She changed your diapers, cradled you when you hurt yourself, put up with your teenage angst, taught you how to stand on your own, and showed you how to love someone unconditionally. Whether she is your biological mother, your stepmother, foster mother, or any other mother-figure in your life, she is someone that you hold close to your heart.
It’s no wonder then, that Mother’s Day is celebrated with so much excitement and joy by millions of households across the country. This year, Mother’s Day will be on Sunday, May 12. If you’re curious about how the popular holiday came to be, are looking for ideas for how to spend the day, or are stuck on what to get her, read on. We’ll also be listing unique events and restaurants you can take her to for her special day.
In this article, we will be covering:
A brief history of Mother’s Day
Fun ways to spend the day
Jewelry gift ideas
Events and restaurants in Pittsburgh
How Mother’s Day Came to Be
Mother’s Day dates back to the 19th century. During this time, women’s peace groups in the U.S. attempted to start holidays and activities that encouraged peace rather than war. Most of the women in these groups had sons who fought in the Civil War. One of the members, Ann Jarvis, created a committee to help establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” that would reunite families torn apart from the Civil War in 1868. Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, limited observances of the day were celebrated.
The Mother’s Day that we know and love today didn’t start until May 10, 1905. On this day, Anna Jarvis organized a service for her late mother, Ann Jarvis. On May 10th the following year, hundreds of others celebrated their own version of Mother’s Day. Following this success, Jarvis campaigned to establish Mother’s Day as an official U.S. holiday, and then later worked to have it recognized as an international holiday.
Fun fact: West Virginia was the first state the declare Mother’s Day a holiday in 1910.
Fun Ways to Spend the Holiday
One of our earliest memories of Mother’s Day likely included drawing and coloring cards during school that we would later give to our mothers. As you grew older, your gifts likely grew in sophistication. Maybe you cooked dinner for her or bought her a bouquet of flowers. Did you know that the red carnation is that official flower for Mother’s Day? White carnations are often displayed on the graves of dead mothers.
If you’re looking to surprise your mother or mother figure, or maybe just want to spice things up for the day, check out this list of fun activities we’ve compiled for you.
Relax at the spa together
Visit a museum
Try a new adventure like whitewater rafting or mountain biking
Set up a DIY food bar (Pinterest always has great ideas)
Sip some wine and paint a gorgeous sunset at Painting with a Twist
Enroll in a mother-daughter (or mother-son) yoga class
Take a pottery class
Volunteer for a cause that holds something close in both of your hearts
Jewelry is a popular Mother’s Day gift. In fact, Mother’s Day jewelry spending is expected to reach around $25 billion this year. As most consumers want to show their love and devotion to their mother figures as best they can, it’s no wonder that they turn to jewelry. It’s elegant, chic, and customizable. If you’re still searching for the perfect piece or are just stuck on what to get her, check out these ideas.
Personalize a necklace with your mother’s name in script writing. Choose from silver or gold plating, as well as the style of the signature. With this option, you can customize the look and design of the necklace pretty freely, making it more personal for the mother-figure that you are giving it to.
Personalized Family Bracelet
For a unique and meaningful gift option, consider a family tree bracelet. As you can see here, charms containing the initials of each family member hang off a branch-like structure. Again, you can customize the type of metal, band, and charms used for the bracelet.
Mother-Daughter Matching Jewelry
Whether you want matching earrings, bracelets, or necklaces, the options available to you are pretty wide. You can buy matching name necklaces, charms for your bracelets, or even identical pairs of earrings. What’s nice about this option is that you both have pieces of jewelry that remind you of each other whenever you wear them.
Events and Restaurants to Check Out
Brunch and Mother’s Day is a combination as perfect as Eggs Benedict and a glass of mimosa. If you’re looking for something new and interesting, while also satiating your appetite, check out these upcoming events in Pittsburgh!