As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, you might be wondering what you should have in store for your mom this year. Mother’s Day for your senior mom doesn’t mean you need to go all-out and throw an over-the-top extravaganza. In fact, if you ask most moms, that’s exactly the opposite of what they want. What most moms want is to spend quality time with their loved ones.
Sure, Mother’s Day Brunch is a popular celebration, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that isn’t overcrowded and leaves you with the burden of long wait times. For senior parents with limited mobility, it’s even harder to get out and celebrate with brunch on Mother’s Day. Instead, opt for quality family time with these Mother’s Day celebration ideas.
If your mom is just itching to get out and do something new, try these Mother’s Day celebration ideas for spending time outside the house.
1. Visit the Botanical Gardens
The spring and summer seasons bring enjoyable weather and beautiful blooms to the garden. This Mother’s Day, spend the day with your family at the Botanical Gardens. If you live in the Corpus Christi area, you can visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, where moms receive free admittance to the center all weekend. If you live in the Austin area, take your mom over to the Zilker Botanical Garden, often known as the jewel in the heart of Austin. Explore the trails and soak in the natural beauty at either of these outdoor conservatories.
2. Enjoy lunch and a sightseeing tour from a boat
See the sights from a different view and hop on a leisurely boating adventure, complete with dinner and memories you won’t soon forget. Whether you live closer to a lake or an ocean, there are plenty of sightseeing tours your mom will love. Celebrate your mom by booking a spot on the Mother’s Day catered lunch cruise, which includes catered lunch and a sightseeing tour on Austin’s own Lady Bird Lake. Capital Cruises only holds this public holiday cruise event twice a year, so make this Mother’s Day extra special and book something unique and fun that doesn’t require spending a lot of time in the heat. For those taking their mother out to lunch or dinner in the Corpus Christi area but don’t want to experience boating on the ocean waves, you can try dining with a view instead.
3. Expand your knowledge in a baking class
If your mom has been an avid cook or baker, you’ve likely learned countless tips and tricks in the kitchen over the years. If cooking or baking is something you and your mother genuinely enjoy doing, why not spend time learning new baking skills together? Learn from professionally trained chefs or a local community member and bake or cook something superb together in this unique way to spend Mother’s Day. There are plenty of baking and cooking classes offered no matter where you live to teach you specialty skills or how to create a simple dish.
You can also take this activity and make it your own right at home. Pick a recipe (perhaps your grandmother’s), gather the ingredients, and bake something together in your kitchen. Make it a family activity: include the kids and teach them how to recreate special family recipes!
Sometimes, mom just doesn’t want to endure public crowds, wait times, or being out for too long tires her out. Limited mobility also provides a unique challenge for Mother’s Day activities, but there are plenty of Mother’s Day celebration ideas where mom can remain in the comfort of her own home.
4. Cook her favorite meal at home
Maybe your mom likes the simpler things in life, like a delicious, home-cooked meal. Gather ideas about her favorite foods and meals ahead of time and prepare a delicious lunch or dinner at home. Jazz up the table decor by incorporating candles and a fresh bouquet of her favorite flowers. Mix and match decorative place settings or dust off the China for a formal evening.
Enjoy afternoon tea the day of the planned celebration, or if your mom prefers adult beverages, host a cocktail hour before the meal.
5. Gather the family for a game
Perhaps your mother has a knack for competition, or maybe she enjoys a calm and quiet game of cards. Gather the family and host a game night on Mother’s Day. Ask her to choose her favorite game and spend the day making memories with the entire family. You could also combine a game evening with a home cooked meal and make it a fun-filled day the whole family will remember.
6. Create something memorable
One of the best ways to spend time with your mom is by reminiscing on memorable events and by learning things about your family you never knew before. Spend Mother’s Day creating a life collage, a memory box, a scrapbook or a photo album. While your mom goes through the photographs, you can transcribe stories and memories for her. It’s a perfect way to reminisce about your own childhood memories while learning more about her childhood memories, too.
Whether venturing outside or spending time at home, these Mother’s Day celebration ideas provide the perfect opportunity to create new memories with your family. With warmer weather approaching, you can use any of these activity ideas to spend more time with your senior parents. Keep in mind that warmer weather also brings the heat, fatigue, and other factors that might affect seniors. No matter what you decide, make the best of your activities with your senior mom and dad.
If you live far from your loved ones and would like to speak to someone about senior care solutions, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help explain your options that best suit your family’s needs.