How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

Holidays can be emotionally tough with social distancing in place. It’s natural to want to be close to family and hug your parents. For some Mother’s Day will be like every other year, but for those that have parents that are elderly this year will be a little different with social distancing in place.

If your mother lives nearby and you would like to see her in person, but you still need to implement social distancing, there are various ways to do this depending on your particular situation.

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  • To keep extra safe while social distancing with your elderly mother, visit and say hi through a window.
  • Join with family and friends to give your mother a parade that she can watch from her driveway or window.
  • Visit in person, but wear masks and practice social distancing by staying six feet apart.

While celebrating Mother’s Day from a distance is not ideal, it important to remember that this is only temporary. By social distancing especially from those that are older helps to keep us all safe.

And remember there is always FaceTime or Zoom if you want to connect and spend time with Mom without having to wear masks. Or an old fashion phone call is always nice too!

Five tips from party planners for dedicating the day to Mom.

After more than a year spent social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, our new normal is finally in sight—vaccinations are happening across the country, and the latest CDC guidelines say that gathering with other vaccinated family members and friends, or with one household of unvaccinated people at a time, is now considered safe. While larger gatherings are still tenuous, a family-focused Mother’s Day celebration is certainly in the cards this year. But what if family members live far away, or else still don’t feel comfortable gathering at this time? In these instances, you still have options. Even if you can’t host your mom for brunch this Mother’s Day, you can still virtually commemorate the occasion. “Honoring our mothers shouldn’t be missed because of what’s on going in the world,” says party consultant Mindy Weiss. “Now is a great time to make new traditions. That extra effort and creativity will really resonate and be appreciated, especially during this time.”

Along with allowing you to celebrate Mother’s Day from a safe and healthy distance, a virtual bash has other upsides, too. “Mothers work so hard all year round with making sure their homes are perfectly clean and often are responsible for doing the same on Mother’s Day when guests come to their homes to celebrate together,” says Elle Anderson of Elle A Events. “Moms deserve a day where they can stop worrying about cleaning, they don’t have to set the table to make sure the place settings are perfect, and can sit back and relax in their pajamas.”

Hoping to throw an online celebration for your mom this Mother’s Day but not sure where to start? We asked a few of our party planner friends for advice on how to pull it off, and here’s what they had to say.

At Lovebox, celebrating holidays that allow us to show extra love to the people that matter most in our lives is one of our favorite things. That means Mother’s Day is especially close to our hearts!

We know how tough it might be for families who are separated from their moms or maternal figures right now, so we put together a list of a few, minimal-budget ways you can celebrate with Mom this weekend, no matter how far apart you might be.

#1 Send her the Ingredients to her Favorite Brunch

You may not be able to make an elaborate spread for mom this year, but you can still make sure she indulges in some of her favorite foods. Order delivery from her favorite cafe, or go DIY style and have a delivery service send her the ingredients to the meal you would have made together. You’ll support a local grocery store in the process and ensure that Mom feels cared for, even from a distance.

#2 Start a Book, Movie or Podcast at the Same Time

Is your mom really into true crime novels, comedic podcasts, or perhaps classic films? Sunday is the perfect day to start a new book, tv show, movie, or podcast that you can get into as a family. As you watch or listen, check-in with each other to discuss all the details. Set a recurring time to discuss your favorite moments and when you finish, celebrate by alternating who gets to pick the next one!

#3 Make her a playlist

One of the best ways to convey how you feel is through music. Back in the day, that used to mean putting together a mixtape for the person you love – but today, it’s as easy as gathering your favorite songs on Spotify or Apple Music. Choose a theme or genre, or simply select a collection of songs that remind you of mom and the memories you share. Send it to her Sunday morning so she can listen to it all day long and whenever she misses you most.

#4 Start an Herb or Vegetable Garden

The bond between you and your mom was a result of her nurturing you from a tiny seedling into the person you are today. What better way to celebrate that bond than planting a new set of seeds together and tending to your own gardens, separately, yet together. Pick a set of herbs or vegetables you want to grow, swap tips and tricks, and watch the fruits of your labor grow and thrive!

