Well we made it past Easter only to realize the next “holiday” we’d be celebrating a little differently this year. Mother’s Day is on May 10. Since we don’t know when it’ll be ok to start getting out more, plans are a little unsure, but it’s likely to be after that date. This is my first time celebrating as a mother, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to do. Here are a few ideas worth contemplating for a thoughtful Mother’s Day at home.
A Thoughtful Mother’s Day at Home
Mother’s Day Alone/With Family
Now that I’m a mother, I’m torn between the idea of celebrating with my family and getting some alone time. C will be nearly 11 months old when it comes time for Mother’s Day, so he requires our full attention (whether we have the energy or not)! I have no desire to ditch the boys….but an hour to read on the front porch wouldn’t hurt, right?
What to Eat/Drink
I think what I’ve decided in all of this is that Mother’s Day will look like a lot of other Sundays, but I want to have a few little indulgences for me and some thoughtful ideas for our moms.
First, what to eat and drink. Since every holiday includes food, why not make it a little special or at least a little different? I’ve always loved this brunch sangria. With white wine, orange juice, and whatever fruit you have on hand, you can have a delicious sip to enjoy whenever you can catch a minute.
The recipe calls for apple or pear and grapes. It’d be beautiful with fresh berries, even kiwis – pretty much any fruit (maybe except bananas)!
Since time isn’t in abundance these days, easy bites like these radish toasts or anything resembling this charcuterie board will hit the spot. Both recipes have few ingredients (easy for someone to pick up at the market) and require just a few minutes to assemble – perfect for a Mother’s Day at home!
What to Do
With so many things different than normal, the options for what to do may be more limited, but that means we can be more intentional with them! Options include getting out somewhere where there aren’t any people or you’re able to go for a drive (with or without a destination).
If staying home is what’s in store, however, then start thinking about what you’d like to do now – get the household in gear for what you want. An hour in the morning or evening for a bath, some meditation, or to read your book/magazines? Time to shower, do a face mask, blow dry your hair, and do your eyebrows?
Maybe gardening in the afternoon, baking without interruption, or having some time to scroll mindlessly (or mindfully) through Pinterest sounds like your perfect way to reset!
If you want to support local, get your orders in for something fabulous like your favorite baked goods or a beautiful flower arrangement from a local grower (we have Bloom here is Sacramento – totally in love)! Sign me up for it all…
I’m still in a debate about what little time I want to have for myself, but I think it’s important to carve out the space we’re needing right now. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should happen.
What to Do for Your Moms
And then there’s the question of what to do for our moms. Since a big meal with all the kids isn’t possible, we’ll do the next best thing – video chat perhaps at coffee time or happy hour!
I’ve already picked out a gift for one of our moms (since they’re both active LM readers, I can’t share), but here are some other lovely gift ideas depending on the mom you’re gifting…
Order Mother’s Day Cards online
Since cards are ubiquitous with Mother’s Day and we shouldn’t be moseying down the card aisle, there are lots of great places to order cards online. Etsy has a load of Mother’s Day cards that you can personalize! minted. has some great options as well. And you can always add your own family photos to cards from Shutterfly.
Photography by Christina Best