Mother's Day theme ideas: daughter hugging her mother

It’s time to show your mom or favorite mother figure how much they mean to you with a celebration that honors their unique personality. The right Mother’s Day idea can help you turn this special day into a truly memorable one.

Whether you’re hosting a big Mother’s Day brunch for the whole family, or a more cozy mother-daughter or mother-son spa day, we have all the Mother’s Day theme ideas you could need — along with fun party invites to match.

15 of the Best Mother’s Day Theme Ideas

Get ready to plan and host a wonderful celebration of your favorite mom(s) with these Mother’s Day party ideas, themes, and activities. There’s something for every personality, whether she loves the great outdoors, shopping, reading, or singing her heart out.

We’ve also included some invitation inspiration for each party theme and Mother’s Day idea. With Greenvelope’s digital invitations, it’s easy to personalize any template. You can transform virtually any birthday party invitation or other design into a unique Mother’s Day celebration invite.

1. Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's Day theme ideas: Butterfly Arbor Invitation

Design: Ashley DeMeyere Design

Matching invitation: Butterfly Arbor Invitation

Brunch is a fantastic way to celebrate almost any occasion, especially Mother’s Day. Treat your mom to a delectable homemade Mother’s Day brunch with pancakes, waffles, and her all-time favorite breakfast foods — served alongside a centerpiece of beautiful Mother’s Day flowers. Make mimosas or enjoy a champagne toast as part of your celebration.

2. Afternoon Tea Party

Mother’s Day theme ideas: High Tea Invitation

Design: Kid Collective

Matching invitation: High Tea Invitation

Another one of our favorite Mother’s Day theme ideas is to host a tea party. Make this all about your mom, or host a neighborhood celebration for all moms and invite everyone to enjoy a special Mother’s Day tea. Make the special day even better by decorating the space with vases filled with fresh flowers, themed banners, and a playlist of your mom’s favorite songs.

3. Picnic in the Park

Mother’s Day theme ideas: Brunch & Blooms Invitation

Design: Solmade Studio

Matching invitation: Brunch & Blooms Invitation

Celebrating Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be grand or involve booking a venue — in fact, we love heading to the park for a Mother’s Day picnic party. It’s the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the spring weather. Pack tasty sandwiches, snacks, drinks, and other goodies in a picnic basket, then set out a blanket at your favorite scenic spot.

4. Golden Age of Hollywood

Mother’s Day theme ideas: Art Deco Oscar Party Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Matching invitation: Art Deco Oscar Party Invitation

Make your mom feel extra special and like she’s movie royalty by hosting a Hollywood-themed party. Roll out a red carpet, ask everyone to dress in their glitziest attire, and spend the evening celebrating Mom and her favorite movies, soundtracks, and movie stars.

5. Shopping Date

Mother’s Day theme ideas: Tres Chic Invitation

Design: PrettyMeJoy

Matching invitation: Tres Chic Invitation

If your mom loves to shop or even just browse, inviting them out for a day of shopping and lunch is one of the best Mother’s Day theme ideas. Ahead of the special day, send her a digital Mother’s Day card and include a Mother’s Day message that details your plans. Book her favorite cafe or restaurant for lunch, and treat her to a day of shopping with her favorite person — you!

6. Scenic Walk or Hike

Laced Up Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Matching invitation: Laced Up Invitation

When the weather’s good outside, it’s always lovely to head outdoors and enjoy it. A walk somewhere beautiful or a relaxing hike makes a great Mother’s Day activity, and you can easily tailor it to the group’s abilities, interests, and location. Pack some extra treats with you to toast your mom when you reach a scenic spot.

7. Arts and Crafts Party

Arts & Crafts Invitation

Design: Elizabeth Silver

Matching invitation: Arts & Crafts Invitation

Making your own DIY Mother’s Day crafts is fun, but what’s even better is an arts and crafts party where everyone can get involved and make something special. This is a thoughtful idea if your mom loves to be creative, or if there’s a new skill you’ve always wanted to try together — like flower arranging, pottery, painting, sculpting, or drawing.

