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Mom Things: Celebrating Mother’s Day in Memphis 2019

Photo: Mike Kerr

You don’t necessarily have to give birth to be a mom. You don’t even have to be a mom to be a mom. If you exhibit unparalleled patience, offer unwavering love and care, and hugs— lots of hugs —when needed you might be a mom. Whoever you call “ma” has put in a lot of work to receive that distinction and we hope you give them their props year-round. But since Mother’s Day (May 12) is THE designated day to show your love, here are some ways to do it well.

Shopping Things

All for Mom First Fridays on Broad
Friday, May 3rd 5 PM – 8 PM

The shops of Broad Avenue have gifts, prizes, treats, and discounts for mummy.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates Mother’s Day Birthstone Caramels

Dazzle her with a “12-piece gift box of 6 gemstone caramels, each denoting a different birthstone and flavor.” Available for pre-order now.

Premier Flowers Mother’s Day – Shop Black Edition
May 10, 9 AM

If you want to make your gift of flowers even more meaningful, here’s a chance to shop with a local, minority-owned business.

The Art Factory Last Minute Mother’s Day Pop Up
May 11, Noon

Want to give something handmade but you’re not crafty? Artist booths will be open at The Art Factory from noon – 3 so you can find something lovely and handmade to give.

Everbloom Mother’s Day Pop Up
May 11-12

Keep shopping local with a Mother’s Day pop up featuring Leah Sweet Ceramics, B. Sartain Creative, Katherine George Art, and Danielle Mora Jewelry. You can pre-order your Mother’s Day flowers from Everbloom and pick them up during the pop-up.

Shelby Farms Park Gift of Garden

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is offering an option where you can honor momma and support the park at the same time. With a donation of $50, you can have flowers planted around Hyde Lake in her honor. “A card will be sent to your special recipient notifying them of your gift. Plus, they will receive a packet of five exclusive, hand-designed, floral notecards.”


Brunch and Tea Things

Mother’s Day Brunch/Dinner Theater Experience
May 11, 2 PM

Bring your mama to the drama…and comedy, music, and spoken word with this original stage play and multi-course meal experience.

Ladies & Gents Mother’s Day Brunch
May 11, Noon

Head down to Gold Strike in Robinsonville for a three-part extravaganza. Part one includes live entertainment by Courtney Little and some inspiring words from guest speakers. Part two is a day-party with DJ Houston. Part three is a masquerade ball.

Queen of My Heart Mother’s Day Brunch
May 12, 11 AM

Boyz II Men sang, “Mama, you’re the queen of my heeaarrrt”… and Chef Nea Scott will be serving up a Southern Style brunch at Jack Robinson Gallery so you can show her that loving her is like food to your soul. Unlimited Mimosas and Bellinis will be poured by Candy Bar. LCMD will be your live band entertainment. Your ticket comes with a gift bag and you’ll be entered to win giveaways throughout the day.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Char Restaurant
May 12, starting at 10 AM

The full brunch menu will be served plus food and drink specials.

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Peabody Memphis
May 12, starting at 10 AM

“A lavish brunch buffet served on the Mezzanine overlooking the Grand Lobby of the “South’s Grand Hotel.”

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Second Line

Reserve your spot by emailing

Mother’s Day Picnic at Memphis Botanic Garden
May 12, 9 AM

“Pre-order a picnic from Fratelli’s or bring in your own. Enjoy a mimosa or other adult beverage from our cash bar as you stroll through the Garden. Plant a special flower as a take-home memento. We’ll have a photographer on site to capture the special day (additional fees apply). Free admission for all moms!”

Mother’s Tea at Elmwood
May 11, 10:30 AM

Tea, scones, lemon squares and more treats followed by a tour of the grounds. Fancy hats and gloves are encouraged but not required.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Tug’s Casual Grill
May 12, 8 AM

No reservations needed, they say. Happy to seat you for breakfast starting at 8 and will continue through brunch and dinner.

