Mother’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to get creative in making the day special. To celebrate, there are grassroots approaches and then there are more luxurious things to do. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you might put together. Most mothers will tell you that they will cherish the memories with you more than anything gift oriented. Consider scheduling an activity, class or road trip so that you can spend some quality time with your mom and, by default, make some great memories in the process.
Learn to make macarons
The Fort Worth Sur La Table is having Mother's Day macarons classes. For this delicious day, you and mom can be whipping up strawberry, white chocolate ganache and champagne buttercream macarons. The classes are on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. Keep tabs on all of their classes in your area. If you can’t make it for the macarons, give the gift of a future class where you and mom can learn to make or bake something together. 817-377-0683. www.surlatable.com
Sip and paint a glass
Bottle & Bottega in Flower Mound offers painting classes of all types but they have two classes that includes glass painting this weekend. Grab a bottle of wine (it’s BYOB) and your mother and paint your own stemmed or stemless glassware on Friday (6-9 p.m.) or Saturday (7-10 p.m.). 469-732-3940. www. bottleandbottega.com
A chorus of butterflies
The Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas is hosting the annual The Women's Chorus of Dallas Mother's Day Concert Sunday at 2 p.m.. The concert honors mothers among the beautiful landscapes of the garden closing with a special vocal performance in the two-story Butterfly House. After the song, there will be a live butterfly release by singers and audience members. www.thewomenschorusofdallas.com
Mother’s Day High Tea
Pull out your hat, gloves and anything pink for Mother’s Day High Tea at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Saturday from 2-4 p.m. There will be tea, finger sandwiches, pastries and other treats in the heart of the historic Rose Garden. Harp music will play while tea “masters” will be around to talk about the benefits of tea. 817-392-5535. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Medieval style Mother’s Day
Imagine your mom’s joy and marvel as she enters the world of renaissance and the members of the Royal Court comes by her table to greet her at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. The interactive festival includes jousts, a mermaid lagoon, beautiful crafts from metalsmiths, woodworkers and leather artists (to name just a few) and entertainment on 27 stages. There’s a special addition to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a Mother’s Day Brunch which includes visits from the Royal Court who will honor all mothers. The Mother’s Day brunch option is available in addition to the regular festival ticket fees. www.srfestival.com
Mother’s Day at the Nasher
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Nasher Sculpture Center plans a special brunch menu and cocktails for Mother’s Day celebrations. There will be a photo booth and activities for children, among the works of fine art at the Nasher in downtown Dallas. 214-242-5144. Contact email@example.com.
Staycay for a night or weekend
Consider a change of scenery but don't drive far. Stay in a luxury hotel or renting a small house near downtown Fort Worth where you can shop, go to museums and the botanic garden. Check out Airbnb for unique options and hotels often have weekend Mother’s Day spa and brunch specials. Take your weekend to a new setting and explore a part of the city that maybe you haven’t engaged in lately.
Day trip to Waco for paper flowers
Remember the table maker guy Clint Harp who appears on the HGTV show Fixer Upper? His studio in Waco is creating unique, handmade furniture and custom wooden treasures for home design. For Mother’s Day, Harp invited paper artist Theresa Emry of Linen and Cake to the shop (@linenandcake on Instagram). Emry will be doing a workshop on how to make delicate paper hydrangeas. They can decorate anything but look especially beautiful on napkin rings on place settings. You can learn to make the paper art on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (while supplies last) at Harp Design Co. (808 N. 15th Street in Waco, TX). www.harpdesignco.com/mothers-day-workshop
Spa time is always a winner
Spa time with mom is a great thing to do to relax and have quality time. There are a number of fabulous spas in the Fort Worth and Dallas area, but if you’d like a change of pace, look for scenic places that are a short drive out of town. The Cliffs Resort has lodging and a spa near phenomenal views of Possum Kingdom Lake about 80 miles west of Fort Worth. The spa offers deluxe spa manicures and pedicures, massages, deeply hydrating facials and even skin rejuvenating body treatments like scrubs and wraps. There is also a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 940-779-4040. www.thecliffsresort.com
Take Mom on an Old Iron Horse
All Aboard! Take your mom on a train ride by boarding an authentic 1920s Victoria-style coach in Grapevine. Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Mother’s Day excursion leaves the Cotton Belt Depot in Grapevine at 1 p.m. and takes passengers to the Fort Worth Stockyards where it allows an approximately one-and-a-half-hour layover stop for shopping and dining. The train returns just before 6 p.m. There is a drawing for one lucky mother but in the end, all moms win on this nostalgic, fun trip on an old iron horse. www.grapevinevintagerailroad.com