For the VIMs (Very Important Moms)

 

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Adorable mason jar for your Mother’s Day flowers from Freshcut Downtown!

 

Chances are there’s a mom out there who’s responsible for life as you know it. And once a year, we set aside a day to show that amazing lady just how much we appreciate her. This year, Mother’s Day is May 10, and I have a few suggestions about how you could treat the mom in your life!

 

Sydney’s at The Forks is offering a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10AM – 3PM
$42 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 | Call 204-942-6075 to reserve

Rudy’s Eat & Drink is offering a family-style brunch from 10AM – 3PM
$19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children | Call 204-421-9094 for a reservation

SMITH at the Inn at the Forks is offering a beautiful brunch buffet from 9AM – 3PM
$45 for adults, $20 for children under 12 | Call 204-944-2445

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar on Garry St. will open at noon. Call 204-942-7619

Resto 12 at the Radisson will host a Mother’s day brunch featuring a deluxe seafood buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-975-6240

The MET is offering an elegant, Manitoba-inspired brunch buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-594-9494

The MET is also offering Dinner & A Movie, featuring Pride and Prejudice
$40/person includes buffet dinner & popcorn. Cocktails at 5:30 | Call 204-594-9494

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza is offering a free Fererro Dessert Pizza after lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day to anyone who tags a pic with their mom using the hashtag #MyDateWithMom and #CarbonePizza. Also, wine by the glass, litre and half-litre will be on special.

Era Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is offering a fixed-price brunch menu – but their regular menu will still be available. They source fair-trade, sustainable and local wherever possible.
Three courses, $24 | Call 204-298-2190

The Velvet Glove at The Fairmont Winnipeg is putting on an amazing brunch spread by Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme. All mothers in attendance will be entered into a draw for a the grand prize – a Girls Night Out including accommodation in a luxury Fairmont room, Chef’s table for two in the Velvet Glove and breakfast in bed for two the following day.
$70 for adults, $45 for seniors, $30 for children | Call 204-985-6255 

 

What else do moms like? All kinds of treats to show you care! Why not check out The Forks Market for some gift ideas? I’ve spotted lots of cute jewellery and giftware at The Forks Trading Company recently, and lots of it is locally created. (I also sniffed all of the candles there – yum!) You could also check out Best of Friends at the Millennium Library or the WAG Gallery Shop has some b-e-a-utiful choices! Does your mama need a little relaxation time? Perhaps a trip (or a gift certificate) to Riverstone Spa or Ten Spa is in order, or how about some class passes to Yoga Public for some serious meditation?.

And you know what you absolutely cannot go wrong with? Flowers. Freshcut Downtown has you covered and your mom will love it!

Give your mom a big hug! And I want to hear how you plan to #FindItDowntown for Mother’s Day! 🙂

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Look for these cute succulent magnets at Freshcut Downtown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 must-haves for your next holiday party

It’s my favourite time of year, I think we’ve established that already. But just to remind everyone, I LOVE the holidays. I love getting creative with gift-giving (aka shopping!), indulging in all the delicious treats that seem to come with the season, and I especially love throwing a good holiday party for all my friends.

I know you’ll make great use of these five tips for your next holiday party!

1. Music to set the tone.

To get yourself in the mood, you have to put on some holiday tunes while you get ready. Personally, I like to check out the seasonal collection of CDs at the Millennium Library (2nd floor) for an eclectic mix.

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2. A signature scent.

I love working a delectable signature scent into my ensemble – it’s an important accessory! Which is why I could only narrow it down to two favourites. Hermes Rouge ($134) and Des Merveilles Elixir ($145), both from Perfume Paradise. I suggest putting a little dab right behind each ear once you get out of the shower, and let the compliments about your subtle yet sophisticated choice wash over you all night.

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For your man, spritz him with Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce ($114) and thank me later.

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3. Chic table setting.

It’s coming together. It’s sounding good, you’re smelling fabulous, now it’s time to set the table. This one takes some thought. Will you have a theme? What’s the nature of the event? Classic and classy? Casual and friendly? Upscale cabin in the woods? Whatever you’re looking for, Glucksteinhome at Hudson’s Bay downtown has some beautiful tables set up for inspiration, and some even more beautiful sales. I’m a fan of the Alpine Cabin series – plaid tablecloth (regular 69.99) and napkins (19.99), now 40% off – you can dress them up or down.

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4. Make your own floral arrangement

Not a DIY-er, you say? Nonsense. I love leaving it to the experts too, but it feels good to make something beautiful for yourself (or someone special). Plus in this case, the experts at Freshcut Downtown will be guiding you along every step of the way.

What: Create a beautiful centrepiece to take home for the holidays!

When: December 16, 5:30 PM

Where: Freshcut Downtown (Portage Place)

Cost: $25 plus tax, portion of proceeds go to Change for the Better

Space is limited! Call 204-943-6514 to reserve your spot!

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5. Wine.

Need I say more? Fenton’s Wine Merchants at The Forks has you covered – even if the MLCC strikes this holiday season. I suggest anything red or white, sparkly or pink, frequent re-fills and a plan for a safe ride home.

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Wish you had something special for your next holiday party? Snap a photo and put it on your #downtownwishlist by tweeting or Instagramming me (@downtownpeggy) or posting on my Facebook wall! Remember to use the hashtag #downtownwishlist. You have to #finditdowntown!

Happy holidays!