Mother’s Day is slowly approaching, or not so slowly (depending on the day). It looks like we might still be stuck indoor during Mother’s Day this year. However, don’t let social distancing keep you from celebrating your special Mamas this year. I know it can be overwhelming and you can feel like you are out of options when most restaurants and stores are closed. The truth is there are still many ways you can tell your mom “thank you”. Here are some ideas on what to do when you are stuck at home on Mother’s Day.
What To Do When You Are Stuck At Home On Mother’s Day
For Moms and Children in the Same House
The following are some ideas if you are in the same house as your Mama. Consider yourself lucky if you are in the same home. I know that I am really going to miss not getting to see my Mom this Mother’s Day. However, keep reading and I will have some ideas for Mamas and kids that aren’t going to be in the same house this year.
Order Take Out
As a mom, I can tell you that I am ALWAYS a fan of not having to cook or worry about dinner. This year you can help support your local small businesses and put a huge smile on your mom’s face when you order delivery from a local restaurant. Find out if her favorite place to eat is offering delivery, if it isn’t it might still offer curbside pick up which is another great option.
Set the dinner table up with candles and have a wonderful meal with your mom. It is a great way to say “thank you.”
Make A Video
I would love to get a video from my husband and kids for Mother’s Day. It is something that I can always keep and I know it will put a smile on my face. It only takes a few minutes. You can make a gratitude video and let your mom know what you appreciate about her. Each child can tell about their favorite memory.
Homemade gifts are always some of my favorites because it shows that they took the time to make something special and unique just for me. Plus, this will give your kiddos something to do while stuck at home.
Create a scavenger hunt to lead your mom to her gift or gifts. This sounds like such a fun idea. I loved scavenger hunts when I was a kid. My grandparents loved putting together scavenger hunts for me on my birthday or special holidays like Easter.
My boys love baking with me. I think it would be a blast for them to pick a recipe or two and we hang out in the kitchen for the day.
Enjoy some sunshine and create a backyard picnic with mom’s favorite foods. My husband loves cooking out on the grill and he makes some amazing steaks! Plus this has the added bonus of no clean up for moms!
Breakfast In Bed
I’m a huge fan of breakfast in bed! In fact, I would be willing to bet most moms are! Cook her favorite breakfast or have breakfast delivered and surprise her in bed with some coffee!
Plan an in-home spa day for mom! Face masks, foot rubs, comfy robes…that all sounds amazing to me!
Wine and Cheese Tasting
This is can actually be a lot easier than it sounds, and it won’t break the bank either. I know that our local grocery stores, like HEB or Wal-Mart, have a fair amount of cheese choices. Here are some good resources for building a cheese platter, wines that won’t break the bank, and how to pair wine and cheese:
- Cheese Platter For Two
- How To Build A Cheese Plate For Two
- An Illustrated Guide To Pairing Wine And Cheese
- The Perfect Guide To Wine And Cheese Pairings On A Budget
- 20 Great Wines That Won’t Break The Bank
- How To Pick A Cheap Wine That Actually Tastes Good At The Grocery Store
Project To-Do List
I’m sure that I am not the only mom out there that has a long project to-do list that seems to always get pushed to the side with everyday tasks. This would be a perfect time to help mom complete a task from her projects list.
For Moms and Children in Different Homes
Here is a great list of ideas for moms and children that are in different homes and aren’t going to be able to “see” each other this year.
Send a Video
Record a video listing the many reasons you appreciate your mom or be silly and sing her favorite song! If you have kids, remember that grandmas miss those kiddos so be sure to include them in the video!
Window Visits and/or Drive-Bys
If you are lucky enough to live close by your mom, then you can pack up and do a window visit. This way you can still see your mom and put a smile on her face while following social distancing recommendations. If you have siblings, you could up your game and create a Mother’s Day Drive-By Parade. Get all your siblings and their kids together and make signs for Grandma (mom). Then plan a time you all want to drive by together. Honk and make lots of noise. I know that she will love it!
Virtual Cooking Class
Do you and your mom love to cook? If so, you could take a virtual cooking class together. Or you could take this time to have her teach you a family recipe if you have something like Zoom or an Amazon Alexa Echo (has a screen.)
My mom and I LOVE to read. This is one of my favorite ideas because you can involve other moms and amazing women in this activity. You can all get together virtually and discuss the book. I think this is such a fun idea and has the added bonus of helping you feel less disconnected from family and friends during this time.
Watch a Movie Together
This idea is something that I think my Mom and I would love. You could decide on a time and day then pick out a movie or TV show that you want to watch together. Then either over the phone, video chat, or Amazon Alexa (to name a few) you can watch and interact with each other during the viewing. Pop some popcorn or open a bottle of wine whatever makes you and your mom smile.
Family Video Chat
Arrange a time that your mom and your family can sit and “eat” together. You can use Skype, Zoom, or your Alexa.
Send her a Gift
You could go “old-school” and use snail mail! Haha! I know sending hand-written mail seems to be less and less popular with all the electronic options now. However, there is just something that is so special about a handwritten letter or card. Get your creative juices flowing and enlist the help of your kiddos to make cards that will surely put a smile on her face.
You could also have your mom’s favorite food delivered to her home or send her flowers.
Keep in mind that Mother’s Day might look different this year. However, no matter what is going on in the world it doesn’t take away from the love you have for your Mamas. As a mom, I can tell you that it’s not what you “get” on Mother’s Day. It really is just nice to hear, “I love you, Mom. Thank you.” Trust me when I say, that is way more than enough.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31