#5 A Donation in Her Name to a Local Charity

With so much happening in our world right now, perhaps the best way to make Mom’s day special is to contribute to a cause or community that’s near and dear to her heart. Whether it’s supporting a GoFundMe for the employees of her favorite local restaurant or donating to organizations working on the frontlines, choose something together that you both feel really connected to.

#6 Shower Her with Love on your Lovebox

We couldn’t finish this list without, of course, sharing a way to make Mom’s day extra special through Lovebox. Take this time to send her a list of reasons you’re grateful for her and the qualities that make her special. We’ll also be releasing some limited edition Mother’s Day stickers you can share, or add your own flare by sending her a personalized drawing.

This day, like many of the others we’ve been recently experiencing, is about slowing down and appreciating the people around you who make life meaningful. There’s no act too small to show someone how much you value them – you never know when even a simple ‘I love you’ can make all the difference.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Lovebox!

The show must go on!

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

While it seems like normalcy is on the horizon, we still, very much so, live in a pandemic world — but that doesn’t mean we should skimp on important events, especially Mother’s Day. No matter your Mother’s Day 2021 plans, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to have your typical celebration — and a lot of us won’t even get to be with our moms this year. However, luckily for us, it’s 2021 and there are digital ways to solve the problem. Zoom, I’m talking to you! Celebrate mom this Mother’s day from the safety of your own respective homes via video. It may not be in-person, but I promise it’s the next best thing.

Whether you’re celebrating your mom or mother-like figure this Mother’s Day, you’re sure to make them feel special by taking the time to plan something that thanks them for all that they do. In order to pull off a successful Zoom party, you’lll need to figure out the logistics beforehand. Send out invites, and make sure mom and any other guest is available. Are you planning an at-home activity? Be prepared. Deliver any needed supplies to your guests in order to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Once you have your celebration all figured out, it’s time to plan your Mother’s Day activities. While just catching up and talking is always a great idea, it can brighten up your mom’s day to have a special video call planned. Here are seven ways you and your mom or mom-like figure can celebrate Mother’s Day on Zoom.

Host A Mother’s Day Brunch

If your Mother’s Day plans usually involve taking mom out to brunch, you don’t have to skip out this year just because of distance. With a few homemade mimosas and waffles (in your respective homes), you and your mom can have a Zoom brunch that’s just as special as any other one you’ve had. If your mom lives relatively close, you can even cook it and surprise her with it on her doorstep. Plus, you don’t have to leave a tip!

Have A Mother’s Day Movie Night

What could be more fabulous than a day at the spa? Not spending money on a day at the spa! Treat mom in the comfort and safety of her own home so she can truly relax this Mother’s Day. Send her a surprise gift basket beforehand filled with a floral candle, a brightening face mask, spring nail colors, her favorite bottle of wine, and if you’re really trying to impress mom, a fabulous pajama set.

Play A Mother’s Day Trivia Game

See who knows mom the best and vice versa with a Mother’s Day-themed trivia game. Write up questions and answers ahead of time so that you can keep the game fast-paced and exciting. Ask questions to your siblings like “Where was mom born?” or “What is mom currently reading” and see who gets what right. You can even have mom write up the questions and answers so that you can get in on the game.

Get The Whole Family On The Call

If your entire family is close to your mom, set it up so that you can all get on a Zoom call and celebrate Mother’s Day together. If you all usually celebrate the holiday in one place, this can be a great way to have a little normalcy while still practicing safe social distancing guidelines. And it’ll put a smile on mom’s face.

Have A Sentimental Powerpoint Party

If you feel like being the tear-jerker this Mother’s Day, set up a cute Powerpoint with all of your childhood photos and memories. Be sure to throw in loving quotes and sentimental music, as well. Then, when your mom figure gets on the call, share your screen so that you can present your Powerpoint to her. Extra points if you have a mushy speech prepared.

Surprise Mother’s Day Party

There’s nothing to lift spirits quite like a Zoom surprise party, especially for a mom that has to celebrate Mother’s Day away from her kiddos. Whether you invite your siblings, cousins, aunts, or uncles, you can get a group of people who love mom together and have them surprise her on a Zoom call.

