Over the years, my husband has developed a…formula, if you will, for celebrating Mother’s Day that knocks my socks off. It’s meaningful, affordable, and starts the day off with the rosiest of glows so that it really doesn’t matter what else we do. We tend to do this instead of traditional gifts, per se. (If we did gifts, then hypothetically I’d want this. In copper. Mike.)
But our usual Mother’s Day morning is simple, really. Simple and genius, and based on breakfast in bed. The crucial components are:
- Coffee (duh)
- Something special to eat – This could be chocolate croissants fresh from the oven (Trader Joes’ makes some yummy ones, but my favorites are from Williams-Sonoma), fancy little baked goods from the French bakery, a box of chocolates, a gorgeous quiche — the goal is to treat Mama to something that’s out of the ordinary.
- Art (done by the kids, obviously)
- Flowers (or a plant)
- Something FANCY – This is the big one. A pretty tray, a cool new mug, special cloth napkins…these go a long way to making an epic Mother’s Day morning. One year they even surprised me with a new picnic basket, filled with fresh croissants, strawberries, and a pretty new tablecloth that we promptly spread out on the bed. Or heck — even a group of balloons would work! The point is this: BRING THE PARTY.
NOTE: This article was originally published in 2017…and since then, we’ve been faithfully sticking with this formula — it always works. Here’s our 2023 update.
Breakfast In Bed: A Pretty Darn Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
Mike now has Mother’s Day down-pat, but notice that my oldest is NINE. (*Now…FOURTEEN.) There’s nothing wrong with giving a little…nudge in the right direction. I’m a firm believer in crystal-clear communication.
1. Start With The Basics…
Beach blankets (as tablecloths), picnic baskets, trays — find something to delineate the special Mother’s Day ZONE.
Blankets, Throws or Towels (To Define The ZONE)
Pretty Trays To Transport The Goodies…
…Or Maybe A Practical Picnic Basket Or Portable Table
2. Make Breakfast In Bed A Little Fancy…
A special coffee mug (or a cool travel one if you’re worried about spills), pretty napkins, cute vases for flowers or succulents, a fun frame for your kiddo’s art, and a gorgeous plate (or cutting board) to hold the goodies — these are all easy ways to add a little pizazz.
First Things First: The Coffee (Or Tea)
…Use a Special Mug
…AND A Pretty Napkin
Then Add Something Green
Lastly, Extra Credit…
3. Get Yourself Prepped With Cute Pajamas
We’ve been working hard all year. Nothing wrong with splurging on a cozy little something before the big day. My top picks are virtually any of these gorgeous PJs from local designer, Printfresh (you can see them on us here, and shop our TME collab with them here). They’re gorgeous and a such a joy to wear.
NOTE: Anthro does have some Printfresh in stock (see below), but there’s much more availability on the Printfresh website.
The Prettiest Printed Pajama Sets
Solids & Stripes
Just for fun, here’s my personal Mother’s Day wish list….
High-five, Mamas. Here’s to us.
Photo credits: Redfield Photography