This year the calendar indicates that Mother’s Day falls on May 8th. That gives us approximately one month to prepare to honor the woman of the hour, Mom. I can’t, however, begin anything about Mother’s Day without first acknowledging my own Mother. I recognize how fortunate I am to have my Mother as a guide and my number one fan. As a child, she was my teacher, nurturer, protector and spiritual example. She provided instructions on how to get along with others. She nudged us when our etiquette needed improvement. She always made sure we were well put together when leaving the house. She always made us laugh and would make up silly songs. My Mother helped mold me into the woman I am today. I am a wife and a mother who tries to be the same type of role model and cheerleader for my own children. I recognize how challenging it can be when a woman is trying to balance family and work. She made it look effortless. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
So, this year, as I honor my Mother, I encourage everyone to plan ahead to celebrate the Mom in their life. The following are some meaningful and Encore ways to honor the woman of the hour, Mom:
BRUNCH! Every second Sunday, Pittsburgh’s catering company, Divine Delectables, host a brunch at Encore Event Design. May’s brunch actually happens to fall on Mother’s Day :-). This brunch is complete with homemade deliciousness that includes breakfast items, dinner items, baked goods, soups, custom made omelets, fruit, salads, coffee, tea and juice. With amazing live music always in the background, what a wonderful way to take time out to have quality time with mom.
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION! Enhanced Creativity is hosting a Mother’s Day Token of Love event from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Father Ryan Art Center. Food provided by Taylor Made Catering & Events. Line Dancing guided by Roland Ford and Lyrical Performance by Kotara Morphis. For advance tickets and more information contact Rae Coleman at 724-831-7321.
HAVE A WILD TIME! The Pittsburgh Zoo is free for mom when she is accompanied with a child on May 8th. Encourage her to wear her comfy shoes and go spend a wild day walking through the park to see how all the animal mommies take care of their little ones. A day earlier, May 7th, the zoo is also hosting a Chick-fil-a Brunch with Mom. For more information, call 412-365-2532.
TAKE A TRIP AND A CRUISE! On May 1st, the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc presents their Inaugural Pre-Mother’s Day Gospel and Jazz Cruise of the Spirit of Washington. Cruise down the Potomac and enjoy an afternoon of dining, dancing and breathtaking views while celebrating Mom. The Spirit of Washington ship ports in Washington, DC. To make reservations and more information, visit the chapter’s website at www.thefcacdst.org.
WOULD SHE LIKE A CUP OF TEA? Divine Delectables does more than just catering, they also host fabulous teas! Last year Encore Event Design hosted the sold out “Mother’s Day Jazzy Tea” featuring live jazz from the Kevin Howard Band.
This year Divine Delectables is hosting a tea for the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church’s Women of Power and Purpose on April 23, 2016 at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Contact Jeannie Hall Harris at 412-377-0801 for more information. Tickets available until April 17th, so get your tickets soon before they sell out!
GIVE HER MEMORIES! Compile her favorite pictures on a USB and include it with a digital picture frame. A regular 3MB flash drive can hold approximately 2,730 photos. So you can take every photo album in the house and feature them in a slideshow that plays constantly on her wall or dresser. Digital frames can now be purchased at a reasonable cost most anywhere.
LET HER RELAX! Why not give her a bath basket filled with special bathing treats. A jar of bath salts, bubble baths, bathing bombs and body scrubs will all be appreciated with the new issue of her favorite magazine or a book she has been hoping to read in the future. Don’t forget to add fragrant candles and download relaxing music on her cell phone that she can play while she takes her bath. Finally, add a Massage Envy gift card to the basket for the complete relaxing experience.
Give the Gift of Cleaning! Why not provide her with a surprise spring cleaning of her home. Either hire the experts or roll up your sleeves and wash windows, scrub carpets, wash the walls and organize the cupboards. Fold and iron bed sheets and polish the silver. Take this time to let her put her feet up while you sweep behind the refrigerator and dust the fireplace. Take the time to ask about her good childhood memories. You might learn something new.
GIVE HER A SHOPPING SPREE! If she is up to it, take her to a local mall or boutique and give her an opportunity to pick out an outfit head to toe. Don’t forget the shoes, makeup, jewelry, nails and anything else that makes her feel beautiful. When she is picture perfect, why not have her picture professionally taken and then take her out to her favorite restaurant.
HOLD HER HAND! Sometimes Mom has reached the point in life where she has it all. She may be at the point of life where she has experienced all that life has to offer. Her earthly existence may be very limited, yet she is still available to be cherished. If this is the case, simply sit by her side and hold her hand. Take the day to tell her you love and appreciate her. Spend the day, talking with her but listening more than talking. Take out your camera and record every word. Spend the day letting her know that she has done a great job.
For all the women who are called mom, whether through birth, adoption, mentoring or simply by love, Encore Event Design hopes you all have a blessed and fabulous day!
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