Updated for 2021
Mother’s Day. The day we celebrate all the Moms in our lives, and when some of us are celebrated, too. At MomsLA, we’re pretty fond of Mother’s Day, since it’s usually a day filled with breakfast in bed, or brunch out at a fancy place, or maybe a lovely gift from our kids or our spouse – and hopefully not a day we get stuck having to do the laundry. Hopefully.
Mother’s Day is coming up and we want it to be special, even under the circumstances, so we’ve rounded up a ton of ideas for celebrating Moms. Looking for: Los Angeles Restaurants with Mother’s Day Brunch, Gift Ideas, Mother’s Day Quotes, Crafts to make, and essays about Motherhood – you’ll find them here.
In 2021, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9th.
- Mother’s Day Brunch (Dine in and To Go)
- Mother’s Day Quotes
- Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
- Mother’s Day Craft Ideas
- What Mother’s Day is like for a Stepmom
- A letter to all Stepmoms on Mother’s Day
Special Mother’s Day Events
Teleflora Mural and Event
Santa Monica Place Mall (ground level)
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
It has been quite the year, and even more so for Mom. In advance of Mother’s Day, Teleflora is celebrating Mom with a sidewalk chalk installation at Santa Monica Place created by children, acknowledging how much mom has selflessly put others’ needs before hers. Stop by on Saturday, May 1st from 11am – 7pm, grab a piece of chalk and join in on the action. After contributing to the mural, participants will receive a free bouquet for mom courtesy of Teleflora. Local chalk artist Lysa Ashley will be contributing to the installation.
Saturday, May 8th from 3:00 – 4:00pm. Enjoy a pre-Mother’s Day celebration while sipping on exotic teas from Charles & Company and enjoying delicious tea sandwiches and pastries. Celebrity experts will entertain and lead you through the ins and out of getting ready and creating a fabulous tea party all from the comfort of your home. Surprise appearances throughout the program. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will have the option to participate in a live on-site experience pre-event. All guests will then be invited to log on from 2:30pm -4:00pm for the virtual tea party.
Mother’s Day Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Primo’s Donuts, a family-owned LA staple since 1956, will be serving an assortment of Mother’s Day Donuts, the perfect treat for families to share. A Mother’s Day Gift Special includes ½ dozen Mother’s Day limited edition Donuts with pink chocolate shavings and a Primo’s Logo Coffee Mug for $25. Available Monday May 3, 2021 through Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Brunch in Los Angeles – To Go and Dine In
These amazing Los Angeles restaurants have decided to make Mother’s Day Brunch available for take-out and, in some cases, delivery. Check each one for details on menu options, ordering, and deadlines.
114 East Second Street, Los Angeles 90012
Redbird is doing both brunch and dinner in 2021. All outdoor dining in three spaces (Redbird Courtyard, Redbird Garden, Vibiana Courtyard) with a special prix-fixe menu from Chef Neal Fraser and team. Brunch menu choices include: CORNMEAL WAFFLE, KAYA TOAST, GREEN GAZPACHO, FRITTATA, LOBSTER CAVATELLI, DUCK CONFIT CHILAQUILES – and more. Dinner Menu choices include: HAMACHI CRUDO, CHAWANMUSHI, RISOTTO, DIVER SCALLOPS, CHOCOLATE MOUSSE BAR, OLIVE OIL CAKE – and more. Enjoy!
London West Hollywood Boxwood Restaurant
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
The London West Hollywood obviously thinks Moms are special: they are offering a delicious and delightful Mother’s Day Tea for 2021. Mom can enjoy a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and desserts, along with tea selections and champagne.
Chado Tea Room
Pasadena: 79 North Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91103
Torrance: 1303 El Prado Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Downtown LA: 369 East 1st Street, Los Angeles 90012 (Inside Japanese American National Museum)
Hollywood: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite #209, Hollywood 90028
This Mother’s Day, treat mom to Chado Tea’s newest sampler gift box that contains 12 of their bestselling loose-leaf teas. With just enough tea in each container for 1-2 pots of tea, it’s a great way for tea lovers to discover new favorites! Enjoy delicious blends like Podrea and Chocolate Pu-Erh! This sampler gift box ($65.00) is currently available for purchase in-store and online – shipping can take up to 10-14 business days so order now to have it in time for mom’s special day! Plus – check out their Mother’s Day special for 2021: they’re offering a “Chocolate Celebration for 2” ($70) which is an afternoon tea service with tea-infused chocolate pairings.
