The Foodie Mum
From nightly dinners to birthday cakes, there’s a fair chance your mum has had a hand in much of what you ate growing up. It’s time to return the favour by taking your mother out for a dinner she won’t forget. Countless venues around town are rolling out the red carpets for Brisbane’s mothers, but we’ve picked a few that we think she’ll really enjoy. Sofitel Brisbane Central is getting classy for the occasion with a French high-tea party, taking place in the stunning surrounds of its Ballroom Le Grand. The affair will be entranced by an exclusive performance by the Queensland Ballet, making this one an extra-special event. Speaking of high teas, Bacchus is likewise putting on a lavish spread for Mother’s Day, featuring complimentary Bellinis on arrival, a menu of sweet and savoury delights and divine Harney & Sons Tea. Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane is hosting a fabulous high tea on the day, with a sumptuous grazing station stacked with delights, Mumm rosé on arrival and a chance to win a $50 Heavenly Spa by Westin voucher. Think Belgian-style waffle stations, succulent slow-roasted pork and beef, charcuterie platters and cakes.
Beirne Lane will be hosting a special brunch club on Mother’s Day, featuring bottomless Aperol spritz, mimosas and champagne. At OTTO Ristorante, you can treat your mum to a two or three-course lunch featuring some of OTTO’s signature dishes and a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne on arrival. Newstead’s e’cco bistro is opening exclusively for Sunday lunch on Mother’s Day, offering two seatings for diners to sample potato gnocchi with gorgonzola, grilled Atlantic salmon, Moreton Bay Bug risotto and more. If you are after a gift idea that will blow mum away, Corbett & Claude is giving one lucky mum the chance to be immortalised in a portrait by one of Australia’s leading contemporary fine artists. In addition to enjoying a feast fit for a queen, your mum will go into the running to score an exquisite portrait by Starr. Get all the details here. Little Valley is hosting two Mother’s Day lunch seatings, each boasting a special banquet including the likes of pork cheek with mustard greens and 24-hour beef short rib, while Tai Tai is hosting a dim sum high tea over in South Bank. Lunch by the river at Stokehouse Q is a great way to spoil your mum, with a special two- and three-course menu crafted by head chef Marcel Nogaski available on the day. Riverland is getting in on the high-tea action with a spread including Hey Sugar Custom Cakes, Baa Baa Bao, Phil’s Dumpling Envy plus a selection of cheeses, savoury treats and decadent sweet platters. Vintaged Bar + Grill will be hosting its own high-tea celebration, with Veuve Cliquot on arrival followed by gourmet finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with jam and cream, plus cakes and confections. Salon de Co is giving mums a tailored food-and-drink experience including a divine five-course tasting menu. Three Blue Ducks will be offering unbeatable river views and a three-course lunch fit for a Queen, while a few floors down Heritij is putting on a sumptuous Asian-inspired seafood and grill buffet. Fortitude Valley’s Osbourne Hotel is putting on a three-course lunch conjured up by chef Ben King, including some heavenly Mumm macarons from Sydney’s MakMak. One Fifty is hosting a special set-menu lunch for mums, while The Jetty in South Bank is upping the ante with a sizeable shared brunch. The Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive is giving you three options for Mother’s Day feasting, with a la carte dining in The Boatshed bolstered by both a breakfast buffet and a buffet lunch also available in The Regatta’s level one dining space.
The Pamper Mum
Honestly, who doesn’t love to be spoiled a little bit? From shopping sprees to pedicures, if there’s anyone that deserves to be overindulged, it’s mum. One no-brainer idea is gifting your mum a luxurious spa treatment at one of Brisbane’s best pamper palaces. Heavenly Spa by Westin Brisbane has a special Mother’s Day experience that includes a relaxing hot-stone massage and a detox facial. A special ‘Mother & Daughter Memories’ package lets you both enjoy some pampering in the double treatment room, which can be elevated further with a post-treatment high tea served in the Westin Club and a visit to the Nautilus Pool Bar. If you’re keen to find the right package for mum, we’re also big fans of One Wybelenna in Brookfield, Waterlily Skin in New Farm, Bliss Float in Bulimba, Brooklyn Beauty Bar in Fortitude Valley and Petrie Terrace, Stephanie’s Spa Retreat in The City, Skin Spirit Day Spa in Tarragindi, Petrichor Day Spa in Hawthorne, and Edwards and Co in The City. If you want to spoil mum rotten with a gift, why not consider one that keeps giving? We’re all about gift boxes this year, with plenty of one-off and subscription boxes making for a perfect gift for any mum with special interests. We suggest checking out Box of Style, Wanderess Beauty, Bondi Wash and The Handmade Box.
The Culturally Savvy Mum
If your mum likes to hit the town and get amongst Brisbane’s art, music and theatre action, then our event calendar is loaded with great ideas. If we were to pick some highlights, we’d single out gifting mum a ticket to The Book of Mormon at QPAC before it leaves town. MELT Festival is on again this year, with a stacked program on engaging theatre that celebrates sexual and gender diversities. Is your mum a music fiend? There are some top-notch gigs taking place throughout May, including shows from The Proclaimers, Jeff Tweedy, The Whitlams and The Ten Tenors. Other incredible outings include English Baroque with Circa and Urzila Carlson at QPAC, David Malouf and David Marr in conversation at Brisbane Powerhouse, Barbara and the Camp Dogs at Queensland Theatre’s Bille Brown Theatre, and Romeo and Juliet at La Boite.
The Creative Mum
Is your mum responsible for fostering your own creative ethos? Maybe you should repay the favour by treating you and your mum to a day of hands-on workshops. Spots like Work-Shop, Hands On Brisbane and Class Bento have a huge array of workshops that incorporate the likes of terrarium-making workshops, ikebana flower arranging, sourdough basics, macramé wall hangings and screen-printing sessions. Should your mum prefer a more artsy outlet, sign up for a paint-and-sip class at Brush and Barrel or Cork & Chroma. Mas & Miek Ceramic House has a bunch of classes for budding ceramicists, including throwing, hand-building and glazing sessions. If you and your mum often bonded over cooking in the kitchen, why not get together for some cooking classes? There are some great ones to check out around town, but we’re big fans of the classes at Golden Pig, Putia Pure Food and James St Cooking School.