Sweet last-minute ideas
for Mother’s Day
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, 9417 7771
Home-made scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam (right), not to mention tea and coffee, rosewater lemonade and celebratory glass of bubbly, all washed down with some Motown classics from the resident DJ. Walk off the sugary excess in the Convent’s stunning heritage gardens. Tea runs from 1pm-4pm. (Adults $75, children to 12 years $45)
153 Johnston St, Collingwood, 9419 3869
This velvet-lined ode to all things plush and decadent may have a few spots left. The sweet/savoury banquet ($75) has been known to feature gorgeous pink lamington balls and raspberry ice cream served in antique porcelain and silverware.
Corner Langridge and Oxford sts, Collingwood, 9495 6222
Sip tea from Cristina Re‘s gorgeous porcelain cups and marvel at her generous selection of cupcakes, macarons, Belgian chocolates and a savoury treats. Packages for Mother’s Day from $85.
4. Milk the Cow
157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9537 2225
Don’t tell your mum the name of this monument to all things cheesy. She might get the wrong idea. Just present her with a plate of exquisite cheeses from Australia, France and Switzerland, washed down with a glass of fizz (from $35 per head). If the sun’s shining, order a take-home cheese box (from $25) and stroll up to St Kilda Beach.
5. The Langham
1 Southbank Ave, Southbank, 1800 641 107
Mother’s Day is a big event at this stylish hotel on the Yarra. The Aria Bar’s trademark Chocolate Bar High Tea will be served with all the trimmings, while the Clarendon Ballroom will overflow with sweet gems like Toblerone trifle, salted caramel macarons, pink velvet cupcakes and Oreo waffles ($49 for children and $99 for adults). Organise a Chuan Spa voucher and your mum will be floating out the door. As a bonus, all mums enjoying the Langham’s charms will be in the running to win a “Langham pink” Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer valued at $749.