Plan a StaycationWhile it's nice to head out of town for Mother's Day weekend, you can have just as much fun in your hometown with a staycation. Find a plush resort within a short driving distance and check in for a weekend of family fun and pampering for mom. Many resorts offer special Mother's Day rates and promotions so check around to find a good deal before making a reservation if you're on a budget.
For maximum family enjoyment, choose a full-service resort with lots of amenities like a spa, expansive swimming pool and kids activity programs. Surprise mom by booking her a spa day to get a massage, facial and manicure to help her relax and unwind. Make reservations for brunch at the hotel restaurant on Mother's Day morning and enjoy a decadent meal.
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Head Out to the WoodsPack up the tent and camp stove and head out of town for a weekend in the wilderness. Set up camp in a spot that's miles from anything and enjoy the tranquility of nature. If cellphones even work out there, collect electronics from the entire family to keep the weekend free of texting, surfing Facebook and reading email. Think of it as Family Time: Unplugged. Instead, take hikes and nature walks, fish, play card games and enjoy each other's company.
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Deliver All of Her FavoritesIf leaving home for the weekend isn't in the cards, make the most of staying at home and have various treats delivered to mom. Order a flower delivery from FTD, a few dozen delectable cookies from Cheryl & Co. and a few new books by her favorite authors from Amazon. Time the deliveries to arrive at various times throughout the weekend. On Sunday, order in a delivery from her favorite restaurant for dinner. She'll be impressed by the thoughtfulness and thrilled she doesn't have to cook. Pick up a to-go order of her favorite items if the restaurant doesn't offer delivery.
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Enjoy a Picnic LunchPack up a picnic lunch and head to the park to spend the day enjoying quality family time. Get the entire family involved and have each person make a dish to share. There's no need to limit this gathering to your immediate family, invite extended family as well so you can all celebrate together. Bring a Frisbee, a football and a lawn game like bocce ball.
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