Mother’s Day in OC
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7 Ways to Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day in OC (That You’ll Enjoy Too)

Flowers and facials and fun, oh my!

We got it from our mama, and one day a year, we get to give back to her, too. We have all the adorable outings and pit stops from South Coast Plaza to the Pacific for making memories with mom. Don’t let May 14 sneak up on you this year without a plan to pamper your favorite parent (sorry, Dad). So let’s spoil our go-to gal this season with staycations, Sunday brunches and tea sippin’!

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Glow Big or Glow Home

Mother-Daughter Facials at Facial Lounge

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Mother’s Day in OC
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Swing by one of Facial Lounge’s two locations for mommy and me facials performed by some of OC’s finest estheticians. This meticulously customized skin spa treatment will have you relaxed and ready to face the day (pun intended). Facial Lounge is as cute as it is curative. Each space is boho chic with rattan detailing, the walls are creatively painted by local artist Catherine Spinowitz, and it’s right at the corner of where function meets form. Expert estheticians inspect your skin to tailor the treatment to your specific needs; they do it all—you’re just expected to rest and relax. Highlights of their treatments include a papaya enzyme mask, which uses all-natural ingredients, a trance-inducing massage and a cold globe finisher to soothe your skin. Don’t forget your alkaline water on the way out! Owner and founder Amber Johnson really knew how to create a spa experience from start to finish with no detail too small and no element overlooked.

 

Brunch Is Always a Good Idea

Mother’s Day Brunch at Tavern House

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in style with a delicious brunch at David Wilhelm’s Tavern House in Newport Beach. Start with the spicy ahi poke and crispy coconut shrimp before indulging in brunch specialties such as Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles, the Lobster and Shrimp Louis Salad or the Avocado Toast Bennie, which will all be served until 3 p.m. Let Mom sit back and relax as she enjoys the bayfront views with a Tavern Mary or blood orange mimosa in hand. The ambiance of Tavern House is perfect for creating unforgettable memories with loved ones this Mother’s Day. And if that’s not enough, their new summer menu will debut right after Mother’s Day, so the good times (and good food) can keep flowing all summer long. Treat your mom to a special brunch experience and enjoy the delectable cuisine that Tavern House has to offer.

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Love You a Latte

Coffee and a Hike

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What do moms need most? Coffee. Kickstart your celebrations with a buzz (and maybe a breakfast burrito) from Grounded Coffee House in Corona del Mar. Treat your special lady to a latte and snag a couple sprinkle cookies for the road. Cruise the coast past Crystal Cove to El Moro Canyon for a seaside hike that is loved by locals for its heart-pumping hills and breathtaking views. Take the trail all the way down to the beach and dip your toes in the ocean for a cutie Hallmark moment.  

 

It’s a Par-Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Tea House on Los Rios

Los Rios St will transport you away from the coastal beach living of Orange County and straight into the wild, wild west of old town San Juan Capistrano. If you have cowboy boots collecting dust in the back of your closet, today is the day to break them out. There are so many cute spots to check out in this part of town like Mayfield, Hidden House Coffee and Ramos House Café, but today you are treating mom at The Tea House on Los Rios, an indoor-outdoor eatery that reads more like a ranch-style home than it does a restaurant. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea set up with petit fours, finger sandwiches, homemade biscuits and different varieties of this classic English beverage. And for $69 a head, this prix fixe is a gift in and of itself. Be sure to take a photo in the classic pink telephone booth and maybe test out their new cocktail flight featuring a pomegranate mojito, cranberry orange gin and tonic, spiced apple pie libation and blackberry thyme spritzer.

 

Flower Hour

Buy a Bouquet at Hadley & Ren

Mother’s Day is not complete without a bouquet of blooms! Stop by Hadley and Ren florals at The OC Mix to treat mom to an everlasting arrangement of dried and silk flowers. No more changing water or wallowing over wilting blooms. Be sure to scope out when their next floral-arrangement class is taking place, so you can create a personalized preserved bouquet that’ll last a lifetime!

 

Shop in the Name of Love

South Coast Plaza Shopping Spree

Mother’s Day in OC
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Take your talents over to South Coast Plaza to scope out the new Reformation brick-and-mortar shop, which is loved by all our favorite local influencers like Jessica Stone and Jeanette Aranda. They have it all—from everyday staples to dresses that can be taken from day to night with little to no effort. Can you say capsule wardrobe? After you’ve worked up an appetite shopping, treat mom to a bite at Aussie-cool spot Outpost Kitchen. Everything on their menu is photo-friendly and finger-lickin’ good. And don’t sleep on their handcrafted cocktails that are basically just buzzy pressed juices. Detox to retox, baby. 

 

Stay and Play

Staycay at Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach

Don’t want the day to end? Pamper your mama even more with a surprise staycay at Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. This is the ideal spot for a staycation with its waterfront real estate, pool party-esque vibes and amazing food and beverage options to either wind-down the day or keep the fun going. They offer a variety of packages, but if you book in advance, you can get up to 25% off your stay. Be sure to check out the rooftop at their on-site restaurant, Tanner’s, which features stunning views, a manmade treehouse bar and plenty of sitting nooks to savor your weekend celebrating Mom!

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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