There’s no doubt you want to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day but if you’ve just realised that Sunday the 8th of May is fast approaching and you’re yet to organise a gift or special event for your mom, then you need to check our ultimate guide to Mother’s Day 2016 in South Africa. From gifting ideas to restaurant specials and more, we’ve got everything you need to pull one out of the bag for your mom this year. Because, this is the year you move away from the usual bunch of petrol station flowers and a slab of chocolate.

Events to blow her bonnet off:

Cape Town:

 Red Table Restaurant

Nederburg’s Red Table Restaurant.

The Red Table restaurant, in Nederburg’s historic manor house, will be laying on a gastronomic lunch feast, prepared by chef Edmore Ruzoza. With delights like deep-fried camembert with strawberries, herb-crusted rack of lamb, seared Norwegian salmon, and black forest gâteau on the menu it’s bound to be a hit with mum! Of course, there will also be a wide selection of Nederburg wines, offered by the glass and by the bottle available and Nederburg’s new assistant white-wine maker, Chandré Petersen, who will be close by to tell you more about the wines, and help with any pairing suggestions. To top it off, every mother will be treated to a surprise gift from Nederburg.

Lunch on Mother’s Day will be served from 12:00 at R350 per person (wine and service charge excluded) and R50 for kids. Booking is essential – call 021 877 5155 to make a booking.

Trees Restaurant at the Townhouse Hotel is Known for its upmarket cuisine and urban atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to spend Sunday 8 May, spoiling that irreplaceable woman in your life. The menu, from Michelin-trained Executive Chef Stefan Schmidt and his team, was specially designed for families to treat mom, without anyone having to do the washing up. To ward off any oncoming winter chills, lunch will begin with a choice of two hearty soups, a herby beef broth with mince, or a hearty vegetable soup. This will be followed by a choice of starters and a buffet of note for mains! Expect treats like slow braised beef olives, roast chicken stuffed with lentils, couscous and leeks, local fish, baked vegetable moussaka and Joostenberg pork infused with apple, caraway and sage. Guests would be well warned to keep space for the decadent dark chocolate dessert, noisette gateau with brownie soil, raspberry and orange parfait.

The Mother’s Day menu is only R285pp and is hugely popular so guests are encouraged to book well in advance. For more information, email or call 021 465 7050, or visit the Townhouse website.
Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

Lakeside Lodge & Spa’s in-house restaurant, Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant is offering a luxurious two or three-course lunch for Mother’s Day by Executive Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen. The crown roast chicken breast with baby onion, mushroom, bacon and jus and a salted chocolate tart with caramel popcorn and vanilla caramel swirl ice cream are just a couple of the dishes found on the set menu for this special occasion. The lodge overlooks the Swartvlei Lagoon and sets the scene for a sophisticated yet relaxed dining experience. Lunch will be served at 12:00 and guests can choose also indulge in a selection of the owner’s award-winning Benguela Cove wines, produced at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus.

This delicious lunch will cost R350 per person for the two-course and R395 per person for the three-course menu. To secure your Mother’s Day reservations, please contact 044 343 1844 or book online.

Treat your mom to an extravagant afternoon at the five-star Taj Cape Town, feasting on delicious and decent Afternoon Tea delights. On Sunday 8 May, Taj Cape Town will be hosting a lavish Pretty in Pink themed Afternoon Tea. Served in the opulent Lobby Lounge from 14:00 to 17:00, you’ll be greeted with a glass of L’Ormarins Brut Classique, while a pianist and singer create the perfect ambience for a relaxing afternoon ahead. Moms can expect an abundant buffet table of sweet treats to feast on, as well as a tea-stand of savoury options brought to your table. Highlights on the day include Pink Velvet Cake, Pink Macaroons, Strawberry Baked Yoghurt and an assortment of fresh fruit and treats to dip into the decadent Chocolate Fountain. Once your glass of bubbly has been sipped, choose between Taj Cape Town’s speciality TRUTH coffee or one of their Ronnefeldt Teas.

The afternoon tea will set you back At only R250 per person. For reservations call Taj Cape Town on 021 819 2000 or email


Four Seasons The Westcliff,

The Four Seasons The Westcliff.

