Mother’s Day is almost here, but ongoing social distancing guidelines have likely made a big impact on what your plans will be. Now it’s a last-minute rush to figure out what you can actually do. Brunch at her favorite restaurant is off the table, a spa day can’t happen just yet and even a laid-back day of shopping isn’t an option. When a Mom that lives nearby might as well be thousands of miles away, there are a few special things you can do to feel closer than ever (and they also apply to Moms who happen to live far-off anyway.) Here are a few IRL and virtual Mother’s Day ideas that can make her day special in these extraordinary times.
In the same city, but can’t connect? Drive by, drop off!
If Mom is a driveable distance away, coordinate a time where you can do a visit that gives you in-person time (while also observing social distancing rules). 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 for the surprise. You’ll get to see her reaction immediately and still be able to have a quick chat. Tip: Drum up anticipation by customizing one of Paperless Post’s virtual birthday cards designed for surprise parties, to give her a hint about the visit.
Send a last-minute Mother’s Day gift (and support a local business)
Whether it’s 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.
Coordinate a virtual Mother’s Day party via Zoom
By now, you probably know all the ins and outs of socializing via virtual platforms — mainly because it’s been the only option for gatherings for weeks. Whether it’s Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or Houseparty, the “place” for your virtual Mother’s Day party is up to you. However, Zoom might win out mainly because of how you can customize your background with a theme that makes your call feel like more of a celebration.
First, send out virtual invitations a couple days before Mother’s Day. We have designs specifically for virtual Mother’s Day parties, though you can also customize any invitation, Flyer, or card to include a link to a virtual location. (Follow the instructions here.) Paperless Post also has Zoom backgrounds that match your invitation, or you can ask our Design Services team to create a custom option.
In your virtual Mother’s Day invitation, include the date, time and link to the location of your gathering. Tip: If your Mom isn’t as familiar with Zoom, do a “trial run” before your party to get her comfortable using the platform and answer any questions she may have.
Keep your tradition going with a virtual Mother’s Day tea
Many families and their friends mark the holiday with a special Mother’s Day tea. While your favorite tea room is closed right now, there’s no need to cancel when you can host a virtual tea party. 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.
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.
“Tea Garden” by Happy Menocal for Paperless Post
Make it a family affair with a BYOB brunch
Far-flung family can join in on the fun with an impromptu reunion over a virtual 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 favorite people for a toast-off
This virtual Mother’s Day idea is simple yet so memorable: Just invite your mom’s dearest friends and family and have them prepare a simple 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).
Share memories over a candlelight 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.
Whatever you do, don’t forget the 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. 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, she will definitely feel the love.
“Heart Cord” and “Grandma in Bloom” by Paperless Post
Ready to host your own virtual Mother’s Day party? Get started ASAP with our selection of virtual Mother’s Day cards and Mother’s Day party invitations. For a quick refresher on hosting, take a look through our guide on throwing a virtual party.