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Maybe your mom is like mine. Maybe she said all she wanted for a Mother’s Day gift was a little time together or, “just something small, honey.” Maybe you’re like me and you just looked at your calendar and realized you have less than a week to get this all together. Maybe, this year, instead of hastily buying a $20 scarf at 10 p.m. on Saturday and wrapping it in tissue paper in the car (just a random example), you take mom out for a nice day around town.
Don’t panic. We got this.
1. Start with a nice brunch…
Breakfast in bed is nice gesture, but it inevitably ends with a kitchen full of dirty dishes and orange juice on the comforter. Skip the mess and pick one of the fabulous brunch options below:
Province is reviving their Eggs Benedict Action Station, giving mom the option to create her eggs Benedict one of 252 ways. The make your own Bloody Mary bar and complimentary mimosa and house-made pastry with Meyer Lemon curd are back as well. If a buffet is more your speed, The Compass Arizona Grill has endless sweet and savory options for $69, while District American Kitchen is rolling out a bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosa bar and special brunch items. Maybe you’re a little short on cash, in which case you should head to Steve’s Greenhouse Grill where the Mother’s Day brunch has moms eating free with the purchase of an adult entree.
… or, head straight to lunch:
Let mom sleep in (that means you!) and forget the breakfast shuffle. Go for a late brunch or just skip all those breakfast sweets and go for lunch:
The Arrogant Butcher is opening on Sunday at noon with a special menu featuring eggs Benedict, Banana Bread Pudding and a veggie scramble. If mom is all about eating healthy, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant is offering a three course meal for $21.95, while Kincaid’s – a seafood lover’s haven – is open for lunch at 11 a.m.
2. Then, take in a special event:
Nothing says quality time with mom like America’s pastime, and the D’Backs are going all out with a Mother’s Day earring giveaway. The first 5,000 moms will get a pair and, psst, gifting secret here, if you pay for tickets, those earrings totally count as a present.
If mom isn’t a sports fan, head over to Stand Up Live for the 3 Blond Moms show and share a chuckle with Joanie Fagan, Donna Cherry and Kat Simmons as they joke about all those irritating things moms deal with on a daily basis. For more laughs, head to the Phoenix Comedy Festival for a bevy of comedians and musicians, all in support of the Bill of Rights Monument Project.
If a play is more mom’s speed, Herberger Theater has two on tap for Sunday. RED, a searing portrait of famous expressionist painter Mark Rothko, is showing at 1 and 7 p.m., while Time Stands Still – showing at 2 p.m. – tells the story of a photojournalist and foreign correspondent working to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.
Finally, let mom in on the secret of Crescent Ballroom for the Portland Cello Project – a group of classically trained cellists playing symphony-style music. Moms love live bands and great cocktails, too.
3. And, after a full day, give mom a foot rub.
Yes, with your hands.
She’ll love it.