge Bar + Bistro, Victoria Park, Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant, Belvedere Bar & Grill, Darling & Co, Mister Paganini, Sono Portside, The Hamilton Hotel, Cloudland, Mucho Mexicano, Olé in South Bank and Hawthorne and Downtown Istanbul will be open for Mother’s Day dining – just make sure it’s mum’s choice, not yours!
The Culturally Savvy Mum
If you mum is a woman about town, then your best bet is to treat her to a night out with some lively entertainment! Theatre is always a good choice here, and Brisbane’s got plenty to see. The Play That Goes Wrong is on at QPAC, while Blue Bones is taking centre stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse. The Spanish Film Festival wraps up on the Mother’s Day weekend and Film Noir continues at GOMA’s cinema – why not book in for a double feature? Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa will provide plenty of visual stimulation, while the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is guaranteed to get the giggles going.
The Pamper Mum
So your mum isn’t one for late nights out and is fine with a home-cooked meal – that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be pampered! Book the two of you in for some luxurious treatments at some of Brisbane’s best day spas. We are big fans of the offerings at Petrichor Day Spa in Hawthorne, Eden Day Spa in Paddington, Stephanies Vintage Spa in Bulimba and Cleveland, The Brow Bar in Paddington and Newstead, Haven Beauty Bar in Morningside, LaDiDa in Toowong and One Wybelenna Day Spa in Brookfield. Brooklyn Beauty Bar is also a fantastic spot for some pampering and cocktails – the only time you’ll need to lift a finger is to have it manicured or to sip a cocktail!
The Gift-Giving Mum
If your mum loves going all out on the gift giving every birthday and Christmas, we think it’s time to give back. A simple gift can brighten up your mum’s day – it just has to come from the heart. You can never go wrong with flowers – Gardenbird Flowers should be your first port of call for wrapped bunches or vase arrangements of this season’s best, or stunning decorative wreaths for something that’ll last longer. Take the flower giving a step further by packaging it with a hamper of goodies from the Jan Powers Farmers Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Westfield Chermside recently opened a new retail destination for everything fashion – why not take your mum on a shopping spree at Zara, Sephora or H&M? Harbour Town’s new premium mall also houses a range of retailers hawking new-season threads, Sacha Drake has some great Mother’s Day deals at its Paddington and QueensPlaza stores, while the new David Jones on James Street has a range of high-end and boutique goods to splurge on. Sign up for a lovely crafternoon at Mas & Miek Ceramic House and enjoy some mother-and-child bonding (you can even gift her your creation afterwards) or put your names down to create your own chocolatey espresso martini at Comuna Cantina. Other novel gifts could include luxury bedding, a bag or purse from Kyra + Kenja, a gorgeous keepsake from Molten Store, natural skincare products from Biome, bespoke homewares from Flock Home or some lush greenery from Botanika by Kismet, Hundred Acre Wood or Mappins Nursery & Aquarium.
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