This ‪Mother’s Day, the Four Seasons The Westcliff, Johannesburg is offering a wide range of spoils for mom. Enjoy a Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch with a view at Flames Restaurant. Served on the 7th and 8th of May, this decadent brunch is sure to impress mom on her special weekend. The brunch will set you back  R795.00 per person. If lunch insn’t her thing then why not book for the 3-course Dinner, served on the 7th and 8th of May, at R595 per person? Another option is the 4-course lunch at View Restaurant on the 8th of May at R750.00 per person, including a complimentary glass of MCC on arrival. The menu for the day includes delights like Smoked quail, Marinated salmon trout, Roasted cape rock lobster, and Cape gooseberry sorbet with tequila jelly and almond spume.

For more information and bookins visit the Four Seasons website.

If your mom loves chocolate then check out LINDOR’s truly decadent chocolate classes in Cape Town and Joburg this Mother’s Day. Under the expert guidance of the passionate Lindt Master Chocolatiers you will create the most decadent desserts inspired by the irresistibly smooth LINDOR flavours. Start off with an indulgent Cappuccino Pot de Crème and finish off with a classic French dessert Le Frasier of Strawberries & Cream.

The cost is R320 per person, the class starts at 12:30pm and will last for 1½ hours. Both Cape Town and Johannesburg classes will take place on Saturday 7 May 2016. Visit the Lindt website for more information.

Gifts she’ll adore:

The Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel

The Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel.

Nothing beats a Mother’s Day pampering session at The Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel. This Mother’s Day spoil your mom with The 12 Apostles Spa Ritual – the ultimate indulgence for Moms and the perfect great mother-daughter bonding experience. An exotic lime and ginger body exfoliation is followed by the Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, combining a unique customised facial with a full-body massage to ease away tension. The package includes a delicious spa lunch and a glass of sparkling wine to end off a day of heavenly relaxation. Guests may also enjoy the spa facilities, including the Health Buffet, hydro pool, plunge pool and salt water floatation pool, and Tranquillity Lounge.

This may The Spa at The Twelve Apostles is offering the 2.5 hour treatment at R1950 per person. Available: 1 May 2016 – 31 May 2016 (Monday to Friday only and excluding public holidays). To book call 021 437 9029 or email
Typo Mother's day

Typo “I’m in Charge” portable charger – R299.99 | “Bad Ass Mother” eye mask and sock set – R199.99.

Typo’s assortment of fun and quirky Mother’s Day gifting ideas means you won’t have any trouble finding that something special for your mum this Mother’s Day. The Australian born gift retailer’s quirky twist on the tradional Mother’s Day gift sees unique designs and hand drawn graphics to suit your mum’s individual style and personality. The blue, coral and mint pastels create a fresh watercolour effect, coupled with the injection ofsolid black and rose gold to add a luxe look to thisfeminine pallet. The stylish finishes include metallic zip closures and gold foil prints, adding to the deluxe feel ofthe collection.

Make this Mother’s Day extra special with a gift from Typo, the range is available instore and online, with prices starting at R49.99 for Mothers Day Cards throughto R699.99 for the Essential Throw that mum will be sure to love!
Janine Binneman Jewellery

Janine Binneman Jewellery – name ring.

For a real treat, spoil your mom with a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery from Janine Binneman Jewellery. The local designer offers spectacular jewelled items made to suit her clients’ briefs as well as an ever changing ready-to-wear range. Some of her signature ranges include Stacking Rings (from birthstones, to beads, to jelly gems to personalised name rings), the Semi-Colon range (the semi-colon campaign represents the people that could have chosen to end their sentence but didn’t), Kids Drawing (send a drawing done by your child to Janine and she will create a bespoke masterpiece in the form of a pendant).

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CottonOn Body

From Top Left: Luxe Plush Gown – R499 | Stella Super Soft Harem -R299 | AnimalSock – R49 | Short Homeboot – R249.

For a cosy winter treat, pop into your nearest CottonOn BODY and create a winter chillout hamper just for your mom. Cotton On BODY offers the latest in comfort, from trackie pants, slippers and dressing gowns to socks, home boots and pyjama tops. Treat the special ladies in your life, whether it be your mom, gran, aunt or sister with some Cotton On BODY on 8 May.