Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12. (Consider that our helpful PSA.)

Your mom deserves better than the last minute street bouquet you nab at the corner during a red light. From boozy brunches to flower workshops to high teas you’ve got stellar Mom’s Day options this year.

Make that reservation and show your mom just how much she means to you! (Or, if you’re like me, just find the one you want to do, book it yourself, then tell your family that you’re either going to be busy for a few hours without them or that they are coming with you no questions asked.)

Husbands – If your wife is a mom don’t forget that it’s your job to do this on behalf of your kids! (Consider that our other helpful PSA.)  

These events require advance reservations! Call them soon otherwise you will have to depend on nabbing that “red light special” bouquet.

Phipps Brunch in Bloom


SOLD OUT! They do have a waiting list though which you could get on — it’s kind of like those days when a college wait lists you and your mom stresses every day until your spot opens up. We’re sure every mom loved that so why not let her experience that again?

Aviary Mom’s Day Brunch

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SOLD OUT! Keeping it on our list because there’s always next year — start planning your 2020 Mom’s Day now! This event includes brunch and access to the Aviary so it’s a great family option.

Bloom & Brunch at Sugar & Smoke

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A mimosa is included in the cost of this brunch which pairs well with the flower arrangement workshop. Not only will you leave with memories and a full stomach but each mom will get to take home that flower bouquet you all worked so hard to make.

Yoga+Brunch or Flower Bouquet Making at Threadbare Cider House

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Threadbare is offering a Yoga+Cider event which is one hour of yoga which includes a flight of cider samples and mini-tour of the cider house post-yoga with the ability to stay for brunch pizza. Or if flower bouquet making and drinking is your thing take that special woman in your life to their Mother’s Day Flower Arranging evening event.

Race for the Cure

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No this isn’t a bacon event. This is the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K and 1 Mile Fun walk supporting breast cancer research. 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer which means we all have been or will be touched by this issue in our lives. Get the family outside, exercising, and supporting a good cause then afterwards head off to that brunch that you so thoughtfully made a reservation for.

Brunch with Cats at Colony Cafe

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This event is for all “crazy cat lady” moms out there. We’re pretty sure you know who they are. But if you’re looking to turn your mom into one this is the purrfect opportunity – eat brunch, play with cats. The cats are adoptable — which means you can thank your mom by sending her home with a new pal who will be a daily reminder of just how much you love her.

Greenhouse Winery in Irwin

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The Greenhouse Winery is offering a full brunch which is being catered by Elegant Catering. Moms get a free mimosa. Everyone 21+ gets a complimentary wine tasting. There are two sessions – at 10am and 12pm. What this all means is: Get your tickets!

Tea Party at The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh

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Image via @mo_macel

Go formal and get high class with a high tea party to celebrate mom. There are two seating options – 11:30am and 2pm and seating is limited. Classic tea party fare will be there along with a “dress-up trunk” in can you can’t happen to bring along your own fancy hat.   

Gateway Clipper

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Your mom likely isn’t a Pittsburgh tourist but don’t balk at this option! The Gateway Clipper is serving up a buffet filled with classic brunch treats which you can visit any time during your 2-hour sail. Plus, after this she can’t tell you that you never take her anywhere.

Workshop PGH DIY – Mother’s Day DIY Brunch Party

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Image via @workshopPGH, Facebook

This is an interactive DIY event. The focus is on the DIYing so there is no brunch. But it’s a great option for those active hands-on maker moms. Themes of activities to choose from include: Treat Yo Self, Art, Plants, Floral, Fiber, and Cocktails.

Jazz Brunch at Chatham University Eden Hall

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Out at their Eden Hall campus in Gibsonia, Chatham University is hosting a unique Mom’s Day event which is family friendly and family affordable. They have an “all-you-care-to-eat” menu of various brunchy-food options and as you fill your bellies your ears will be filled with the sweet sounds of jazz. What’s even cooler than all that is their menu will be sourced fresh from their certified organic Eden Hall Farm or from local farmers and butchers.  

First Watch

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No special Mother’s Day events as far as we know but with several locations around town upgrade your usual Eat n’ Park morning to a First Watch breakfast/brunch. Your stomach and mom will thank you.

The Capital Grille

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The Capital Grille’s Mother’s Day brunch menu is full of delightful dishes which will have you feeling like you’ve gone out for a fancy dinner rather than a midday brunch. What mom wouldn’t love a three-course meal and the ability to add in brunch cocktails?

The Cafe Carnegie

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Don’t let the name fool you, The Cafe Carnegie is located in Oakland! After this brunch you can opt to pop into the Carnegie Museum of Art or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Or let mom dine alone and drop her off for a nice relaxing meal while you keep the kids nicely occupied elsewhere for awhile. Mom can easily meet up with you later after she’s enjoyed some peace and quiet and a chance to eat before her food turns cold.

Revel + Roost

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The second floor, Roost, will be open for this special Mom’s Day brunch featuring a special menu. For $35 you get a starter, entree, dessert buffet. One complimentary beverage is included, additional ones available for purchase.

Need more ideas? Check out our list of Best Boozy Brunches!

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Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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  1. Correction on the workshop event. This info is for last year’s event but we are doing one this Sunday 5/12, 2-5pm st the Ace hotel. Similar vibes or last year but please see our site for details:) ❤️

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