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What Dad’s Need To Know About Mother’s Day

For newbie dad’s out there planning something special for Mother’s Day or for those of you who are trying to make improvements; here are the secrets to getting it right! If there is a step mom involved in your children’s lives, this is for her too!

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#1 – Buy her flowers and not just any flowers, the ones she likes. If you don’t know which flowers and colors are her favorites; you should, so  find out before the big day.

#2 – Do something you don’t typically do. Consider getting up early and tidying up before she wakes – that’s always a great way to start the day.

#3 – Together with the kids, plan something special like breakfast in bed, a picnic or other family outing she would enjoy. If you have very young children; it’s up to you to come up with a plan on their behalf. Note: Do not ask mom to organize it.

#4 – Help the younger children and remind the older ones to make or purchase a card or gift that imparts how much she means to them.

#5 -If you and the kids make her breakfast, brunch or lunch (or order in) make sure it’s not mom doing the post celebration clean-up.

If you follow these five basic universal rules you are sure to make Mother’s Day a happy, meaningful, and memorable day for the woman who gave you the greatest gift of all – knowing your children have a wonderful mother.

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5 Must Read Tips If You’re Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch

By Starr Durrant

Are you hosting a Mother’s Day brunch this year? If so, make it spectacular with these special touches and helpful suggestions.

1 –  Fresh Flowers for Your Centerpiece
No matter what what flowers you choose, they will be the centerpiece of your beautiful table setting so definitely a worthwhile investment. Also have an additional vase ready in case your guests bring flowers as a hostess gift. For idea’s on unique ways to display cut flowers visit “Inspired Ideas For Fresh Cut Flowers: Thinking Outside of the Vase”

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2 –  Display Your Napkins in a Unique and Appealing Way

If you are using linen napkins there are all sorts of fun ways to fold them into beautiful designs. I love this idea of adding a a string of pearls or adding some flower or ribbon. For more great ideas visit Buzz Feed’s “28 Creative Napkin-Folding Techniques” by Peggy Wang


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3 – Shine Up The Cutlery, Crystal and Glassware

It only takes a few minutes to make sure your silverware and glassware are spot free and it’s the things your guests don’t see that matter as much as what they do. 3V Venosta has a great visual guide How To Set The Table” if you want to make sure you have your silverware and glassware properly set out.


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4 – Be Creative With Your Presentation
Not everything has to be served on a plate. It’s always fun to serve family favorites in a new way and sometimes just changing how or what you serve it in can make all the difference.

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5 – Coffee & Dessert – Do You Have What You Need?

Nothing worse than serving that dessert you’ve worked so hard on and realizing you’re out of cream for the coffee! Plan ahead and make sure your coffee and tea supplies are on hand including sugar and cream.

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I’m confident these suggestions will help you ensure success and you can be certain your guests will appreciate the efforts you’ve put into to all the special touches and details!

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A Dad’s Guide To Mother’s Day: Getting It Right
12 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Edmonton
DIY Centerpiece For Mother’s Day Brunch


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12 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Edmonton

By Starr Durrant

Looking for some wonderful ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Edmonton? Here is a list of some great ideas, several which include making a difference in the lives of others. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, take in a movie, dinner theater, brunch or participate in a special event – there’s something for everyone!

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Movies For Mom
How about going to see the movie “Mother`s Day“ this May 8th! With Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson your mom is sure to enjoy her Mother`s Day movie and then there`s the popcorn – doesn`t get much better than that! View theaters and time for May 8, 2016

Picnic or Wiener Roast in Edmonton Parks
Many of Edmonton’s parks have picnic tables available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you wish to guarantee a picnic site, make a reservation in advance. Get the gang together and pack a basket or roast some wieners and celebrate outdoors this Mother`s Day in Edmonton

Hiking & Biking the Trails has a fantastic overview of all the options when it comes to making great use of the 20 major parks and attractions and 7,400 hectares of land and a river valley. You will find links to maps, trails and activities the whole family can enjoy!

Snow Valley Mother`s Day Brunch
Book your seat now for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8th!  There’s a special gift for Moms and prize giveaways from Tony Roma’s and more!Seating is limited and begins anytime after 10:30 am until Noon.Tickets* must be booked in advance: Call 780-809-2374 or book right now with Gina!$38 for Adults,$28 for those 55 years and over,$18 for kids 4 to 12 years of age.All prices add 17% service charge and GST.

Jubilation’s Dinner Theatre
Come out and have dinner while you watch Hey, Pretty Woman performed live on stage! Set to music from the late 80`s and early 90`s sure to bring back a memory or two. Hey, Pretty Woman! is a romantic comedy about how the most unlikely of matches can wind up falling in love… but no one ever said it would easy! Each show features three acts, with a four-course meal served in between. It’s a live show, so anything could happen. Play along, and the actors might just include you in the act!

