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Mothers Day Ideas

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May 9, 2013 by PO.P Press

By Donna Erickson, Donna’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. With busy spring schedules filling family calendars, it’s not too early to begin preparations to pamper Mom.

Why not start her day by serving her a memorable breakfast in bed?

Find a large tray to hold her breakfast and other thoughtful items. If you don’t have a tray, a large and sturdy rimmed cookie sheet will work. Think of the tray as an empty canvas your kids can fill with tasty food, special mementos and Mom’s favorite things.

Like tablescaping a dining-room table with pretty objects and floral bouquets for a fancy meal, start collecting special objects now to decorate the tray. Anything and everything that’s small and special to Mom can be considered.

Here are some simple ideas to help you prepare for a bright start to her day:

  • A mini bouquet of spring blooms arranged in her favorite teacup will look fresh and springlike. Just what she needs to “stop and smell the flowers.” Or tuck a small herb plant in a painted flowerpot for a gift that keeps on giving.
  • A variety of special nature finds from walks in the neighborhood and hikes in the woods or along the seashore add an artistic flare. If your child has a “nature nook” in her bedroom displaying her collections, she can “loan” from her museum to decorate the tray. Twist a piece of soft birch bark to create a napkin ring. Set a pinecone, feathers and a small stack of flat stones here and there. Weave a mini paper banner with “Mom” printed or stamped in the center onto a stick or pussy-willow branch. Anchor it in a jar of sand or pebbles.
  • For eats, pick up a fresh, flaky croissant or pastry from her favorite bakery. Spoon marmalade or jam into a tiny dish and set it to the side. Or use a real clam seashell collected at the beach and carefully cleaned as an eye-catching container.
  • Serve Mom’s favorite juice in one of the kids’ baby cups, shined and polished.

On Mother’s Day morning, present the tray and play Mom’s favorite CD or make her a mix with a personalized play list typed on a colorful label. “Frame” a photo of the family by fitting the print inside the clear plastic case.

Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit her website  and link to the Donna’s Day Facebook page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”


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