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Best Ways To Celebrate Mother's Day 2016 In NYC

Shower your mom with love this Mother's Day and enjoy everything from a flower arranging class to a cruise along the Hudson. Here are eight fun activities you can do with the special woman in your life. By Carly Petrone.

Floral Arranging Class & Lunch at Ai Fiori

Floral Arranging
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Shower your mom with love at a special Mother's Day floral arranging class and 3-course lunch at Ai Fiori inside Langham Place. The folks from L'Atelier Rouge will show you how to create beautiful bouquets that you can flourish at home. All you have to do is pick a class time (11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2 p.m.) and choose whether you'd like to eat before or after it. Each diner can also enjoy wine pairings with their meal along with a wide selection of items including delicious starters like Crudo di Dentice (red snapper crudo with garlic crema, crispy shallots, and trout roe) and Torchon (foie gras au naturel with granny smith apples, hazelnuts, and poney). Entrée choices include everything from duck hash and pollo arrosto to spaghetti carbonara and smoked salmon Benedict. Finally, celebrate your mom with a decadent dessert course like Crostata di Cioccolato or Tartaletta with lemon curd, white chocolate, and lavender. It'll certainly be a day to remember with a nice floral bouquet as a souvenir. Tickets are $200 and available on Ai Fiori's website. All proceeds will be going to Lolly's Locks.

Mother's Day Afternoon Brunch Sunday Cruise

Spirit Cruise Lines
A Spirit Cruise boat cruises past the World Financial Center

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All aboard! Spend this Mother's Day cruising around the Hudson while enjoying a delicious brunch buffet. Step aboard Spirit Cruises on Sunday, May 8th and sip on a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary while enjoying views of the city skyline and live entertainment. You can also upgrade your ticket to enjoy a platinum open bar, a welcome aboard glass of champagne, and a keepsake flute to remember the occasion. Cruise begins boarding at 2 p.m. for a two-hour trip starting at 2:30 p.m. Can't make it during the day? Check out their dinner cruise option that sets sail at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69.90 for adults, $41.95 for children ages 3 – 12 and can be purchased online. Use the promo code MOM20 to receive 20% off (must purchase by April 24th).

Mother's Day Flower Cupcake Class at Magnolia Bakery

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Does the mom in your life have a sweet tooth? If the answer is yes, then you definitely need to book a spot for Magnolia Cupcake's Mother's Day Flower Cupcakes Class happening on May 7th. Bring in the special lady in your life and learn how to decorate beautiful floral cupcakes using classic American Buttercream icing in a variety of pastel colors. You'll get to take home six of the cupcakes you create, as well as the bakery's best-selling vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream recipes, sprinkles, cupcake decorations, an at-home starter cupcake icing kit and more! Tickets are $60 and class goes from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mother's Day Cheese 101 at Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese

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Do you and your mom bond over your love of cheese? Now you can learn from the experts at Murray's Cheese during a special Mother's Day Cheese 101 class. Enjoy a tasting of seven families of cheese – from fresh to bloomy to blue and everything in between. Plus, you can celebrate with unlimited pours of their house sparkling and red wines. You'll walk away with the knowledge you need to approach even the most daunting of cheese counters. Class is $70 and goes from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on May 8th. Stick around for their Mother's Day Sparkling Wine, Cheese & Chocolate event happening at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Guerlain Spa

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Make your reservation for a luxurious day of pampering at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York. Guests will receive 20% off gift cards of $300 or more as well as a complimentary make-up refresh and garment steaming so you can look your best as you hit the town to celebrate. Signature services include the Urban Island Escape (coconut and honey-based body treatment), "Milk, Haute Honey and Rooftop Herbs" (mani/pedi featuring the hotel's rooftop honey and herbs), and the Orchidee Imperiale "Cure" Facial (visible-results facial meant to tone and renew mature skin). The spa will also be offering complimentary engraving on any $100 Guerlain Boutique purchase. It's easy to show mom how much you love her – just order your gift card online and print it out at home. Happy pampering!


Lemon Berry Cake
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If your mom has a sweet tooth, definitely make sure to order some treats from Mini Melanie. They're offering a variety of goodies like an assorted box of pink truffles ($28), individual salted caramel cakes ($28), and mini lemon berry cakes $14). Pastry Chef and owner Melanie Moss has created a selection that's almost too pretty to eat! No matter which one you order, these beautiful desserts will certainly put a smile on your mother's face.


Dia de Las Madres Cooking Class

Dos Caminos

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Learn how to create a fun and festive Mexican menu at Dos Caminos this Mother's Day. Together with the restaurant's Executive Chef Ivy Stark, you'll make a brunch that includes handmade cocktails, Mexican pastries, as well as traditional favorites like Squash Blossom Rellenos, Blue Corn Pancakes, and Buttermilk Flan. Not only will you walk away with more cooking knowledge but you'll also receive a copy of the book Dos Caminos Tacos: 100 Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Mexican Street Food. Tickets are $75/each or $125/two. Event goes from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bloody Mary
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Stop into The Bennett for brunch and sip on their special cocktail of the day: The Bennett Bloody Mary. Mixologist Meaghan Dorman will be whipping up this celebratory drink that's simply made with lemon juice, olive brine, Bloody Mary mix, vodka, and garnished with a lemon wheel, olive, and pinch of black pepper (but feel free to add as much Tabasco as you can handle). Share an order of Ricotta Beignets with your mom and dip them in beer jam or enjoy a fun starter like Baby J's Morning – soft bread, butter, chocolate sprinkles, and salt. It may just trigger some childhood memories, which you can discuss over brunch.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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