If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available. Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, don’t forget!) is just around the corner. Planning ahead (do it now!) will make for a perfect day. It might not be picture perfect. It might even be a little unconventional. It might not even be celebrated on the day itself. But, it can be perfectly grand if you plan for it.

First, let’s talk about what not to do. This is not a holiday to be an overachiever. Mom is not going to be thrilled with a stressed out child. This is not a holiday to take over the kitchen, yard or house and leave a mess. If you make breakfast, clean up. If you plant flowers, water them and sweep away the debris. In fact, if you were to clean the house and fill it with flowers, you might just be the favorite child forever.

Now, back to the five steps for creating the perfect Mother’s Day. 

    1. Plan ahead. It sounds simple, but we all know it’s not. Procrastination is just far too easy. Don’t be the one waiting until Saturday, May 7 (or even the night of Mother’s Day). You know the holiday is coming. Stop and take care of it now.
    2. If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available. Create a handmade Mother’s Day card. If you are artistic, she will love it. If you are not, she will love it. Promise. Either way, taking the time to create a handmade card let’s her know you spent time thinking of her. Come on, she was in labor for how long? You can labor creatively for a few minutes making her a card. Hand deliver it or pop it in the mail. Just don’t forget.
    3. Order her flowers and surprise her at work. If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available. That will certainly make her day and ensure you keep your “favorite child” status.
    4. Call, text, e-mail and Facebook. You can’t say “Happy Mother’s Day” too many times. This will give Mom bragging rights over other moms, “Oh, it’s my favorite child calling to say Happy Mother’s Day.” You win again at creating the perfect day for mom.
    5. Remember all the “Moms” in your world. A note, a phone call, a bouquet of flowers allows your “Bonus Mom” to feel the love, too.

If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available.

For many of us, Mother’s Day might not be picture perfect. The orange juice might spill at breakfast. The glue on the handmade card might squish out the edges. Thank goodness for flowers. Flowers are always beautiful, always loved and always the perfect Mother’s Day gift. (Be sure you take a flower picture and share it so everyone can see your “Perfect Mother’s Day”.)

How do you plan to pamper Mom?