Mother’s Day is a little less than three weeks away so it’s time to start planning what you’re going to do for the irreplaceable special lady in your life. There are definitely gifts you can get her (gift guide coming soon), brunches, and dinners to take her to, but how about spending some quality time with mom? If she’s in the Seattle area, here are some fun ideas she might love.
MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER FESTIVAL / PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike Place Market presents the 8th annual Flower Festival May 7-8, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The festival features fresh, locally grown flower arrangements from more than 40 farmers of King, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.
In the early morning hours, tents will be set up on either side of the cobblestone street of Pike Place to showcase the farmers’ abundant bouquets of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies. Browse the tents and watch the farmers carefully arrange the flowers, pick up a bouquet or two, and enjoy shopping and dining at the Market.
COOKING CLASSES / WHISK
Afternoon Tea with Mom, May 8
Spend Mother’s Day learning to bake delightful old-fashioned tea party goodies with your mom. In this hands-on class, cookbook author, Gill Dey, will teach you to make elegant Salmon Pinwheel Sandwiches, light Fresh Cream Scones, and raspberry jam and lemon curd tartlets. $75 for one adult and one child eight years or older. Learn more or register here.
The Mother’s Day 3-Course Dinner, May 8
Treat Mom to a cooking class and learn to make a restaurant-quality dinner together with the help of chef Aaron Tekulve, a recent contestant on Chopped. Dishes include Chinook Salmon, English Pea and Smoked Bacon Soup, and Rhubarb Strawberry Almond Crisp. $110 per person. Learn more or register here.
MOTHER’S DAY MARATHON / JUANITA BEACH PARK
The run, on Sunday May 8th, is hosted by Eastside Subaru and Virginia Mason and benefits the Hope Heart Institute. The Hope was founded by renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Sauvage who has a 56-year history of revolutionary medical advances and continues to fund research and scientists in the Northwest who are looking at the causes and cures of cardiovascular disease and ways to reduce risk to improve the quality of life for all individuals.
Half marathon run and walk is $65 and the 5K run and walk is $40. Register online or in person at several locations in the Seattle area.
Register online here.
A RELAXING SPA DAY / CEDARBROOK LODGE
Cedarbrook Lodge, a quintessentially Northwest hotel located just outside of Seattle on 18 acres of lush wetlands, is pulling out all the stops to honor the special women in everyone’s life. The Spa at Cedarbrook, a destination spa dedicated to crafting pure plant body experience, will feature botanical treatments that include:
- Mom, Me and Tea Massage – Sip handcrafted teas from Fuller’s Mortar & Pestle in Fremont, Wash two-gether while enjoying side by side massages. (50-minutes, $220 for two)
- Refining Rose Petal Facial – Used for centuries, the naturally powerful essence of rose refines skin tone and restores a radiant glow. (50-minutes, $98)
- Rose Petal Foot Refresher – This foot pampering treatment includes rose petal foot soak, sea salt foot scrub and a relaxing massage. (50-minutes, $98)
- Earth Mama Mother to Be Massage – For those mothers-to-be, treat them to a relaxing pregnancy massage featuring rejuvenating Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil, with nourishing organic jojoba oil and organic orange flower oil. (50-minutes, $108)
AFTERNOON TEA / THE GEORGIAN AT THE FAIRMONT OLYMPIC
The Georgian Restaurant, located within the Fairmont, offers a traditional afternoon tea service. The dining room is stunning. Decorated with spectacular chandeliers, high ceilings, and Palladian windows, the surroundings are classic and the service is impeccable. It’s an excuse to wear tea dresses or a bowtie and chat with your mom over spectacular desserts and tea.
Mini French macarons, tea sandwiches, and other sweet and savory bites are presented on a 3-tiered dessert stand. The menu varies seasonally. Everything is made from scratch, in house. They can also cater to food allergies if you call ahead. $39 and $49 with Champagne plus tax and gratuity.