Related: Best Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles.
300 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
639 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
There’s no better way to express gratitude for mom this Mother’s Day 2021 than with a Chocolate Box from SoCal, plant-based favorite, Cafe Gratitude. Each chocolate box is crafted with clean, vegan ingredients and contains a variety of truffles and chocolates for an unforgettable day celebrating Mom! For $16.00, enjoy this delicious gift filled with Coconut Almond Truffles, Brazil Nut Ganaches, and Almond Butter squares. Head to your local Cafe Gratitude between April 19th – May 9th to pick up one (or two) of these sweet boxes for mom.
The Milky Way
9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Los Angeles’ Spielberg family-owned neighborhood kosher dairy restaurant is bringing back their delicious brunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day 2021. Spoil mom with a refreshing Peach Bellini or Mimosa, then indulge in brunch favorites like the Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict Florentine, Potato Latkes and Eggs, and more! The Milky Way restaurant is open for sidewalk and indoor dining – all reservations can be made on Resy.
Departs Fisherman’s Village
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA and
2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Hornblower Cruises has two different dining cruise options for families – a brunch cruise and a dinner cruise. Dining cruises are about two hours in duration, feature incredible views, delicious food, onboard entertainment, and many memorable moments. Reservations information is available online.
101 North Eatery and Bar
Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite D, Westlake Village 91362
Mother’s Day 2021 – open for indoor and outdoor dining.
Peninsula Hotel Afternoon Tea
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The Peninsula is legendary for their Afternoon Tea, and it’s a perfect way to celebrate Mom for 2021. Traditional treats include homemade scones, lemon curd, clotted cream, house made jams, assorted tea sandwiches, Champagne and bite-sized desserts to share and enjoy.
Mother’s Day Experience
1250 East Harvard Street, Burbank 91501
Castaway in Burbank is hosting a Mother’s Day Experience. While enjoying “sweeping views of Downtown LA” families can opt to enjoy a three-course brunch celebration (offers from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm) or the seasonal a la carte Dinner Menu (offered from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm). Reservation information is available online.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 9th. Families will also have the opportunity to tour Air Force One prior to your brunch. Multiple reservation times are available to ensure the health and safety of all. ($82 for adults; $39 for children 3-10; and children 2 and younger are free). Reservations are required and can be made online.
Mother’s Day Brunch and Mother’s Day Dinner
1 Pico – Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
For a meal that is as much about location as it is about the food, families may opt for One Pico on Mother’s Day, May 9th. Their Mother’s Day Brunch (offered from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm) includes starters, several Entrees (including Smoked Salmon Benedict), and decadent desserts (such as the Guayaquil Chocolate Tart). Brunch is $85 per person. Their Dinner menu (offered from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm) includes starters, several main courses (including Wagyu Beef Filet), and desserts (such as Russian Honey Cake). Dinner is $95 per person. Reservations are available online.
Mother’s Day Dining
140 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
“Spoil mom with award-winning cuisine, live music, flamenco dinner shows, and more.” Families have three different ways of treating mom to a special meal at Cafe Sevilla. Enjoy Champagne Brunch while listening to live Spanish guitar and vocals (from 10 am to 3 pm). Dinner and Live Music will be offered from 6 pm to 8 pm. And finally, a special Mother’s Day Flamenco Dinner Show is another way to celebrate. Check the website for menus and to make your reservation.
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Bianca is hosting their Mamma Mia brunch, an elegant menu including Salmon Eggs Benedict with Caviar, Branzino al Vino Bianco, and more to pair with sparkling wine cocktails. The event will feature a signature dish by Executive Chef Gianni’s mother, Elvira, who taught him how to cook. She will be making Maltagliati Nonna Elvira, her legendary fresh made pasta with seasonal vegetables and beef sauce. Reservations encouraged and available on Resy. Or, you could celebrate Mother’s Day At Home with a menu that is meant to be shared with family. Highlights include Ravioli agli Fiori di Zucchini Gratinee, empanadas in various flavors and delightful treats like Raspberry Mille Foglie. Pre-order by Thursday, May 6 for pick up on May 8th & May 9th.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302
Saddle Peak Lodge is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch. Family members make one selection per course (starter, entrée, and dessert). A children’s menu (for those 12 and under) is 2 courses. Entrée selections include Braised Short Ribs and Thick Cut Brioche French Toast – to name just a couple of the tempting choices. ($89 for the adult menu; $45 for the children’s menu.) Reservations available online.
