Mother’s Day is close to my heart. I can be a shrinking violet, (more or less) probably, any other day of the year, but not on Mother’s Day. On this special day, it is time to shine! I get excited. I drop hints. Not as extreme as take me to Florence, but you get the drift. Annual celebrations are mega important and never more so than on Sunday 19th March this year.
Feature by Jean Hill
Some of our favourite stores and restaurants are totally on board with the lovely concept of celebrating motherhood, sisterhood, aunts and grandmothers and nurturing figures in general. Check out the list below and take your pick.
Say It With Diamonds launches a more than Mother’s Day special collection
Worth harking back to Marilyn Monroe and ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’, but expand on that thought.
Using this Mother’s Day to shine a light on motherly figures Say It With Diamonds has launched a special ‘More Than Mother’s Day’ collection.
This year, the special people in everyone’s lives are in the frame. This includes mums, aunties, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, godmothers, stepmothers and all other guardians.
Say It With Diamonds More Than Mother’s Day includes timeless rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. There is a perfect gift for everyone.
Pieces include the gold plated Double Heart Earrings, £35, that match perfectly with the Double Heart Bracelet and Choker, both £55. The set is also available in sterling silver.
Also part of the collection is the beautiful Locked In Forever Heart Necklace and matching Open Heart Earrings. Both are priced £55 and available in yellow gold plated or stainless steel.
There is an adjustable signet ring for £35, also available in gold and silver plated.
Charlotte Donoghue, owner of Say It With Diamonds, explained: “This year, our More Than Mother’s Day campaign is about celebrating those who are special in your lives…It’s about who means the most to you. The 14-piece collection has been designed with timeless pieces in mind to suit all ages and styles.
“From necklaces to bracelets, different styles of earrings and an adjustable ring, our entire collection is available in both gold and silver to make the perfect gift for your special someone. The Collection is available…both in store and online and we really hope you find the perfect piece this Mother’s Day.”
Sunday service returns to El Gato Negro, Liverpool exclusively for Mother’s Day
There is a Complimentary ‘Mumosa’ cocktail, some new special dishes, and a gift for every mum.
This Mother’s Day celebrate in style at acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant, El Gato Negro.
The Exchange Flags restaurant is opening exclusively for this special occasion (from 12pm to 8pm on Sunday, March 19). Guests are invited to celebrate the special mother figure in their life with an afternoon filled with tapas and tipples.
Arrive to a complimentary glass of ‘Mumosa’* – El Gato Negro’s celebratory take on a Mimosa, for every mum, and soak up the atmosphere in the stunning Grade II heritage building. Adorned with trailing plants and a beautiful vast interior tree, the photo-ready venue promises to impress.
Further adding to the celebratory occasion, the restaurant will be introducing five special dishes to the menu for the day. Choose from one of three paella dishes – seabass (£18), chicken thigh (£18); or roasted harissa butternut squash paella with piquillo peppers and black garlic aioli (£15). Or indulge in a scallop and cava gratin with focaccia (£8). For a sweet finish, treat mum to El Gato Negro’s chocolate dipped churro cannolis with raspberry strawberry cream (£7.50).
El Gato Negro’s classic tapas menu, is available alongside an extensive selection of para picar (Spanish appetisers); fish and shellfish; meat; charcuterie; vegetable; vegan; and sweet dishes, it’s a shared dining occasion guaranteed to cater for every taste.
For families looking to raise a glass to the special day, El Gato Negro’s impressive island bar, will be serving two new cocktails. Enjoy the Raspberry and Orange Spritz – a blend of raspberry gin, prosecco, fever tree raspberry and orange blossom soda (£10). Or explore the English Garden – a refreshing gin cocktail including apple juice, elderflower, mint, cucumber and, of course, gin (£10).
This Mothering Sunday, El Gato Negro is providing the star of every party with a surprise gift, to be enjoyed on their next visit.
Guests simply need to open the presented sealed envelope when returning to the restaurant and bar between March 20th and April 30th* to discover what treat is in store for them. Gifts include a complimentary glass of Prosecco, bottle of champagne, and even a Tipsy Tapas experience for two.
Located in beautiful Walker House, part of the landmark Exchange Flags building, El Gato Negro is recognised for its impressive small plates and cocktails. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm-late (last sitting 22:00), the restaurant boasts 240 covers across the one impressive open floor. Key features include an impressive island bar with seating for 70, outdoor terrace with views across the historic square, and a private dining room for 18.
To make a reservation please email email@example.com or call 0151 236 1331.
The team at Moonpig have rounded up their best hampers to send directly to mum’s door – perfect for those not able to spend the special day with the mother figure in their life.
Moonpig customers have up until Saturday 18th March to place their card & gift orders for delivery in time for Mother’s Day.
The Royal Albert Dock
The Royal Albert Dock is an iconic part of Liverpool’s waterfront. Shopping, sight-seeing and dining happen against a backdrop of lapping water and stunning sights.
I love the Tate Liverpool. If you have not seen the JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana exhibition yet, there is still time. Its title ‘Dark Waters’ is evocative. Lamin Fofana provided the eerie mood music to artfully accompany the paintings. Turner was all about light, but these maritime paintings and sketches illustrate the dark power of the sea powerfully and with exquisite beauty. The Tate Collection includes: ‘What does democracy mean to you?’. Well worth a look.
There are some great restaurants on The Dock. If you enjoy tapas, Lunyalita is a gem. It is a family restaurant with a deservedly great reputation.
Gusto is a legendary Italian restaurant, in an iconic building at the entrance to the Royal Albert Dock. The views are breath-taking. The food is classic Italian, beautifully prepared and presented. For a special occasion, this is a sound choice.
Liverpool ONE has thrived during testing times for retail. There must be a good reason for that. The Café Terrace offers a tranquil space to rest and lunch or dine after retail therapy has done its work.
Metquarter boasts some world class stores where one could find that stunning item for that ever so special person. When you are all shopped out, there is Urban Calm to soothe and pamper. Then totally refreshed you could make your way to the Everyman Cinema.
The GPO Food Hall at the Metquarter has some lunch deals on offer. Check out Ferguson’s Bakery. The menu is well thought through; both diverse and the delicious bread, is often the base from which to create some of the memorable dishes.
My family will be at the Olive Tree, New Brighton. Check out the pre-theatre food. Their Sunday roasts are legendary.
Much to see and do. Whatever you do, have a fabulous day.