Have A Mother’s Day Movie Night

If watching your favorite classic movies is your and your mom’s thing, not to worry, you can still keep the tradition going this Mother’s Day. Using Zoom’s screen sharing, or Teleparty, set up a movie both of you can watch. And to really stay on theme, watch some great ones like Freaky Friday, Mamma Mia!, or Lion. All of the movies celebrate motherhood in different ways.

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How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

For the second year running, Mother’s Day celebrations will, unfortunately, be met with frustrating lockdown restrictions. Although it feels like forever since we’ve last been able to spend Mother’s Day in person with the mothers and mother figures in our lives, we’re not letting a little social distancing get in the way of making them feel special.

Mother’s Day 2021 falls on Sunday, May 9th this year, which gives us a little bit of time to plan out a meaningful gesture for our deserving mothers out there. Whether it’s something big or small, a token of recognition and appreciation always goes a long way.

As the saying goes, ‘it’s the thought that counts’, so don’t feel upset that you aren’t able to celebrate Mother’s Day 2021 to its full potential. Instead, look through our list of ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day 2021 from a safe and responsible distance here.

Send Her Some Flowers

You might think that year after year of being relied upon, the good old-fashioned flower delivery might go out of style — but not in the eyes of our mothers. There’s something about flowers that will always touch the hearts of mothers, and when all it takes to organize a special delivery is a few clicks of a button, it’s the perfect gift to give from a distance too.

Some of our favourite flower shops we can recommend to you for prompt and reliable delivery ahead of Mother’s Day 2021 are The Flower Room which is right next door to our office at Jane and Annette, Lemon & Lavender in Bloor West Village, and Sweetpea’s in Roncesvalles.

Do Brunch In A Box

Although you might not be able to take your Mom out for brunch at a fancy restaurant this Mother’s Day 2021, it doesn’t mean you can’t still do brunch together.

Try your best to remember a few of your Mom’s favourite portable foods and put them all together in a festively decorated basket or box for her. Hand deliver the basket safely to her doorstep yourself or choose a park where you can share brunch boxes together from a safe distance.

If you’re not sure what to include in your brunch box, a few perennial fan favourites among mothers are cheese and crackers, charcuterie, olives and almonds, her favourite fresh fruit, and perhaps a bottle of prosecco for mimosas, if you’re so inclined.

Show Her Off On Social Media

Have some fun pictures of you and your mother in your photo library? Or perhaps a few just of her where she looks especially pretty? It’s time to show off your mother on social media.

Whether she’s active on Facebook, Instagram, or any social media platform at all, you can show off just how proud you are of your Mom by putting together a social media post or story dedicated to her.

Our tips for putting together a meaningful post for Mother’s Day 2021? Make sure you include the best photos you have of your Mom, preferably with you both in them together and that feature lots of smiles. Oh, and don’t forget to tag her!

Host A Virtual Celebration

While we hope it’s the last year we need to observe the big day digitally, keeping things online is a safe and sensible way of celebrating this Mother’s Day 2021. Luckily for us, we’ve gotten pretty good at maneuvering through meetings and events on platforms like Google Hangouts and Zoom over the past year.

If you’ve got a tech-savvy Mom, we suggest coordinating a virtual celebration with her on May 9th and inviting all the friends and loved ones that would make her happiest to see too.

Give Her A Call

It might be hard to believe, but before the time of Zoom and social media, people actually used to pick up the phone and call each other on special occasions. Just because we’re in the digital age doesn’t mean we can’t roll back the years and give Mom a call to cheer up her spirits on Mother’s Day 2021.

It doesn’t need to be a long call, just long enough to tell your Mom how much she means to you and to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. Her hearing your voice loud and clear through the phone always means a lot to her, trust us.

At Sidorova Inwood, we count ourselves extremely lucky to be a Mother-Son team, especially when we get to help fellow families in the west end achieve their family real estate dreams. If you need some real estate help from a family-friendly team of west end locals, contact us here.

