The round-up: how to put effort into Mother’s Day this year
The is one day a year where it is necessary to give thanks to the woman than birthed you, that fed you, clothed you and probably drove you around a lot. Your mother might be one of the most important figures in your life so it’s only right that you should put the effort into showing your appreciation. Mother’s Day is here again, and is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your mother. Not every mother is the same, so we have put together a few ideas to help you pinpoint what the best approach is to making Mother’s Day 2016 memorable.
The Foodie Mum
The best go to way to show your mum you appreciate her is to take her out for a delicious and decadent meal. If your mum likes top-notch nosh, then the location you choose is crucially important. If you didn’t already know, Brisbane’s hotels pull out all the stops on Mother’s Day. The Sofitel Brisbane is providing a few options throughout the day, including a Mother’s Day High Tea in Le Grand Ballroom with an exclusive performance by the Queensland Ballet, while Thyme² and Privé249 will be offering some choice lunch options. Treasury Casino will also be hosting an unforgettable afternoon on Mother’s Day, with a decadent high tea taking place in two sittings at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Tickets include a shared bottle of Chandon and a selection of eats. Take your mum to Brisbane’s newest rooftop bar, Sazerac, for a sky-high tea, complete with a selection of sweet and savoury dishes as well as a glass of champagne on arrival. Stone in South Bank will also be hosting a high tea, with three-tired stands piled high with basked scones, pastries and savoury canapes. The Brisbane Marriott will be offering a range of scrumptious selections throughout the day, including a breakfast buffet until 11:00 am, a seafood buffet lunch from 12:30 onwards and high tea and cupcake decorating sessions in the early afternoon. Vintaged Bar + Grill at The Hilton will also be offering a delectable high tea throughout the afternoon, with buttery scones, fresh conserves, sandwiches, tea, coffee and champagne on offer.
If your mum prefers to dine with a more casual atmosphere, check out the offerings at Cloudland’s Madame Hedges, Chop Chop Chang’s, The Catchment Brewing Co., Mr Edward’s Alehouse, Newstead House, Eagles Nest, Nest Bar & Restaurant, Summit, Eat Street Markets, e’cco bistro, Bar Pacino, 5 Boroughs, The Apo or just about any destination in our Stumble Guide.
The Active Mum
If you’ve got one of those unstoppable mums who loves a challenge, sign her up (and yourself, for that matter) for the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run and raise some money for breast cancer research. The run starts at the Cultural Forecourt in South Bank and is divided into a 4.5km walk, 4.5km run, 8km walk and an 8km run. Not enough? Saturday May 7 sees the Fresh Startathon take place at Teralba Park. Tough Mudder is happening again amongst the rolling hills of Sirromet Winery over the entire Mother’s Day weekend. Guilt your siblings into coming too and make it a family outing. Alternatively, go on a road trip with mother dearest and the family and embark on a hike through one of the many national parks surrounding Brisbane. If the weather is warm enough, visit a swimming hole or two or pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery from a nearby lookout.
The Culturally Savvy Mum
Should mum prefer experiences to gifts or food, we suggest taking her to one of the many events taking place in Brisbane on Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day eve, the Brisbane Powerhouse will be hosting a collection of hilarious comedians for the final night of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. If she is a film buff, purchase a few tickets to the final night of the Spanish Film Festival and watch the closing night film Embrace of the Serpent. If she enjoys theatre, the Queensland Theatre Company is staging a production of Much Ado About Nothing at QPAC’s Playhouse. Also in QPAC at the Concert Hall, the Ten Tenors will be performing The Power of Ten – a showcase of the best rock and pop anthems tackled by the best voices in the country. Several inspiring women will be getting together for the popular literary salon, Women Of Letters – featuring words from the likes of Airling, Bri Lee, Leanne De Souza, Margi Brown Ash and more.
The Pamper Mum
Every mum likes to be spoiled every now and then, so why not line up a day of indulgence at one of Brisbane’s day spas. Special packages are available at Rainforest Massage & Day Spa, Haven Beauty Bar and LaDiDa, and young mums can take their little princesses along for a Mummy and Me pampering session at Princess Parlour in North Lakes. Treat your mother to some sweet indulgence by helping her be her own chocolatier courtesy of Chocolab. The Mason Baker can also deliver a selection of their enticing jar cakes straight to mum’s door. Your mum can create her own delicious chocolate bars using selected quality ingredients. If all the birds have left the nest, maybe tempt mum with someone new to spoil – the RSPCA is hosting a pop-up adoption at Aspley Village Shopping Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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