Celebrating Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to honour and appreciate the incredible mothers in our lives. Whether it’s your own mum, a mother figure, a rainbow mum or a friend who is a mum, it’s a day to show them love and gratitude for everything they do.

There are so many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, from simple gestures like spending quality time together to more elaborate surprises like gifts or a special outing. The most important thing is to make her feel cherished and valued. Haven’t picked a gift for Mum yet? Here are some ideas to celebrate her:

If you’re contemplating a high end brunch, you can’t go wrong with Hemingways, who are offering a special Mother’s Day Sunday Jazz Brunch, proffering their sumptuous brunch menu alongside live jazz music. 

Hemingways Spa offers a Pamper Mum Spa Weekend, a luxury spa retreat designed to rejuvenate her mind, body and spirit, and includes a meal at their Brasserie Restaurant. 

At Under the Swahili Tree in Karen, Mum gets a free glass of house wine along with her meal. Keeping in mind their renowned and sumptuous Sunday Roast Lunch, served in the beautiful kanga-canopied garden, this would surely go down a treat. This venue is very family-friendly too, with a bouncy castle and children’s activities every weekend, which keeps the littles busy, giving Mum a break!

Enjoy Mother’s Day Delight from 12-4pm at Villa Rosa Kempinski with their lavish culinary journey “Tour de Brunch”, featuring a range of treats drawing on cuisines from around the world. For an additional 3000 ksh, you can add free-flowing mimosas and cocktails. There are discounts on children’s meals and reservations are required.

Kempinski The Spa has a “Mother’s Me Time”, a luxurious sensory treatment package, including massage and facial, that is available to book through 31st May.

For more spa indulgence, Serenity Spas are offering a variety of treatment packages with Mum in mind: Hot Mama begins with a Thyme and Bergamot Salt Scrub, making Mum feel very refreshed as the senses are stimulated by the beautiful smell of Thyme and Bergamot. After the scrub, enjoy steam session and switch off completely during a 90 minute hot Stone Massage. Cool Mama adds a cold plunge to the steam/sauna/massage combo to boost circulation and happy hormones. Beautiful Mama and Happy Mama treatments round up the list. 

Ole Sereni has Mother’s Day celebrations at two of their restaurants. The Big Five is offering Nani Kama Mama African themed buffet brunch, including 10% off for mothers and a special gift, plus music as well as kids’ games and painting. Children’s meals are half priced, and under 5s are free.

Eagles The Steak House has a Mother’s Day Dinner Special Meal from 6pm, with a violinist playing, 10% off a bottle of wine and a special gift and welcome drink to all mums.

About Thyme will serve their usual, creative à la carte brunch and lunch menu, however, in honour of Mother’s Day, a surprise complimentary dessert (shhhh!) will be served to every mum who dines. 

For a family friendly atmosphere, Buona Festa Della Mamma is happening at GG’s Italian Pizzeria in Gigiri. Indulge in a Mother’s Day Brunch Menu crafted especially for this occasion, or stay for lunch with a live music performance: Enjoy the melodious tunes by “That’s What She Said” from 1pm to 3pm. Entry Fee: 1500 redeemable for a delicious cocktail of your choice.

If you don’t have time to take Mum out, The Flower Factory has lovely flower + candle + tea packages in varying sizes that you can send to mum, as well as beautiful traditional bouquets. They suggest pre-ordering asap for timely deliveries.

Rather than just flowers, you can give Mum an experience with flowers. Artcaffe has revived their popular flower classes as Mother’s Day editions. At Village Market they offer their signature flower class Bloom & Brew for Mum and you, including coffee, pastry and a welcome glass of bubbles. You take home your stunning Tambuzi rose arrangements. 

At the Westlands Artcaffe Gastrobar, take it a notch up with Blooms + Botanicals, a luxurious flower and cocktail class where you learn whimsical bouquet artistry as well as craft cocktail making, while you are supplied with gin tipples and gastro bites. Both events take place 11th May and require RSVP.

Searching for a gift? We can recommend the fab designer Lulu Kitololos products. She creates vibrant stationery, wall art & gifts in clean, contemporary and colourful designs and has some gift ideas especially for Mama.

Or browse around African Lifestyle Hub, a concept store that showcases some amazing brands. Their main purpose is to support and build up independent local makers and entrepreneurs, which means you can find a curated collection of fabulous, artisan home goods and fashion that you won’t find elsewhere. 

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If your mother is into the mystical, Chez Mahmadi is celebrating Mother’s Day with Mama’s Manifestation Day, honouring the serene power of creation and the strength of mama’s manifestation for her family, with sound immersion, crystal meditation and manifestation. Tickets on hustlesasa.

Unleash Mum’s creativity at a pottery workshop with Thrive Social Club at Ngong Racecourse on Saturday 11th May. This is a hands-on experience in crafting two different beautiful pottery creations with clay. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone, making it perfect for the whole family to create memories together. And you take home your lovely mementos at the end of a fun and relaxing day. 

Alternatively, Paint and Brunch with Ess, at About Thyme, a celebration of motherhood for a mother and daughter or son who want to bond. Also welcome are women who are about to be mothers or mothers to rainbow babies. Ess will tailor the experience to individuals. Reservations should be made directly with Ess.

If you’re a mum and you fancy some “me time” with music, dancing and networking, check out A Mothers’ Day Celebration at LadyLuck Shapewear, Ground Floor, Sarit Centre this Saturday 11th May! SHOP & SIP plus amazing discounts! BUY 2 GET 1 FREE!!! Good vibes will be served along with delicacies from Brown’s Food Co. and wine pairing by The Whisky Shop

On Mother’s Day guys can celebrate their lady too. Why not take her to sensual bachata dancing? Sip & Dance by JosLyn and Sophie with DJ D’Cure on the decks is happening on Saturday night at Two Grapes Wine & Friends, in Kilimani.

Or take Mum to view some art at a gallery (see our list of what’s on) or the Affordable Art Show at the National Museum, which runs the whole weekend.

Other ideas? Drop a comment below!