We’ve uncovered some amazing gift ideas from local businesses, as well as some lovely events happening nearby to help you celebrate Mother’s Day…
Temples and Markets
Northbridge resident, Judith Treanor, began Temples and Markets three years ago after a chance meeting with a jewellery designer in Cambodia. The formerly homeless designer was now employing local village women to handcraft her designs; and it is these sorts of artisan products that you usually only stumble across while travelling that Judith wished to expose to a broader market. As she points out, “I know I’m not the only one who comes back from trips reminiscing about all the things I wished I’d bought but, due to budget or luggage constraints, I’d left behind. The aim is to make these pieces available once travellers have returned home”.
This Mother’s Day, Judith has personally curated a Temples and Markets Gift Guide showcasing beautiful jewellery, accessories, bags and decorative gifts. In particular, the Charmed Lotus Collection (pictured above) by the Senhoa Foundation, who empower, employ and emancipate women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia. These resilient women are trained to handcraft stunning designer jewellery while working towards a better future.
You can browse Temple and Markets’ Mother’s Day Gift Guide at https://templesandmarkets.com.au/collections/mothers-day-gifts-may-2018. Plus they’ve launched a Mother’s Day Competition known as ‘Memories of Mum’ running until May 9 – https://templesandmarkets.com.au/pages/mothers-day-competition-memorieswithmum
The Flower Edit x Sweet Chaos Desserts
We love a local collaboration, and this one brings together two of our favourites and some of Willoughby Living’s most highly recommended businesses. The Flower Edit is a bespoke floral studio based in Willoughby, specialising in all things floral from weddings to personalised arrangements for the home. Sweet Chaos Desserts creates deliciously styled cakes, desserts, grazing boards and so much more, for every event type. They’re collaborating this Mother’s Day to bring you the perfect gift for your mother.
You can accompany a beautifully styled Flower Edit bouquet with your choice of a 5” mini cake, large or small heart shaped cookie or MUM cookie cake, made with love by Sweet Chaos Desserts. Pre-orders are open now for pick-up in Willoughby on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May between 8.30am – 10.30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Lauren Michelle Photography
Sydney local, Lauren, began her career as a photographer in 2006. Since then, photography has taken her all over the world as part of gorgeous weddings in Italy, Vanuatu, Thailand, Ireland and many regions of Europe. She has also spent time in Milan and London shooting for international publications. Now based back on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Lauren Michelle provides photography for families, individuals, businesses, weddings and events.
For Mother’s Day, she is presenting a special offer to the community of a photo shoot at home or a Sydney location of your choice. For $350 this includes high resolution images in colour, a copy in black and white via online download, plus an online password-protected gallery for three months.
High Tea: May Gibbs Nutcote, Neutral Bay
Nutcote is the beautiful harbourside home of May Gibbs (1877-1969), Australia’s foremost children’s author and illustrator and best known today for her iconic story The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. Located in Sydney’s Neutral Bay and now a house museum surrounded by delightful gardens, it is an enchanting venue to be enjoyed by everyone, all year round.
Nutcote is hosting a special Mother’s Day High Tea in collaboration with My Little Cupcakes Sydney, with sittings at either 11am or 1pm.
Lunch or Dinner: The Bridgeview Hotel, Willoughby
Affectionately known as ‘The Bridgey’, this Willoughby Road establishment is a North Shore institution. And the addition of the Head Chef, Daniele Lai, (who has previously worked in Michellin-starred Hotel Martinez in Cannes) has noticeably upped the ante in their fantastic food offering.
You can take Mum out for either Mother’s Day lunch or dinner at The Bridgeview Hotel, and she’ll receive a complimentary glass of Chandon rosé and a parting gift.
Lunch: The Fernery, Mosman
Mosman’s newest hotspot, The Fernery (which is located on the rooftop level of The Mosman Club), has been winning rave reviews and accolades – including People’s Choice for Best New Pub in the Concrete Playground Best of Sydney Awards 2017 – since it opened its doors in December.
You’ll have to be quick to get a booking for Mother’s Day Lunch. For $75pp you’ll receive oysters, a choice of mains, plus dessert – alternatively you can order from the a la carte menu.
Lunch or Dinner: Picnic on The Green, The Greens North Sydney
If you’d like to spoil mum this year – and have some family fun too, The Greens at North Sydney is hosting a picnic fit for a queen, complete with hamper and drinks. Two adults and two children can enjoy a rink of bowls PLUS a family picnic hamper. The menu includes:
- Charred whole organic chicken with accompanying sauces-
- Tomato & fresh curd salad
- Old school slaw
- Garden salad
- Fresh baguette & butter
- Berry Smash Trifle
- with bottle of Chandon ($95) OR Veuve Clicquot ($160)
Seatings are at 12pm – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm, and bookings are essential, so please contact reception on 9245 3099
Event: Trees for Mum, The Coal Loader Waverton
Celebrate Mum by planting a native plant and enjoy visiting the new Platform at The Coal Loader in Waverton at the same time! Hosted by the Bushland Team, families are welcome and all tools and plants are provided. This is a free event but bookings are required via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/trees-for-mum-day-tickets-44434058465