In the UK, it’s ‘Mother’s Day’ on Sunday 14th March so we have a few weeks to buy our wonderful Moms the perfect gift.
I always remember asking my Mom and Dad why there was ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ but no ‘Children’s Day’; their response was always the same, “Every day is children’s day”. I never really got that until I was older and realised that they were right. Not because I’m a Mother myself (I’m not…yet…maybe one day… but that’s for another blog post for another time!) but because, even though I’m in my 30s, my Mom and Dad are still there for me whenever I need them, whether it’s something small I need help with, some moral support, or I’ve got a hefty bill I need help with. They’re always there, no judgement and no pressure.
That’s why they deserve these special days, even though, really, every day should be ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’. And when my future children ask why there’s no ‘Children’s Day’, I’ll definitely be delivering that gem of a response.
So, here I am to help with a few ideas of what to gift your wonderful Moms on Sunday 14th March in a year when COVID is offering many restrictions…
I absolutely love afternoon tea. You cannot beat a few delightful sandwiches, cheeky scones (jam first, then the cream, right?) and cake! Lots of cake! Now, afternoon tea sets can be ordered online and delivered, you just need to Google ‘local afternoon tea delivery’ and you will find quite a few bakeries with this service.
However, you might find that this is rather pricey as they range from around £30-£200 and, even though you would love to give your Mom the world, your bank account won’t let you. So, why not make it up yourself? (That’s what I do!)
All you need is a trip to your local supermarket (wearing your mask of course) to get the supplies you need to make your own afternoon tea set.
1. Make a variety of sandwiches (cheese/ham/egg/tuna etc) and cut them into rectangles or triangles
2. Cut some scones in half and serve with strawberry or raspberry jam and some extra thick cream (not pouring or whipping cream – unless you are a master at thickening it up, I wouldn’t bother… I learnt the hard way!)
3. Buy a variety of small cakes (ASDA sell an ‘afternoon tea’ selection that has about 9 cakes) or large cakes cut into slices
4. Display the afternoon tea set in a nice box or a hamper
5. Place some chocolates (I go for Forerro Rocher but be careful of nut allergies) around the afternoon tea set
6. Deliver this gift to your Mother and let her enjoy
Zoom Sunday Dinner
One thing I’m really missing during this pandemic is having Sunday lunch with my family. It’s just not the same.
I miss my Mom’s cooking and having my Dad top up my wine glass even though he knows I have work the next day so really shouldn’t. I miss the hustle and bustle of my nieces and nephews. I miss Bruce jumping up and trying to eat something from someone’s plate. I miss a cheeky food-coma snooze on the sofa about 4:30pm. I miss it all.
Hopefully, these moments will be back with us this year. However, until then, here is what I suggest:
1. Invite your family to a scheduled dinner party on Zoom – make it fun by sending a quirky invitation that you can design for free on Canva
2. Explain the rules via a family WhatsApp group – everyone cooks their own favourite Sunday dinner and sits down at the usual time (around 3:00pm)
3. Ensure everyone has a device with Zoom on it (you don’t want any technical hitches before you sit down to enjoy your meal)
4. Make it fancy – dress up for the occasion, use your finest china and the cutlery set that you only get out at Christmas
5. Buy a nice bottle of wine or treat yourself to a coke
6. Cook and enjoy!
This is another Zoom suggestion. If you haven’t already jumped on the Zoom quiz bandwagon since the initial lockdown last year, this could be your opportunity.
Most of us hadn’t even heard of Zoom before the pandemic but, now, phrases such as “sharing my screen” and “grid view” are part of our everyday dialogue.
We have had many a quiz via Zoom now and, as the weeks went on, we were becoming more and more creative. However, our most recent quiz was our most creative yet because we had two picture rounds that were shared via PowerPoint (and sharing our screen on Zoom). In the Geography round, we cropped and ‘insta-alpha’ed’ a picture of Lee’s Mom, then copied and pasted the pic so that she was in different places around the world. The second picture round was the Movie Round and we used the ‘Reface’ App to put family members’ faces on characters from movies. It took a little bit of work to set up beforehand but it went down an absolute storm.
Everyone has a little bit of creativity in them and no matter how rubbish you might actually be at making something, no one is going to love it more than your Mom. Think back to your younger days when your stick-men pics were displayed on the fridge or your salt-dough ornament was hung up on the Christmas tree. My Mom recently found a clay koala bear that I made when I was in high school and it now takes pride of place on her dressing table.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to have a go at accessing your inner Mary Berry or Van Gogh.
Here are some things you could make:
1. Something rustic – an old jam jar with lace around it and embellished with buttons; pop a few daffodils in there and you’ve got a handmade vase
2. Crochet – purchase a beginner’s set and watch a few YouTube tutorials. I’ve heard it’s a very therapeutic hobby too
3. Paint/Draw – have a go at painting your Mom’s favourite destination. If it turns out completely haphazard, just state that it’s abstract
4. Scrapbook – all you need are some old pictures, patterned card/paper and a few embellishments, such as buttons or silk flowers, and you’re good to go
5. Cake – if you’re not confident with baking, just follow a simple recipe for making a Victoria sponge or some fairy cakes. You could always buy some ready-made frosting or sugared flowers to spruce it up a little bit
6. Digital photo album – if you prefer to use technology to create things, how about uploading family photos to a PowerPoint and sharing it with your Mom; you can make it as animated as you like
I really hope that these ideas have helped with planning Mother’s Day in 2021. If you have any more wonderful ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below. I’d love to know about how you treasure your Queen.
And… For anyone wondering, here’s my koala bear which is clearly a work of art!!