544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 and
1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 and
3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
On Mother’s Day, take the family to Water Grill and treat mom to “exclusive new menu items, starting with a special new spring cocktail, and ending with Harry’s berries over our Lemon Sable Cake for dessert.” Reservations are available online. And, if you’d prefer, families can order this special meal for curbside pickup and enjoy it at home.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Multiple locations including
800 W. Olympic Blvd. #A135, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Treat mom (and grandma and aunties) to a three-course Mother’s Day meal at Fleming’s. For additional flexibility, Fleming’s will open at 11 am on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th. The Dinner Menu and Children’s 3-Course Menu will be available all day. Details are available online.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Take the family to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at the elegant Avec Nous on Sunday, May 9th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The menu will be served family-style and includes a Baker’s Basket, Fruit Plate, Beef Tenderloin, and Moroccan Flavored Ratatouille to name just a bit of the menu. Make your reservation online. ($95 per adult; $45 per child – 12 and under.)
Mother’s Day Brunch and Mother’s Day Family Dinners
Multiple Locations including
2014 E. Park Place, El Segundo, CA 90245
Marmalade Cafe has two special dining offers for Mother’s Day. If you prefer Brunch, Marmalade Cafe is serving their regular menu on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th. Or, enjoy a Family Dinner which includes your choice of one main entree and also includes a bottle of house wine, sides, salad, and dessert. Dinner may be picked up and then enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Details and reservation information are available online.
Mother’s Day Brunch
907 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Maneula is offering an extended Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. “Located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, Manuela unites chef, farmer and artist to create an authentic and original dining experience.” Reservations are available online and may be made for parties up to 6.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Ca Del Sole
4100 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Ca Del Sole is offering a Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 9th. Enjoy a 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu. Let mom sit back and relax and enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of her special brunch. ($59 per person; $29.50 for children 10 and younger.) Menu details and reservation information are available online.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Take mom for a drive along the coast and treat her to a special brunch at the Balboa Bay Resort. “Enjoy impeccable service and delicious cuisine in our Grand Ballroom complete with live music and a picturesque view!” There are 10 am and 1 pm seating times available on Sunday, May 9th. Make your reservation online. ($132 for adults; $61 for children.)
Mother’s Day Soirée
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Celebrate mom and (grandma and auntie)at the South Coast Botanic Garden. The Garden’s Mother’s Day Soirée is happening all weekend long, from Friday, May 7th through Sunday, May 9th. “The Bar Society, Inc. will be selling craft cocktails and mocktails at two beautifully designed bars.” There will also be three Instagrammable photo moments to capture those special family shots. Tickets to this special event are the same as regular Garden Admission ($15 for adults; $11 for seniors 62+ and students with ID; $5 for children 5-12; and free for children 4 and younger.) Tickets are available online.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children’s Museum hosts a special Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 8th. The Museum will be offering many special activities to celebrate “all moms and grandmothers for all the love, joy, and happiness they bring to our lives.” Enjoy art projects, story time, and more. All special events are included with Museum admission. ($13.95 for each visitor). Tickets are available online.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
Enjoy MOMentum Place, the “annual Mother’s Day extravaganza” brought to you by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. This special presentation will be live-streamed by Zoom from the theater’s main stage to the safety and comfort of your home on Sunday, May 9th at 2:00 pm. Reserve your tickets online ($35/household).
El Pollo Loco wants to celebrate the mothers in our lives with its “Strong Like a Madre” grant initiative. This special initiative will “celebrate and support Greater Los Angeles area moms who had to put their career and personal pursuits on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Nominations for moms happen via Instagram and are open now through May 14th. 12 winning moms (four moms from three themes – The Dream Gig, The Dream Launch, and The Dream Escape) will be selected and receive a $5000 “Madreship,” a “grant that gives them the opportunities and resources to help them get back to pursuing their dreams.” Check the website for details about how to nominate a deserving mom.
