Mother’s Day in Phoenix: Gift Ideas, Specials, Brunches and More

The Valley will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Here are some fun ideas for how to make your mom feel special.


Founded by Phoenix resident Kunal Naik, the Brillier watch brand is known for Swiss-made movements, intricately carved cases and fashion-forward designs. We think Mom would love the square-faced Klassique 18-karat rose gold-plated timepiece by Brillier, with 46 genuine white diamonds and a beautiful mother of pearl dial. $495, available on (which offers free overnight shipping). Select Brillier watches are also available at Ganem Jewelers in Ahwatukee.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Donna Karan has debuted her new collection of Lenox tableware and gifts called Donna Karan Lenox. The earthy, functional collection was inspired by the designer’s travels and showcase natural shapes in such materials as bone china, blown glass, fired metals, crystal or carved wood. Available at Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale.

Ladies will enjoy treating their moms to a bra fit makeover at {intimacy} in Scottsdale. The fittings are even free! Just make a reservation for the two of you, and then the real gift for Mom is getting to spend time with you, picking out cute bras, swimsuits or sports bras while the boutique employees treat her like a queen, helping to find just what she wants in the size she needs. The {intimacy} bra fit stylists boutique is located at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Gift cards are available as well.

Those who purchase agift certificate in the amount of $200 or greater during the month of May at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North will receive a complimentary 25-minute “mini service” of their choosing. Enjoy an Express Facial or Swedish Massage while your mom enjoys the rewards of your gift certificate. Or let Mom enjoy both. The voucher is valid through Dec. 31, 2011. Call 480.513.5145 to book or visit Four Seasons Scottsdale online.

Tiffany & Co. offers a number of “shiny” ways to tell Mom you love her. How about the 18-karat narrow beaded Tiffany & Co. “I love you” bangle ($2,500), so that she’ll have a sweet reminder from you each time she catches a glimpse of her wrist? Also popular are the Tiffany Keys and Tiffany Locks collections, which never go out of style. Check the website for full selection.


Blow Mom away with a this deal from Park Avenue Blow Dry & Beauty Bar in Arcadia: Book a one-hour facial, blowout and makeup application for $100 in celebration of Mother’s Day. That’s a $30 savings from the regular price. Additionally, Park Avenue Blow Dry & Beauty Bar offers an a la carte menu of $35 blowouts, makeup applications, spray tans and mini facials.

The Healing Harmony Mother’s Day package, offered at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North May 4-11, features a restorative custom facial, an aromatherapy pedicure, and a take-home polish of the guest’s choosing. Discounted rate of $200, call 480.513.5145 to book or visit Four Seasons Scottsdale online.

Treat Mom to the Hotel Valley Ho Spa’s “A Mother’s Spa Day” package, available May 8 in Old Town Scottsdale. Included are: one of the spa’s 90-minute Red Flower Experiences, a 60-minute Priori Skincare treatment, a 90-minute Ultimate Nail Service, lunch, and a glass of wine, served outdoors on the VH Spa deck. Price is $450 (includes service charge), and reservations can be made at 480.421.7777. Check the website for more details.

InterContinental Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley is offering a special Mother’s Day Escape package this weekend. The overnight retreat includes accommodations in a signature guestroom; Mother’s Day Brunch for two adults and two children; a small floral arrangement delivered to the guestroom; $100 credit to Prado restaurant for a candlelight dinner; plus three hours complimentary at Planet Trekkers Kids Club, so the little ones will remain occupied while parents enjoy a quiet meal. Rates from $349, call Montelucia at 480.627.3202 to book and ask for promo code IJWIN.


Talavera and Crescent Moon, both at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, will be serving special Mother’s Day menus. At Crescent Moon, sample delicacies from the carving station, seafood specialties, a variety of soups, salads and desserts on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $68 per adult or $78 with a glass of sparkling cava; the cost for children ages 12 or younger is $35. Talavera’s menu will be a four-course affair, served from 4 to 9 p.m. at $80 per person. Advance reservations are recommended. Book either by calling 480.515.5700 or visit Talavera online here, or Crescent Moon online here.

Spend the day outdoors with your mom at the Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The event begins with a spoken word tribute to mothers, followed by some great female jazz artists, including Margo Reed, Nancy Gee, Delphine Cortez and Sherry Roberson. Brunch will be provided by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. $80 per person or $75 per garden member. Learn more and buy tickets here. Arrive early and spend the morning walking through the garden, as your ticket grants you general admission and entrance to the Spring Butterfly Exhibit as well.

