Freelance writer, mum of one, who loves living in sunny Perth. You can follow my blog at www.helenonthesofa.com where I'm writing about the things I love to do with my family and friends as well as general jibberjabber.
Published April 19th 2012
By the looks of the numerous pink displays cropping up in the card shops, it looks like Mother's Day is well and truly on its way.
If you're stuck for suggestions on what to do this Mother's Day for your special mum, have a look at these ideas to make her feel truly special. Similarly, if you've got a husband who perhaps lacks a little inspiration at this time of year, send him a link to these ideas so you'll be pleasantly surprised this year.
There are some wonderful high teas available around Perth providing the patron with some delectable bites of savoury and sweet treats. For a high tea with a fantastic view try the C Restaurant which is housed high up on the 33rd floor on a rotating platform offering visitors an ever changing vista of the city of Perth. High tea is a glorious three tier platter of savouries and mini sandwiches in addition to cakes and scones with cream. Serving time on Sunday is from 2.00pm-4.00pm prices from $59 per adult and $29 for a child.
For a more reasonable, but equally decadent high tea, I really enjoy the offering from the Vines Hotel in Swan Valley. For a more wallet friendly $35 per adult, you will be treated to a really sumptuous selection of sweet and savoury eats. The savoury bites on offer are a lovely change from salmon or cucumber sandwiches, and the scones are just heavenly. Be sure to order one of their speciality teas and you'll see a flower come into bloom in your glass tea pot. A nice touch.
I don't know many mums who wouldn't like to be treated to some pamper time to get a massage, facial or pedicure. Just some time out is a gift in itself. A really great spa for mums to be is the Yummy Mummy Day Spa in Leederville, Perth. It's Australia's only pregnancy day spa where staff are specially trained to deliver treatments to pregnant mums. You don't have to be pregnant to visit this amazing spa; all women will the relaxing tones of this spa and the array of treatments on offer. Gift vouchers are available, and you can choose from spa packages as well as individual treatments.
Sunday Lunch; No Washing Up
Treat the mum in your life to a Sunday lunch out, with the benefit that she doesn't have to cook or wash up afterwards. Win, win for everyone. If you're happy to push the boat out a little, I have to unreservedly recommend the C-C-C at the Joondalup Resort; Carvery, Champagne and Chocolate (fountain). Absolutely delicious and included in the price ($75 adults) is free flowing fizzy, beer or soft drinks for 2 hours.
This help yourself offering features a salad and seafood bar for your entree, a soup station and for your main, when I went, we had the choice of turkey or beef and helped ourselves to a huge selection of vegetables and condiments. The centre attraction for the dessert table is a glorious indulgence of a chocolate fountain with various dipping fruits, marshmallows and other naughtiness.
In addition to this, there are some other individual desserts, cakes and tarts on offer. Eat here for your lunch, and you'll not need to eat again that day. I, like several other carvery-goers, over-indulged on the fizzy wine thanks to some very efficient waiting staff who kept topping up my glass throughout our time at the restaurant. To this end, agree on the designated driver prior to dining to save arguments. Bookings are essential.
Picnic in Kings Park
For a more budget friendly, but equally special Mother's Day outing, a picnic in Kings Park always goes down really well. Kings Park is such a beautiful space and a perfect picnic spot for Mother's Day. For those wanting to arrange something a little earlier in the day, Frasers Restaurant puts on a wonderful buffet breakfast ($45 per adult) for Mother's Day which I have previously found very special as well as extremely tasty. This option gives you the chance to start your day off with full tummies, and then walk off the excess through the different trails within Kings Park.
If you're a husband seeking inspiration for a unique gift for the mother of your children, then prior to the special day, take the kids along to one of Perth's pottery cafes to create a keep sake gift. Really easy to do, and fairly inexpensive (prices start at $10), you can help your kids create something handpainted or handprinted that mums world over would cherish.
Great suggestions are to make a cup covered in hand prints, or perhaps a jewellery box painted in bright colours by the little guys. If you're nervous about trying something like this, check out Cafe Ceramica in Perth's North who not only have a fabulous selection of potteries, but also have some really helpful staff. Remember to allow a week to get the item glazed for the professional look.
My Father's Day offering; wonder if I'll get one this Mother's Day?
Lots of local venues do special Mother's Day menus or special offers, so if the mum in your life has a favourite place that she frequents, call in advance (now) and see what they are organising for Mother's Day and get booked in.
I've been surprised in previous years how serious a business Mother's Day is and that bookings are made weeks, if not a full month in advance, so get your thinking caps on now to avoid disappointment.