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Things to do with your mam on Mother's day

Things to do with your Mam on Mother’s Day

Spend some quality time with your mam this Mother’s Day

It’s nice to show your love and appreciation for your incredible Mammy on Mother’s Day.  We have some thoughtful gifts that you can surprise this special woman with, but we’ve asked Ann from Button Pics to give us some suggestions of how you can treat your Mam and get to spend some quality time with her too.

Ann is the creator of Button Pics. Her favourite thing to do is to make pictures using old buttons, embellishments and paper craft. One of Ann’s first pictures was based on the theme “Blossom where you’re Planted” (i.e. make the most of wherever you are). This was a favourite saying of Ann’s own mother. It has pride of place in her home and reminds her of her Mother’s wisdom on a daily basis.

Mother's Day button gifts
Mother's Day button gifts

Top things to do on Mother’s Day:

For a Foodie:

  • Cocktail classes
  • Wine tasting evening
  • Trip to a local food market
  • Cookery class
  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner in a restaurant she’s been dying to try.
  • Afternoon Tea in a new place (or, get out your fancy china and homemade treats and host it yourself!)

For a Music Lover:

  • Tickets to a concert or show
  • Cabaret evening
  • Karaoke evening
  • Local theatre/musical event

For a Gardener:

  • Day trip to a new/favourite garden centre
  • Membership to RHSI (Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland)
  • Subscription to a seed/plant catalogue
  • Local garden tour/talk
  • Tour of the botanic gardens

For an Outdoor Enthusiast:

  • Trip to a favourite walking spot
  • Trip to the beach
  • Forest walk/nature reserve
  • Make a picnic for a local spot

For a Book Lover:

  • A limited edition book (do a google search for Irish bookstores)
  • A podcast of a favourite author
  • A book signing or author reading event
  • A poetry reading event
  • A trip the Writers Museum in Dublin

An Artist or Art Lover

  • Trip to an art gallery (check any local or national exhibitions)
  • A trip to an artists studio or open event
  • Membership of National Gallery of Ireland

An Arts and Crafts Enthusiast:

  • New materials for her craft/hobby
  • An interesting book/manual on her hobby
  • A day course in a new craft (e.g. pottery morning, drawing class etc)
  • A trip to a craft market

A Beauty Fan:

We hope you have a lovely day making new memories with your mam/gran/sister/daughter/friends!

Check out Ann’s button pics if you fancy picking up something special for Mother’s Day, or maybe there’s another occasion coming up that you might find the perfect gift for!

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Kids Easter arts and crafts ideas

Five Kids Crafts To Do For The Easter Holidays

Easter arts and crafts for kids

Have a little fun with some Easter themed activities while they’re off school!

As we approach Easter we’d like to share some family fun Easter arts and crafts ideas that will keep the whole family entertained. Crafts are a great way to spice up your Easter traditions, and more importantly it keeps the kids quiet for a little while!

No need to break the bank on craft supplies – if you have some of these and you’ll be able to create something colourful and fun for the occasion..

  • Colours (crayons/paints/markers)
  • Paper (white or coloured)
  • Pritt stick
  • Scissors
  • Toilet rolls
  • Pom poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plain white paper plates
  • Plain paper cups
  • Cotton wool
  • String/twine
  • Lollipop sticks
Note: You don’t need all of these, they are suggested supplies and it will depend on what you want to make!

5 Easter arts and crafts ideas:

1. Make your own Easter garland.

Garlands are such a staple to any house decoration. Making them yourself just seems all the more fun, especially when it’s a joint family effort. Everyone can design and decorate their own piece of the garland. Whether it’s eggs, chicks or bunny rabbits we’re sure this garland will look perfect for your Easter celebrations.

easter garland arts and crafts
easter garland arts and crafts
2. Get creative for your Easter baskets.

We all know that kids get so excited to see the Easter Bunny. Making these little baskets don’t even require much. These can be great gifts and also good decorations for the house!

These bunny treat baskets can be made in two ways.  The first is by using up the used toilet rolls! Decorate and colour them to your own liking and with a bit of glue and paper, you can glue a bottom to this to make it the perfect basket for their special Easter goodies!

An alternative is to use plain paper cups and decorate these as they already have a bottom on them perfect for holding plenty of sweet treats! If you can’t find plain ones, then glue bits of paper or cotton wool etc on it to make it as you like!

If you have pipe cleaners you can make a little hole on each side and feed each end through the holes making a handle for the kiddies to carry them around for their Easter egg hunt!

easter arts and crafts toilet rolls
Easter arts and crafts toilet rolls / paper cups
3. Paper plate Easter chicks.

Paper plates are a great supply to have for kiddies arts and crafts. They can be used to make something perfect for every occasion. For Easter they will have fun making cute Easter chicks to hang on the wall or gift to granny and grandad!

For the chick wings another fun idea is for the kids to trace out the outline of their hands, cut them out, colour/paint them, and then stick them on as the chick’s wings.

easter arts and crafts paper plates
Easter arts and crafts paper plates
4. Decorate eggs.

A tradition I remember doing when I was a kid, just plain and simple decorating real eggs!. Make sure to hard boil them first or it could be a mess to clean up!

Decorate with lovely Easter colours and patterns to display around the house, or make it a little more fun and decorate them with funny faces which I’m sure the kids will have great fu doing!

easter arts and crafts paint your own egg
easter arts and crafts paint your own egg
5. Make Easter masks.

