Mother's Day in Boston

catered-affair-dessert.jpgToday, Jules shares some fun ideas for enjoying Mother's Day in Boston:

Mother's Day -- made official in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson and celebrated on the second Sunday in May -- is this Sunday. And though I'm not wild about the over commercialization of the holiday (and obviously think mothers should be appreciated every day), I do enjoy low key festivities, now being a mother. My family traditionally does Mother's Day brunch (though we no longer are forced to dress in matching color schemes, thank goodness!), and there are other ways you can enjoy time and celebrate mom. Here are some fun picks for the weekend:
Years ago, my family went to Upstairs on the Square for brunch, relished in the luxurious and celebratory eatery, and enjoyed amazing food that echoed the casual elegance of this Harvard Square restaurant. I hope to go back someday. They're offering special Mother's Day brunch and supper menus this year.

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro's menu by Executive Chef Jason Bond is looking particularly tasty. There will be a $38 prix-fixe menu including fare such as poached eggs over jasmine gravlax and brioche. YUM.

North End hot spot Prezza also is offering a special menu on May 9. Let's just say, "crispy zucchini flowers with creamy polenta, pancetta and roasted tomato" and leave it at that.

The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library is offering a mother and daughter formal afternoon tea on Saturday, May 8, from 2-4pm. Fancy!

Sure, it means a trip to the grocery store, but the Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge is hosting a Mom's Rule Weekend with food and a spa event.

On Saturday, May 8, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservatory Tribute to Mothers will feature artists of the Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet Orchestra, pampering for mothers, and activities for kids.

And if you want to -- literally -- walk (or run) to the beat of a different celebratory drummer, lace up your sneakers for the Mother's Day Walk for Peace in Dorchester (Sunday), M.O.M.'s Run to benefit Dana Farber (Sunday), Melrose Run for Women (Sunday), or March for Babies (Saturday).

Every family celebrates in a different way, and whether you go fancy or simple with food or activities, keep in mind that the most important thing you can do is simply tell your mom how much you love and appreciate her.

Image credit: The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library