Your Mom: Loves to cook, and made a fantastic (or at least edible, most of the time) dinner every night when you were growing up
But let's face it...that adds up to almost 10,000 meals (not to speak of breakfasts and school lunches) - so this is her time to enjoy a meal cooked by someone else.
Here are suggestions for where to treat her to a special Mother's Day brunch:
Miel Brasserie (InterContinental Hotel on the downtown waterfront; website) - Celebrate your mom with French flair at brunch featuring Chef Didier Montarou's mouth-watering Mother's Day menu; all entrées include the homemade dessert bar with strawberry shortcake.
Peregrine (Whitney Hotel, Beacon Hill; website) - Enjoy patio dining and Peregrine's Italian coastal specialties such as dressed oysters, spring risotto, radiatore pasta, confit lamb breast, and lemon pistachio cake.
Cafe Luna (612 Main Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge; website) - Take your mom to brunch (9am-4pm) and choose from Cafe Luna's huge brunch m menu with specialty eggs benedict (steak and lobster, crab cake, prosciutto with roasted fig jam, smoked salmon and avocado), Mexican churro French toast, shrimp tacos, wings and waffles, lemon ricotta pancakes, and lots more. Dine indoors or at a sidewalk table.
Q Restaurant (660 Washington Street, Chinatown/Theatre District) - Share Mongolian hot pot with your mom, or choose from the extensive Chinese entrees and sushi selections.
Shy Bird (1 Broadway at the corner of Third Street, Cambridge; website) - Choose from the brunch selections or share one of their special rotisserie chickens. Very nice terrace for outdoor seating; friendly vibe.
Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston Street, Back Bay; website) - Start with a selection of Viennoiserie or a charcuterie board, follow with a main course such as salade Niçoise, duck confit on a Belgium waffle, bavette steak and eggs, or a croque madame, and end with a chocolate hazelnut torte and you'll almost believe you're in Paris for Mother's Day.
Stephanie's on Newbury (190 Newbury St; website) - Relax with your mom on Stephanie's huge patio and treat yourselves to her favorite brunch classics: cinnamon monkey break, a smoked salmon platter, New England clam chowder, a skillet breakfast with eggs, smoked bacon, maple sausage, and baked cheddar home fries, and an ice cream sundae. Probably the biggest terrace dining space in Back Bay.
Forgot to make reservations? Take your mom for Dim Sum in Boston's Chinatown - but pretend that's what you were planning all along. You'll see other mom/child couples doing the same thing.
More fun possibilities (because who doesn't love pizza?):
Join the Duckling Day Parade on Mother's Day
You are the Mom . . . The proud Mom of - let's be honest - the cutest, smartest, and most talented toddler on the planet
So dress your cutie in yellow duckling suit (Amazon offers a big selection) and join the Duckling Day Parade from Boston Common to the Public Garden - the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day!
Pose by the Make Way for Ducklings statues for the perfect photo.
Your Mom: Loves shopping, but doesn't really need anything.
So for Mother's Day, get her something she wants.
Head over to SoWa Market, Boston's largest outdoor artisan market at 500 Harrison Ave in Boston's South End where you'll find a huge array of unique jewelry, clothing, crafts, gourmet foods, art, plus lots more.
Please note: Due to the pandemic, only SoWa Farmers Market will be open in May. However, vendors for the SoWa Arts Market will be there too - so you can still get your mom something wonderful - along with some fresh produce and just-baked bread.
You'll Aways Have Paris... for an Unforgettable Mother's Day Celebration
You: Once upon a time, the world's rudest teenager.
Your Mom . . . always (ok, almost always) patient and understanding.
Now (drumroll) . . . it's payback time.
Yes, it's a splurge. But Paris is only 6 hours from Boston by air. Your mom deserves this!
Imagine your mom's face when you announce you're taking her to the City of Light for Mother's Day Weekend. Imagine how much fun you'll have being there with her.
Paris Tip: France celebrates Mother's Day on the last Sunday in May. So if you're coming from the U.S. where Mother's Day always falls on the second Sunday in May, you'll get to celebrate this special occasion with your mom twice.
When can you travel safely to Paris again? Mother's Day, unfortunately, is too early to travel this year because of the ongoing pandemic - but based on greater availability of the vaccine in Europe (and much better distribution here), the current guess is that travel may be safely allowed again by as early as September or October.
The Ritz-Carlton Boston offers a unique combination including state of the art spa indulgence, numerous fitness classes, and specially-designed Mind Body Studios within the spectacular on-site Sports Club/LA.