Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mothers Day Ideas

The average mother doesn’t want to cook, clean, chauffeur kids around or run errands on Mother’s Day. Basically, she wants to be treated like a queen, and she should be. The question is, how to do it? It should be all hands on deck for the family in order to pamper mom, and here are some gift ideas in the Princeton area, parts of New Jersey, and online for every budget to spoil her.

Small Budget:
Breakfast in bed with a breakfast tray
Photo of the kids – Picture People in the Quackerbridge or Bridgewater Commons Malls, photo frame from Target
Massage cushion with heat
Flowers from McCaffrey’s
Design your own chocolate bar for mom – http://www.createmychocolate.com/
Cooking classes
Mother’s Day wine tasting – (Hopewell Valley Vineyards)
Write your favorite quotes and original poetry in a pretty notebook

Moderate Budget:Special Mother’s Day brunch
Local Spa Packages
Embossed stationary and a pen
Fruit cut to resemble a floral arrangement – Edible Arrangements
Create your own personalized ice cream, gelato, or sorbetto – eCreamery.com
Personalized bottles of wine – Wine Gift Club, Custom Wine Source
Mother’s Day lunch or dinner cruise - Spirit Cruises
Picnic Gift Basket – Reunion or Windsor picnic basket from Kitchen Kapers filled with goodies from Bon Appetit
Floral arrangement
Luxury Budget:
Book the Saturday night before Mother’s Day at an Atlantic City hotel like the Borgota Hotel or the Trump Taj Mahal.
Offer dinner, entertainment (show, casino, dancing), morning room service, spa treatments, and shopping.
Hire a housecleaning service for the day.
Hot Air Balloon champagne flight - (Hunterdon Ballooning)
Oil portrait of kids
Jewelry is always a great gift idea
Cooking classes for 1 – 10 people or wine tasting and food demo for up to 20 – Chef Luis Martinez, Executive Chef of Teresa Caffe
In-home Personal trainer –
In-home massage therapy – Massage table and personal massage therapist
Personal Training membership

An amazing Belgian Waffle recipe:

Ingredients:2 sticks of room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon almond (my secret ingredient) or vanilla extract
3 cups flour
2 cups water
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup sliced almonds (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until mixture turns pale yellow.
Slowly mix in eggs and extract, then alternate adding 1 cup of flour, then 1 cup of water until all is mixed in.
Blend in baking powder and salt, then fold in almond slices.
While batter is resting, turn on waffle iron.
After about 10 minutes, make waffles as per waffle iron instructions.
Makes about five 6-inch round waffles.
These freeze well. You can just pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast, so make a double batch to have plenty on hand.

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