If you’re searching for ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day while staying home than look no further! I want to introduce 10 fun ideas to inspire you to celebrate Mother’s Day from the peace of your home.

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching I found myself wondering how we could celebrate this day while staying safe at home. This led me to think back to my very first Mother’s day with my son Jude; at 5 months old he just didn’t do well in restaurants or out in public so we had to think out of the box a little.

Fast forward a year and I found myself in a similar situation with all dine in restaurants closed in my state. So how do we celebrate mother’s day without going out to brunch? Here are some fantastic ideas I can’t wait to try!

Cook a Meal Together

Hands touch ingredients for cooking

It’s a known fact that loved ones come together over food and Mother’s day shouldn’t be any different. If you’re unable to go out to eat then you can hit up the grocery store and buy some food to make a feast at home! I recommend having a list prepared a head of time to avoid double trips. Include all the dishes, ingredients, and even drinks you will need for the day and purchase all the groceries ahead of time. 

Are you going to be having breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Maybe even brunch if you’re feeling fancy? Don’t forget you can bake cookies, cakes, or any other treats that you want to nibble on throughout the day. If your children are old enough you can use this time to plan and cook the meal together. If you’re not a fan of cooking then consider ordering some take out. Most places are still offering curbside or pick up and depending on where you live you can also have it delivered through services like Ubereats or DoorDash. 

Tidy Tidy Tidy Up!

A  gloved hand holds a Clorox bottle

This is an oldie but a goodie and is ALWAYS appreciated. Consider giving Mom the day off from her weekend chores and tackle a few for her.

You don’t have to stop there; you can get creative with how you treat her. Have the kids prepare a gift book with a few coupons she can use throughout the year. One free night of dishes or a load of laundry might come in handy when she’s had an especially hard day. Let the kids decorate the book ahead of time and personalize each coupon. 

Or maybe there is a chore she has been putting off for a while that you can take care of for her? Does her car need a check-up, the yard need de-weeding, or maybe some new paint in the bathroom? Seeing a task that’s been put off finally being taken care of is a great feeling.

Just try not to take up the ACTUAL day with these chores. You want to spend time together as a family on Sunday so try and get to them ahead of time.

Create a Photo Album or Scrapbook

For pictures on top of a keepsake box

You know all those photos on your phone or sitting in box? It’s time to gather them up because we’re going to put together a family photo book!

I am a huge proponent of celebrating Mother’s Day together as a family and what better way than revisiting some of our fondest memories with photos?

Children LOVE looking back at themselves as babies and some might even get a kick out of seeing a younger mom and dad. Don’t worry about making it perfect or even getting it 100% done. This is all about getting together to appreciate our loved ones. 

Spa Day at Home 

Candle, flowers and beauty products sit on a table

I admit this one sounds the most appealing to me.

Picture it, lying in a cozy room with dimmed lighting as soothing music plays and sweet-smelling candles relax your body. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? If you have children old enough to appreciate setting a soothing spa day up I HIGHLY recommend giving mom some time to decompress. The key is getting the atmosphere just right. 

Lights, music, smells, textiles like blankets and pillows will help set the mood. Once everyone has completely mellowed out you can apply face masks, do your nails and just get together and talk as a family. Even if this adventure only lasts an hour you will be glad to have had some time to chill together; and a little massage never hurt anybody. 

Plant Flowers 

A bunch of flowers in a water pitcher

Spring is in the air but now if the perfect time to start some summer bulbs. I love the idea of the whole family planting and tending to a certain plant as they watch it grow and bloom throughout the summer. This is an activity that will last for months and s a great way to learn a new hobby. 

Backyard or Living Room Camp Out 

Marshmallow roasted on camp fire

Grab your tents, blankets, pillows, and snacks and, of course, some good music! We’re about to go camping for Mother’s Day! You can tailor this activity to any environment; if you don’t have access to a backyard or the weather doesn’t permit you can bring it inside.

If you live in an area that allows for small fires you can roast marshmallows, hot dogs, or any treat you like. Or maybe just a BBQ if building a fire isn’t practical. The point is to have a good time with the family so pull out the board games, dart guns or sports equipment and have fun together. 

Indoor or Outdoor Picnic 

A picnic with woman and little girl reading a book

Similar to the camp out but tailored for the family who doesn’t have space or the inclination to camp all night. Prepare a delicious picnic either indoor or outdoors for Mother’s day! Even with just a blanket spread in the living room and some peanut butter sandwiches it can be fun to change things up slightly and put a different spin on things. Maybe put mom’s favorite kid-friendly movie on and have the family watch it together?  

Fancy Pants Tea Party 

Two teacups and a teapot with flowers decorating a table

Let’s dress up and put on our fancy clothes because it’s time to throw a fancy pants tea party for Mother’s day! You don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant to class up Mother’s Day and do we really need an excuse to look good? Put on your best clothes and serve delicious tea or coffee with cookies and treats and pretend you’re royalty.

Craft Together

craft supplies on a surface

I am all about crafting. There’s nothing more fun for me than diving into craft supplies and creating something new. If you find yourself home with nowhere to go than gather up your craft supplies, dump them on a table, and create some unique art for Mother’s Day.!

It doesn’t matter how it turns out – the point of this is to come together and to have fun. Sitting around a table working together has brought some of the best conversations I’ve ever had with kids. What’s better than bonding as a family over some glue and construction paper? 

Video Messages from Family 

Two people smile happily on video camera

It’s been a little difficult for families to come together lately so what better way to let mom know she’s loved than video messages? This is especially sweet if mom has children that are grown and left the house. Include grandchildren, spouses, and anyone that would make Mom smile. 


I hope these ideas have inspired you to create a meaningful and loving Mother’s Day filled with memories for the special mom in your life. However you choose to spend Mother’s day this year I hope you all stay healthy and safe.

Mom and baby touch heads together in love

And Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!