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Mother's Day was Sunday, May 14, 2017, but it's never too early to start planning a special day for Mom in Denver in 2018! From flowers to shopping to traditional tea, The Mile High City knows how to pamper and delight moms. Here are a few ideas to get you started for a memorable Mother's Day in Denver. 

Flowers

Kick off the day with a fragrant bouquet of freshly cut, elegantly arranged flowers. Colorado's largest flower business, Lehrer's Flowers, can help you find the perfect combination for your mom. Or visit Bouquets in Lower Downtown — they were named one of America's top 10 florists by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Brunch

Special Mother's Day brunches happen all over Denver, so check our restaurant listings. A few annual favorites include Coohills, Downtown Aquarium, La Sandia, Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, The Squeaky Bean and Cook Street School of Culinary Arts.

Shopping

Next, treat Mom to a full-fledged shopping spree. Think of it as payback for all that shopping she did for you when you were a tyke. In Denver, your shopping options are nearly endless — but a good place to start might be the sprawling Cherry Creek. Mom can take her pick from familiar brand-name stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Coach at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, or the hundreds of unique, locally owned boutiques, spas and galleries across the street at Cherry Creek North. You might also want to browse the shops in the Highlands neighborhood, where independent boutiques fill historic storefronts — not to mention several restaurants and cafes that will do nicely for a Mother's Day lunch. If Mom's both a bargain hunter and a thrill seeker, take her to the Mile High Flea Market, where mothers ride the rides for free (with a paid rider) all weekend!

Museums

After you've eaten, head to one of Denver's many world-class museums — there's one to suit every mom's taste. For art-lovers, you can't go wrong with the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver or the Clyfford Still Museum. Or, if it's sunny out, enjoy the spring blooms at Denver Botanic Gardens together. 

Afternoon Tea

You've spent a good portion of your day on foot, so why not let Mom relax in style at the Brown Palace's Traditional Afternoon Tea? While you sit in this historic hotel's legendary atrium lobby, you'll be served scones, tea pastries and dainty sandwiches, all artfully prepared by the hotel's culinary staff each day. You'll enjoy the soothing sounds of a harp or pianist playing classical, jazz and pop standards. Take note — this is a popular Mother's Day pastime, and space is limited, so call ahead well in advance.

Another great option is Mother's Day afternoon tea at the historic Molly Brown House Museum. Molly Brown was a survivor of the Titanic and powerful Denver socialite and philanthropist, and her home is now a gem of a museum. Mom will love the savory sandwiches, sweet treats and specially blended tea, plus a chance to stop in the museum store.

Theatre

Treat Mom to an afternoon of theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Dinner

Finish off your Mile High Mother's Day with gourmet meal. Choose from innovative chef-owned bistros, trendy neighborhood hot spots, casual brewpubs and classic steak houses. There's a high concentration of restaurants in the LoDo (lower downtown) area, but you could also head out to Cherry Creek, the Highlands or the Golden Triangle Creative District as well. Explore your options in our restaurants section.