By Jennifer Brandt
It’s our day to shine and be pampered, but let’s be realistic it doesn’t always seem to work out that way so is sharing their ideas of how you can spend a great Mother’s Day.
Get Mom-Spired
If you or your mom need some help in the home design department, we have a fun activity that will inspire you both. Tour the Pasadena Showcase House. The entire estate (pictured), from the front yard to the garage, is carefully styled and design by an interior design team. Rich, luxurious, and entirely beautiful, the showcase house is a fabulous way to spend the day (or evening!) in someone else’s home, where marveling with your mouth open is entirely appropriate. Tickets purchased in advance start at $30 and proceeds from your tickets support the LA Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and local symphonic, cultural and educational programs for youth since 1948.

(TIP: Can’t spend the day with your mom on actual mother’s day, but want to do something fun another day? Download this chart for schedules to free art and culture, every day of the week at some of Los Angeles’ top museums. From the Getty Center to LACMA to FIDM Museum, you and your mom can tour LA’s finest museums and get some quality mom/daughter time!)

No Need to Send Flowers, Make them!
No brunch or party is complete without a fabulous centerpiece. Obviously, you can go to Trader Joes for $5.99 hydrangeas or $1.99 Daffodil bunches. But we love the Arrangement Bar at Rolling Greens Nursery where you can work with one of their “Baristas” to create a unique personal expression using anything from succulents, orchids, ferns, lava rock or even driftwood. Assembled in one of their signature containers, this is one gift made with T.L.C. your mom will never forget.

Treat Her to Sweets!
Nothing says thank you more than sugar, spice and everything nice. Here’s a round up of our favorite places for sweets and goodies.

Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery put a twist on its delightful classic vanilla buttercream cupcakes, rolling them in sanding sugar and nonpareils, and placing atop edible images of a lovely assortment of vintage moms busy baking love into every bite. Fill a bakery box with all 6 ($28.50) or choose your favorite for a gift box tied with ribbon and tag ($6). Thanks Mom!

Magnolia Bakery
8389 West 3rd Street | (323) 951-0636

simplethings sandwich & pie shop
Pie lovers look no further, simplethings sandwich & pie shop offers up to sixteen different kinds of pies! You can mix and match the Cutie Pies ($2.50) so your mom can try all her favorites! Some of the delicious options include Missouri Mud, French Silk, Key Lime and Salted Caramel. Create your own array goodies for mom to indulge!

simplethings pie & sandwich shop
8310 West 3rd Street | 323.592.3390

Let Someone Else Do the Dishes
On the food front, here are some fabulous restaurants offering special Mother’s Day meals. Best part: You don’t have to do the dishes!

Dominick’s, a legendary Rat Pack hangout dating back to 1948, will offer a Brunch Mimosa Special, $12 bottles of sparkling wine and $5 carafes of orange juice, as well as, $12 bottles of its Dago Red and Dago White wine. Guests can enjoy these specials on Dominick’s beautiful outdoor patio along with its regular brunch menu and brunch cocktail menu with favorites including the famous Ricotta Cheese & Fresh Blueberry Pancakes and Scrambled Eggs Bruschetta on Grilled Baguette with Roasted Tomatoes   Pesto.

Twitter: @dominicks1948
8715 Beverly Boulevard | (310) 652-2335

L.A.’s oceanfront resort will offer an afternoon brunch/lunch buffet from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Ballroom. Guests may choose from an array of gourmet food stations including an Omelet   Egg Station, Buttermilk Pancake Station, Carving Board including Salmon and Prime Rib, as well as a Pasta Kitchen and Sushi Bar. Not to mention a full dessert bar with treats to please any palate, including Chocolate Coffee Crème Brulee Tartlet, Lemon Chiffon and Peach Blueberry Crumble. ($75 inclusive; $115 inclusive with Dom Perignon; $29 ages 5-10; Free ages 0-4)

6610 Palos Verdes Drive South | (310) 265-2800