Mother’s Day is almost here! If you are anything like we are, it definitely snuck up on us this year. Don’t panic! We are here for you with this list of Sunday brunch alternatives, last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas and weekend outings. And feel free to pass this list along to anyone in charge of making your Mother’s Day special. Our biggest suggestion overall is to think of it as Mother’s Day weekend. Mothers deserve a full weekend, and this approach opens up so many more fun ways to celebrate.

Saturday Lunch is the New Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch is great. We won’t deny it. But while Sunday brunch in Louisville is typically one of our favorite things, a reservation for Mother’s Day proper may be hard to come by. If your heart is set on brunch with the family, Saturday may be your best bet. We suggest calling some of our local Louisville restaurant favorites ASAP – Harvest, Proof on Main, 211 Clover Lane and Finn’s Southern Kitchen are great places to start for Saturday brunch options. And we don’t blame you for checking on Sunday availability while you’re at it.

We love this gorgeous and tasty Proof on Main "Bare Essentials" cocktail – made with New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin, raspberry, lemon, ginger, basil and a dash of bitters – because it looks like Mother's Day in a glass. Image: Proof on Main

We love this gorgeous and tasty Proof on Main “Bare Essentials” cocktail – made with New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin, raspberry, lemon, ginger, basil and a dash of bitters – because it looks like Mother’s Day in a glass. Image: Proof on Main

While they don’t serve up an official brunch, a leisurely Saturday lunch at Lilly’s Bistro with a Lillet Vive cocktail – Lillet Blanc, Jack Rudy Tonic, cucumber, strawberry, mint and a splash of soda – sounds like a perfect way to celebrate all the mothers in your life. And skip across the river to Portage House in Jeffersonville for a delicious lunch and cocktails by the water. Neither Lilly’s or Portage House are open on Sundays or require reservations, but we highly suggest making one. Your mother will definitely approve.

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

We know. We meant to take care of this weeks ago, too. No need to worry with this list of thoughtful, last-minute gifts from local shops we love. But procrastination time is over. Really. Your mother says so.

Vintage teacup & saucer garden ornament

This sweetly repurposed vintage china, attached to a copper stake, will make any mother smile. Include it as part of a beautifully planted container for a cheerful and unique Mother’s Day gift. Find one perfect for mom at Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile for $10 each.

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Vintage teacup and saucer garden ornament, $10 each at Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile

Handmade gold necklaces

Pick a dainty favorite for your mother or yourself. Prices range from $44 to $98 each at Mabel & Moss.

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Dainty gold necklaces, $44 to $98 each at Mabel & Moss

Therapeutic massage gift card

Pick up one gift card for your mother, pick up another for yourself. Elements Massage Louisville East is currently offering 70 minutes for $70 for the perfectly thoughtful, self-care Mother’s Day gift.

Massage gift card, 70 minutes for $70 each at Elements Massage Louisville East for a limited time

Massage gift card, 70 minutes for $70 at Elements Massage Louisville East for a limited time

Fiber art necklace

For the art-loving mother who brightens the room, we are swooning over this almost magical necklace by fiber artist Mariko Kusumoto, made from delicate but durable, lightweight polyester fabric and inspired by the natural world. Find this necklace – a luxe splurge at $3,000 – and other pieces from this line, including earrings and brooches ranging from $40 to $400, at the KMAC Museum Shop.

Fiber art necklace by Mariko Kusumoto at the KMAC Museum Shop

Fiber art necklace by Mariko Kusumoto, $3,000 at KMAC Museum Shop | Image: Mariko Kusumoto

Pastel print scarf

This pretty print scarf makes a lovely summer accessory, but it also comes with a great cause. The Nancye Belle scarf is an exclusive Hope Scarves design, and each scarf sold raises funding for metastatic breast cancer research. Designed by Kentucky-based artist Melanie Park and created through a partnership with Echo Design, this scarf can be purchased in time for Mother’s Day at the Hope Scarves storefront or at any Nanz & Kraft Florists location. The Nancye Belle scarf is $32.

The Nancye Belle scarf by Hope Scarves, $32 at Nanz & Kraft Florists | Image: Hope Scarves

The Nancye Belle scarf by Hope Scarves, $32 at Nanz & Kraft Florists | Image: Hope Scarves

Still need more Mother’s Day gift ideas? Check out our May FINDS here

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Fun

Who says you have to stick to brunch for Mother’s Day? Perhaps you want to fill the entire weekend with fun events for the entire family. Here are some of our favorite Louisville Mother’s Day weekend events to help you get out there, get moving and celebrate motherhood together!

