Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. Do you have everything you need to make Mother’s Day a special event? Or are you a mother who’d like to make sure that the people in her life know how to make this a special day for you? If so, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a free checklist you can use to make sure it’s a special Mother’s Day. You can access the Mother’s Day Checklist on your iPhone or iPad using the Checklist Mom app. It’s one of the suggested lists under the “New Mom” icon. Or print out our free printable Mother’s Day checklist for yourself, leave it in a conspicuous place, or just forward this post to your special someone.
Mother’s Day Checklist
- Buy Cards — Buy a Mother’s Day card uniquely suited to your mom, or
- Make Cards — If any of the kids are making cards, make sure you’ve got everything you need on hand and plan some time to help them if necessary.
- E-cards – If mom is far away, you can send an e-card. Check out this deal from evite: send 5 free Premium Mothers Day Greeting eCards to all the Moms in your life. (a $5 value) Use Promo Code 5momcard at checkout.
- Flowers — Flowers sell fast around Mother’s Day. Buy or order a day or two in advance to make sure you get a fresh bouquet. Amazon has great deals such as this Benchmark Bouquets Rays of Sunshine, With Vase
- Shop & Order Early — Remember gifts bought online or through a catalog will take time to ship. Give yourself plenty of lead time or budget for rush delivery.
- Make a Gift – You can choose to DIY and make a special gift. This is especially great to do with kids. Give yourself enough time to gather materials and make the gift.
- Wrap Gifts — Wrap gifts and attach cards ahead of time. For added impact, place Mom’s gifts in the living room or on the breakfast tray for Mother’s Day morning.
4. Activities Out
- Make Reservations — Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, so plan and reserve in advance. Also resorts, amusement parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts fill up fast as well. Make any reservations at least a week in advance.
- Buy Tickets — Any event on Mother’s Day will probably be well attended. If you plan on taking in a play, movie, concert or sporting event make sure to purchase tickets in advance.
- Plan on One of Mom’s Favorite Activities — Whatever your special mom loves – whether it’s antique fairs, motorcycles, zoos, or anything else – bring her/allow her to indulge in that for Mother’s Day. If you have outdoor plans, check the weather and have alternate plans in mind.
5. Fun at Home
- Movies— Get and watch fun Mother’s Day themed movies at home. Check out our blog post – 10 Great Movies to Watch on Mother’s Day for ideas.
- Games — Does Mom love games? If so, Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for some family fun and togetherness, in game mode!
6. Cooking for Mom
- Recipes — If cooking for Mom, make sure you’ve selected the recipe or recipes you like and have the recipe on hand.
- Groceries — Do your grocery shopping the day before (or make sure there will be time Sunday morning to go out and get what you need).
- Clean Up Afterwards — Make sure the chores are done (kitchen and dining area clean), and mom can relax.
7. General Preparation
- Check In with the Family — if you’re planning to visit any family (e.g., grandmothers, aunts, friends) phone several days in advance to confirm plans.
- Have Kids Finish Homework — Minimize any potential worries that might get in the way of a fun and carefree Mother’s Day, and make sure homework is complete by Saturday.
- Have Cameras Ready — Take plenty of pictures to remember the special day.
That’s our Mother’s Day checklist! What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments and please share this post with anyone who you feel could use it.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.