Creative Mother's Day outing ideas

May 6, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Mother's Day is the perfect time to show your mother how much you care about her. Every mom is one-of-a-kind, so her mother's day celebration should be, too. Instead of breakfast in bed or a four-course dinner, plan a memorable Mother's Day outing for your mom, aunt, grandmother or sister that will honor her and be an enjoyable day for everyone.

Woman setting up for tea party

If mom likes the outdoors...

If your mom has a love for the outdoors but you don't want to stray too far from home, bring the campsite to your very own backyard. Set up a tent and sleeping bags or let a company like Suburban Camping Company deliver a glamorous camping experience—complete with a beautiful canvas tent that has a full size bed, nightstands, chandelier, and breakfast the next morning so moms can enjoy the outdoors in style.

If mom likes to relax...

Treat her to an at-home spa day. While a facial, massage, and mani-pedi at a professional spa can run upwards of $500, you can replicate most of those activities at home.

According to Michele Merhib, a licensed massage therapist and founder of Elements Therapeutic Massage, a homemade massage can be just as beneficial as one from a day spa. "Make sure that you are always higher than the body parts you'll be massaging," Merhib said. "Rely on gravity to apply pressure with your hands and fingertips." For a mani/pedi, give mom a choice of nail polish colors and then let her keep her favorite color for touch-ups.

If mom is sophisticated...

Throw an afternoon tea party. Brew some of her favorite blends and set your dining room table for an informal tea with your favorite china cups, tea service sets, or other fine hostess items such as linens, table napkins, china, tongs, butter dishes, sugar bowls or napkin rings. If you want to add to your collection of tea service items, take mom to an antique shop for the afternoon where you can pick up some new treasures.

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