Mother’s Day Brunch with Memphis Riverboats
May 12, 11 AM

“Our 2 hour Mother’s Day Brunch features a delicious Brunch Buffet with one complimentary beverage and our House Band will be performing while rolling on the River! Boarding begins at 11 am with departure at 11:30 am. ”

Mother’s Day Tea at Chez Phillipe
May 12, 1 PM

“Afternoon Tea in The Peabody’s signature dining room, Chez Philippe. Our 3-course tea menu of savory tea sandwiches, warm scones, assorted sweets from the Peabody Pastry Shop, and a glass of champagne will be sure to impress mom.”

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hu. Diner
May 12, 7 AM

“A special shared menu for Mother’s Day and a flower for every lady in the house too.Brunch menu available from 7a – 4 pm. Hu. DINER’s first “Soul Sunday at Hu. DINER” will go live at noon and go until 3 pm with Soul Classics on vinyl by Memphis own Royal Studios. Bottomless mimosas for $10. Reservations are recommended.”

Mother’s Day Brunch at Amerigo Italian Restaurant
May 12

They’ll start serving at 10 AM and the full brunch and lunch menus will be available until 2 pm, along with featured chef specials.

Sunday Mother’s Day Tea at TreeLeaf Tea Room
May 12, 11 AM

Dress in your Sunday best for a fancy tea time at TreeLeaf. Special menu, giveaways, a hat contest, and more.

Entertainment & Activities

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar at The Orpheum
May 10

Make her laugh with something besides your antics. “Eddie Izzard’s all-new show expands on his own very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his “theory of the universe.”

Rewind: Season Finale at Ballet Memphis
May 10 & May 11 at 8 PM

Take mom to a show of all the audience favorites from Ballet Memphis’ 18-19 season.

Mother’s Day in the Vineyard – De Terra Vineyard – Somerville, TN
May 12, 4 PM

Go for a little drive (less than an hour) and end up at a vineyard. Food trucks and live music. Reserve a table in advance.

Mother’s Day Cerrito Bingo at Loflin Yard
May 12, 4 PM

Adirondack chairs. Rosé. Delicious small plates. Laid-back fun with free-to-play bingo. Mom even gets an extra bingo card. Also, turtle races.

Papa John’s Mother’s Day with the Redbirds
May 12, 2:05 PM

Okay, so, you can get a specialty ticket for a day at the ballpark that includes a pregame brunch buffet that is not pizza. But then, you also get a coupon for a free one-topping Papa John’s pizza. Moms get to run the bases with their kids after the game.

Pick Your Own Strawberry Patch
May 12, 9 AM

Maybe your sweet mama would like to walk around picking sweet fresh strawberries at the Agricenter, idk.

Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River
May 12, 1 PM

Cause she’s not a regular mom, she’s, like, an outdoorsy mom.

Let Your Stress Melt Away at Art Body Soul Studio
May 12, 2:30 PM

Send mama for some relaxation and restoration…or maybe you’re the mama that needs relaxation and restoration. Treat yo’ self.

Mother’s Day Mom and Me at Pitter Potter Studio
May 12, 2 PM

Paint a special ceramic piece together.

Cabaret – Playhouse on the Square
May 12, 2 PM – 4 PM

Does your mom like musicals? Playhouse says “Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!”

Sunset Jazz at Court Square
May 12, 6 PM

“FREE admission, Food Trucks & Good Music!”

Symphony in the Gardens at The Dixon
May 12, 4 PM – 7 PM

“Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, food, wine, and beer and enjoy a night on the South Lawn. Big Band music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 4:00 pm and music starts at 5:00 pm.”

The Man Who Came to Dinner – Theatre Memphis
May 12, 2 PM – 4 PM

Theatre Memphis presents a comedy in the classic sense.

Earth, Wind & Fire at The Orpheum
May 14

Skip the brunch crowds and opt for dinner downtown and a concert a couple of days later because “Earth Wind & Fire is from back when people made real music,” said your mom.

We’ll keep an eye out and keep adding to this list. If you know of other cool things happening around Mother’s Day, drop them in the comments!

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