We are not ashamed to admit how much we love our Mum here at Okapi Home. She truly is the greatest and an absolute powerhouse who never lets anything stand in her way. She inspires us with her determination and joie de vivre and we wouldn’t be where we are today without her support.
And while we shouldn’t need a dedicated day to spoil her, it is a good excuse to remember how great she is and to show our love for her.
I don’t know about you but there is just something about afternoon tea that feels oh so decadent and luxurious.
Our favourite afternoon tea has to be the British Museum in London – not only do I love the exhibitions there, but it is a beautiful setting and the home of many happy memories for our family.
But you can always put together an afternoon tea at home with some salmon and cucumber sandwiches, cut into triangles, along with scones, clotted cream and jam and some lovely cakes for after. I love whipping up a batch of Hummingbird cupcakes and they always seem to go down well.
Why not take your mum shopping and simply spend the day helping her pick out things she might not normally pick for herself? Visit all her favourite shops and try on everything in sight until you find that perfect outfit. And if you are feeling especially generous you might even treat her to it.
I am a big fan of the homemade hamper for all occasions – not only are they a lot cheaper than some of the shop prepared ones but you can also tailor it to that person and get a selection of all of their favourite things. You can get a pretty basket that they can reuse fairly easily (Okapi Home even has a few here that work) and just fill it with lovely things.
You could include:
Our mum is a little bit obsessed with Omar Sharif so this Christmas we took pity on her slightly overused VHS of Doctor Zhivago and bought her the DVD. Just last week her and the girls went off to Afternoon Tea and then returned home for a screening of Doctor Zhivago. We have a feeling it may not be the last Omar Sharif inspired screening.
So why not invest in a DVD with her favourite actor in and put a lovely bottle of white in to chill and enjoy a night on the sofa. Other favourites in our house include anything with Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable or Audrey Hepburn in.
And if all else fails go for the ever faithful cup of tea this Mothering Sunday.