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What to do on Mother’s Day

There are only so many flowers and hand-made cards you can give your mom before you start to wonder if she suspects you have run out of creative ideas.

She’s kissed your boo-boos, dried your tears, listened to your teenaged (and grown-up) rants of heartache, encouraged you to try harder, and has been your biggest supporter from preschool through to adulthood.

This is the one day that you can let her know that you remember all she has done, and all she is worth.

Here are some ideas for things to do and places to take mom on Mother’s Day this year. You will need to book, so do not delay.

Mother’s Day in Gauteng

The Blades

Bring your mom or wife into the restful setting of the Blades on the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam to enjoy an a la carte four course lunch while listening to the soothing sounds of saxophone music, and being pampered by mini nomadic spa treatments.

The kiddies will be kept busy with a buffet and activities including a jumping castle, petting zoo and cupcake decorating, so mom can really relax.

R295 per adult and R125 for kids. Tel 012-808-9943 or email sales@theblades.co.za.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel

Treat your mother like royalty at this beautiful boutique hotel where crisp linen, delicate crockery and silver cutlery are part of the experience.

A delicious Mother’s Day menu is on offer with a buffet selection offering prawn linguine, beef fillet, salmon and sea bass, with frosted cakes, dripping puddings and sweets to delight.

From R525.00 per person. Tel 011-804-2540 or email reservations@fairlawns.co.za.

Mother’s Day Steam Train to Cullinan

There’s something rather whimsical and other-worldly about a steam train. Take your mother back to her childhood and book a seat on board this locomotive from Pretoria to Cullinan.

Enjoy a bite to eat in one of the restaurants (booking ahead is advised) or coffee shops, or enjoy a picnic or braai at the free fires provided in the park nearby the station.

R250 per adult, pensioners R200, 13-18 years R175, 7 to 12 years R150, 2 to 6 years R100 and under one go for free. Tel 012-767-7913 or visit Friends of the Rail.

Mother’s Day in KwaZulu-Natal

Moyo at uShaka

Lunch to the extreme is what you can expect with Moyo uShaka’s Mother’s Day buffet. Starters, mains and dessert options are inspired, with venison potjie, lamb and chicken on the carvery, beef dombolo and grilled fish for mains and tarts, puddings, cheeses and ice creams for dessert – amongst other delicious dishes – featured on the menu.

You can also expect entertainment in true moyo style, a welcome drink plus a surprise for mom.

R315 per adult, R185 for children (4 – 12 years old) and children under three eat free. Bookings are essential: 031 332 0606 or ushakafunctions@moyo.com.

Arno Carstens and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the Durban Botanic Gardens

Bring your mom and the whole family to the Durban Botanic Gardens this year. Food and refreshments will be on sale, but you can also bring a tasty picnic, blanket and enjoy a fun-filled day of music. The concert starts at 14:00.

Tickets are R140 pre sold or R160 on the day. Kids 8 – 12 R60. Under eight are free. For more information, tel: 031-322-4021 or visit Durban Botanic Gardens.

The Oyster Box: High Tea and Mother’s Day Lunch

For lunch, Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph, has created a delicious six-course menu in the elegant Grill Room, and ‘Blommie’ the resident florist, will be available to talk about flowers and bouquets, and will give each mom a beautiful bunch of flowers.

Time: 12h00 – 15h00
Venue: The Grill Room
Price: R 750 per person (6-course menu)
Contact: +27 (0) 31 514 5018 or email restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.

High Tea on Mother’s Day Sunday is guaranteed to convey your love and appreciation for mom. Live entertainment by Eric Canham will add a special touch and will make this Mother’s Day the most special day yet. Booking is essential.

Time: Two Sittings: 11h30 – 13h30 | 14h30 – 17h00
Venue: The Palm Court
Price: R 350 per person

Contact +27 (0) 31 514 5018 or email restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

Mother’s Day in Cape Town

Tea by the Sea or Lunch Buffet at The Twelve Apostles

High Tea Saturday, 7 May

There’s nothing more delightful than being a little fancy and enjoying high tea in true British style. The Twelve Apostles does not disappoint, with freshly baked treats like butter-melting scones, feather-light macaroons, scrumptious cupcakes and dainty finger sandwiches. Do not forget a glass of bubbly to mark the special occasion.

Price: R 275 per person

To make a booking contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029 or email restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

Sunday Lunch Sunday, 8 May

In true 12 Apostles style, an exquisite buffet awaits our moms. The view, the service, and live music will help mom know how special she is. Plus, all moms receive a surprise gift on the day.

Price: R 465 per adult | R 235 per child under 12 years
To make a booking contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za

French-Style Celebrations at the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek

Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst will delight and surprise mom this year with a menu featuring lobster, confit guinea fowl, Karoo lamb and a dessert selection to make even the home-chef giddy; “chocolate forest” of 80% hazelnut pot au crème, tonka bean semi-freddo, Madagascan vanilla poached shimeji mushrooms, pistachio brittle, white chocolate snow, apple moss and micro basil. Moms will receive a lovely gift of chocolate and wine-tasting for two.

To make a booking, tel: 021 876 8600

Relaxed Beachfront Spoils for much-needed retail therapy

Eden on the Bay in Big Bay, Blouberg, has made it easy for all of us. There is no need to choose as you can have it all.

Give your mom the full Eden Experience for R500 and she can enjoy an assortment of gift vouchers valid for the month of May. Vouchers cover light breakfasts at various coffee shops, discount vouchers for various boutiques and stunning restaurant vouchers to be enjoyed at your leisure.

To enquire please send an email to info@shiftone.co.za or visit Eden on the Bay.