As a mother, I think the most precious gifts children can offer on Mother’s Day, which this year is May 12, is to say “I love you, Mom” and “Thanks for all you do, and for loving me.” There are acres of roses in both phrases, and no mother can hear them too often.
Having said this, I think it’s very important to treat mothers to special gifts that also say “I love you,” but sweetly, and with the emphasis on style and sophistication that I like in every aspect of life. Extraordinary Desserts offers a range of memorable ways to gift mom tastefully and affordably with presents she’ll truly enjoy but here’s a baker’s dozen of my top picks.
Simply Sweet – Fiona’s Sweetshoppe candies are adorably packaged, and flavored to offer mom a nostalgic taste of her childhood. The selection includes licorices and sour hard candies that are reminiscent of sweets from the 1970s, but are presented in contemporary flavors and with a modern edge. A super-sweet and thoughtful gift for any mom with a sweet tooth, Fiona’s candies are irresistible when tucked into a lovely porcelain box, like those in our home collection that I truly treasure. Arrange some fragrant rose petals in the box to make it all the prettier, and show mom you appreciate all the details she fussed over when you were growing up. Buy these special candies at both Extraordinary Desserts locations.
Room Service with Extraordinary Gourmet products and North Shore Goodies from Hawaii: I can’t think of any better way to treat Mom to an Extraordinary breakfast in bed than by putting together an artfully arranged tray of a cup of our gourmet tea or coffee, along with our rare and wonderful jams and jellies, and delicious products from North Shore (offered at both Extraordinary Desserts locations), like Coconut Peanut Butter spread on toast or a bagel, unique pancake syrups and, of course, a scrumptious pancake mix that cooks up into delicate, fluffy flapjacks – just like Mom always made. Now it’s your turn to get in the kitchen, flip some pancakes and show you love her as much as she loves you.
The Very Best Sunday Brunch, Just for Mom – This relaxed mid-day meal is always a favorite with mothers. On May 12, Extraordinary Desserts Little Italy will offer a “special edition” of the regular weekly brunch, which always is a lavish, lively and lovely affair. Highlights of the special Mother’s Day brunch range from mom-inspired desserts (and moms inspire nothing but the best), glamorized by beautiful floral decors that will delight every mom. Reservations can be made, and are recommended, by calling 619.294.7001 ext. 103.
Freshly Baked Love – Remember how when you came home from school, Mom would be pulling a tray of cookies out of the oven just as you walked through the door? Even if this was just a fantasy and never a reality, now it’s your chance to show such love by baking batches of our trio of rich and satisfying Extraordinary Desserts Cookie Doughs. That the house will smell delicious is the wrapping on the gift when you treat her to these decadent cookies hot from the oven. Flavors such as Triple Chocolate, Simply Chocolate Chip, Vegan Cherry Chocolate Chip, and White Chocolate Granola are composed as only Extraordinary Desserts can do.
Made with Love and Extraordinary Expertise – Our new Gourmet Cake Kit and gorgeous cake stands and slicers let you bake for Mom like the professional SHE is. Paired with some fine baker’s tools, the cake kit allows you to bake a delicious Dark Chocolate Truffle Banana Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Frosting like a pro. When you pair this amazing cake with some fine baker’s tools, you’ll gift Mom in Extraordinary fashion.
Luxe Packages – We’ve had fun designing elegant and one-of-a-kind gift packs that are perfect for the mom who thinks she has everything. These tasteful new packages are the ultimate in luxury and include freshly baked cookies, a gorgeous cake and loads (and loads!) of Extraordinary Gourmet items. Prices range from $150 to $400.
The Caffeinated Mom – Perfect for moms who appreciate a truly good cup of coffee, package up an Extraordinary French-press pot, coffee cups from our home collection and a bag of our signature gourmet blend to create a luxurious, thoughtful and “buzz” worthy gift just for her. If she’s a fan of the flavor but not the caffeine, create a decaf version that is sure to be equally treasured.
A Sweet Celebration for Mom – We’ve put together a decadent and convenient Mom’s Day Dessert pack that includes four Napoleons, ribbon and rose petals for $42.95. An enticing way to celebrate Mom in the comfort of home, it’s as pretty as a picture and twice as good to eat.
For the Globetrotting Mom – A thoughtful gift to please every mom who loves exploring new places, how about creating a lovely gift with one of our exotic picture frames, a piece of stunning jewelry and one of our many travel-oriented books, all beautifully illustrated and all inviting Mom to make a journey of her own.
Celebrate Mom – Pickup Extraordinary catering platters and celebrate mom among friends and family with an exquisite feast at home. The choices are varied, tempting and gorgeous, including artisanal cheese trays with fine jams and chutneys, nuts and dried fruits and breads. Petit paninis offer delicately satisfying combinations of fillings (I love the goat cheese with pesto genovese, Portobello mushroom, avocado and tomato), colorful and creative salads and gracious platters of assorted dips and spreads, with fine breads to accompany them.
The Chocoholic Mom – If Mom loves chocolate, she’ll be pleased for weeks by our pack of five signature chocolate bars, each designed to capture the memorable flavors of our most popular cakes. Great for sending a bit of Extraordinary love (and tastes!) to out of town moms.
Treat Mom to the Best – She’ll treasure the special Mother’s Day edition of one of our most popular cakes – Shangri-La. White chocolate mousse, guava mousse, fresh strawberries and whipped cream are layered between vanilla cakes moistened with kirsch. Complete with dazzlingly eye catching decoration created especially to delight mom, the beautiful 6” cake will include a tag filled in with a special Mom’s day sentiment. $50 each with limited availability at both locations. Pre-order recommended.
Inspired by Mom, Too – New “Mom-inspired” desserts will be unveiled at both of our Extraordinary Desserts locations in honor of all moms.
There you have it: A Baker’s Dozen of Extraordinary sweet ways to say “Happy Mother’s Day!”