Both Cafe ZuZu and Trader Vic’s at Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale will be serving up special Mother’s Day fare on May 8. Do brunch at ZuZu from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and nibble on a la carte menu items such as grilled salmon salad, croque madam, steakhouse salad and crab cakes. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480.421.7997. The restaurant will also serve dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Or do dinner at Trader Vic’s, served from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Vic’s at 480.421.7799.

Chef de Cuisine Peter DeRuvo of Prado at InterContinental Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley has designed a Mother’s Day brunch menu highlighting blueberry pancakes, challah French toast, prime rib, halibut, whole roasted pic, a champagne bar and a six-flavor gelato card with mini cones and assorted toppings. $85 for adults, $39 for children 10 and younger, available May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Prado at 480.627.3004 for reservations.

Sapporo Scottsdale will be pampering moms with light lunch and cocktail specials all weekend long, May 6-8. Although usually closed until 3 p.m. on Sundays, Sapporo will be opening special for lunch on May 8, and moms will each receive a rose upon arrival. Specials served will included the Mother’s Little Helper cocktail (coconut flower martini); spicy chilled prawn and spring melon salad; a teppenyaki special: jalapeno-almond pesto-crusted Alaskan halibut with confetti rice and yellow pepper cream; and a Pacific Rim special: kabayaki grilled jumbo sea scallops with summer asparagus and sweet pepper salad. Call Sapporo at 480.607.1114 to make a reservation.

Above: The Torch at Sapporo Scottsdale - created to be shared by two or more! (Image by William Pruyn Photography,

For moms who adore French cuisine, it doesn’t get any better than Petite Maison’s “Roses and Rosé” Mother’s Day Brunch in downtown Scottsdale on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mothers will walk the restaurant’s pink carpet and receive a flower, and everyone will enjoy complimentary rosé throughout the three-course brunch. Dishes include smoked salmon, lump crab quiche, French toast, grilled filet, poached salmon or seared scallops, plus brulée for dessert. Cost is $44 per person (plus tax and gratuity). A special menu will be available for children younger than 12. Call the restaurant at 480.991.6887 to make a reservation or visit the website to view the full menu. Petite Maison will also be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.

Bloom at Gainey Village in Scottsdale serves American favorites with influences from European and Asian cuisines. In addition to the regular menu, the boutique style restaurant offer special holiday entrees, including Alaskan Halibut with sweet corn and spring squash ratatouille; Baked Frittata with asparagus, spinach, red potato and parmesan cheese; and a Chicken Salad with avocado, tomato, corn, Havarti, and champagne vinaigrette. For Mother’s Day, Bloom will open early at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Call Bloom at 480.922.5666 to make a reservation.

Serving inspired California cuisine, The Greene House at Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons is featuring special holiday entrees, in addition to normal menu items. Select dishes include Brioche French Toast with strawberries and cream and mint syrup; and a Spring Vegetable Frittata with goat cheese, watercress, and citrus vinaigrette. For Mother’s Day, The Greene House will open early at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Call 480.889.9494 to make a reservation.

Modern Steak at Scottsdale Fashion Square is serving a three course, prix-fixe menu for $30 per person on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant’s dinner menu will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. From the prix-fixe menu, selections include a vanilla yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and housemade granola; and a chopped salad with avocado, crisp vegetables, parmesan, and champagne vinaigrette. A few of the entrées include eggs benedict with smoked ham; and artichoke tortelli with mushrooms. How about a Spring Berry Shortcake with lemon curd and strawberry sauce for dessert? For Mother’s Day, Modern Steak will open early at 10 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Call 480.423.7000 for reservations.

For a low-key, less-stress kind of day, take Mom out of the city and north to Carefree, for a day of antique shopping in the city’s center and a memorable brunch and champagne at the very popular Carefree Station at the Spanish Village. The restaurant includes a rooftop deck with mountain views, as well as a flower garden courtyard. Award-winning brunch items to be served May 8 include the crab benedict with Boursin cheese, smoked tomato sauce and traditional hollandaise, served with fresh fruit and grilled potatoes. Or try the BLT (braised lamb and tomato) with sweet tea-braised leg of lamb, cherry wood-smoked bacon, grape tomato jelly, rosemary pink lemonade aioli and black peppercorn foccacia. Call Carefree Station at 480.488.8182 to make a reservation. (Please note Carefree Station is not open for dinner on Sunday evenings.)

The patio at Carefree Station

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