The round-up: how to win at Mother’s Day this year
Mother’s Day is just around the corner – in case it had slipped your mind, it’s next Sunday May 12 (don’t forget!). So, if you’re hoping to go one step further than just flowers, some new winter slippers or a photo frame with your mug shot in it, then we’ve got your back. It’s time to treat yo’ mama in style and show her how much you appreciate her and everything she does. Whether your mum (or mum-like figure) is a foodie or prefers being pampered, here are some ideas to help you win at Mother’s Day this year.
The Foodie Mum
So, your mum’s a foodie? What a woman! The Star Gold Coast is full of food-based options this Mother’s Day. Go for brunch in the beautiful Garden Kitchen & Bar or at the bountiful Harvest Buffet, spoil her with a seven-course set menu at Japanese fine diner Kiyomi, indulge in a decadent three-course Italian feast together at Cucina Vivo, experience traditional Chinese at Imperial at The Star, or treat her to a sensory overload with a special four-course set menu at Nineteen at The Star. Chef Alex Munoz Labart and his team have put together one-off set menu for Mother’s Day lunch at Restaurant Labart in Burleigh, featuring the likes of market fish with Labart salad, roast chicken with kombu French fries and Dutch carrots (hello), and popcorn ice-cream with chocolate mousse – and there’s even a special menu for children if you’ve got the little tackers in tow. New daytime hotspot Burleigh Co-Op is putting on a delicious Mother’s Day Sunday Roast – the booking-only feast will feature slow-cooked lamb shoulder with citrus-dressed potatoes with flashed greens and ‘funky’ leaves, followed by an oozing chocolate brownie with ice-cream, choc sauce and toffee popcorn – mum will get a special gift, and it’s BYO too! Over at Hilton Surfers Paradise, Catch Restaurant is treating all mums to unlimited mimosas and barista coffees on Saturdays and Sundays (from 6:30–11:00 am) throughout the month of May, while at Fix Cocktail Bar, you can sip two-for-one cocktails with mum every night until the end of the month. Show your mum some love with green-ant-gin-cured kingfish (yum!) or cider-glazed crackling pork belly with a delicious three-course feast at Southport dining spot Carmody’s, or if you head down south to LOT TWO for lunch, your mum will be gifted with a complimentary box of truffles. If she has a sweet tooth, the Pastry Emporium has you covered – its Bundall and Mermaid venues will be putting on a ruby-chocolate-themed tea and sweets sittings on both Saturday and Sunday (bookings are essential). Plant-based mamas can be whisked off to BKA Vegan Restaurant & Bar’s three-course Mother’s Day lunch (with a glass of bubbly included), or take her along to the plant-based Mother’s Day high tea at Greenhouse Canteen & Bar in Coolangatta on Sunday May 12, featuring gluten-free goodies, gifts and bubbles. You can spoil mum with a glorious Italian lunch at Ristorante Fellini at Marina Mirage on Mother’s Day – this year each mama will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco to accompany a meal from Fellini’s new autumn menu. At Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, there are two delectable high tea offerings – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – or you can go all out and spoil her with a seafood buffet for lunch or dinner. You can spend Mother’s Day in the clouds up at Skypoint at the Q1 – there are three decadent Mother’s Day high tea sittings up there throughout the day, each including delicious eats, bubbles, bottomless teas and coffee, along with breathtaking views. There’s also a sumptuous high tea planned at Social House at Voco hotel in Surfers Paradise on Mother’s Day – think less boring sandwiches and more of tasty delights like arancini balls, house-made buttermilk scones, decadent sweets and an eye-popping chocolate fountain! For a Mother’s Day event with a cause, you could take her along on Saturday May 11 to the Baby Give Back Mother’s Day High Teas (there’s morning and afternoon seatings) at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, which helps raise funds to provide every baby with a safe and equal start to life. By the way, Varsity Lakes Autumn Time Eats happens to fall on Sunday May 12, so get down there to cap off Mother’s Day with a food-truck feast. Finally, if your mama is fond of a rosé (or two) take her along to Blush Sundays at The Collective so you two can sip bottomless glasses of the pink-hued goodness all afternoon long.
The Culturally Savvy Mum
Sometimes, quality one-on-one time is the best way to show your mama some love. For a bit of fun, grab a bottle of wine and head along to the special Mother’s Day session at Brush & Barrel in Surfers Paradise and enjoy an afternoon of painting, sipping and creativity. For the spirited mums, there’s the Mother’s Day Psychic & Holistic Fair happening at Carrara Market on both Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, with everything from psychic readers, to aura photography, astrology, crystals, gems and more. As you know, The Spiegeltent Gold Coast is in town and on Sunday May 12, Carlotta: Queen of the Cross is hitting the stage! Why not take her out for a night of outrageously funny Priscilla-inspired cabaret? If your mum loves live music and sunshine, then head to the Mother’s Day Festival on the Farm on the Sunday – hosted by radio favourite Emily Jade, the mini festival will be full of tasty eats, live music all afternoon, entertainment for the kids, adorable animal exhibits, plus a free glass of wine for mum. If you’re up and about early on May 12, note that the next monthly Community SUP Yoga Sessionjust happens to fall on Mother’s Day Sunday – great idea for a bit of water-based fun with mum. By the way, if you want to surprise your mum in the most tech-savvy way possible, take her for lunch at Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach – there’s a giant billboard set up and you can tell her you love her by putting her on the big screen! All you have to do is use the special hashtag #oraclemessagesformum with your Instagram post and it will be broadcasted live on the big screen – and one mum will win an indulgent pampering experience at Endota Spa Broadbeach, too! How fun. Speaking of spas and pampering …
The Pamper Mum
Sometimes, our mums just want a bit of alone time on Mother’s Day – it’s fine, you’ll have the rest of the day to annoy her. If she enjoys a bit of a pamper sesh, there are plenty of options. Book her in for a pre- or post-lunch treatment at Azure Spa & Fitness at The Star Gold Coast, or head to the hinterland for a day of treatments at Greenhouse Bath House. You can gift her with an indulgent experience she will never forget with a delightful day at SpaQ at QT Gold Coast, book her in for a moment of pure bliss at Eforea Spa at the Hilton Surfers Paradise, or opt for the ultimate indulgence – a pamper and high-tea package at One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Retreats or day packages at Bangalow’s Gaia Retreat are a fabulous idea (you’re welcome), or head south for a day in Byron Bay with a visit to modern day spa Comma, The Byron At Byron or Elements of Byron – and if you’re down that way, definitely tack on a lunchtime visit to Harvest in Newrybar. Oh, and there’s also this handy guide of luxe roadtrip-worthy day spas for more inspiration.
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