Tuesday, May 8, 2012

4 Things - Mother's Day

1. Flowers - I know, I know, you thought of that one!  But, why not make your floral arrangement extra special this year and bring a mint julep cup (or a nice vase) to your florist and have them arrange your mother's favorite flowers inside?  (My mother once told me that the nicest hostess gift she ever received was a floral arrangement in a beautiful, small vase that the giver clearly brought to the florist.)  She'll be able to keep the mint julep cup (or vase) long after the flowers wilt.  Some uses for the cup: more arrangements, a pen or toothbrush holder, mint juleps!  I love Posy Flowers on Manhattan's Upper East Side - they did the arrangement above.  If you can't visit the local florist, there is always 1-800 Flowers and ProFlowers.  Below are two nice arrangements from 1-800 Flowers:
Garden of Grandeur
Modern Embrace

2. Limoge Box - My mother collects limoge boxes (also called enamel boxes), so this is always a good gift for her.  You can find them at many gift and antique stores.  Halycon Days is a popular company for limoge boxes.  The one above is from Scully & Scully.

3. Spa Day - Many spas, such as the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, offer wonderful Mother's Day spa packages.  If at all possible, go get pampered with her!  After all, spending time together is the most important thing.  If you're on a tight budget, do something a bit more simple.  If your mother is anything like mine, she'd rather get a manicure-pedicure together at our local nail place than have me send her to an upscale spa by herself.  (See you soon for mani-pedis, mom!)  Also, if you're going this route, why not send a similarly-themed Mother's Day card?
Papyrus Card

4. Brunch - My mother and I love the brunch at the Mark Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side (picture here).  Whether its breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, or dinner, take your mom out and have a good time!

What are you giving for Mother's Day?  Any of the above?  Chocolate?  A silk scarf?  A framed picture?

Wonderful Mother
By Pat O'Reilly

God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.

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