I love my mom. She’s one of my biggest supporters and best friends. Unfortunately, when you’re in college or out in the post-college real world, you don’t necessarily see your mom every day. That’s what makes Mother’s Day even more special than when you were a kid! It’s a time to really show how much you appreciate everything that your mom did for you while you were growing up.
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning what to do with your mom on Mother’s Day is pick an activity she will enjoy. You want to have fun too, of course, but ultimately it is her day. You know your mom really well, so in theory it shouldn’t be too difficult to think of some fun activities to do together. However, for some reason, coming up with the perfect Mother’s Day plan is hard. Maybe it’s because when you’re an adult, it seems like you’ve done it all.
If you want to do something extra special for your mom—or grandmother, or a special mother-figure in your life—here are some great ideas of things to do with your mom on Mother’s Day.
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1. Eat Brunch Together
Ladies who brunch together, stay together. I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious meal of breakfast food without having to wake up early in the morning to eat it? Treat your mom to brunch at her favorite restaurant and encourage her to order her favorite thing on the menu, no matter how many calories are in it. And obviously, don’t let her talk you into allowing her to pay the bill.
2. Host a Mother & Daughter Party
Gather up a bunch of your friends (plus their moms) and your mom’s friends (plus their daughters) and throw a big mother and daughter party! You can have fun activities like a Newlywed-style game where everyone goes up against each other to see which mother and daughter pair knows each other the best. There could also be a card-making station, cookie and cupcake decorating, and a photo booth with props.
3. Have Lunch at a Tea Room
Find a local tea room and go for lunch and then afternoon tea. They are usually in less crowded areas of cities and towns, so you’ll probably have the opportunity to explore a new place. You can try all different kinds of teas and discover a new favorite. Plus, some tea rooms are attached to or near boutiques, so you can browse there too.
4. Attend a Sport’s Game
Not all things you do with your mom on Mother’s Day needs to be traditionally girly. If you are both sports fans, you should definitely go see a game. The weather should be warm by this point, so spending some time outside will be nice. Supporting your favorite team together and eating junk food is a great way to bond.
5. Shop ’til You Drop!
My mom and I love to shop with each other. She always finds great pieces for me, and I encourage her to try things she wouldn’t normally think of wearing. If you and your mom both love to shop, take her on a shopping spree to spruce up her wardrobe.
6. Have a Movie Night
Gather up your favorite movies and have a marathon! Buy ice cream, popcorn, and other snacks to munch on throughout the movie. You could also pick movies or TV shows that have great stories about mothers and daughters, like Gilmore Girls and Brave.
7. Go to the Zoo or a Museum
Have a staycation with your mom and explore attractions in your city or town. Go to the zoo or an art museum, or maybe a local history museum. There are tons of things to learn about your city, and even though you live there you might not know all there is to know.
8. Take a Class Together
Try something new together! Take a cooking class—or perhaps knitting, jewelry making, acting, pottery, or dancing. Many cities and towns have art centers where you can sign up for classes for little to no cost. You could also look at such classes at a community college, because sometimes they will offer these as well. Learning a new skill is always fun, and going with your mom will make it even more so. You might embarrass yourself a bit, but that’s part of the fun. You can laugh at each other and as you attempt to make a bracelet or learn how to swing dance.
9. Have a Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a good spa day? You can have one at home or treat your mom to a fancy salon experience. Get facials, massages, pedicures and manicures—the works! Your mom deserves to be pampered on Mother’s Day, and it’s your job to make sure it happens.
If you want to have an at home spa day, it is not too difficult. Set the ambiance by putting on soothing music. Then, you can make your own facial scrubs with ingredients found around the house. And slice cucumbers for your eyes, of course. All that’s left is to paint each other’s nails.
10. Cook Dinner for Her
If you’re pretty good at cooking, show off your skills by preparing your mom’s favorite dish! She’ll really appreciate all the effort you put into the gesture. Alternatively, if cooking is something you guys did together when you were growing up, this would be fun to cook together. Make something that was a staple in your house growing up, the really bring back memories.
And there you have it, ten great activities you can do with your mom on Mother’s Day! These are all good options, so you really can’t go wrong if you pick to do one of these things. However, make sure to do something that your mom will love. After all, this day is all about her.
If you’re unable to be with your mom on Mother’s Day, then let her know you’re thinking of her by sending a card and calling her. Cherish your mom while she’s around, because (as horrible as it is to think about) she won’t be forever. Make sure she knows she’s loved!
What do you love to do with your mom on Mother’s Day? Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!