The show must go on!

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

While it seems like normalcy is on the horizon, we still, very much so, live in a pandemic world — but that doesn’t mean we should skimp on important events, especially Mother’s Day. No matter your Mother’s Day 2021 plans, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to have your typical celebration — and a lot of us won’t even get to be with our moms this year. However, luckily for us, it’s 2021 and there are digital ways to solve the problem. Zoom, I’m talking to you! Celebrate mom this Mother’s day from the safety of your own respective homes via video. It may not be in-person, but I promise it’s the next best thing.

Whether you’re celebrating your mom or mother-like figure this Mother’s Day, you’re sure to make them feel special by taking the time to plan something that thanks them for all that they do. In order to pull off a successful Zoom party, you’lll need to figure out the logistics beforehand. Send out invites, and make sure mom and any other guest is available. Are you planning an at-home activity? Be prepared. Deliver any needed supplies to your guests in order to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Once you have your celebration all figured out, it’s time to plan your Mother’s Day activities. While just catching up and talking is always a great idea, it can brighten up your mom’s day to have a special video call planned. Here are seven ways you and your mom or mom-like figure can celebrate Mother’s Day on Zoom.

Host A Mother’s Day Brunch

If your Mother’s Day plans usually involve taking mom out to brunch, you don’t have to skip out this year just because of distance. With a few homemade mimosas and waffles (in your respective homes), you and your mom can have a Zoom brunch that’s just as special as any other one you’ve had. If your mom lives relatively close, you can even cook it and surprise her with it on her doorstep. Plus, you don’t have to leave a tip!

Have A Mother’s Day Movie Night

What could be more fabulous than a day at the spa? Not spending money on a day at the spa! Treat mom in the comfort and safety of her own home so she can truly relax this Mother’s Day. Send her a surprise gift basket beforehand filled with a floral candle, a brightening face mask, spring nail colors, her favorite bottle of wine, and if you’re really trying to impress mom, a fabulous pajama set.

Play A Mother’s Day Trivia Game

See who knows mom the best and vice versa with a Mother’s Day-themed trivia game. Write up questions and answers ahead of time so that you can keep the game fast-paced and exciting. Ask questions to your siblings like “Where was mom born?” or “What is mom currently reading” and see who gets what right. You can even have mom write up the questions and answers so that you can get in on the game.

Get The Whole Family On The Call

If your entire family is close to your mom, set it up so that you can all get on a Zoom call and celebrate Mother’s Day together. If you all usually celebrate the holiday in one place, this can be a great way to have a little normalcy while still practicing safe social distancing guidelines. And it’ll put a smile on mom’s face.

Have A Sentimental Powerpoint Party

If you feel like being the tear-jerker this Mother’s Day, set up a cute Powerpoint with all of your childhood photos and memories. Be sure to throw in loving quotes and sentimental music, as well. Then, when your mom figure gets on the call, share your screen so that you can present your Powerpoint to her. Extra points if you have a mushy speech prepared.

Surprise Mother’s Day Party

There’s nothing to lift spirits quite like a Zoom surprise party, especially for a mom that has to celebrate Mother’s Day away from her kiddos. Whether you invite your siblings, cousins, aunts, or uncles, you can get a group of people who love mom together and have them surprise her on a Zoom call.

Have A Mother’s Day Movie Night

If watching your favorite classic movies is your and your mom’s thing, not to worry, you can still keep the tradition going this Mother’s Day. Using Zoom’s screen sharing, or Teleparty, set up a movie both of you can watch. And to really stay on theme, watch some great ones like Freaky Friday, Mamma Mia!, or Lion. All of the movies celebrate motherhood in different ways.

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

We’ve partnered with Samsung to help you celebrate all the moms in your life this Mother’s Day — even if you can’t be together in person — with a little help from the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G.

For many of us, Mother’s Day 2020 is going to look a little different than past years. You probably won’t be able to take your entire family out for brunch at the trendiest spot in town, or whisk Mom away for a weekend at a quaint bed-and-breakfast.

