Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking of how you plan to celebrate your mother. There are a lot of ways you can share some quality time together, but we’ve picked out a few of our favourite ideas – approved by the mothers on the James Lakeland team. And if you’re the mum in question on this holiday, forward this list along to your children as a gentle nudge in the right direction. We’ve even helped you sort the right outfit – be daughter or mum – to wear on the occasion.
Lunch or Dinner Date
If there is anything a hip mum wants to try, it’s the latest and hottest restaurants. Anywhere you are, there are loads of aesthetically pleasing, Instagram-worthy restaurants and dishes out there. Get your mum caught up on the cool new places and enjoy having a fun meal out.
We recommend Muse by Tom Aikens for fine dining inspired by his childhood, SOLA for a taste of Californian dining without leaving London, and Brasserie of Light for an artistic venue after a day at Selfridges.
Your Outfit Brief: A trendy restaurant needs to be attended in a trendy look. Show that you know what’s hot in both food and fashion in this blouse. The puff sleeve silhouette and mix of prints with bold colours accredit anyone with major style points.
Whether you take Mum to the high street or an outdoor market, having a stroll through shops is always a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Who doesn’t like a spot of retail therapy? Treat Mum to something special because she deserves it. Ask your mum for her opinion on what you pick up for yourself as well because she is always right.
We recommend going to Bicester Village for designer outlets, Notting Hill for antiques, St. John’s Wood High Street for boutique shopping. If you’re headed to St. John’s Wood, make some time to pop into Panzer’s Delicatessen for a delicious artisan pastry.
Your Outfit Brief: If your shopping isn’t also a form of cardio, then it isn’t really shopping. Stay relaxed at the market in this linen dress that doesn’t compromise any bit of style for comfort.
Though your mum may enjoy a cup of tea on a daily basis, nothing beats a glamorous high tea. With finger sandwiches cut to a delicate, gone-in-one-bite size, iced cakes that look more like pieces of art and infused teas in 100’s of flavours, this is definitely one of our favourite mother’s day options.
Your Outfit Brief: Traditional feminine flair is the trademark of high tea. Think florals and pastels. Set the tone of a proper afternoon tea in a soft-coloured Spring dress that can be dressed up or down with a simple swap of shoes.
Walk Through The Park
As we start seeing some more Spring sunshine, being outdoors is becoming much more attractive for a vitamin D boost. If you’ve got an outdoorsy mum, she will love getting some fresh air, feeding the swans, watching the flowers bloom and seeing a much greener outlook. Put aside some time to go on a stroll with your mum. It gives you both the opportunity to unwind as well as enjoy conversation – something often taken for granted in our busy lives.
We recommend strolling through Regent’s Park for the Japanese garden, Battersea Park for the views and the peace pagoda, Brockwell Park for the duck ponds and children’s playground, or your local one!
Your Outfit Brief: Look like sunshine yourself in a daisy-coloured linen dress. This shirt dress is light and breezy, with a swish of understated femininity.
Local Farmers Market Trip
Somehow, when food shopping is done outside it is far more relaxing than when inside a supermarket. Being surrounded by locally sourced produce from traders who are as passionate about growing as we are about eating elevates the whole experience. Browsing a variety of fresh food and veg not often spotted in the supermarket aisle opens up our imagination and gets the taste buds going. If you’re feeling extra giving, you can bring your produce home to cook Mum a fresh meal.
Any local market will do for this one!
Your Outfit Brief: Farmers markets are characterised by earthy, organic products and that is exactly the aura the dress creates. Not only are you free to walk all day in this linen maxi dress, you will also look the part of a stylish boheme.
Go Wine Tasting
If there’s anything a mother needs in return for raising her children, it’s a glass of wine. Help her discover a new favourite. Book a visit at a local tasting venue and enjoy a nice day out, or host a wine-tasting party at home with an assortment of vinos and a homemade charcuterie board. Mum will surely appreciate the effort – and the glass.
We recommend checking out Denbies Wine Estate to get a bit away from London, Humble Grape for a cosy spot on Fleet Street, and The Wine Tasting Shop to find wines from all around the world that you can sample before bringing home.
Your Outfit Brief: An afternoon of sampling wines and cheeses will make anyone feel lavish, so all you have to do is look the part. Our champagne-toned sequined bolero gives a true sense of star quality.
We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the various family structures that exist and the many ways any person may fulfill the role of a ‘mother’. We hope that everyone gets a chance to celebrate the people they love on this Mother’s Day. Our recommendations are London-based, but hopefully you will be able to find an alternative near you.