It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 8th) and you may be looking for a way to spend time as a family, take your mom or the mother figure in your life out and about, or maybe you are searching for the perfect gift (it’s okay if it’s last minute!)
Here are some ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Ottawa with great local food, gifts, and activities.
What to Eat on Mother’s Day in Ottawa
There are many local restaurants offering special Mother’s Day meals for dining in, or take out, depending on your preference.
You’ll want to order from Moo Shu Ice Cream and Kitchen in advance for pick up to ensure you can indulge in one of their tasty treats like the raspberry ice cream pie (and pretzel crust), pints of ice cream (vegan options are available) or their dumplings for something savoury.
If you want to dine in, everyone will love the menu being offered at Next in Stittsville for their Mother’s Day Brunch. It’s a 12 course meal, prepared in four waves with three different dishes per wave. WOW! You’ll want to make your reservations in advance.
Or, if you prefer a plated meal at home that requires just a little effort (reheat, plate and serve), order from one of two menus at Curated By Beckta for Mother’s Day delivery right to your door.
For an at-home brunch that will be delivered on Saturday, order the special brunch from Family Table; you select how many people you are serving. Proceeds from this Mother’s Day brunch package will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Pick up a take home meal from the weekly options at Thyme and Again, or plan ahead and order a complete family dinner; roast chicken or prime rib with sides sound amazing.
Baccanalle‘s Mother’s Day menu has a selection that will make everyone rushing to the table. Order the Southern Comfort Brunch waffle kit for four with pre-cooked red velvet waffles (or order the mix to use in your own machine to make them fresh), your choice of topping and a side. If you prefer to plan a savoury meal for the day, order the whole jerk chicken with Caribbean-style Mac & Cheese, sides and drinks.
What to Do for Mother’s Day in Ottawa
If you look at the weather, currently, it appears as though it’s going to be a gorgeous day out in Ottawa and in the area. You may want to plan a road trip for the day, or take an outdoor hike at one of the many hiking trails around the Ottawa area.
The NAC ‘s Songs My Mother Taught Me orchestral show is on Sunday at 1:30, with tickets still available.
Now also may be the perfect time to get out the bikes and head on a family bike ride together.
Where to Get Great Mother’s Day Gifts in Ottawa
There are many amazing shops around Ottawa where you can find a unique, special and perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Browse the Pot and Pantry Mother’s Day gift section for their coffee and tea items and reusable bags, or look to their kitchen selection for the perfect baking-show inspired bundt pan or cooking accessory.
Boogie and Birdie has jewellery, lounge wear, bath items and satin pillow cases (we recommend you pair this gift with a much deserved nap).
Shop BBX Collection for the mom who isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom. We love the sweaters and t-shirts. Meanwhile, Twenty20 Skincare will help you pamper mom with shea butter and body scrubs. Browse their curated Mother’s Day gift boxes for done-for-your gifts to send.
Fresh flowers and plants make lovely gifts. The special Mother’s Day bouquet with fresh cut flowers from Joy-19 will delight any recipient, or find the perfect potted plant or plant accessory at Plant and Curio. You could also browse the selection in the new nursery at Robert Plante in Navan (or maybe a gift card would be better for the gardening season!)
If you still aren’t sure and want to find a gift this weekend, or want to gift something for yourself, don’t miss the Cheerfully Made Spring Market on May 7th and 8th in Almonte! There will be a large selection of local makers, artisans and businesses.