You may not even be able to see your mom in person — but that doesn’t mean you have to postpone your Mother’s Day celebration. With a little creativity, you can still shower all the mothers in your life with love and affection from afar. Here are five fun ways to show Mom how much you care, even if you can’t be there IRL.

Treat Her to Brunch at Home

In years past, you might have made Mother’s Day brunch reservations at the trendiest restaurant in town — this year, you’ll have to bring the brunch to her. Do some research on the local restaurants offering delivery, then order a spread of all her favorite things to be delivered on Mother’s Day morning. Go all out: She definitely deserves both the pancakes and eggs Benedict.

Upgrade Her Smartphone

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

If you can’t take your mom out for a leisurely lunch or a movie date right now, you can schedule regular video chats instead. Ensure she has the tech she needs to make staying in touch seamless, like a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. She’ll love the revolutionary camera and easy-to-use interface. Looking back at your favorite photos together is another sweet way to celebrate — and get excited for the next time you can be together IRL!

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

You may not be able to make new memories as a family right now, but you can reminisce on some of your favorite moments together. Put together some of your favorite family photos in a sweet slideshow, then watch it over video chat together. If you have siblings, get them in on the project for even more fun.

Bring the Spa to Her

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

With the right supplies, it’s supereasy to set up a spa in your very own bathroom. Arrange for all the supplies to be delivered to your mom by Mother’s Day, so she can use that afternoon for some much-needed TLC. Extra points for sourcing the beauty products from her favorite skincare line.

Plan a Virtual Party

If she’s a social butterfly, your mom is probably missing getting together with her friends, family, and neighbors right about now. Give her the connection she’s craving by arranging a virtual video chat with your extended family. It’s an ideal opportunity to celebrate all the moms in the group — the more the merrier!

How to Spend Mother’s Day Together When You’re Apart

Celebrate Mother’s Day Together, Even From a Distance

Whether you are able to see your mother every day or will have to find ways to be together while apart, Mother’s Day is your chance to shower mom with the attention she deserves. Children typically turn to handmade gifts or drawings for the big day, but as adults, the greatest gift is quality time together. If you’re looking for ways to make that happen from afar, we’ve got a few ideas.

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distancePhoto by Afif Kusuma on Unsplash

Family Zoom Call or Hangout

Gather everyone for a family call to toast mom. Even if you regularly plan one-on-one phone time with your family, mothers treasure the moments when they can gather all their kids in one place. Start coordinating with your siblings and others you would like to include to find a time that works for everyone. If you’re spread out across the world, don’t forget to factor in time zone differences.

Mother’s Day Workout

For families like to break a sweat together: TRX is offering live and on-demand workouts for FREE with some of the best trainers in the industry. (Visit TRXTraining.com/live for a schedule.) For most TRX LIVE workouts, all you need is a TRX Suspension Trainer. If you or your mom don’t have a set of straps, that could be a great gift, too!

Game Night (or Day)

You don’t have to be in the same room to enjoy a family game night. Lots of classic games now offer multi-player app versions, which makes it easy to host a game night across households. Battleship (iOS/Android), Monopoly (iOS/Android), Clue (iOS/Android), and Ticket to Ride (iOS/Android) are just a few of the games you can fire up with mom.

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

Make Something Together

Whether you prefer crafting or cooking, the Internet is full of classes and projects that you and your mom can complete together. For the crafty folks, consider a service like Creativebug. (Think of it as Masterclass for crafting.) Subscriptions start at $8 per month and include classes in art, sewing, painting, home projects, and more. (There’s a free trial if you and mom want to try it out before handing over a monthly fee.)

On the cooking side, the Cooking School at America’s Test Kitchen can help you hone your culinary skills with more than 300 classes at a variety of skill levels. Monthly memberships are $20. For those who prefer to replicate the real-life cooking class with real-time feedback, the Chef and the Dish offers interactive online cooking classes for $299 for two people. If you’re planning a Mother’s Day activity for you and your siblings, classes can accommodate up to four participants for $399. Classes must be scheduled in advance.

