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Mother’s Day 2021: Food, gift and activity ideas around Seattle

Ideas for meals, fun activities and ways to show your affection.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9, 2021.

As we are still living in a global pandemic, creative thinking is required. We’re getting good at that!

What do moms really want? Some moms aren’t great at telling us. But in many cases, they don’t want a lot: Maybe a chance to sleep in, a heartfelt show of appreciation, something handmade. (Lavendar sachet, anyone? Here’s a how-to.)

A couple of general tips: If you’re going somewhere, plan ahead. If you’re cooking, read the recipe and know your chefs’ abilities. Whatever you do, put your heart into it!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day 2021: What to do

An outing is always fun. Go to the zoo or aquarium — or maybe a museum or some other attraction you haven’t enjoyed in a while. Check our updating list of what’s open these days, and be sure to reserve timed tickets in advance. And we probably don’t even need to say it, but: masks. Wear masks.

Or try something different and go to the ballet! (And by “go,” we mean stream the performance at home.) Pacific Northwest Ballet is presenting “Coppelia,” described as “the happiest ballet on earth.” It is a lighthearted, family-friendly comedy about vivacious young Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz, and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius. It can be streamed from May 6-10, with packages available for $29 or $39. In addition, for Mother’s Day (but on Saturday), guests from PNB will join experts from TEALEAVES & Fran’s Chocolates along for a virtual tasting of hand-crafted teas and chocolates, paired with some enchanting storytelling. Goodies for the tasting, plus more to enjoy during the show, will be delivered in advance, and the price includes streaming of “Coppelia.” Details here.

Mother’s Day 2021: What to eat

One popular option is the Mother’s Day brunch. But with restaurants still at limited capacity, and some families still avoiding them, we’re not going to emphasize that option this year. If you’re going to take Mom out, call ahead. Like right now!

An interesting alternative: Family Meals, a new food delivery service started by two high-end Seattle chefs, will sell you a Mother’s Day meal that you can reheat when ready. They’re a subscription service, but for this event, you don’t have to join. The Mother’s Day menu is corned beef hash with poached eggs, plus coffee cake and a granola and yogurt parfait.

Cafe Flora is also offering a heat-at-home brunch box, plus mimosa or Bloody Mary kits and special kids brunch boxes. Order online and pick up Saturday.

Of course, what’s adorable (right?) is when the kids do the cooking. A couple years back, we talked to some kids with some ambitious plans for Mom. Not everyone is at their level. I’m not above dropping a blatant hint like: “Here’s how to operate the coffeemaker,” or “Here’s how I place my order at the coffee drive-thru.”

Or in honor of spring, why not a picnic? We just got some great new picnic ideas from a chef and cookbook author.  And here are a handful of our favorite places to go.

Mother’s Day 2021: Gift ideas

(Note: For your information/inspiration, a roundup of ideas that have landed in our inboxes. This does not imply endorsement or recommendation: just things to think about!)

Seattle’s Theo Chocolate, which is operating at limited capacity at its flagship Fremont location, will have a popup shop in South Lake Union beginning April 29, at Periodic, a small-business incubator, at 2252 Seventh Ave.

It has come to our attention that Gene Juarez Salons & Spas is offering gift cards at a discount. Just sayin’.

Seattle-based Tokki wants everyone to know about its gift sets for Mother’s Day (or anytime) including luxury vegan coconut soy wax candles, specialty foods and teas, spa pampering goods and … wait for it … cotton face masks!

As an Asian and female-owned business, Tokki makes it its mission to feature gifts from BIPOC and female-owned businesses and also has a distinctly “green” vibe beginning with its signature reusable gift packaging. Tokki donates a portion of sales to Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts and its mission to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

Combine an excursion and a gift purchase with a trip to Pike Place Market. With any luck, we’ll get some sun and you can enjoy the city and the views. You can also shop Market vendors (and support the Market!) through the Pike Place Market Foundation’s online Charitable Marketplace. Don’t forget flowers!

And speaking of flowers, downtown Issaquah has the sweetest, most beautiful way to honor a mom (or anyone!). From spring into fall, along Front Street in downtown Issaquah the light poles are adorned with flower baskets. For a donation beginning at $50, people can hang a basket in a loved one’s honor. Hurry! This opportunity ends May 1.

This story was originally published on April 26, 2021. 

About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.