As Mother’s Day approaches it feels like every site, shop and magazine is trying to convince us that cards and flowers are they way to show your mum you love her. And while we would never say no to a bunch of daffodils, we can’t help but think that spending quality time with your mum, or indeed your own children is the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day, so have rounded up just a few activities for you to enjoy with or as a mummy.
Interiors Workshop in the Heart of the Cotswolds.
If your mum is super house proud or an interiors fan then a mother and daughter (or son) interior styling workshop would make the perfect gift. On 22 April, designer Lauren Gilberthorpe will be hosting her third LGI Interior Design Workshop, covering everything from creating a mood board to choosing the perfect paint colour. The workshop is held at the stunning Barn at Upcote, which Lauren describes as being ‘perfect for the day – the light in the space is beautiful and spot on for looking at paint colours and fabrics.’ Lauren will also working with Siobhan Wolton, a local Cotswold foodie and blogger, who creates gorgeous locally sourced spread for guests.
Tea for Two with your own personal biscuits
Is there anything nicer than enjoying a cuppa with your mum? We love nothing more than a chat with our mum over a gallon of tea and biscuits. Which is why the Mothers’ Day Afternoon tea at Biscuiteers in Notting Hill appeals so much. Purveyors of the finest novelty biccies, Biscuiteers is an OE favourite for parties and baby showers, so we know that this special afternoon tea will be just as lovely. And if you and your mum are the crafty type, you can even pop along a little earlier to ice your own sweet treats.
Explore the portrayal of Motherhood through the ages
Between celeb mum bloggers, ‘mat leave’ start-ups and parent led social awareness campaigns, motherhood is big business these days. But the image of the mum was not always this way. Why not spend mother’s day exploring how brands have portayed all things mum over the years listening to a series of talks at The Museum of Brands. From the stereotyes that our grandmothers generations would have been familiar with, to how mums are covered in the media today. A great way to mark the special role every mother plays. And of course, there is tea and cakes, one ‘mummy cliche’ we CAN live with.
Create beautiful bouquets together
Instead of giving your mum a bunch of flowers, why not treat her to a floristry course? This would be the perfect gift for a mum who loves flowers and would enjoy learning more about how to choose, display and care for her favourite blooms. We think the day course run by the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers sounds fantastic.
It starts off with a trip to the New Covent Garden wholesale Flower Market to select your stems before returning to the Academy to enjoy an all-day creative session on how to arrange your new flowers into beautiful hand-tied bouquets. What a wonderful day out to remember for ever.
Chocolates with a difference
All mums love a box chocolates but how about one full of chocolates you made yourselves?
My Chocolate run a variety of day courses where you can learn how to create everything from truffles and creams to cutting slabs of chocolate and how to decorate them. Their Master Chocolatiers will guide you through the fascinating history of chocolate, with plenty of exotic tastings and you’ll each leave with a goodie bag filled with 25 chocolates you made together. Way more fun than box of Milk Tray!
Enjoy the simplest of pleasures with your little ones.
Of course, while there are a host of fun, educational and inspiring events to mark Mothers’ Day we believe that the best way to spend mothers day is with your mum, and your children. If you are lucky enough to be a mummy, and have a mother to celebrate with, then in truth you need nothing more. Our mother’s day with hopefully feature breakfast in bed (thanks Daddy), some lovingly homemade cards and a long walk in the countryside with the people who mean the most to us.
What ever your plans… enjoy this special day and some extra big cuddles from your mums and children.