Plan out the perfect Mother’s Day morning
Whether your Mom is the best grandmother ever to your young kids, or you’re a dad who knows his small children or teens need a bit of inspiration this Mother’s Day, we know everyone needs a plan to make Mom’s day memorable.
Call it, Operation Spoil Mom. Take some tips to make her morning special:
Serving her in style:
This Mother’s Day gift is an essential element in the Spoil Mom plan. If there’s not one in the house, you’ll need a pretty tray. If she already has one, she’ll treasure another. This is key to starting Mom’s day off well. We love this Botanic Garden Melamine Handled Tray from Macy’s.
Start with silence:
This is key for all moms who still have kids under the roof: Remember the gift of a solid night’s sleep is a true blessing. So dads, that might mean a well-timed “shush” if you have obedient children (and congrats on being in that .01 percent of parents). If not, a trip to the playground or a leisurely stroll around the block might be in order to let Mom catch those final zzz’s.
Floral treasure hunt:
Roses cost a fortune this time of year. In fact, most flowers are marked up. Never fear. Tell the kids to put their imaginations to use. What would make a creative “vase” for some of the flowers out in your own neck of the woods? Perhaps a teacup or a tiny glass? There’s not much a small child likes more than picking a flower for Mom, and at heart, none of us grow out of it. Perhaps a few blooming branches from a forsythia bush can be tucked into a canning jar, or tiny violets could be nestled into a teacup. Even the lowly dandelion looks fine tucked in a tiny glass. We suggest tucking the blooms on that tray with the breakfast goodies.
Breakfast in bed:
The trick is to find kid-friendly recipes. If younger kids want to make mom a treat with minimal supervision, make a toast to Mother’s Day. Or make toast on the day. Leave the eggs to dad, and let the kids handle the rest. All it takes is a heart-shaped cookie cutter to add a special meaning to that tray full of food. Simply use the cookie cutter to cut a heart shape out on the toast, add butter and top with cherry, raspberry or strawberry jam. And make it the promise for more kitchen fun: buy her a complete set of cookie cutters in unique shapes, so you can create the real thing – cookies – later on and throughout the year.
Add a treasure:
Finally, on that magic tray, there should be one small gift (because good things come in small packages) that she can unwrap. This might be a craft the kids made, a tiny bottle of perfume, or a pair of earrings in her favorite color. As long as it’s from the heart, you’ll have made Mom’s day.