Milo and Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90403
For the first time, Milo & Olive is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch Takeout Menu. It’s also heat & serve and family-style, with highlights like Mini Asparagus & Feta Frittatas, House Pork Belly Sausage, those addictive Chimichurri Potatoes, Bloody Mary Mix and more. Deadline to pre-order is Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. with curbside pickup available on Sunday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The ORDER FORM can be found on their website home page contains the full menu & pricing.
1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401
They’re open for dining on Mother’s Day, but for those spending the holiday at home, they’ve created a variety of fun and VERY easy kits so you can feel like you’re “cooking” brunch for mom. Choose from Huevos Rancheros, Avocado Toast or Country Breakfast Kits. There are also delicious heat & serve items, like Market Veggie Frittatas, Roasted Yukon Gold Breakfast Potatoes and more. For something sweet, enjoy Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding, Blueberry Cornmeal Cake, a Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Kit, Dad’s Pancake Mix and lots more. Don’t feel like juicing fresh fruit or making coffee? Add a Mimosa Kit, Grapefruit Spritzer Kit, Coffee or Tea Boxes and more. Pre-order starting Monday, April 26 until Thursday, May 6 at 3 p.m. either online through Tock or by calling 310.451.2311 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Orders are available for pickup on Sunday, May 9 starting at 9 a.m. Due to limited availability, some items may sell out before our cutoff date, so place your orders early!
34661 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Join Waterman’s Harbor for a special Mother’s Day brunch featuring mouthwatering seafood specials and brunch items only on Mother’s Day. Each mom dining with the restaurant will receive flowers in honor of their special day. Seating is first come first served and a full Mother’s Day menu is available on the Waterman’s website.
Cat and Fiddle Restaurant
742 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
This Mother’s Day, the Cat and Fiddle, Hollywood’s 40 year old institution run by mother / daughter team – Paula and Ashlee – are celebrating other mums with a couple of great options available for takeaway in or for dine in on our private patio. We are offering a lovely Afternoon Tea (back by popular demand) as well as our Sunday Roast. Visit our website to place a pre-order for pick up or delivery or to make a reservation.
Mother’s Day Brunch Made at Home (by your family)
There’s no time like the present for your spouse and kids to make you a special brunch at home. Have them stock up at the grocery store and then share your favorite recipe Pinterest board with them. Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or popovers are a few delicious ideas for the carb-lovers out there. Or what about Avocado Toast!
In fact, we’ve got a terrific recipe for the famous LAUSD Coffee Cake you can get them to make you.
If you’re more of a Keto, Paleo, or Low-Carb Mom, a frittata, omelette, or an entrée salad might be a better choice. Whip up some Mom-osas and have a lovely day!
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Here are our picks for the best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2020.
You can’t go wrong with flowers, whether you’ve picked them in the backyard or had them delivered. Many local florists are still open and will deliver beautiful bouquets to Moms all over Los Angeles – and as a bonus, you’ll be supporting a small business.
Looking for a flower delivery that goes all over, in case you need to send a few blooms to anyone else in the US? We love Farmgirl Flowers for their designs and the fact that they’re a female-founded and female-funded company. They’ve even got Luxe Gift Boxes now.
For the Moms who love to indulge their Sweet Teeth, there’s some amazing treats that can be picked up or delivered. Just in time, See’s Candy is now delivering, so you can get Mom some of the best, locally-made candy around.
The Mom in your life probably needs a good book to read right about now – or 10. Amazon is always there for traditional books, e-books and audiobooks. Shop via our Amazon affiliate link and you’ll be helping support a couple of LA Moms. Thanks!
There’s no doubt the Mom you’re shopping for needs a Spa Treatment. She could probably use one per day. But since she can’t leave the house right now, you have a couple of options. Gift Cards to her favorite spa, like Burke Williams, are a nice way to help support local businesses that we all hope to see back open one day soon, plus it’ll give her something to look forward to. Don’t forget to include a child care gift certificate so she can get pampered care free.
Hand Made – gifts and cards
(Check out our Mother’s Day Crafts article for ideas.)
Honestly, Moms love getting cards their kids make especially for them, so get out all the craft supplies you have, set the kids up at the table, and let them get creative. Even if you know they’re making it for you, you’ll still love it when they hand it to you.