How to Make Mother’s Day Memorable
Gosh, whoever thought we would be celebrating Mother’s Day during a pandemic? I entered May feeling disappointed for so many people, as this month is a month of celebrations across America. We have thousands of children missing their kindergarten, middle school, high school, college, and graduate school graduations, and of course, virtual proms are fun but not the same. I feel sad for my granddaughters who are missing those last few weeks before summer with their teachers and friends. But most of all, I feel for the Moms who are isolated from their family and loved ones this year and working overtime on homeschooling, working from home, looking for new work if they’ve lost their jobs, and doing their best to keep everyone healthy, fed and sane.
This Mother’s Day is going to be different for us here, too. It’s Becca’s first Mother’s Day and I would have loved to share the day with her, and while our governor here in Georgia has relaxed some of our COVID-19 restrictions, we’re still going to play it safe and keep our interactions to a minimum. Throughout this pandemic, I have been helping my parents get through, and so this year I’m going to be sharing Mother’s Day with my amazing 87-year-old Mom. While Mollie and Jason, Cory and Becca, and the grandkids will be joining in via Zoom so we can all celebrate together.
Depending on where you live, and what your movement restrictions might be, chances are you’re not going to be able to do some of the traditional Mother’s Day activities. For us, we’re going to miss our family brunch out at our favorite restaurant. Fortunately, I have a couple of great ideas to truly make this Mother’s Day memorable and special.
- Brunch at home – I love Mother’s Day brunch, especially if I’m not the one doing the cooking y’all! This year, I’m going to put on my apron and make my Mom our family-favorite egg souffle. I’m also going to supplement the rest of the brunch with delicious muffins and goodies from our local bakery. It’s so important to support local businesses these days; I’m happy to do my part to help them stay in business while enjoying some delicious Southern cooking! Visit Southern Living for some of the best, and easiest, brunch recipes that your partner and kids can whip up for you.
- Spa Baskets – While I won’t be able to celebrate with Becca or Mollie this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t spoil them with a thoughtful gift. I’m putting together a simple at-home spa basket with a devotional book, soy candles, bath salts, and some nail supplies for a quick mani/pedi at home. I love this De-stress body oil from Indie Lee and this Fresh Linen soy candle from LuLu candles.
- Family Films – When was the last time you hosted a film night and screened your home movies? I’m talking about breaking out the old projector to watch those family movies you haven’t seen in years. My parents are going to love looking back at old family pictures and telling stories. No matter what age, or who’s around to share the day with you, these home movies will take you for a special walk down memory lane.
- Give Back with Flowers – I read online the other day how one woman wanted to show some love and appreciation to residents of an assisted living facility by sending them flowers. Mother’s Day for residents on lockdown will be hard this year, and I love this idea! When sending the Mom in your life a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers, consider also sending some flowers to residents of your local assisted living facility. It’s such a special way to give back while spreading joy to others.
Looking for other gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year? You can pre-order my new book, Say Yes to What’s Next, on Amazon today! It’s a great beach read that you and your Mom will love. Share with us some of your Mother’s Day gift ideas or celebration plans in the comments.
Until next time,