Mother’s Day ideas that’ll make you feel closer

Mother’s Day is almost here, and now is the time to figure out what you will do. If she lives far away, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a mother-child spa day, and even a laid-back day of shopping may be off the table. There are still a few special things you can do to feel closer than ever. Here are some of our favorite virtual Mother’s Day ideas.

Virtual Mother’s day ideas

Whether it’s Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or Houseparty, the “place” for your virtual Mother’s Day party is up to you. Whichever provider you pick. you can customize your background with a theme that makes your call feel like more of a celebration.


Don’t forget to include the date, time and event link in your virtual Mother’s Day invitation. Tip: If your Mom isn’t yet familiar with Zoom, do a “trial run” before your party to get her comfortable using the platform and answer any questions she may have. 

A virtual tea party with the grandkids

In your virtual invitations, ask everyone to have their favorite pot of tea, finger sandwiches or bite-sized desserts ready when the party starts  — and to use the beautiful china they’ve been saving for a fancy occasion. However, even though the plates are fancy, your attire doesn’t necessarily have to be. Your dress code can be anything from PJs to the spring dress you’ve been waiting all year to wear. 

Tea Garden by Happy Menocal for Paperless Post


As host, you’ll set the mood with a table decorated with your favorite tea set, and perhaps schedule a few fun games to play. A classic game like bingo translates to virtual parties easily (search online for bingo card generators to make it even simpler), or get creative by asking guests to make a stylish tea party hat out of whatever they can find in their home right now.

Host a virtual Mother’s Day brunch

Far-flung family can join in on the fun with an impromptu reunion over a virtual Mother’s Day brunch. Invite guests to join you on Zoom after they’ve prepped their favorite brunch dish. Make it a “BYOB” virtual invitation by asking guests to make their favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink (or pour a glass of champagne), then share the recipe for what they’re sipping. 

Moor Heather” by Anthropologie for Paperless Post


Gather her people for a Zoom toast

Let’s toast to Mom! This virtual Mother’s Day idea is simple yet so memorable: invite your mom’s dearest friends and family and have them prepare a simple Zoom toast for Mom. The toast doesn’t have to be formal or involved — it could just be their favorite memory with her. Of course, drinks are a must (so ask guests to have a flute of their favorite sip ready to raise). Paperless Post also has Zoom backgrounds that match your invitation, or you can ask our Design Services team to create a custom option.

Virtual Mother’s day art party

If mom was a product of the 70’s, turn on the Abba, Cher, and Beatles and get to painting. Paint abstract floral bouquets with all the colors you wish. Grab crayons, paints, and heck, even mom’s lipstick. Thank the Mother Earth for flowers and thank mom for being a superhero.

Send an online Mother’s Day card

No matter what your plans for Mother’s Day turn out to be this year, sending her a card is a must. Virtual Mother’s Day cards from Paperless Post will save you an unnecessary trip to the store, and will also save you a bit of anxiety from wondering when it’ll arrive. Virtual mother's day cards

Heart Cord and Grandma in Bloom by Paperless Post


Time your virtual card to arrive the day before or the morning of Mother’s Day, then schedule time for a call. Even though you can’t be there for a hug, your mom will definitely feel the love. If you need some messaging inspiration, we have lots of Mother’s day cards ideas on our blog.

Share memories of the year over dinner

This virtual Mother’s Day party couldn’t be sweeter. Make her favorite recipe (or a recipe that replicates a favorite dish growing up), light a few candles, and join her for a dinner party. Then, ask her to bring out the family photo albums to reminisce about her favorite memories. 

Mother’s Day ideas during COVID

Here are a few virtual and socially distant Mother’s Day celebration ideas that can make her day special in these extraordinary times. Plan ahead with the perfect Mother’s Day invitation for your loved ones to join in person or virtually. Keep it a surprise, or tell Mom to get ready for her closeup.

Host an outdoor Mother’s Day brunch

While brunch at her favorite bistro may still not feel quite right, gather those who may be vaccinated and join together in a small Mother’s Day brunch at home. Open the windows, take the meal outdoors, or eat on the patio.

Mother's Day Brunch
Tresco” by Liberty

Have a Mother’s Day gift delivered

If you are not near your mama, have something delivered and dropped off. Whether a gift card to her favorite salon (for a future visit), flowers from a nearby florist, a cake from the best bakery in town, a delivered meal from a beloved restaurant or a special bottle from a nearby wine shop, these last-minute Mother’s Day gifts are a thoughtful way to show you care. It’s also a thoughtful way to spread cheer in the community Mom loves: These gestures support the local economy, in a time when many businesses are struggling to get by.


virtual mother's day ideasThe Verona by UrbanStems; Arrangement in Red by Paperless Post.

Host an outdoor Mother’s Day tea party

Many families and their friends mark the holiday with a special Mother’s Day tea. If you are lucky enough to have a vaccinated crew and a tea house accepting reservations again, we have the sweetest Mother’s Day brunch invitations to kick off the party. You can also take the tea party to the park and have it picnic style outdoors.

Drive by on Mother’s Day

In the same city, but can’t connect? If Mom is a drivable distance away, coordinate a time where you can do a socially distant visit that gives you in-person time (while also observing social distancing rules).  Or, drum up anticipation by sending an online Save the Date, as if for a surprise party, to give her a clue about the plan, without spilling the beans. Pick up a lovely gift, like a blooming plant from a local nursery or a DIY gift basket with her favorite treats, then leave it on her porch or driveway. Stand back, then call her to the door for the surprise. You’ll get to see her reaction immediately and hang for a quick chat, or an extended catch-up outdoors. 

When to send Mother’s Day invitations?

Send out virtual invitations a week or two before Mother’s Day. For outdoor events, better to send more like 3 or 4 weeks in advance. We have designs specifically for virtual Mother’s Day parties, though you can also customize any invitation to include a link to a virtual location



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Ready to host your own Mother’s Day party? For a quick refresher on hosting, take a look through our guide on throwing a virtual party. Get started now with our selection of Mother’s Day ecards and Mother’s Day party invitations.