Does your family get stressed out trying to plan the perfect Mother’s Day celebration for you?
If your family is anything like mine, then you are busy. Work, school, activities, chores, making meals, and everything else we are involved in means that our family time is not always as extensive as I would like it to be.
That’s why every year I tell my own family that for Mother’s Day, I just want to spend the day together as a family. I look forward every year to having nothing else pressing on us and just being able to spend the day together doing things that we enjoy.
I have heard so many women say things like, “I tell my family not to even worry about doing anything on Mother’s Day. It’s no big deal.”
I want to encourage you that if your family wants to give you a special day, let them! Special days like this are wonderful ways to create family memories that will last a lifetime and provide stories that your kids will tell their kids. Allowing (or let’s be honest, even helping), your husband and kids to plan a family celebration that honors you as the Mom is something you will never regret and that will draw your entire family closer together.
If you’ve been the Mom saying, “Oh, it’s fine. We don’t need to do anything special”, I want to challenge you to accept the honor of being the Mom and be brave enough to give your family some ideas of what would make Mother’s Day special for you.
Tips for Making Mother’s Day Special
- Keep it simple. Unless you need dinner at a fancy restaurant or shopping at a high-end store to feel special, expect, and be happy with, a simple day.
- Speak up about what you like. Don’t expect your family to read your mind or automatically know what you want. Be brave and tell them what would make the day special for you.
- Don’t take over. I know, the kids and hubby make a mess in the kitchen and they don’t know where everything goes. But just for today, let them do their thing. You can help by telling them where the dishes go, but try not to jump in and take over.
- Relax. This goes along with the last tip. Once you have shared what you would like and your family has a plan for the day, try to sit back and relax and let the day play out.
7 Ideas for Your Mother’s Day Celebration
I have several things I enjoy doing on Mother’s Day and my family is pretty good about remembering them so that we can enjoy a fun day together and even create some new family traditions along the way. Here are a few ideas for you is you are struggling to come up with some on your own-
- Go on a picnic. Think picnics are old-fashioned or just for people who live out in the country? Think again! We love to pack our favorite finger foods, or even some yummy BBQ, and head out for the day. Grab a blanket, a frisbee or kite, and your favorite food, and hit up your local park or even find a new spot to create a new tradition.
- Go to the movies. If your family is a bunch of theater lovers, why not find a new movie you’ve been wanting to see and go in the middle of the day? Or find an old movie that is a tradition for your family and watch it at home. Don’t forget the popcorn with lots of butter!
- Play games. When our kids were younger, we tried to shoot for a weekly game night but now that they are older and we are all busier, our game nights are more hit and miss. Mother’s Day is a great time to get in some game time. Whether you like board games or simple card games like Uno or speed, playing games together creates wonderful memories for you and your family.
- Visit family. If you are fortunate enough to have extended family living nearby, take the time on Mother’s Day to plan a visit to them. We don’t have any extended family nearby so we can’t take advantage of this one but if we did, I sure would!
- Go to the zoo. Do you live near a zoo? Do you visit it less now than when your kids were little? If so, now is the time to go see what’s new there. A relaxing stroll around the zoo with a stop to grab some ice cream along the way is a lovely way to spend a day together.
- Do some shopping. I live in Texas and one of the best things about Texas is shopping at Round Top. I absolutely love driving through the countryside down those 2 lane roads, just waiting to be surrounded by white tents popping up out of the farming fields. Those tents are filled with everything from 18th-century European antiques to brand new home decor by famous designers. Round Top has this show twice a year and my whole family enjoys going. They showcase furniture, home and holiday decor, and some amazing food!
- Plant a flower garden. Gardening isn’t something I really enjoy all that much, but when my family takes a couple hours to plant beautiful flowers that will brighten up our yard, I do love that. The other thing I love is that we can all enjoy the results for many months to come. Every time I see those lovely flowers in our yard I am reminded of our special Mother’s Day celebration and the time we spent together.
I hope these ideas have given you something to think about as Mother’s Day approaches. Perhaps you could send the link to this post to your husband or your older kids so that they have someplace to begin as they try to plan out a Mother’s Day celebration that your whole family can enjoy!
Be sure to come back and let me know if you try any of these ideas and how it went. I always love hearing from you!