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Mother’s Day Is Going To Be A Little Different This Year: We’ve Rounded Up Ways To Celebrate Mom and Support Local Businesses

COVID-19 has changed the way we do just about everything – especially how we celebrate special occasions. This year, Mother’s Day will be particularly difficult for many, especially for those who are unable to celebrate with mom in person, or may be mourning the recent loss of a loved one. Given these challenging circumstances, Mother’s Day 2020 will look very different from the typical brunch festivities many are accustomed to, but there’s no shortage of ways to make this a special day for any mom or mother figure in your life. 

We know that connecting with and celebrating our loved ones is more important than ever, so we’ve rounded up some of the top Mother’s Day trends we’re seeing (spoiler alert: there’s a plethora of creative ways to celebrate in person or virtually) along with The Best Mother’s Day Restaurant in Every State for restaurants offering delivery and takeout. 

Top Trends For Mother’s Day 2020 

Family Style Menus: Expect to see restaurants with special Mother’s Day menus, and updated delivery and takeout options offering family-style dishes for groups staying home together. From Yelp’s list of The Best Mother’s Day Restaurant in Every State, Rosie’s Place in Indiana serves up Sloppy Joes for four, a gallon of iced tea and a four pack of Ooey-Gooey Butter Cookies; and at Ray’s in Georgia you’ll find Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Shrimp Scampi on the family-style menu, alongside a selection of sides and salads. 

Gifts and Meals That Give Back: Over the past month, as we’ve witnessed the devastating impact of COVID-19, we’ve also heard incredible stories of resilience and generosity. This Mother’s Day, consumers will be looking for meaningful ways to give back to their communities through donating to causes on behalf of the mother in their life, or supporting local businesses like Jaguar Sun in Miami, which is helping to feed the city’s healthcare workers. 

Boozy Takeout & Delivery: Restaurants are shifting their operations in more ways than ever. This Mother’s Day, restaurants will be offering unique bubbly and spirited takeout and delivery options, along with special discounts on their wine and cocktails to-go. O.H.S.O. Brewery in Arizona is offering beer growlers and house-made spirits to-go, and The Rustler in Mississippi is offering a 5pm-8pm happy hour for their Strawberry Lemonade Quarantinis. We even saw the rate of searches for “margaritas to go” increase by 100 times compared to the same time last year.

Takeout Outshines Delivery: Our data tells us that takeout is currently growing in popularity faster than delivery. Restaurants like J&M Diner in Massachuchets are finding new ways to use tools like Yelp Waitlist to manage their takeout orders and help customers maintain social distancing. It’s not hard to imagine that people may be looking for an excuse to get out of the house, even if just for a quick drive!

Local Florists Reign Supreme: Searches for flower deliveries have increased to the same rate as we typically see near Valentine’s Day as people look for ways to send love and support to family and friends. With many people worrying about the health of local economies, consumers will look to support local florists for their Mother’s Day blooms, and flower shops are getting creative in response. FloraBrook in New York, for example, is shipping whimsical dried bouquets that can last for years. 

Donuts Take the Cake: Donuts and other sweets are showing a large spike on Yelp, specifically the search term “donut delivery.” Mom Amber T. in Florida especially loved her Yonutz Donuts and Ice Cream delivery and their Boredom Relief Mini Donut Decorating Kit, and Simran S. in California was thrilled when Sugar Dot Bake Shop saved the day with their cake delivery for her mother’s birthday.

Virtual Activities with Mom: Whether you’re giving the gift of a virtual class or scheduling a virtual activity together on Mother’s Day, there’s a wide variety of options available, and you can now find them by searching on Yelp. Searches will yield everything from a Mini Terrarium Class with Austin’s Articulture Designs, to virtual wine tastings from Five Senses Tastings in Los Angeles, to virtual pilates classes

Local Goods Over Big Retailers: Whether people are at home with mom, or across the country from one another, we expect Americans will gift their favorite local items as a way to support businesses in their community.

The Best Mother’s Day Restaurant in Every State, Offering Takeout or Delivery 

If you’re home with mom this year, ordering a delicious meal from a local restaurant on Mother’s Day is a great way to celebrate, while also supporting your community. If you’re not able to be with the mom or the mother figure in your life, consider treating them to delivery or takeout from a restaurant in their city or town. To make your choice easier, we’ve compiled the list below by looking at reviews received by restaurants from the start of 2019 until April 1, 2020, that include a mention of Mother’s Day, ranking restaurants based on their average rating and number of relevant reviews.

Though some cities and states are beginning to reopen, we are mindful of those staying home and continuing to social distance, therefore we only include restaurants currently offering delivery or takeout. Some have adjusted their regular menus for takeout-friendly items and several are closed on Sundays but offer a take-and-bake option for pickup or delivery ahead of time. 

(Top row: Early Bird, Omaha, NE. Bottom row, left to right: Yolk – South Loop, Chicago, IL; Founding Farmers, Washington, D.C. )