With Mother’s Day on Sunday 8 May mere weeks away, time is running out to lock in that perfect gesture, so we’ve searched the city (and the internet) for the best ways to spoil your number-one lady this year.
Here’s our curated list of the best things to do with (or for) Mum this Mother’s Day in Brisbane.
For The Foodie Mum
Share A Swanky High Tea
Put on your Sunday best for the classiest high tea in the city. We’re talking ribbon sandwiches, fresh, fluffy scones and plenty of pinky-raising. Whether she’s into delicate desserts, dainty sandwiches, chocolate or champagne, Mum’s sure to love the spread at the city’s most sophisticated high tea establishments, which you can browse right here. In the city, Living Room Bar at W Brisbane is doing a Dare to be Pink high tea on Friday 6–Sunday 8 May, packed with pink-hued treats (including a paint-your-own hibiscus buttermilk bavarois sable tart), with a glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne on arrival.
To treat Mum to bottomless mimosas, dill scones with smoked salmon and freshly baked pastries with a stunning backdrop of the Brisbane skyline, nab a couple of $79 tickets to Iris Rooftop's morning tea.
Raise Your Glass at a Boozy Brunch
It's an unofficial rule that on Mother’s Day, there’s no need to wait until after 5pm to bust open the booze, so get Mum day-drunk with the boozy bottomless brunches in Brisbane. Have a Mum who loves beer? Newstead Brewing Co. is hosting a special Mother's Day brunch with bottomless brews and mimosas for $70pp.
For A Mother's Day she certainly won't forget, check out the Mother's Day Extravaganza version of Cloudland's mega-popular Drag Brunch. Enjoy an Italian-themed brunch with a two-hour beverage package including mimosas, spritzes and sangria plus games, entertainment and more from leading drag queens for $79.90pp.
Enjoy Quality Time Over A Long Lunch
Give Mum the gift of a sleep-in with a booking at one of Brisbane's best restaurants for a long, lazy lunch. If you're looking for something special, there's also a four-course lunch with two hours of Bollinger rosé at Signature at Emporium Hotel, a shared Italian feast with a glass of champagne and present for Mum at Fiume, a four-course affair with live music and a gift for the mums at Three Blue Ducks, or a special Samford Harvest on the Loop Growers farm by chef Alastair McLeod.
For The Creative Mum
Take Her To Learn A New Skill
If Mum loves to get hands-on, take her to a session at one of Brisbane's best creative workshops, with everything from calligraphy to gift-wrapping and loom weaving on offer. For something special, Mappins Nursery & Aquarium is hosting two Mother's Day workshops in waterfall terrariums or Jewel Orchid terrariums, while The School of Everything has a BYO polymer jewellery workshop (with a high tea) on the books.
Spend Time Together At A Paint And Sip
Keen to combine some creative flair with delicious French fare? Woolloongabba bistro C'est Bon is hosting a Paint and Crepes brunch ($95pp) and Lunch and Paint ($125pp) on their open-air terrace, with guidance from Cork & Chroma paired with their fine French dining.
If your mum is most creative with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, then Pinot & Picasso’s Mother’s Day classes are absolutely worth booking. Whether painting on the canvas or on a planter, there is a range of collaborative workshops on offer so you can create the ultimate mum-sterpiece.
For The Outdoorsy Mum
Take In Some Fresh Air On A Hike
If Mum's idea of a perfect Sunday is pulling on the boots and hitting the trail, take your pick from our best spots to take a hike in and around Brisbane. From leisurely walks the whole fam will enjoy (maybe even Grandma?) to more intense paths that will have her (and you) huffing and puffing, it's hard to think of a more wholesome way to spend a Sunday together.
Set Sail With The Whole Family
For a memorable Mother's Day experience, book an electric picnic boat from GoBoat and spoil Mum to a picnic while cruising on the river. You can BYO all of Mum's favourite snacks, or opt to order food and drinks from MICA in the Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct, which is where you depart from. You can learn more about the boats (which are dog-friendly, too!) here.
For The Mum Who Needs To Chill
Send Her Off To A Spa Day
For mums feeling a little stressed (let's be real, most of them are thanks to our questionable life choices), a spa day is just what the doctor ordered. Whether she’s a fan of Japanese-style ganbanyoku, or more of a mani-pedi kind of gal, the city is packed with plenty of luxe day spas guaranteed to melt Mum’s worries away. Check out our list of Brisbane’s best day spas for our top picks on the best facials, plunge pools and steam rooms in town, or Brisbane's best massages to melt away that stress.
Spoil Her With a Stunning Bouquet
Treat your mum to a fragrant, floral surprise this Mother’s Day with a beautiful bouquet delivered from a local Brisbane florist. Offering everything from Australian natives to potted plants, the city’s flower artists are guaranteed to give Mum something worthy of her special day. With delivery options starting at just $30, prepare to score some opulent stalks and stems that put traditional pink roses to shame.
Looking for a gift for Mum instead? Check out our ideas right here.
Image credit: W Brisbane, GoBoat