Mother’s Day can mean different things to different people. It’s the reason the apostrophe comes before the s instead of after! While many moms are celebrating and being celebrated during those 24 hours, it’s truly an individualized holiday—and should be treated as such when you’re weighing what to do for Mother’s Day. Every tradition, Mother’s Day gift idea, and sentiment ought to be specially tailored to the lady of the day.
So, what do grandmothers, mother figures, stepmoms, and moms really want for Mother’s Day? Ask them! That’s precisely the question we posed to some of our favorite moms, who just so happen to be some of our favorite design partners, too: Rifle Paper Co.’s Anna Bond, Cheree Berry Paper & Design’s Cheree Berry, The Indigo Bunting’s Erin Jang, Ashley G’s Ashley Poirier, Hello!Lucky’s Sabrina and Eunice Moyle, and Mr. Boddington’s Studio’s Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensaal.
From art gallery adventures to cold toast (you read that right!), learn all the ways these talented women like to spend Mother’s Day, and pick up some inspiration for yourself along the way.
Image by freestocks.
When in doubt, breakfast in bed
Anna: I always ask for what every mother of young children truly wants for Mother’s Day… sleeping in. However, with three boys ages six and under I don’t expect it to necessarily happen, so I try to get them to at least deliver some breakfast in bed. I would be content if that was simply a doughnut on a plate with a side of coffee.
Cheree: I love breakfast in bed, of course! The spread that arrives bedside is always amusing—1.5 pieces of bacon, coffee puddles under the mug, and bone-cold toast.
Sabrina: My kids make me breakfast in bed, usually with a funny little flower they’ve picked from the garden.
“Mom – Gold” by the Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post; “No Matter” by Cheree Berry Paper & Design for Paperless Post.
Nothing beats a card made by little hands
Erin: The boys always wake me up with iced coffee and bodega flowers, but they know what I cherish most of all are the handmade cards and drawings they make for me.
Sabrina: I love my kids’ handmade cards.
Eunice: My kids always make me a special art project at school, which I love!
Cheree: The highlight is the pile of handmade cards, cherished forever!
Not feeling as crafty as these designers-in-training? Browse our unique Mother’s Day cards to find the perfect sentiment for your Mom.
Get some fresh air as a family
Sabrina: Mother’s Day is the one day I pick a family activity and no one is allowed to complain – I usually choose hiking since it’s something they normally don’t want to do!
Erin: On Mother’s Day, I love to spend the day outside, all together. My favorite thing is to go on a family bike ride all around the city, and our day usually involves going to an art exhibit I want to see and hanging out in a different neighborhood.
“Mama Leopard” by Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post; “Baby Love – Pinks” by Mr. Boddington’s Studio for Paperless Post.
Brunch is always a good idea
Cheree: Writing my mom’s Mother’s Day card on the way to brunch, in transit at various stoplights, has happened a time or two in the past.
Anna: We go to church on Sundays and then enjoy an afternoon brunch (takeout at home to make things easy) with my parents who live locally.
“Awesome Mom” by Ashley G for Paperless Post.; Image courtesy of Ashley Poirier.
Give her a little peace and quiet
Rebecca: A dreamy Mother’s Day to me would include a morning jog, coffee with the Sunday “New York Times” and Charlie Parker on my record player. Next, I would spend several hours in my flower garden tending to my peonies and foxgloves. Finally, at dusk I would enjoy a Negroni and some fennel salad with my girlfriends in Frankie Spuntinos’ backyard. You might ask where are my children and doting husband during this day? Gone! I adore them to no end, but a day off seems delightful.
Eunice: Once a year, I get to sleep in and I don’t have to make anyone breakfast!
Anna: I always ask for what every mother of young children truly wants for Mother’s Day… sleeping in.
“Rosy Mother’s Day” by Rifle Paper Co. for Paperless Post.
Don’t be afraid to get sentimental
Cheree: An ideal Mother’s Day would be one where I can balance that multigenerational giving-and-receiving and fully embrace my roles as a mother AND as a daughter.
Ashley: I’m very sentimental about special days and holidays. This time last year we had just found out we were pregnant, and I remember thinking, next year I’ll be holding my baby on Mother’s Day. And here we are!
Anna: I have a personal tradition of attempting to get at least one decent photo of me and the boys together to commemorate the day.
Image courtesy of Hello!Lucky co-founder Eunice Moyle.
Send a message from the heart
Cheree: Whatever you write in a Mother’s Day card, have it sound like YOU. A stuffy, copy-and-pasted greeting will sound altered, so focus your tone on how you two are together and write with that in mind. My mom is an exclamation point fanatic, so I typically overdose on spirited punctuation in my card to her. Know your audience!
Eunice: Let your mom know how much you love and appreciate her! You can also talk about the values that she has taught you, such as kindness, patience, courage, hard work, or giving back to the community. And, of course, most moms want to hear that they’re the best mom in the whole wide world.
Thank you to our participating partners for all these terrific Mother’s Day ideas! While you’re planning out the perfect Mother’s Day celebration of your own, why not schedule a Mother’s Day card via Paperless Post—it only takes a minute! And for more advice on what to write in a Mother’s Day card, check out our tips.