Ask Coryanne: Should I Make Dinner on Mother's Day, or Take Her Out?

Treating the special mom in your life to an unforgettable Mother's Day takes some planning, organization and listening. It also varies from mom to mom.


Your wife or mother might have different ideas of what constitutes a "good" Mother's Day, and have different ideas of how they would like to celebrate. Surprising her with a home-cooked meal sounds like a wonderful idea... until you find out she really wanted to try out this new restaurant for a Mother's Day dinner.

Our Kitchen Living expert Coryanne Ettiene weighs the pros and cons of treating the mother in your life to a night out versus cooking her a meal at home. She also reveals how even as an adult, you can give your mom something homemade and special she will cherish forever.

Q: What do you think is better: taking my wife out to dinner for Mother's Day, or cooking for her at home with the kids?

A: So much is to be said for a family dinner at home, but with that comes the inevitable task of ensuring that mom does not feel obliged to shop for, cook, serve and clean up for this very special meal. Some would say that all they want is to cook a family dinner and enjoy it with their family at home, while others would say that all they want is a night away from the kitchen.

The best approach is to find out what mom wants and to deliver it; if staying home but having the night off is requested, find out what she wants to eat give her a pile of her favorite magazines to occupy her while you cook. And if going out is her choice, ask her where she wants to go. You can always meet in the middle by going out for dinner and coming home for a family cake feast afterwards.  

Q: Even though I'm an adult, I still want to make my mom a special Mother's Day gift. What are some suggestions for a simple, yet meaningful gift ideas?

A: As children, the gift of a pasta necklace or hand painted poster warm the heart and get stashed in the keep forever box, but as adults, it is often hard to find personal, keepsake gifts that offer the same sentiment. With a little DIY you can create printed recipe tea towels by taking a recipe card to a screen printer and asking them to print it – even simpler, many craft stores now offer this same service and sell the tea towels for printing.  If food is not her passion, give your delivered flowers a personal touch by having her initials engraved on the vase. Or use a photo text app to add text to one your favorite childhood photos and have it printed onto canvas to give an old photo a personalized modern finish.  

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