Petals and pop
Make a wildflower bouquet this Mother’s Day with Petals and Pop at Pacific City

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Orange County with brunches, cruises, spa days and more.

Edited by Laura Okey

Pacific City
May 7. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Pacific City with fun activities like creating a wildflower bouquet (courtesy of Petals and Pop!), giveaways, complimentary professional photography sessions and more. There will even be a social media contest; Mom’s are encouraged to write their best advice on a board and post a photo on Instagram (must use the hashtag #GoPacificCity and tag @Pacific_City); whoever receives the most ‘likes’ by 12 p.m. on May 9 will win a dinner for two at Simmzy’s ($150) and a $100 Sephora gift card. To qualify for complimentary photo session, you must show receipt totaling $50 or more for purchases made at any combination of Pacific City merchants April 30 through May 7. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345.


Mother’s Day Brunch in the Chapel
Take mom to the lively scene of the Anaheim Packing House this Mother’s Day, where she will be greeted with a rose upon arrival. Listen to a live harp performance and sip on bottomless mimosas alongside a prix-fixe brunch menu. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $40. Anaheim Packing House, Cook’s Chapel, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 949.302.8229.


Tangata Restaurant & Bowers Museum
Stray from the standard Mother’s Day brunch and take mom to an elegant meal at Bowers Museum’ award-winning restaurant, Tangata. Highlights of the brunch include chicken apple sausage hash, red wine braised short ribs and a pancake action station. Afterwards, stroll through Bowers art exhibits like Mummies of the World or Ancient Arts of China: A 5000-Year-Old Legacy. Brunch and museum entry sold separately. Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $39.95 for adults, $17.95 for children. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906.


The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Treat mom to delectable farm-to-table fare and impeccable service. This Mother’s Day, The Ranch will be serving a four-course brunch, which includes handcrafted ravioli, blue crab Benedict, coconut Belgian waffles and much more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75/pp. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200.


Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink
Enjoy a flavorful, comforting three-course meal with items like avocado toast (crab, radish, herb, tomato, pancetta and cheddar), crab Benedict and toasted strawberry cake. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $45/pp, $5 for Sunday specialty drinks. 370 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686.

Molly Wood Garden Design
Molly Wood Garden Design hosts Succulent Workshops—a perfect gift for mom.

Molly Wood Garden Design
Put your personal touch on Mother’s Day this year with a beautiful succulent arrangement. The drought-friendly alternative to a bouquet of flowers is completely customizable and will last for months—she doesn’t even need to change the water! Prices start at $30. Call for more details. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611; 1290 North Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8143.


Back Bay Bistro
Crepes, dessert, antipasti and “hot off the skillet” are just a few of the stations at Back Bay Bistro’s Mother’s Day brunch affair. Let mom get creative as she builds her own pancakes with toppings like blueberries, banana slices, whipped cream and M& M’s, or savor a cooked-to-order omelet with choices like bay shrimp, bacon, mushrooms and fresh cut peppers. Don’t forget the bottomless mimosas! 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75 for adults (includes bottomless champagne and mimosas), children 12 and under $35. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144.


Mother’s Day Cruise
Sit back with mom and enjoy a two-hour coastal cruise aboard the Ocean Adventures Catamaran. Depart from Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach. Mom can sip on a “MOMosa” or champagne and savor fresh seasonal fruit, juices, pastries and muffins. 10 a.m. $49 for adults, $29 for children. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794 x 7.


Fig & Olive
Experience a four-course prix-fixe brunch and dinner with mom this Mother’s Day. Delight in a refreshing petite burrata and asparagus appetizer, followed by crab salad made with jumbo lump crab. Next, savor crispy seared scallops with carrot-orange purée, roasted orange segments and honey heirloom carrots (dinner only). Call to book reservations. Brunch $40/pp, dinner $48/pp. Fig & Olive, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.

the ritz prime seafood
The Ritz Prime Seafood

The Ritz Prime Seafood
Raise a glass for mother with fine champagne or thirst-quenching cocktails from the bar or bloody mary bar. Savor caviar selections and seasonal oysters on the half shell. Appetizer choices include grilled oysters, tempura veggie roll and more. For a brunch entree, menu highlights include short rib hash and eggs, smoked salmon Benedict and brioche French toast. The Ritz Prime Seafood will also offer Mother’s Day dinner options with a curated wine, beer and sake list, complete with fresh cocktails and menu items like the The Ritz Tower—a personalized chilled seafood masterpiece for the table to share.  Brunch 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinner 5-10 p.m. 2801 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.720.1800.


South Coast Collection
May 3. Celebrate Mother’s Day early with a champagne toast and an evening of pampering. Upon check in, receive a drink ticket and a gift bag, and for every $20 spent at SOCO, you will receive a raffle ticket for prizes from various boutiques and restaurants in the shopping center. Jump in the photo booth to capture memories from the evenings, indulge on delicious chocolate samples and check out various specials at participating stores. 6-9 p.m. Free. SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Oak Grill
Indulge in bountiful food stations and dine while surrounded by lovely spring flower arrangements. From carving stations and omelet stations to an oyster bar and an interactive dessert station, Oak Grill has everything mom desires. Mother’s Day Brunch will be accompanied by live acoustical music and bottomless mimosas, along with a $10 farm-to-table margarita bar or bloody mary bar. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $75 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-12. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.


Lavender Salon Boutique and Blowdry Bar

Lavendar Salon Boutique & Blowdry Bar
Treat mom to a signature blow dry at brand new Lavender Salon. Mom can sip on a complimentary glass of champagne or lavender bellini while she receives a luxurious scalp massage and blow out from one of the talented stylists. Call to schedule appointment. Pricing starts at $40. Castaway Commons, 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.515.2900.


Champagne Brunch Buffet at Laguna Cliffs
Celebrate mom with a champagne buffet brunch, live entertainment and a beautiful ocean view from Vue Restaurant. Mom and the family can enjoy fresh salads, imported and domestic cheeses, a signature carvery with entree, breakfast, desserts and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $90 for adults, $35 for children ages 5-12. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000.


Spa Specials at Island Hotel
Pamper mom with a day at the spa—and pamper yourself too! Sip on complimentary sparkling wine and enjoy two relaxations massages and two customized individual facials. 120 minutes. $550. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.

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