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An Only-in-NYC Guide to Mother’s Day


From big parties on the sprawling New York Botanical Garden lawn to relaxing spa specials just for her, WestHouse can point you to the best Mother’s Day celebrations in NYC. If you forgot a gift, no fear: WestHouse partner NET-A-Porter.Com has some suggestions. Order right from your room for same-day delivery: Once you are back from your day of museum-going or cupcake decorating, your gift will be wrapped and waiting.


At this weekend’s New York Botanical Garden Party, kids can create Mother's Day cards and color in giant chalk drawings while Mom sips on a beverage of her choice. With live music and dance performances and a photographer to capture the memories, the Conservatory Lawn will make for a superb family picnic spot. Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $30 adults, $15 kids at The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx



Bond with Mom while perfecting vanilla buttercream swirls with help from the experts at Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side. Take home six of your specially baked (and decorated) classic iced cupcakes

or your own 6” 2-layer cake, along with a tote bag filled with recipes, decorations and an icing starter kit. The best part? Baked goods without the kitchen clean-up. Cupcake Icing, Saturday, May 9; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; $60 Cake Decorating, Saturday, May 9; 2 – 4 p.m.; $75 Magnolia Bakery UWS 200 Columbus Avenue



Celebrate Mother’s Day at the lesser known, absolutely stunning museum Frick Collection. After touring the Monet- and Degas-filled mansion, Mom can create her own masterpiece during the free Sunday Sketch session in the Garden Court from 1 to 3 p.m., where paints and canvases are provided. Sunday, May 10; Free Admission from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Free Sunday Sketch from 1 – 3 p.m. The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street


A luxurious, skin-refreshing facial, 60-minute massage, and mani/pedi at the lovely EXHALE New York spa is just what every Mom needs. Pamper her with a special ‘Day of Restoration’ package, just for Mother’s Day. Massage plus facial plus mani+pedi equals one relaxed and happy mama. ‘Day of Restoration’ Package: $320

  • 60 minute massage
  • 60 minute facial
  • Pure manicure + pedicure

For reservations call 212-561-7400 and mention you saw the package on the WestHouse, Your House blog!


What better way to take in the breathtaking view than from the New York Harbor? Toast Mom over a fancy four-course meal, with live music, aboard the World Yacht Classic.. Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise Sunday, May 10; Boarding 6 p.m.; Sailing 7 – 10 p.m. Cruises depart from Pier 81 W. 41st Street & 12th Avenue Let us help you make the most of your weekend in NYC with Mom! Share your thoughts and questions with us @WestHouseNY.