8. Spa Day

Manis & Mimosas Invitation

Design: Jen Montgomery

Matching invitation: Manis & Mimosas Invitation

Plan a day designed to make your mom feel incredible with a spa day celebration, either a DIY version at home or one of your favorite locales. Book a manicure, pedicure, massage, or a day by the pool. For a matching gift idea, put together a Mother’s Day gift basket filled with beauty and skincare goodies.

9. Wellness Weekend

Scenic Sanctuary Invitation

Design: Vivian Yiwing

Matching invitation: Scenic Sanctuary Invitation

If an afternoon at the spa isn’t enough, go even bigger and plan a wellness weekend as a Mother’s Day celebration. Give your mom the gift of self-care and beautiful surroundings. Treat her to a luxury massage, take a sunrise yoga class, enjoy plenty of reading, and unwind in the sun.

10. Garden Party

Elegant Wildflowers Invitation

Design: Jen Montgomery

Matching invitation: Elegant Wildflowers Invitation

One of our favorite Mother’s Day theme ideas is to invite loved ones to a backyard garden party. It’s the perfect way to gather the whole family and give your mom time with her favorite people and a comfortable space to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.

11. Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Soda Card

Design: frau brandt

Matching invitation: Ice Cream Soda Card

For an ultra-sweet Mother’s Day party idea, why not host an ice cream social? Reserve your favorite dessert place all to yourselves, hire an ice cream truck to visit your home, or plan a DIY ice cream party with a selection of flavors, toppings, sauces, and sweet treats.

12. Elegant Dinner Party

Shimmering Deco Diamond Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Matching invitation: Shimmering Deco Diamond Invitation

If your mom loves fine dining, Mother’s Day is the ideal moment to plan and host (or make reservations for) an elegant dinner party. Prepare her favorite dishes or look for a restaurant that serves her favorite cuisine, and spend time together enjoying delicious food, fine wines, and the best company.

13. Karaoke Party

Record Player Invitation

Design: Becky Nimoy Stationery

Matching invitation: Record Player Invitation

For all those moms who love to sing their hearts out, and all the families who love to hear it, a karaoke party is a fun way to celebrate the occasion. Make a reservation at a local karaoke booth or create your own DIY experience at home with a karaoke machine or a smartphone playlist and speaker. Wherever you host, you’ll have plenty of fun singing along to all the classic songs your mom knows and loves.

14. Wine Tasting Experience

Rolling Hills Invitation

Design: Ashley DeMeyere Design

Matching invitation: Rolling Hills Invitation

If your mom loves wine and has always wanted to go on a vineyard tour, now is the perfect time to make that happen. Book a wine tasting either at a local vineyard. If that’s not an option, plan an at-home wine tasting party. Either way, she’ll enjoy discovering delicious vinos and unwinding with the people she loves most.

15. Movie Night

Mother’s Day theme ideas: Starlight Cinema Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Matching invitation: Starlight Cinema Invitation

Nothing beats getting cozy on the sofa watching one of your favorite movies — with all the best snacks, drinks, and candy, of course! Create a fun moment for Mom by hosting the ultimate movie night. You can theme the celebration around a classic flick she loves or simply watch a new release for the first time.

Use These Mother’s Day Party Theme Ideas to Show Mom You Care

There are so many wonderful ways you can honor your mom and other mother figures in your life. Plan a morning hike, mimosa brunch, relaxing spa day, or even a horror movie night — whatever her favorite things are, make that your theme this Mother’s Day.

If you’re inviting others to celebrate this special day with you, use our Mother’s Day invitations to spread the word. With Greenvelope, each design can be customized, so you can change the colors, layout, fonts, and wording so it’s as unique as your celebration. Whatever you decide, you’ll have a wonderful day showing Mom how much you care!