The Best Ideas to Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day

Are you looking for some Ideas to celebrate Mom?

If your family is like mine, I have to make plans for Mother’s Day. Everyone is happy to execute but I have to let them know what I want to do.  

a picture of my vegetable garden. On mothers day I like to garden

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1. Working in the Garden

I personally always love to hang around in my garden so they just have to make dinner plans and prepare a special meal. 

We typically make a trip to the garden center to buy some things to plant and then we hang out in the yard all day. If you’re not a gardener, here are some other great ideas.

Visiting my local nursery is the best idea to celebrate Mom in my book

When my kids were little they made some type of Garden Marker to commemorate the day. they made handprints in cement or cool wooden sign.  There is something so special about handmade gifts.

One year my kids made me a Mother’s Day card box and every year since then, I keep all of the cards that they give me. I can’t wait until there are little handmade cards from grandbabies in my extra special box.

taking a bike ride is a great idea to celebrate Mom

2. Take a Long Walk or Bike Ride

A long walk or bike ride is a great way to soothe your mind, body, and soul. You can get yourself moving, and enjoy all the beauty of spring around you. Hear the birds chirping and see the buds of flowers growing.

Why not pack a fun lunch and stop at a local park to eat? A few different deli types of meat, tomatoes, and lettuce along with crusty French bread to build your own sandwich. Fresh Fruit and a favorite side salad. I’m thinking potato or macaroni. Find yourself a sunny little spot, throw down a light blanket, and enjoy a picnic lunch. There is nothing like the great outdoors for a fun outing that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

3. Mother’s Day Trip to the Zoo or Botanic Gardens

If you enjoy animals or want to be one with nature but not on a bike then a visit to the zoo or botanical gardens is the ticket.

Both are great places to stroll. If you have kiddo’s the Zoo is always a family favorite. In most areas of the country, we don’t often see lions, tigers, and bears. Oh My! My kids always loved the birdhouse and the aquarium. The monkey house can also be a source of great amusement. 

If you are more of a plant lover, the botanic gardens are such a good choice because you can see so many different things that we don’t all have in our backyard or the mad skills to make things look so beautiful and beautifully displayed. We are lucky enough to have two that are just under an hour’s drive away.

What I love is that you can go several times a year and it’s always changing. Different seasons bring different plants and every year things are always changing and evolving.

4. Stroll through a Farmer’s Market

While I love being in my garden, the farmer’s market would be my next choice for a great time. I love the things you can find at a farmer’s market. Also, picking up fresh produce for the evening’s dinner is just so enticing.

Depending on your farmer’s market you can get everything you need for a fabulous meal in one trip. We found a great farmers market in Dallas (Our daughter Annie lives there) and we were able to pick up the best grass-fed beef steaks, everything for a salad, and little medley potatoes to roast. We also were able to pick up some great herb plants to build a herb garden on the balcony of their apartment. It was such a fun day!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5. Find a Flea Market

Finding a flea market to stroll through on Mother’s Day would also be heaven for me. Having a corn dog and a cold beer would be such a treat for lunch. I would be sure to find a little something (or a big something) that I just had to have to commemorate the day.

We have some great flea markets in Illinois and Wisconsin. In reality any day at a flea market is Mother’s Day! One of my best finds was my pantry room door.

Flea Market

6. Work on A House Project

Mother’s Day is a great day to get everyone to cooperate on a house project that you’ve wanted to get done.

Maybe it’s painting some outdoor furniture, building a trellis, or maybe even cleaning the outdoor seating area so you can have lunch or dinner on the deck. Just helping get things off mom’s to-do list is a way to say happy Mother’s Day.

clean and organized end table in primary bedroom
My latest project – We are working on a Primary Bedroom Refresh

7. Fun Activities

Whether it’s a yoga class, a painting class, a spa day at a local spa, a shopping trip, or wine tasting, there are plenty of things that you can plan as the perfect gift.

It is of course about planning the Mother’s Day activity around something that your mom loves.

8. Make reservations

Planning a weekend getaway would be a great idea the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mom who loves to travel.

If getting away for the whole weekend isn’t in the cards, instead how about making reservations at Mom’s favorite restaurant for dinner?

9. Just Staying Home

Enjoying the day might be something as simple as curling up with a good book and then maybe taking a nap. 

What about a bubble bath? I actually haven’t done that in years. It might be the perfect way to end the day after working hard in the garden. 

Another quiet, free activity might be taking a trip down memory lane with Mom by going through old photos and starting a photo album. 

What about a game night or movie night?

10. What if your Mom is Far Away?

A heartfelt letter in a card can be so very special and touching. 

You can also plan a virtual Mother’s Day celebration. I have kids in Dallas and Los Angeles so I’m sure a Zoom call will be in order.

11. Other Mother Figures

Not everyone has a Mom to celebrate with and not everyone is a Mom. However, you might want to honor the day by spending time with some good friends, or a special lady in your life. It’s the perfect time to say “I love You” to someone who has been important in your life.

The History of Mother’s Day

Here’s a little history lesson.

A woman named Ann Marie Jarvis started the “Women’s Friendship Club” in the late 1800s. It was a group of mothers who vowed to help all soldiers, whether blue or gray, during the Civil War. She also organized a special day-long service to honor soldiers and their families from both sides, after the war.

In 1907, Ann Marie’s daughter Anna organized a way to honor her Mom’s memory, two years after her death. This was the first official Mother’s Day church service and it was held on May 10, 1908.  This service took place at St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. 

The concept caught on quickly and by early 1914 on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed it a national holiday.


No matter what your plans are for the day, start it off right and request breakfast in bed or treat yourself to brunch out! 

Eggs Benedict is my Mother’s Day choice and if the weather permits I will be in one of my favorite places all day – the garden. 

Have a fun and special Mother’s Day, even if you aren’t a Mother, Make it a special day just for you. My final bit of advice, buy yourself some fresh flowers. I always do and then I get exactly the kind that I like and it brings joy to me and my home!

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  1. Leslie Watkins says:

    Love all of these ideas! I’m loving that herb garden! Mine are in containers mostly, so I love this upgrade and deer resistant idea! Happy Sunday!

    1. I’m planting the herb garden next week. I will post about it. I’m very excited but also crossing my fingers that I can keep all the critters away 🙂

  2. Some great ideas! Enjoy your garden and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    1. Same to you my friend! I hope you have the most amazing day!