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How to make this Mother’s Day exciting for the whole family

Every year, Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world to acknowledge the value of mother figures in our lives. The person you are celebrating might be a mother, a grandmother, an aunt or any other type of person who played a mothering role in your life.

Traditional ways to acknowledge these hero figures on the day may include a special Mother’s Day card, a gift of chocolate or flowers or even breakfast in bed. While these are great gifts, they shy away from making the day a real celebration for the entire family to bond and enjoy each other’s company.

This Mother’s Day, consider making the event exciting for the whole family with these celebration ideas.

Through celebration of food 

It is often said that the way to one’s heart is through their stomach, meaning that food is a beautiful way to connect with loved ones. For a cute celebration that involves the whole family, Mother’s Day breakfast can be prepared by the children. Simple recipes for kids to prepare include soft boiled eggs and toasted brioche ‘soldiers’ or slices of toasted bread cut into strips which will then be dipped into the eggs.

Flapjacks, granola with yoghurt and lunch recipes such as pizza and burgers are also dishes for the whole family to easily prepare.

For a more hassle-free day, with less washing up, consider taking the family out for the day with a booking at a Mother’s Day celebration somewhere.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town for example, is running a Mother’s Day lunch at R595 per person. The Mexican inspired menu includes dishes like smoked chicken casserole, various fresh salads, salted caramel dipped churros, cactus mousse cups and spiced tiramisu among other delicious dishes.

Using technology

Families who live apart or in different parts of the world might find it difficult to find meaningful ways to celebrate the day in a way that the entire family can enjoy. To overcome this, consider using a tool that younger generations know all too well, technology and social media.

Organise with someone who sees mom regularly and invite them along to lunch. Arrange for them to use a tablet (the Nokia T20 tablet is great thanks to its big 10.4” screen & stereo speakers) along, so mom can see you when you dial in.

Then tell mom  your liaison will be fetching her for a Mother’s Day surprise. Get other members of the family, who are also not nearby, involved so they can all dial in at the same time.

Then have everyone ready for when mom dials in – and wish her a boisterous happy Mother’s Day together! (Tell your liaison to have tissues ready, as this moment is sure to be a tear-jerker) After that, you can enjoy a talkative lunch together, from wherever you are.

Through touch and feel 

A spa treatment can be a wonderful way to show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day. Spa treatments are known for their relaxing and rejuvenating effects, which can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost overall wellbeing. Not only can your mom benefit from these therapeutic effects, but a joint spa treatment can also provide a unique opportunity for bonding and quality time together.

Imagine the two of you enjoying a calming massage in the heart of Kruger National Park, with nothing to do but relax and enjoy each other’s company. Mother’s Day packages such as Dee’s African Spa, based at Kruger Gate Hotel – an upmarket lodge-style hotel that offers uninterrupted views into the Kruger National Park – offering exclusive massage packages with sometimes discounted deals for the special occasion. The Just Me and My Mamma massage package includes a back, neck and shoulder hot stone massage as well as a pedicure for just R1,600.00. The sharing of healing experiences with your mother figure also means that together you create lasting memories that strengthen your relationship in a meaningful way. Simply email  [email protected] to make your booking.

Explorations of meaning

It is not every day that we get to express how much our loved ones mean to us. Whether you’re spending the day at home relaxing, or out and about with the whole family, make sure to let those you care about know how much they mean to you. Gifts and gestures of love do not need to be lavish or extravagant, but are all the more memorable when they include the whole family, laughing and enjoying one another to mark the special day.