Six ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

Whether you’ll be seeing your mum in person this Mother’s Day or keeping your distance due to COVID-19, there are plenty of ways to treat your mum this Sunday.

Here’s six ways you can celebrate your mum in these unusual times.

Breakfast in bed or brunch with the family

Start the day in style with an epic breakfast pack from one of Ipswich’s best cafes.

Rafter and Rose are putting together boxes of breakfast goodies, including Bake-at-Home Almond Croissants, Housemade Crumpets, local honey, butter, bacon, eggs and juice.

Dovetails Restaurant is also stocking sparkling brunch hampers to make Mother’s Day at home extra special.

The indulgent packs include waffles, croissants, Ungermann Brothers’ vanilla bean ice cream, brownies, chocolate sauce, berries, juice and sparkling wine. Pre-order and pick-up on Saturday.

Plan a picnic

As restrictions start to ease, Queenslanders can now have a picnic with the people they live with, and one other person.

So Mother’s Day could be the perfect opportunity to bake Mum’s favourite treats or pick up a picnic pack from your favourite local café or restaurant to share with the family.

To raise your picnic game, order an antipasto platter or hot and cold seafood platter from Marburg Pub and get out to your local park for some fresh air.

Queens Park Café reopens this weekend after temporarily closing due to COVID-19.

You can pre-order takeaway catering packs through their website to pick up on Sunday. Just BYO rug to enjoy a socially distanced picnic in the sunshine.

Fourthchild Restaurant, which is usually closed on Sundays, will also be open for you to pick up Mum’s favourite baked goods for takeaway.

Go for a walk

Get your daily dose of exercise with your mum while enjoying Ipswich’s natural beauty at the same time.

For a family-friendly walk, stroll along the Bremer at Riverheart Parklands or venture over to Denmark Hill to check out the 360’ views of the city below.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve and Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve are also good options.

If your mum is an experienced bushwalker and wants more of a challenging hike, head to Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate for stunning views of surrounding mountain ranges or explore the Flinders Peak hiking trail.

Just remember to physically distance from other hikers and do your homework before you set out for the walk to make sure you’re well-equipped and fit enough to handle the trails you are walking.

Avoid White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate – it remains closed to the public for hazard reduction burns.

Brighten her day with flowers

If you’re missing your mum this Mother’s Day because either of you are in isolation, why not send a bouquet to brighten her day.

Local florists are using non-contact methods for deliver and shops that remain open have implemented social distancing and extra cleaning measures.

Read more to find out how to place your order with the Ipswich florists who are delivering sunshine in challenging times:

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Get out in the garden

Try out your green thumb and enjoy some quality time in the garden with your mum.

Whether it’s planting new seedlings, pruning the rose bushes or helping her out with some weeding or mowing, it’s the perfect way of showing you care without spending a fortune.

If you’re looking for some creative ideas for your gardens, check out these tips from gardening guru James Hilyard, including how to grow your own fruit and vegetables from seed.  

Do a virtual class together

If you can’t be together with your mum this Sunday, make sure you show her some love with a phone call or facetime, or book a virtual course that the two of you can do together online.

There’s plenty of options to suit every mum’s interests, from online art classes to virtual cooking schools with leading chefs.

You could also try doing a relaxing yoga class together through Active at Home, or one of more than a dozen other workouts.

If your mum is interested in learning a new skill, you could search the wide range of courses and tutorials available through the Ipswich Libraries website to see what she might like.

The Lynda and Studiosity courses are available free for all Ipswich Libraries members. So while you won’t have to spend a cent, your mum will appreciate the thought you’ve put in to help her finding a course that will allow her to explore an interest or learn something new.

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