Safer Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year

For many last year, Mother’s Day may have looked drastically different from years past. So, as many North Texans are getting their COVID vaccinations and Texas is loosening its guidelines, you may be more eager than ever to get the whole family together to dote on Mom this year, but the fact of the matter is we are still navigating life in a pandemic, and even those who are fully vaccinated need to choose safer activities as we continue to learn more about transmission and the vaccines. 

That’s why we wanted to explore alternative, safer ways for you to celebrate mom this year that may even become a new tradition.

 

Take Mother’s Day Flowers to the Next Level

Exhibit from Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

While Mom may enjoy a sweet bouquet of flowers, take it to the next level and spend some time outdoors taking in an entire garden of flowers at the Dallas Arboretum or Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. 

The Dallas Arboretum boasts 66 acres of gardens, walkways, fountains and sculptures, with their spring blooms still flourishing and summer blooms coming into their own. If you want to treat mom to something sweet and cool off in the A/C for a bit, the Arboretum is also hosting a Heart Shaped Macaron Class the Saturday before Mother’s Day. 

For mamas of little ones, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens currently has Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, an exciting exhibition combining nature and LEGO® in a way you’ve never seen before. Enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens as well as the beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks that caters to both the child and the child within. 

 

Have a Garden Party

Despite the name, a garden is not a prerequisite, just simply take your Mother’s Day plans outdoors, setting up a table in the yard and everyone brings a favorite dish of Mom’s or something Mom used to always make you growing up that makes you think of her. Decorate the table and the yard with beautiful planters of flowers that Mom can keep after the celebration is over and share stories from throughout the years. 

 

Decorate Mom’s Door or Front Porch

You most likely remember the drive-by or driveway celebrations we had to partake in last year, but take it a step further (literally) and decorate Mom’s front porch or door.

Utilize streamers, special signs, a wreath, and flowers and get the kiddos involved as well. Mom or grandma will love the surprise.

 

Take in Some Art

After a hiatus last year, the Allen Arts Festival is back just in time for Mother’s Day weekend! Presented by the Allen Arts Alliance, this annual festival brings together local and regional artists to showcase their works. The pandemic has severely impacted local arts groups, so the AAF is a great opportunity to reintroduce art back into the community and your life. The Festival will also feature live music, children’s art activities and much more for the entire family to enjoy. 

Can’t make it to the AAF? No worries, local city art museums, such as Dallas’s DMA, Arlington’s Museum of Art, Fort Worth’s Kimbell or Frisco’s Art Gallery, are open to the public and the flow of traffic is monitored to keep everyone as safe as possible. Keep in mind, some museums may require you to reserve your tickets in advance so they can enforce social distancing measures. 

 

Cruise Like a North Texan

Although we may not be privy to a traditional cruise like our friends down along the Gulf Coast, North Texas is still sprinkled with many lakes and waterfronts that afford us cruises of a smaller variety. 

Photo courtesy of Arispop Cruises

For instance, treat Mom to a relaxing and fun day on Lake Ray Hubbard with a Mother’s Day Cruise by Arispop Cruises. Each two-hour cruise includes complimentary Rosé for Mom, a three-course buffet and music provided by a private DJ. The adults-only cruise also comes with a comedy performance to put a smile on Mom’s face. 

On Lake Lewisville, Sam’s Dock will also have a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, including omelet and pancake stations and other breakfast items, plus unlimited nonalcoholic beverages (BYOB for adult drinks). 

 

Bring the Spa to Mom

Just like when you were a kiddo, make Mom something from the heart while also pampering her by DIYing some beauty products for a home spa basket. The family can all make their own individual items, or you can choose to get Mom involved and have her help. 

Below are some great recipes to create the perfect spa basket: 

 

Help Mom Out Around the House

If your individual family unit will still be celebrating at home this year, you can still make Mom’s day special by creating a chore-free day for her and relaxing with activities she enjoys the most, but may not have time to do that often, such as watching her favorite shows, taking a relaxing bath or enjoying some board games with the family. 

 

Remember the Little Things

No matter how you choose to celebrate this year, most moms simply wish to connect with their children and spend time with family in any way possible, even if meeting up in person still isn’t an option. A simple phone call or video chat with Mom may be just the gift she wants this year. 

How are you celebrating Mom this year? Let us know!

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