Watch a Movie

Thanks to Netflix Party, a Google Chrome browser extension, scheduling a movie night in multiple locations is no problem. After you install the extension, just open a video on Netflix, create a party link by clicking the “NP” icon located next to the browser bar, and share the link with your family.

Want to watch a movie on a different platform? There are a few extra steps, but it’s still easy. Open the movie in your browser, select a timestamp to sync at, (like 0:10), and fire up your favorite video conferencing platform: Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, etc. Once everyone’s online with the video paused at the synced time, have a family countdown to hit “play” and stream together. It’s not a seamless process, but it will get the job done!

Whether you’re breaking a sweat together with your TRX Suspension Trainer or learning a new skill, there are so many creative ways to spend time with your mom on Mother’s Day—even if you can’t physically be together. And you don’t have to restrict the family bonding to one day a year! If you find a class or idea you love on this list, make a habit of scheduling it more often. Your mom will thank you.

How to Spend Mother’s Day Together When You’re Apart

Celebrate Mother’s Day Together, Even From a Distance

Whether you are able to see your mother every day or will have to find ways to be together while apart, Mother’s Day is your chance to shower mom with the attention she deserves. Children typically turn to handmade gifts or drawings for the big day, but as adults, the greatest gift is quality time together. If you’re looking for ways to make that happen from afar, we’ve got a few ideas.

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distancePhoto by Afif Kusuma on Unsplash

Family Zoom Call or Hangout

Gather everyone for a family call to toast mom. Even if you regularly plan one-on-one phone time with your family, mothers treasure the moments when they can gather all their kids in one place. Start coordinating with your siblings and others you would like to include to find a time that works for everyone. If you’re spread out across the world, don’t forget to factor in time zone differences.

Mother’s Day Workout

For families like to break a sweat together: TRX is offering live and on-demand workouts for FREE with some of the best trainers in the industry. (Visit TRXTraining.com/live for a schedule.) For most TRX LIVE workouts, all you need is a TRX Suspension Trainer. If you or your mom don’t have a set of straps, that could be a great gift, too!

Game Night (or Day)

You don’t have to be in the same room to enjoy a family game night. Lots of classic games now offer multi-player app versions, which makes it easy to host a game night across households. Battleship (iOS/Android), Monopoly (iOS/Android), Clue (iOS/Android), and Ticket to Ride (iOS/Android) are just a few of the games you can fire up with mom.

How to celebrate mother’s day over a distance

Make Something Together

Whether you prefer crafting or cooking, the Internet is full of classes and projects that you and your mom can complete together. For the crafty folks, consider a service like Creativebug. (Think of it as Masterclass for crafting.) Subscriptions start at $8 per month and include classes in art, sewing, painting, home projects, and more. (There’s a free trial if you and mom want to try it out before handing over a monthly fee.)

On the cooking side, the Cooking School at America’s Test Kitchen can help you hone your culinary skills with more than 300 classes at a variety of skill levels. Monthly memberships are $20. For those who prefer to replicate the real-life cooking class with real-time feedback, the Chef and the Dish offers interactive online cooking classes for $299 for two people. If you’re planning a Mother’s Day activity for you and your siblings, classes can accommodate up to four participants for $399. Classes must be scheduled in advance.

Watch a Movie

Thanks to Netflix Party, a Google Chrome browser extension, scheduling a movie night in multiple locations is no problem. After you install the extension, just open a video on Netflix, create a party link by clicking the “NP” icon located next to the browser bar, and share the link with your family.

Want to watch a movie on a different platform? There are a few extra steps, but it’s still easy. Open the movie in your browser, select a timestamp to sync at, (like 0:10), and fire up your favorite video conferencing platform: Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, etc. Once everyone’s online with the video paused at the synced time, have a family countdown to hit “play” and stream together. It’s not a seamless process, but it will get the job done!

Whether you’re breaking a sweat together with your TRX Suspension Trainer or learning a new skill, there are so many creative ways to spend time with your mom on Mother’s Day—even if you can’t physically be together. And you don’t have to restrict the family bonding to one day a year! If you find a class or idea you love on this list, make a habit of scheduling it more often. Your mom will thank you.