Celebrating Mother’s Day


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Mother’s Day 5k – South Park

Kick off Mother’s Day by getting active!  A new family tradition designed to celebrate moms and moms to be, the Mother’s Day 5K is a great activity for the whole family.  There will be fun activities for kids, including face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and even an informal “Kids Dash.”  The 5K kicks off at 8:00 am on May from Dillard’s South Park Mall, and the Kids Dash will follow at 9:15.  The 5k course is stroller-friendly, and no registration is required for the Kids Dash.  Learn more at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/MothersDay5Kcharlotte.



Mother’s Day Tea at the Ballantyne Hotel

Treat mom to a luxury tea at the Ballantyne Hotel.
Treat mom to a luxury tea at the Ballantyne Hotel.

Every weekend, guests to the Ballantyne Hotel have the chance to experience the luxury hotel’s unique take on classic teas offered in England’s finest tea houses with a touch of Southern flair.  On Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, they will offer a special Mother’s Day Tea.  Adults and children will enjoy a variety of tea blends from the Rare Tea Company, the official tea of the Royal Family.  Tickets are $55 for adults ($70 if you wish to include a glass of sparkling wine) and $29 for children.  Call 704-248-4100 for reservations.

Mother’s Day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

On Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is paying tribute to moms throughout the region with free admission for moms all weekend long!  Moms and their families can stroll the gardens, listen to live music, shop the garden store, and enjoy food and beverages from various food trucks.  The first 250 mothers admitted each day will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Rountree Nursery and Supply.  The Garden is open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and all activities run from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Non-moms/non-members pay regular garden admission ($14.95 for adults, $7.95 for children, $12.95 for seniors).  DSBG asks all guests – including members and moms – to reserve timed tickets for the weekend on their website: https://www.dsbg.org/event/mothers-day/.

Fabulous Flamingos at Painting with a Twist Indian Trail

Do you and your mom share a love of painting?  Get crafty this mother’s day at Painting with a Twist in Indian Trail.  On Sunday, May 8, they will offer a Mommy/Daughter two-canvas project, “Fabulous Flamingos.”  The event takes place at 11:00 am and is appropriate for ages 7+.   Visit https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/indian-trail/event/3039398/ to register (note that two canvases are required).

Sugar Cookie Decorating Class at Crews Recreation Center

Learn how to decorate cookies like the pros at Crews Rec Center.
Learn how to decorate cookies like the pros at Crews Rec Center.

Have you always wanted to know how the pros decorate cookies that look too pretty to eat?  On Sunday, May 8, Crumbz Bakery, LLC, will offer a Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Workshop at the Crews Recreation Center in Matthews, NC.  This beginner-level class suited for ages 13+ will cover royal icing basics like outlining and flooding, leading participants through step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful vase of one dozen cookie flowers complete with a vase and name tag.  Tickets are $45; register through Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-sugar-cookie-decorating-class-tickets-310157819387.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Taking Mom out for brunch is always a popular way to celebrate Mother’s Day, and there are some great options locally in both Waxhaw and Mint Hill.  With unique menu items like “Brunch Charcuterie” and signature drinks, Vintner’s Hill is one of the only restaurants in Mint Hill to offer a Sunday brunch option.  On Mother’s Day, they plan to offer a limited specialty menu with two seatings at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Call Vintner’s Hill to reserve your table today at 704-701-7756.  With a selection of brunch items, omelets and a few “not quite breakfast” items like the Belfast Breakfast Burger and Avocado Toast, Mary O’Neill’s in Waxhaw is a great choice for Mother’s Day.  They even have a small selection of kids brunch items for the little ones in your family.  Mary O’ Neill’s is open for brunch starting at 10:00 am on Sundays.

Shop Local for Great Gifts!

Flowers are a classic Mother's Day gift.
Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift.

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift?  With so many great local retailers in the Tri-W and Mint Hill areas, there’s no reason you can’t shop small this May.  Flowers are always a classic, and Abbey Rose Floral Artistry is a great option for getting your flowers in the Mint Hill area.  Visit https://abbeyroseflorist.com/ to view all their spring blooms and put together the perfect arrangement for Mom!  Soothe the Soles has several great promotions for Mother’s Day, including a $129 foot soak and reflexology session for two with a charcuterie board and beverage of choice.  Owner Sandy Harrison is also teaming up with Abbey Rose to offer a foot soak and floral arrangement for mom for just $49.  Visit https://www.soothethesoles.com/ for more information.

Refresh Gift Shop has colorful aprons in stock for Mother's Day.
Refresh Gift Shop has colorful aprons in stock for Mother’s Day.

With items like jewelry, soaps and local Waxhaw gifts, Refresh Gift Shop is a great choice for unique gifts in the Waxhaw area.  Visit them at 318 East S. Main Street to grab a brand new colorful apron for Mom!  If you’re looking to pamper Mom this Mother’s Day, consider a gift card to Moss & Black Salon and Spa located at 3808 Providence Road South.  Visit them online at https://www.mossandblacksalon.com/ to learn about the range of services Moss & Black offers.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: marybeth@minthilltimes.com