Get a head start on Mother’s Day with these ideas

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Bonefish Grill is offering special lunch items on Mother's Day. Courtesy photo.

Mother’s Day is just a little more than two weeks away and there are a myriad of events, lunch and brunch options from which to choose. Some on actual Mother’s Day (May 14) and some a little sooner:

Sunday May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Merchants and Makers at Fulton Street Market
1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids
Need to get a gift for your Mom or someone else special in your life for Mother’s Day? Or do you miss seeing your favorite makers at markets? 100+ makers lining this historical covered outdoor market. Rae and Mae (Sarena Rae and Mason) will be playing music.  Food Trucks Around Baking Co, Patty Matters, Dune Buggy, Stovetop Roasters and Voyage Bowls will be on site. KenzieBe’s Non-profit will be serving alcohol as well!Kids are free, adults 

Canned goods for The Other Way Ministries will be collected and some of the door fees will go to ‘Other Way’ as well as the Grand Rapids Pride Festival. Bring non-perishables to donate! $3 to get in. Cash and card accepted at the door!

Sunday, May 7,  1:30 pm
Mommy & Me tea & dance
The Harris Building, 111 Division Ave S,Grand Rapids
Celebrate Mother’s Day with our single mom families! Snacks, “tea,” crafts, face painting, and of course, dancing. Tickets are $10 per person and include both mom and kid swag bags. RSVP by May 4. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit the website.

Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mother’s Day Succulent Bar & Craft Show
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W Western Ave, and Dreamscapes Succulents is having an annual Mothers Day succulent sale with more than 25,000 succulents to choose from. Everything on the succulent bar is $1 and there are many different varieties of plants to choose from.

Planters, succulents and potting soil can be purchased for $1 each.  Or bring your own planters and decorations. Have some fun putting together your very own succulent masterpiece! In addition to the huge selection of beautiful succulents there will be a large variety of artisans and crafters. Food Trucks and drinks will also be available.

Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Downtown Sip N’ Shop hosted by Novo Chiropractic at 122 Monroe Center Street Northwest, Grand Rapids. This shopping event is located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Meet at the Atrium of Uccello’s and shop with 20+ local vendors while enjoying drinks, food, music and wellness. Check out local shops like Jack & Laurel and Modish Moth as well as local independent businesses like the Curio Candle Co. and so many more! 

Attendees will have a chance to win one of 30 giveaways. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free gift and drink ticket (21+ years old). This event is free and open to all and intended to support Kids’ Food Basket. 100% of the proceeds collected at the event will be donated.

Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m.
Tea Party Cookie Class, Sweet Details GR, 2166 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Learn the tips and tricks of cookie decorating while celebrating mom with watercolor cards, cookie class, treats and tea, all in one!

You will be guided through the steps to create a custom watercolor card. You will learn the basics of cookie decorating while creating a set of 3 cookies. You will be guided with tips and tricks from a professional baker of 10 years and leave the class with the skills and confidence to wow your family and friends.

Included in the price are: supplies and instructions to create a watercolor card, baked cookies, icing and tools, icing practice sheet, step-by-step instructions as well as space for you to be creative, a box to take your cookies home, hot cocoa and tea bar, pastries and treats by Sweet Details GR, one seat at the class.

You will practice basic piping and flooding techniques and will walk away with a set of beautifully decorated cookies plus a custom card made by you.

For additional questions or to book a private class please contact the event organizer at hello@sweetdetailsgr.com. Sign up with your kid, mom or anyone you want to celebrate motherhood with. Purchase tickets here.

If you have a Sweet Details GR eGift Card contact hello@sweetdetailsg.com to proceed with your booking while seats are still available. Minimum class size is 6. If 6 students have not registered for this event, we reserve the right to cancel or change event date. In this case tickets will be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel this class due to illness or low enrollment in which case you will be offered a full refund.

Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m.
Wine and Canvas, 2675 E Paris Avenue SE, Suite E Grand Rapids
Get creative while you enjoy our $10 bottomless mimosas! ??SIGN UP Now! ??Seating is limitedPick your Design -Two 20oz Wine Glasses ~ Mother’s Day Mimosa Sunday. Step-by-step instructions on how to recreate a beautiful painting while you sip on your favorite beverage, in a relaxed and fun, artsy environment. Leave your cares at the door and dive on into the paint party! The ticket price includes the use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction by a professional and friendly local artist, and a 16 x 20 take-home painting! Please Note – Minimum age to attend this event is 14 years old. Our studio has Wine, Beer, and Cocktails along with Water and Soda for purchase. Snacks are also available. Guests are welcome to bring food and snacks into the studio. No outside beverages permitted.

Friday, May 12, 6:30 pm
Mother’s Day Charcuterie Workshop
Spruced Studio, 5120 Plainfield Ave NE Suite B,Grand Rapids
Sip on a complimentary refreshment as you create your very own 12” x 10” tray to take home to share. Included in the workshop are all the meats, cheeses, and other goodies to build your take home charcuterie board, a snacking board to nosh on during class and hands on guidance as you build your beautiful board. Along the way, Barb Kasper will share tips and education on both the art and science of charcuterie!

Registration ends Wednesday, May 10. Seats are limited to 16 people. Purchase tickets here.

Mother’s Day Lunches and Brunches
Celebrate the superhero mom in your life and treat her to a meal at Bonefish Grill, 1100 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, with specials available in the restaurant from Tuesday, May 9 – Monday, May 22.

A surf ‘n turf special designed specifically with mom in mind: Scallop & Shrimp Scampi Filet featuring a 7 oz. wood-grilled Filet Mignon topped with hand-harvested Baja bay scallops and shrimp tossed in a garlic scampi sauce. Compliment the meal with a wildflower Martini, with Ketel One vodka, tropical flavors of passion fruit, vanilla and fresh citrus juices topped with wildflowers and sparkling wine. Other special items on the menu for the big day include: Old Fashioned Cedar Plank Salmon, Rockefeller Butterfish, topped with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crab. Served with two sides. Carrot Lava Cake and a Crushed Pineapple Martini.

Join the folks at Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand RapidsSun May 14, starting at 10 a.m. for live jazz and a special brunch menu featured for this special occasion. Call 616-805-4161 to make a reservation!

Cork Wine & Grille, 1600 Galbraith Ave SE and Reds at Thousand Oaks, 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr NE (both located in Grand Rapids) will also be serving Mother’s Day brunch 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, as will FireRock Grille, 7177 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Caledonia and RedRock Grille, 4600 Macatawa Legends Blvd in Holland.

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