Mamas and Mimosas Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)  Edmonton $32.40 per ticket (cash bar) Spoil mom and help support the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.  Following brunch there will be an opportunity to shop for mom in the Marketplace (with over 20 vendors), make memories in their photo booth, enter the silent auction with exciting items donated from various local businesses, and possibly win the 50/50 draw!  By phone (780) 298-8898 or by email

Sport Chek Annual Mother’s Day Walk, Run and Ride
William Hawrelak Park Sunday, May 8, 2016
Warm-up starts at 8:45 a.m. and awards are at 11 a.m
Participants can choose to ride 2.5 km., run 10 km or walk/run 5 km and all proceeds go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Basically Babies Annual Mothers Day Brunch & Silent Auction
Saturday, May 7 (Sherwood Park)
This wonderful event brings together family, friends, volunteers and supporters to celebrate motherhood and raise funds in support of Basically Babies. This year’s “tulips & tabletops themed-event will feature a delicious brunch and hundreds of silent auction items including the opportunity to bid on beautifully designed tabletop decor! To help provide inspiration for your own events, a number of special guests will there to share valuable tips on entertaining and table-decorating! The event makes a perfect Mother’s Day present for moms, grandmas, aunts and friends! Your support funds Basically Babies layette program – the gift of a complete first year wardrobe to newborns born into Edmonton-area families in need. Your support will help instill hope and make a difference in the lives of local newborns and mothers in the community. Individual tickets are $60 each. Purchase tables of 8 for $425 per table so that you and your guests can receive a reduced ticket price!

Senior`s Council Mother Day Events
Our seniors are our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers and what could be more wonderful to celebrate than that! The Edmonton Senior`s Council has a number of Mother`s Day events and they`re very affordable.
Mother’s Day Dinner
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 – 176 St.)
May 6, 5 p.m.
$14 members, $16 non-members
Treat the most important woman in your life to a nice dinner (chicken, mashed potatoes, coffee and dessert) in the cozy café. Enjoy the meal and conversation to the sweet sounds of live piano playing. Call 780-483-1209 for information.

Mother’s Day Tea
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 6, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Join MWSA for an afternoon of tea, refreshments and entertainment. Members and non-members welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for information.

Mother’s Day Tea
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
May 6, 1:30 p.m.
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The Creative Writers’ Group invites you to join them in honour of mothers past and present. In addition to a cup ‘of the very best’ and a selection of pastries, you will enjoy entertainment produced by and starring members of the Writers’ Group. Call 780-433-5807 for information.

Prairie Gardens’ Mothers’ Day Blossom Garden Party
Saturday & Sunday, May 7th & 8th – 2016 (Only Saturday 1PM seating remaining)
Step into springtime at Prairie Gardens’ Mothers’ Day Blossom Garden Party! Celebrate Mother’s Day at this family friendly event at Prairie Gardens, with flowers and Mother’s Day Brunch seating –  featuring delicate finger foods, earthly delights, sweet treats, free crafts and petting farm for the kids!

Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day at the Muttart
Sunday, May 8, 2016 noon-4pm Regular Admission
Treat Mom to an afternoon all about her at the Muttart Conservatory! Make Mom a special keepsake to tell her how much you love her, give her a Mother’s Day plant, and let her enjoy 15 minutes to herself getting a mini-massage from the students at MaKami College! Your mom will love her day at the Muttart Conservatory!

Mother’s Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo!
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12 – 4pm
The Edmonton Valley Zoo will be putting a spotlight on moms – animal and human – this Mother’s Day! Our resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats throughout the afternoon! Human moms will be pampered with a mini-massage! Magic shows, airbrush face painting, animal encounters, planting activities, live music and so much more will make it a wonderful Mother’s Day experience! Summer General Admission Rates Apply

Happy Mother’s Day!

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DIY Centerpiece For Mother’s Day Brunch

It’s almost Mother’s Day and this inverted wine glass candle holder in fresh flowers makes a beautiful center piece!

Starr's DIY Creations & Inspirations for Home and Family

Created by Starr Durrant

Center pieces are a fun and creative way to brighten up your table. You’ve put the time into preparing that special meal; now showcase it on a table set with a stunning arrangement that is equally impressive and lets your guests know how much you care.

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What you need
A fresh bouquet of your choice from flower shop or super market
A dish or bowl no more than 3 inches deep
Two Wine Glasses
Adhesive Jewels
A few scented candles in small glass containers ( can be found at most dollar stores)
Ice cubes

#1 – Wine Glass Candle Holder
This Mother’s Day I decided to do my own version of the upside down wine glass/candle holder idea.  I added to it by embellishing it with some self-adhesive jewels to give each glass base a bit more sparkle. These jewels can be removed easily afterwards so the…

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