10 Totally Awesome Things to Do for Her on Mother’s Day

10 Totally Awesome Things to Do for Her on Mother’s Day

*UPDATED FOR 2018*

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) is right around the corner. You’ve got a fabulous plan cooked up to let your hot mama know how much you love and appreciate her, right? Oh no! Thank goodness we’re here to help! Here are 10 knock-her-socks-off ideas guaranteed to make her feel like the superhero she is!

1. Recreate Your First Dates

Book a sitter then head out to all your old haunts. Take her, blindfolded of course, to the special places where you fell in love on this progressive date night. Not from Orlando? Create a ‘first date’ night based on where you would have taken her if you’d been here at the time. Might we suggest dinner at Soco or Dexter’s Thornton Park followed by a swan paddleboat ride around the iconic fountain then boozy ice pops at The Pop Parlour? Or what about a picnic in the park followed by the Winter Park boat tour?

2. Take Her to Brunch

There are a ton of spectacular brunch events happening around Orlando on Sunday, May 13. Head to one of the following or perhaps just hit up one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants.

Tapa Toro
11am – 3pm
Spanish inspired brunch buffet with live music and flamenco dancers
$38 adults, $15 children
$15 unlimited mimosas and sangria, complimentary bottomless mimosas and sangria for mom

Enzian Theatre Mother’s Day Brunch featuring Oklahoma!
11am
Brunch buffet with carving station and complimentary mimosa, live music, film at noon
$40 general admission, $120 VIP for 2, $240 VIP for 4, $25 kids 6-14

DoveCote
10am – 2:30pm
3-course prix-fixe menu
Reservations by phone only: 407-930-1700
$36/person

The Alfond Inn
Brunch seatings at 10am and 1pm
$69 for adults and $29 for kids 5 to 12 (4 and under are free)

Highball & Harvest – The Ritz-Carlton
Noon – 3pm
A Southern Inspired Brunch featuring fresh spring vegetables, a champagne & mimosa bar, and freshly shucked oysters
Reservation strongly recommended; (407) 393-4648
$105 Adults, $50 Children 12 and under

Citron – JW Marriott
10am – 2pm
A delicious brunch buffet featuring a complimentary glass of champagne, wine bar and a flower for mom
$65 Adults, $18 Children 12 & under

Mother’s Day Brunch at Reunion Resort
Eleven Rooftop
Seatings at 11am and 1pm
Delectable buffet featuring an Omelet Station, Crème Brulee French Toast, Chilled Seafood Display, Ancho Chile Striploin and Herb Roasted Porkloin carving stations and desserts. View menu
Reservations required
$59.95 per guest age 13 and older, $21.95 per guest age 4 – 12 (free for kids 3 and under)

Champagne Brunch at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
11am – 4pm
Hemingway’s
$72/adult, $35/child (ages 4-12)

Things to do for Mother's Day in orlando

Image credit: Tapa Toro

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Plancha: Three-course brunch with endless mimosas and Bloody Marys 10am-3pm; $68/adult
Ravello: Lavish buffet and dessert buffet noon-7pm; $105/adult and $45/child (ages 2-12)

Taverna Opa
12pm – 2am
Traditional Greek entertainment and family style menu with four courses
Mom eats free

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Open early at 11am
A la carte

Seasons 52
10am – 1pm
A la carte, endless brunch sips for $14.90
Multiple locations

Tony Roma’s
May 12 – 13
Special $30 menu includes soup or salad, plus choice of 6 oz. Filet Medallions with red wine and mushroom demi-glace with Grilled Shrimp skewered or half rack of Baby Back Ribs with mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable

B.B. King’s
11am – 4pm
Buffet style brunch with live music beginning at noon
$49/adult, $18/child (ages 4-12)

F&D Kitchen & Bar
10:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday jazz brunch with bottomless mimosas or sangria
A la carte

Infusion Tea
4pm seating
Call (407) 999-5255 for reservations

STK Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Disney Springs
11:30am – 3pm
$59/adult, $24/child

Frontera Cocina
Disney Springs
11am – 11pm
Spanish guitarist, flowers for moms, complimentary glass of House Red or White Wine for Mothers with purchase of an Entree
A la carte

