What to do for Mother’s Day is sometimes a problem for many people. Gifts of flowers or candy and taking Mom out to dinner are the same old thing every year. Mom is special, so perhaps a more special gift is in order. What can you do that is a little more innovative, or shows how much you really care?
First, think about the things that your mother loves most. If she is into family more than anything, a photo collage or album with recent pictures of family members could be a lovely gift. If you don’t have time to compose something special, then a nice picture of yourself or your family in a frame that would compliment her home décor could be greatly appreciated. Better yet, give her the gift of a professional studio shot taken of her so she can share it with the whole family.
Candy for a lady who is forever on a diet, won’t work. How about a delicious and nutrition fruit basket or bouquet that is as healthy as it is attractive. Or if you want something beautiful and lasting, try a silk flower arrangement with candles and festive balloons.
A personal gift of literature or music is always heartfelt and special when geared at the distinct enjoyment of your mother. Items that will delight her partaking in her favorite arts and crafts, such as colorful yarn, pattern books, canvases, brushes, and oil paints, or whatever she loves doing in her spare time can also make a thoughtful gift.
How about some real entertainment? Is there a particular movie she has wanted to see? You can make an evening outing of it with her, or pick up a video she has been talking about and order in for a personal evening at her house with all the family.
You can also take Mom to one of the local theaters. Ruth Eckerd Hall is offering the Finale Chamber Ensemble in the Murray Studio Theater at 7:30 pm for only $5 to $10 per person Friday, May 11th or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 7:30 pm in the Capitol Theatre for $5 per person that same night. You could enjoy The Hundred Dresses at 1:00 pm at the Murray Studio Theater for $8 per person on Saturday, May 12, or the Rhythms of Cuba at 7:30 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall for $17.50 to $44.50 on Sunday, May 13.
The Mahaffey Theater will be putting on a show by the Florida Orchestra on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm for $31 per person, or you can go to a Vince Gill Concert on Sunday, May 13 at 7 pm. Tickets for that show are between $79 and $205 per person.
At the Performing Arts Theater in Tampa, May 11 through May 13 you can attend a play at the Jobsite Theater by David Mamet titled, Race. It will start at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 4:00 pm on Sunday, and tickets start at $24.50 per person. On Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm in the Carol Morsani Hall, the distinctive sound of Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly could thrill Mom with a performance of Beverly’s most popular songs. The tickets are starting at $36.50 for this great show. Plus, a special Mother’s Day brunch will be held at Maestro’s between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Sunday. That will finish just in time to see Race. Adults are $34.95 per person and children under twelve only pay $16.95 each. You can make a reservation by calling 813-229-7827.
Don’t forget about the seasonal American Stage in the Park, which is presenting The Rocky Horror Show May 10 through May 13, starting at 8:00 pm at Demens’s Landing. Food, wine, and beer are available for purchase for an evening of fun and laughter while relaxing on the lawn under the stars.
Whatever you decide your mother would prefer on Mother’s Day will probably be the best for her. Give it some thought before selecting, and have a great time sharing her special day.