Celebrate Mother's Day in Phoenix

People gathered at CityScape area during lunch

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Mother's Day is always on the second Sunday in May. In 2018 that date is May 13. Whether your mother is just down the street or thousands of miles away, don't miss this opportunity to let her know how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. In the Phoenix area, there are a myriad of ways that you can let your mother know that she is special.

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Go to Brunch or Dinner

desserts on a platter
Judy Hedding

Your mother will certainly know that she is appreciated if you take her out for a lovely meal at one of the many fine restaurants in the Phoenix area that's serving Mother's Day brunch or dinner. You can choose from a la carte and buffet brunches and dinners. Some even include Champagne or a rose for moms. The Market by Jennifer's Restaurant + Bar, Roaring Fork, and Salty Sow are just a few of the many choices you have.

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Get Tickets for a Concert or Show

a crowd at a concert
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You might want to plan a special activity or outing that your mother would especially enjoy. Some highlights for Mother's Day 2018 are the "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, Jun Kaneko at the Desert Botanical Garden, and "The Bridges of Madison County" at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

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Gift Her With a Special Spa Treatment

a massage therapist massaging a client
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Spas around Phoenix and Scottsdale offer extraordinary ways in which you can pamper that special woman, your mom (or grandma or wife) on Mother's Day. A few of the specials are available for the entire month of May. It's a good bet your mom would enjoy it even more if you went along for a mother-daughter spa day.

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Let Her Be Pampered at a Resort

The Arizona Biltmore Hotel
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Yes, just send her away for a day. And you can go with her. Phoenix and Scottsdale resorts offer special holiday staycations so you can take her away from it all. They will treat her like the special person that she is. The Omni Scottsdale and Hyatt Regency Scottsdale are just two of your choices.

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Give Her Something Special

Gifts at Desert Botanical Garden
Judy Hedding

If you are more the gift-giving type, you can go for the tried-and-true flowers or plant or something more original, like a meringue bouquet from Super Chunk Sweets & Treats in Old Town Scottsdale, a heart-shaped chocolate cake from Portillo's, or one of the many out-of-the-ordinary gifts at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Make a YummyTreat

granola yogurt parfait

You can make your own granola or purchase your favorite brand to create this beautiful, healthy breakfast recipe. Try this Granola Yogurt Parfait recipe from Rico’s American Grill at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. It isn't difficult, and if there are young kids in the house they can help, too.

Ingredients Per Serving

  • 1-ounce local honey
  • 4 ounces Greek non-fat yogurt (in a disposable piping bag)
  • 2 ounces blueberry compote
  • 3 fresh strawberries cut in quarters
  • 4 medium-sized raspberries
  • 2 blackberries cut in halves
  • 2 ounces granola
  • 1 spring fresh mint


  1. Pour the honey on the bottom of the glass serving dish.
  2. Pipe 1/3 of yogurt in the glass on top of the honey as close as possible to the side of the glass.
  3. Mix the berries with the compote
  4. Using a tablespoon, layer of the berry compote on top of the yogurt. Sprinkle with granola.
  5. Repeat these steps so you have three yogurt layers and two berry compote layers.
  6.  For the last layer, top with granola and garnish with mint.
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