Safe and Socially Distant Mother’s Day Celebrations


Mother’s Day is traditionally associated with families gathering to honor special members through shared meals, experiences, gifts and celebrations. But how can we still make the day special for moms when we have to keep our distance for health and safety?

We’ve compiled a list of tons of ways you can celebration Mother’s Day safely from a social distance while still making the holiday super-special for the moms in your life!

Ideas to Celebrate a Safe and Socially Distant Mother's Day

Featured Event : Virtual Shopping Party at Kendra Scott

Join us for a Virtual Shopping Party with Kendra Scott to Benefit Feeding Wisconsin!

We’ve turned to our local Kendra Scott store for affordable, gorgeous gifts of jewelry that every mom will love for a while now and we’re not going to let social distancing stop us! In fact, let’s shop together AND benefit a great cause!

Better yet, invite your mom to join you for the virtual shopping event and chat over Zoom or FaceTime while you scroll through the gorgeous jewelry, enjoy a beverage, and more!

WHEN: April 29th and 30th
WHERE: + hang out virtually with us in the Facebook Event HERE!
WHAT: An online shopping event where you can shop for gorgeous jewelry and 20% of sales are donated back to Feeding Wisconsin

Shop for good online with 20% of all proceeds from purchases made on using the code: GIVEBACK7432 at checkout will directly benefit Feeding Wisconsin.

Make sure to use the code GIVEBACK7432 to ensure that 20% of your purchase goes to Feeding Wisconsin!

Local Gift Ideas

Now more than ever, local small businesses need our support. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to curate a personalized gift basket from Milwaukee small shops and businesses. Even if you don’t select particular items, grabbing a gift card can make a huge impact!

Local Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Gift Cards Moms Will Love:

Food and Beverage Gifts

One of the ways we can continue to support local small businesses and also enjoy celebrations together with one another (virtually!), is by enjoying curbside pickup or delivery of local restaurants! There are TONS of options here depending on where you live, but here’s a few creative options for Mother’s Day in particular that would be a great way to celebrate.

Food and Beverage Celebrations for Mother’s Day

  • Pick up chips and salsa from BelAir Cantina and the ingredients needed to make the perfect margaritas. Schedule a virtual call to enjoy Cinco de Mayo or Happy Hour with Mom!
  • Do an online cooking class together
  • Order Mom a subscription to a meal delivery service like The Real Good Life to help take dinner off her plate
  • Deliver Mother’s Day Brunch! Check out local restaurants that do brunch pickup/delivery and mimosas.
  • Pick up a special occasion cake from your local bakery, a dozen special donuts from your local donut shop, or maybe even bake something special and bring it to Mom so you can enjoy your treats “together.”
  • Hatched MKE is taking Mother’s Day pie orders through May 5th, so treat Mom to something especially yummy and order now!
  • Breakfast in Bed, delivered to her door! Pick up a fancy crafted coffee and baked goods from your local coffee shop and drop it off for her to enjoy first thing in the morning!
  • Send brew-at-home coffee or cold brew to her house from Stone Creek Coffee
  • Send an InstaCake Card! A greeting card, sent in the mail, that includes everything the recipient needs to make an individual sized cake quickly and easily!

Games + Interactive Play

In the age of the Internet, we have LOTS of options for enjoying interactive play and social time with our friends and family, even when we are physically distant. Mother’s Day will be a perfect opportunity to try out these fun ways to “hang out” and celebrate together….while separate.

  • HouseParty – This free app has been exploding in recent weeks and for good reason! You and your friends/family download the app on your phone, tablet, or computer and can see one another over video while playing fun games like Heads Up!, Chips & Guac, Trivia and more!
  • Games like Taboo!, Catch-Phrase, and Speak Out make for hilarious and super fun games to play with family over video chat.
  • Virtual Concert or Dance Party! Have the kids create a special skit, parody or song for Mom and perform it for her over video. Play instruments, throw a dance party, anything that shows off your creativity and makes Mom smile.

Acts of Service + Displays of Support

Quite often, nothing says I LOVE YOU more than a display of support or gifts that are acts of service. Even in times of distance, these gestures will speak volumes.

Acts of Service + Displays of Support

  • Surprise Mom with a “Chalk the Walk” display! Cover her driveway or sidewalk with gorgeous chalk art that sends messages of love. Write out a list of “Reasons We Love Mom/Grandma” and have the kiddos trace their handprints to sign it!
  • In House Acts of Service – Moms are overwhelmed right now and stretched to the MAX. Kids and partners can team up to make her day extra special by taking all the things off her plate. Order dinner, clean the house, handle the grocery pickup, take the kids for a walk so she can take an uninterrupted shower, let her sleep in, etc.
  • Does Mom recharge with a great book? Give the gift of a subscription to the Book of the Month Club! This subscription service sends a fantastic hardcover book each month, selected from five options carefully selected by the BOTM editors, so the member can count on a fabulous new book each and every month! Use our referral link to get your first book for just $5!
  • Take a Front Porch family photo (even just with your phone is great!) and use that image to send a framed photo to Mom or even get a personalized family photo puzzle created!
  • Little kids can create a Coupon Book of little chores, treats, outings, etc. that can be used both now and when we are no longer having to stay socially distanced.
  • Make a Bold Statement with a big Yard Sign! Surprise Mom and order a big greeting to display in their yard that tells the whole world they’re the best mom ever!

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Owner and co-founder of Milwaukee Mom, Sarah is a full-time working mom of three rough-and-tumble boys who like their jeans ripped and their hands dirty. She has lived in Wisconsin her whole life, attending UW-Madison and finally landing in the Milwaukee area in 2012. Sarah is a former English teacher and is currently enjoying a season of strong coffee and being a small business owner! She loves a good book, a flavorful craft beer and watching her Badgers and Packers get a W. Sarah is mama to three sons.


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