Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day Magic

You know Mother's Day is approaching when a string of press releases disguised as helpful ideas for presents flood your email inbox.
(And when you come across what looks to be a half-made card in your daughter's school bag, and she quickly tells you there is no need to check it for notes today thank you! Shhh, don’t tell!)
In the last week or so, I've been told Mums love flowers, slippers, PJs, and breakfasts in bed on their special day of the year.
It's not that I don't like burnt toast and milky tea, pyjamas that are way too big or small, Grandma-style slippers, and flowering weeds from the garden that have been tied up in a bunch and tossed casually on the bed. After all, it's the thought that counts.
But there are a few other gift ideas that I know most Mums will be eyeing off enviously if they see photos and happy posts on Faceboast on May 11.
Here are a few present ideas that are sure to please: 

WHAT: Emporium Hotel Mother’s Day High Tea, Brisbane
Held on Sunday 11 May, 2014, with sittings at 9.30 am, 12 noon, and 2.30 pm, this indulgent High Tea includes petit fours, mini quiches, cucumber finger sandwiches, smoked salmon and crème fraiche mini bagels, home-baked scone with jam and creen, and bottomless T2 Teas and Vittoria Coffee. Not to mention a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival.
Costs $49 per person.
Phone 07 3153 6914 or email


WHAT: French bubbly
Order before 4/5/2014, and First Choice will deliver a bottle of Henri Laurent Champagne in a gift bag for just $40.95. The includes delivery. Order online or call First Choice on 1300 308 833 and quote offer code 1929847.

WHAT: Trapeze lessons
What girl hasn’t dreamed of running away and joining the circus? Adrenalin is currently offering 50 per cent off flying trapeze classes in Melbourne ($39). Mum will be taken through a series of moves based on her skills and strength. She’ll then get to try her hand (and body) as a performer, and even fly through the air and be caught by a trained instructor. Classes are also offered in Brisbane, Sydney and on the Gold Coast but the special is only available for Melbourne. However, there is $10 off all deals when you spend $39 or more. 

WHAT: Uberkate personalised jewellery
Every woman loves bling, and Uberkate’s handcrafted designs are as coveted as a sleep-in on Mother’s Day. Uberkate has beautiful Forever Hearts necklaces for $165 (large single heart on a 45cm chain), $155 for a medium heart, and a small, medium and large set on a 45 cm chain for $450. Order here, while stocks last. 

 An example of Uberkate's lovingly-made jewellery. 

 This is an example of the hearts bling. Isn't it gorgeous?

WHAT: iPad Air or iPad Mini
(Drool). Goes without saying really. Order online for free delivery. 

But if these pressies are all beyond your budget, never fear. You can still give Mum an experience she won’t forget. And it’s on us!

This year, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has made Mother’s Day easy with the HappyMother’s Day Concert, part of the incredibly loved Music on Sundays Program, being staged on Sunday 11 May at 11.30am in the Concert Hall at QPAC. So give Mum music and a touch of magic!

Concert highlights include Dvořák’s nostalgic Songs My Mother Taught Me and Brisbane husband-and-wife legends Pamela Page and Max Olding performing Czerny’s Piano Concerto for Four Hands.

The Happy Mother’s Day concert is part of the QSO’s popular Music on Sundays series, hosted by one of Australia’s most versatile musical entertainers, Guy Noble.  

With themed music, renowned soloists, world-class musicians and an entertaining host, the QSO offers the perfect reason to get out of bed on a Sunday morning!

Thanks to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra I have a pass for four people to attend the Happy Mother’s Day concernt on May 11. Winners must be able to get themselves to the Concert Hall at QPAC, in time for the concert at 11.30am. 

To enter, just comment below and share your best (or worst) Mother’s Day experience ever. Competitions close on Thursday May 8, 2014, and AEST 9 am. 

Music on Sundays Series is presented by Bacchus Bar, Restaurant & Pool. Official Radio Partner - Brisbane’s News Talk 4BC. The next concerts are on 27 July at 11.30am, QPAC Concert Hall | Passion and Madness – Operatic Wonders; and 19 October at 11.30am, QPAC Concert Hall | World Inspiration – Armchair Traveller. Go to for details.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Haha yes I've been getting those press releases too! I like your curated selection Bronnie!

Char said...

I love a special breakfast for Mother's Day and that doesn't mean burnt toast and weak tea at around 11am when my offspring decide to drag themselves out of bed. I'm talking at a cafe at around 8am after a nice long run. That's my idea of heaven.

Unknown said...

I look forward to getting an Uberkate necklace once I've finished having all my babes. I'm looking forward to a nice breakfast for Mother's Day. It's the simplest things that give the greatest pleasure.

Unknown said...

I look forward to getting an Uberkate necklace once I've finished having all my babes. I'm looking forward to a nice breakfast for Mother's Day. It's the simplest things that give the greatest pleasure.

Grace said...

I saw a Harvey Norman ad that told me that as a mum, I want an electric hair removal thingy. Oooookay. Just get me a massage voucher and a bottle of champers and draw me a bath…I'll be happy. Nothing electrical at all!

Unknown said...

I can't stand the telly ads that try to push CDs by old has-beens. That really makes me feel old!
Love those necklaces. I've been meaning to get one for ages.