Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but with Coronavirus still an unfortunate reality, the holiday will look a little different for most families this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in new and different ways! Thanks to technology, we can still honor mothers by being together virtually. Set up a video call with loved ones, including siblings, children, and special friends. My family did this when we hosted a Zoom Passover and it was a huge success! I recently shared some ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day during social distancing with Martha Stewart Living. You can find the full article here, with tips from several great experts, as well as my own.
Celebrating Mother’s Day virtually may not be what you had in mind, but in fact, there are some real upsides. The extra time at home may give you the opportunity to put more thought and care into the day. For example, you may have more time to plan a beautiful meal or to craft a handmade gift. The extra planning, preparation, and creativity that you put into your virtual celebration will make mom feel extra special, and certainly be remembered. And even a virtual Mother’s Day celebration gives you something wonderful to look forward to. That’s something we all need right now!
Here are my top tips for making your virtual Mother’s Day celebration a memorable one!
Send a special invitation. Even a virtual party deserves a gorgeous invite! Paperless Post has a new collection of virtual party invitations with some truly lovely designs. You could also make a beautiful card by hand and send it in the mail, if you have the time.
Use the good stuff! If you normally treat your mother to a meal out on Mother’s Day, this is the time to use some of those special things in your home that may be hiding in the back of the cupboard. Pull out the wedding china, crystal, and flatware, and set a beautiful table to honor your mother. Cut fresh flowers, and add them as a centerpiece. Even if she only sees it via video, mom will be delighted to see the family heirlooms put to good use!
Plan a special menu. Food is always a wonderful way to bring families together, so why not share a meal virtually? Suggest that each guest makes their favorite dish and give them an opportunity to show off their contribution and share the recipe. Otherwise, you can give everyone the same menu to work from, so that all of you are able to enjoy the same meal.
Make your party decorations meaningful. Do you have a few favorite photographs of your mother available? Use them as decoration by placing them in the background of your Zoom chat. You could also create a photo montage and play it for your mother at your virtual party. Everyone will enjoy discussing the memories that the pictures evoke.
Be prepared. On a practical level, video calling can be a challenge, especially for the older crowd! Make sure everyone knows which platform you have chosen and how to access it. If necessary, walk them through it step by step ahead of time, so that on the day you can all sit back and enjoy the call.
And of course, if your mom is under the same roof as you are, be sure to plan something like a surprise breakfast in bed or another special isolation-friendly treat. Pampering is always appreciated!
If you’ve lived far from mom for a long time, keep these tips in mind for next year too! Virtual Mother’s Day celebrations don’t have to end when the lockdown does. If you and mom aren’t near, there are lots of ways to feel like you are.
Top image by Amy and Stuart