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Mother’s Day: Why Do We Celebrate?

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Why do we Celebrate?

The celebration of mothers is a tradition as old as time itself. Okay, maybe not that old, but definitely dating back to ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honor of mother goddesses. The significance of Mother’s Day and the importance of giving flowers ranges from culture to culture.

Mothers around the World

The tradition in the US is derived from the UK where Mother’s Day took after a religious holiday. Traditionally, the children would pick flowers and bake special cakes in honor of their mothers. My family always got flowers from a shop, signed cards, and spent the afternoon baking with our mother, creating special memories while celebrating the day.

Fun fact for nowadays, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. Phone traffic spikes by as much as 37 percent on Mother’s day every year!

In Brazil Mother’s Day is one of the most commercial holidays of the year! Second only to Christmas (mind blown!). The giving of gifts and flowers is a rich tradition, but of course, it wouldn’t be a party without barbecuing for the whole family!

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Japan, a country known for holding their mothers in high esteem, celebrate this day with red roses or carnations, a special dinner, and tending to their mother’s every need so she may have a day of relaxation. Generally, the children do small projects for their mothers such as make a card or paint a picture.

Though not an official holiday until declared so by Napoleon in the 1950’s and much like their neighbors in the UK, Mother’s Day in France is and was celebrated with family giving bouquets of flowers found locally such as lavender, lilies, irises, and a special meal that mom didn’t have to slave away at and simply got to enjoy.

Out of all the many traditions that revolve around Mother’s Day, one thing is constant  – the importance of showing the woman who has cared for us as children and into adulthood, how important she is.

Here are a few DIY ideas to make Mom feel special this year!

Keep it Traditional, Flowers!

Picking up a bouquet from your nearest flower shop is a fan favorite and will definitely show you care, but arranging your own floral centerpiece as a gift or scheduling an afternoon with your mother to arrange flowers together adds a personalized touch and creates lasting memories. has partnered with  Eddie Zaratsian to create dozens of floral tutorials for every occasion. With beautiful wholesale blooms, this classic rose arrangement is a go to for a traditional floral gift.

Floral Arrangement:  Eddie Zaratsian | Flowers and Greens:
Classic Rose Arrangement Video

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

While traditional vases filled with beautiful blooms have always been a hit for special occasions like birthday’s, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, why not DIY your own vase out of a jewelry box and fill it with beautiful blooms! That way she can use it after the flowers have dried out. This Jewelry box also opens up opportunities for future projects with and for the woman in your life. Make it a tradition to DIY a new bracelet or necklace for years to come!

Floral Arrangement:  Eddie Zaratsian | Flowers and Greens:
Jewelry Box Arrangement Video

Untraditional and Royally Delicious!

There are always new and beautiful ways show your mother how special she is to you. Trends this year have focused on gourmet macarons and floral jewelry. If you haven’t seen floral jewelry come up on your Instagram already – check out Franciose Weeks! She is leading the pack in floral jewelry and teaches workshops worldwide on how to create these beautiful living pieces of art, so you can do it yourself!

Don’t have time to learn this art before Mother’s Day? No worries, you can make your mom feel like a queen with a floral crown and some home baked macarons.

Floral Crown:  Eddie Zaratsian | Flowers and Greens:
Floral Crown Video

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For those of us who don’t have a green thumb or baker’s touch, Orange County Floral Designer Shawna Yamamoto has partnered with Kayla’s Cakes to create a gift box with these unique elements all ready to go!

Floral Jewelry: Shawna Yamamoto | Macarons: Kayla’s Cakes

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show our mothers how much we appreciate all they have done and continue to do for us. Take some time this year to DIY your gift and make many memories in the process!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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