Bring the Easter theme to Sunday dinner with some home made masks for all the family. Create your own using whatever arts and crafts supplies you have, making one for everyone at the dinner table. The kids will be delighted. You will need elastic for these to stay on heads!

easter arts and crafts
Easter masks arts and crafts

We hope this gives you some Easter arts and crafts inspiration to enjoy some fun, creative time with the kiddies over the Easter holidays.

If you prefer some easier crafts that are already made and just require some decorating, the kids will enjoy these wooden DIY Easter colouring eggs that can be decorated and then displayed.

Happy creating!

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easter decor trends blog post

5 Decoration Trends for Easter 2023

Here are five Easter decor trends that will be sure to impress guests!

These locally, handmade decorations will transform every area of your home!

Finding the perfect Easter decorations for your home may be a daunting task, but you can’t go wrong with these trends. All of these trends can be done at home or bought handmade from a local small business.

Many of these have been popular Easter decor for years and aren’t going out any time soon, so they can be used year after year!

Top 5 Easter decor trends for 2023:

1. Crochet 

From throw blankets to baskets, crochet is definitely the way to go! These colourful crochet baskets are the perfect addition to any side or coffee table, they bring the perfect splash of colour to any space!

Sturdy Crochet Baskets with Wooden Base and Lid

2. Floral décor

An Easter classic, florals in every form are going to be everywhere this Easter! This customisable, reusable paper flower bouquet is beautiful and you will not only have them for Easter, but all year round!

Create Your Own Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet

3. Wreaths 

From floral to crochet, you will see Easter wreaths in every form this year! A simple, cute way to spice up your front door year after year!

Handmade Crochet Easter Wreath

4. Geometric, minimalist décor 

Minimal, modern decorations are a great go-to in any space! The simple, geometric pattern pairs well with any decor items you may already have and elevates your space.

Turquoise Egg Cup

5. Vintage China

The timeless, elegant look that vintage china adds to your kitchen will catch the eye of guests of all ages. Vintage china will never go out of style and is a popular decor statement piece any time of the year!

Vintage Bone China Mini Tea/Cake Stand

All of these Easter decor items and so many more like them can be found at the link below!

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mother's day gift ideas from abroad

10 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas When You’re Not Together

How to make Mother’s Day special even though you’re away from home.

Send love and put a smile on your mammy’s face from across the miles, with our top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas in Ireland.

You wish you could spend the day with your mam and give her the biggest hug, but for whatever reason, you can’t be there in person. Don’t worry, because mammy definitely wouldn’t want you worrying, you can still let her know how much she means to you even though you’re not together!

Organise a call or video call if mam can work digital well enough for that, and send your love and wishes over a call. We also have 10 ideas to treat her on this special day when mammies deserve to be spoilt! So no matter where in the world you are, make sure you show your mammy just how much she means to you this Mother’s Day.

Missing mum on Mother's day

10 ways to treat your mammy when you can’t be with her this Mother’s Day:

1. Send her a personalised gift.

For the sentimental mammy that misses the family all together, why not surprise her with a personalised family frame that will soon become the favourite item in the house! She’ll be only to delighted to show it off when the neighbours come around for tea!

2. Organise afternoon tea for her.

With Ireland now opened for socialising again and restrictions eased, mam might like to get herself all dressed up and head out for the day for afternoon tea, and we have just the afternoon tea experience that she’ll really enjoy in Dublin.

3. Organise a mammies night.

Get in touch with her friends’ kids or other halves to organise a night out for the mammies. Maybe a nice dinner out so they can all enjoy a fun-filled evening together with good food and great company.

4. Send her a Mother’s Day personalised frame.

A special message for a special mam in a personalised frame from you this Mother’s Day.

5. Spoil her with a pamper session.

Let’s face it we all love a day of pampering, and no one deserves it more that mam. Send her some pampering gifts to relax and enjoy either at home or you could send her a gift voucher for a spa day.

Mother's Day flowers and gifts
6. Send her flowers made to last.

Sending flowers is always an easy solution, but why not go one step more and send her favourite flowers that will last a lifetime, so the next time your home to give her a hug she’ll get to show you the flowers in person. She’ll always think of you when she sees these flowers on the kitchen table or the hall table!

7. A miss you gift.

Saying ‘I miss you’ can sometimes cause a lot of emotion, sadness and tears, but it also shows how much someone means to you. The fact you are missing them so much and thinking of them, it’s a gesture of love and thought. You could send her a miss you message as a little keepsake token.

8. Customised gift from the grandkids.

Is she missing her grandchildren as well? A special gift from the grandkids will no doubt bring a happy tear to her eye and we have just the gift – this customised kids drawing embroidery will be something she can treasure forever.

9. A night away.

Treat her to a night away from the chaos of everyday life. Book her into a nice hotel (possibly with a spa!) and surprise her on the day with this scratch and reveal card. Be sure to be on video call with her when she’s scratching it to see her reaction. For the ultimate surprise you could book her flights to come visit you! (If covid restrictions permit)

10. Spoil her with a piece of handmade jewellery.

I’m sure a nice piece of Irish made jewellery won’t go amiss! Something they love to wear and makes them feel loved and thought of.

If shopping local Irish gifts online is an option for you from the other side of the world, then has a great selection of thoughtful and meaningful gifts for your mammy in Ireland.

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