Friday, May 12, 2017: Sunset Concert at Foxhollow Farm

8905 Kentucky 329, Crestwood, KY 40014 
Concert begins at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each, children 12 and under are free

The first Sunset Concert of the season at Foxhollow Farm is family-friendly fun in a picture-perfect landscape. Bring a blanket and some chairs, enjoy food and drinks from some of the city’s best food trucks, and listen to great music by Milenio, a unique salsa band that covers classic American pop songs, as well as popular salsa music. Singer/songwriter Freedom Moore opens the evening with her mix of funk, soul, rock and R&B. Please note that children under 12 are admitted for free but still need to reserve a ticket. Find out more details and ticket information here.

Sunset Concerts at Foxhollow Farm are always a fun night out for the entire family.

Sunset Concerts at Foxhollow Farm are always a fun night out for the entire family.

Saturday, May 13, 2017: CycLOUvia – Three Points

Goss Avenue, Logan Street and Shelby Street
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
FREE event for all ages

CycLOUvia makes its 2017 debut by returning to Three Points – the Germantown, Schnitzelburg and Shelby Park neighborhoods – on Saturday, May 13. This fun event opens streets to people only – no vehicles are allowed – and moves through neighborhoods via Goss Avenue, Logan Street and Shelby Street. This edition of CycLOUvia will take place during Better Blocks, a temporary installation at Oak and Logan Streets, with pop-up shops, vendors, public space, art, special performances and more. Jump on your bike, take a walk and play in the street. And if you need a snack, coffee or delicious drink, swing by Bean coffee shop, Eiderdown, The Post and more along Goss Avenue.

Grab your bike and the whole family for a fun CycLOUvia outing on Mother's Day weekend.

Grab your bike and the whole family for a fun CycLOUvia outing on Mother’s Day weekend.

Sunday, May 14, 2017: barre3 Mommy & Me Class

2400 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
FREE with suggested donation of $20

Join barre3 Louisville for a 30-minute barre3 class to benefit Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for women across the world. Children over 4 are welcome! Spots are limited. Register online for Mommy & Me at barre3 here. And find out more about barre3 studio here.

barre3 Louisville owner, Nikki Naseef, ready for Mommy & Me with her family. Image: barre3 Louisville

barre3 Louisville owner, Nikki Naseef, ready for Mommy & Me with her family. Image: barre3 Louisville

Sunday, May 14, 2017: Mother’s Day 5k at Waterfront Park

Big Four Bridge, 1201 River Rd., Louisville, KY 40206
Race begins at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is $36.99 person 

Celebrate your mom with family and friends by running or walking Waterfront Park along with other families for the 2017 Louisville Mother’s Day 5K. A rose and cake pop waits for everyone who makes it to the finish line. And little ones can participate in the 100-meter kids dash. Gilda’s Club is the designated charity. Registration for the Mother’s Day 5k ends May 12, 2017 at noon. Find out more here.

Get some fresh air, exercise and time together at the 2017 Louisville Mother's Day 5k at Waterfront Park. Image: Mother's Day 5k

Get some fresh air, exercise and time together at the 2017 Louisville Mother’s Day 5k at Waterfront Park. Image: Mother’s Day 5k

Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14, 2017: Locust Grove Gardeners’ Fair and Silent Auction

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $6 per adult; $3 per child ages 6 to 12; children 6 and under free

Meet local gardening experts, watch short demonstrations and ask your biggest gardening questions during expert Q&As at this year’s 22nd Annual Gardeners’ Fair at historic Locust Grove. Pick up new and beautiful plants and flowers, herbs and perennials, and be sure to bid on items in the silent auction. All proceeds support Locust Grove’s educational and preservation programs. Find out more about the Locust Grove Gardeners’ Fair here.

Spend a beautiful day with plants and family on the grounds of historic Locust Grove this Mother's Day Weekend. Image: Locust Grove

Spend a beautiful day with plants and family on the grounds of historic Locust Grove this Mother’s Day weekend. Image: Locust Grove

Still need more Mother’s Day weekend outing ideas? Check out our Louisville Events & Happenings list here.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend enjoying Louisville with the family!

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