The Tap Room at Dubsdread
10am – 2:30pm
Special brunch menu including dessert with free champagne for moms, reservations required 407-650-0100
$47.95 adults, $14.95 kids 10 and under

Vines Grille & Wine Bar
11:30am – 2:30pm
3-course specialty menu, regular menu available at 2pm
$45/person

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
10am – 3pm
Bottomless brunch with waffle, taco, and carving stations plus Bloody Mary and mimosa bar
$25/adult for brunch, $15 additional for bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys

3. Share Your Favorite Mommy Moments

If you’re taking her out for a date night the evening before Mother’s Day, go with a pre-made list of your favorite mommy moments or qualities. Yes, you’ll have to do some hard thinking to come up with a substantial inventory, but this gesture will be a gift she’ll likely remember forever! Need an inexpensive dinner idea? Check out these under $25 eats for two or have a $40 date night at The Wine Barn.

4. Explore a Spectacular Garden

Both Harry P. Leu Gardens and Bok Tower Gardens are offering free admission for moms on Mother’s Day. Mead Gardens and Kraft Azalea Gardens are also free.

Harry P Leu Gardens Orlando

Image credit: Leu Gardens

5. Propose to Her Again

Go as flashy as a sunrise hot air balloon flight or as simple as a midnight champagne toast after the kids go to bed. Either way, it will be so sweet to let her know you’d do it all over again with her by your side.

6. Book a Chef’s Table

For those who want to plan an over-the-top dinner for two, consider booking a chef’s table at one of the following restaurants:

7. Send Her to the Spa

That’s a no brainer, right? But maybe you’re not quite sure which spa. Here are our tried-and-tested recommendations:

Blue Harmony Spa at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Blue Harmony Spa at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

8. Take Back the Cooking

Why not take a cooking class before Mother’s Day and then surprise her with a fancy home cooked meal? Truffles & Trifles and Publix Aprons Cooking Schools (Winter Park and Dr. Phillips) both offer classes nearly every day of the week. Here’s a list of cooking classes happening this May and June.

Alternatively, you can purchase a series of gourmet pre-made meals through Farm Haus, which can be delivered (restricted to Baldwin Park, Audubon, Mills 50, Colonial Town North and parts of Winter Park) or you can pick-up at East End Market Monday through Friday. Meals are complete, chef-created, farm-to-table dinners that are hot and ready to eat! Canvas also offers family meals available for pick up.

9. Go to an Event

There a ton of fun events happening the weekend of Mother’s Day. Here are a few to consider:

Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar
Friday, May 11, 6-9pm
Lake Concord Park
Get something to eat on one of the dozen food trucks from the Food Truck Bazaar and shop at the local businesses and artisan booths selling unique jewelry, photography, ceramics, paintings, and many other great products.
FREE admission

2nd Taste of Soul – Soul Food Festival
Saturday, May 12, 11am-7pm
Festival Park
A family feast of sight, sounds, and tastes of the African American culture and other diverse cultures of soul food cooking.
$5-30

Cheese 101
Saturday, May 12, 6:30pm
East End Market
Class led by La Femme du Fromage which takes an in depth look at the cheese making process as well as tasting 6 different styles of cheeses. Includes a glass of sparkling wine or non-alcoholic beverage; cash bar also available.
$30

DeLand Indie Market Summer Edition
Sunday, May 13, 11am-5pm
Artisan Alley, DeLand
Curated event that is held 4 times a year showcasing artists, boutiques, vintage and handcrafted vendors, food and live music.
FREE Admission

10. Go on a Mini-Getaway

If you can swing a romantic overnight, consider some of the nearby gems we’ve reviewed:

The Black Dolphin Inn

Streamsong Resort

Danville B & B

Amelia Island

Boca Grande

Dunedin

Anna Maria Island

Streamsong Resort, located about 90 minutes southwest of Orlando.

One comment

  1. I just wanted to say that I LOVE this post! What great ideas. I especially love the ‘mommy moments’ idea and the re-proposal idea. Now…. figuring out how to subtly get this list to my hubby… 😉

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