Mother’s Day in Des Moines

Mother’s Day in Des Moines, Iowa

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and during this time, moms need some lovin’ and caring more than ever. Mother’s Day is a terrific opportunity to support local in Des Moines, Iowa. Many small businesses are offering amazing deals and products. We have created a list of some of our favorite ways to celebrate Mom in Des Moines.

Mother’s Day Cookie Workshop

Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Join WineStyles in The District and ChaCha’s Confections for their spring flowers and butterflies cookie workshop. Each guest will receive Mother’s Day themed cookies, icing, instructions, and boxes to take their cookies home. This event is for ages 16 years and older. Must register!

Mother’s Day Sip & Shop

Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Shop local for the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Hotel Renovo with a giant list of vendors including Little Green Market, East Village Spa, Co-Co’s Antiques, and more.

Pella Tulip Time

May 5 – 7

Take a trip to Pella, Iowa, and see all the beautiful tulips! You will not want to miss parades, vendors, authentic food, shopping, and more. Plan your weekend with their scheduled events. A perfect little getaway to celebrate mom.

Drop-In Mother’s Day Mason Jar Workshop

Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Ted Lare Garden Center in making your very own Mother’s Day Planter! This is a drop-in workshop so feel free to come anytime between 9 am-2 pm, they do ask that you register for this class ahead of time so they can get a headcount for materials needed. Feel free to make more than one, register for as many as you’d like! The class fee will include free instruction on how to create your planter, materials provided will be a glass planter, wire handle, annual flowers, soil, and a cute tag/ notecard.

Kites on the Green

Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grab mom and the family and head to the Johnston Commons for the annual Kites on the Green. Enjoy live music, kites, sidewalk chalk, tours of the Simpson house, and much more.

Mother’s Day Terrariums @ Art Terrarium

Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Share a fresh experience with a special Mother in your life at the Mother’s Day Terrarium Building Workshop. Art Terrarium will have a beautiful plant portrait booth set up to capture the moment, provide refreshments and light snacks, and of course the best vibes. Learn about Terrariums and build your own tropical oasis to love and tend to. All terrarium supplies included, digital portraits taken by our in-house photographer will be emailed to you following the event. You must register!

Painting with a Twist – Mommy & Me Workshops

Saturday, May 7 at Noon and Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

Grab your mom and get crafty at Painting with a Twist. Choose from Mommy & Me Night Garden or Mommy & Me Giraffes. This workshop is for ages 5 years or older. Make sure you register!

Brunch at Mulberry Street Tavern

Sunday, May 8; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a full a la carte menu with elevated specials. Surety Hotel will host a Good Burt pop-shop with clothing and home goods for sale, a tarot card reader, and a photographer available for mini sessions in the beautiful solarium. Moms can capture mother’s day memories with their family while treating themselves to some new goods. 

Mother’s Day Luncheon at The Tea Room

Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Mother’s Day Luncheon at The Tea Room, featuring menu items from The Original Younkers Tea Room Cafe! Purchase your ticket.

Mother’s Day Flower Crowns @ Art Terrarium

Sunday, May 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Share an experience with a special Mother in your life while you create floral pieces of wearable art! Flower Crowns are a beautiful memento and creative activity that sparks joy! In addition to the activity, they will have a beautiful plant portrait booth set up to capture the moment, provide refreshments and light snacks, and of course the best vibes. Flower Crown supplies are included, and digital portraits taken by their in-house photographer will be emailed to you following the event. Make sure your register!

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Free Admission

Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring mom to enjoy the beautiful gardens at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Enjoy brunch at Trellis Cafe and/or create a personalized petite bouquet for or with your mom! This drop-in-style activity.

Reiman Gardens – Free Admission

Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Reiman Gardens! They offer free admission to all mothers on Mother’s Day. Visitors can also discover live butterflies from around the globe in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, explore the tropical Hughes Conservatory, and browse the Gift Shop bursting with unique and sustainable items.


Art Terrarium

Art Terrarium is one of my favorite places in Des Moines, Iowa. No matter the weather outside, Art Terrarium offers the most luscious green plants. This space is a place for kids to create, but also a great place to shop for gifts.

Doe A Deer

One of my favorite shops to shop online and she is opening a storefront very soon! Doe A Deer offers the cutest gifts you may see sprinkled at smalls stores all over central Iowa including bowl covers, dish towels, glasses, stickers, and newly a fun baby line. You will definitely find something unique!

The Haute Homemaker

If the woman in your life closet is anything like mine, they may want some assistance from an expert. The Haute Homemaker, aka Sarah Kelly, is a wardrobe consultant and knows her stuff! She specializes in closet curating and wardrobe capsules. She will be able to help clean out the closet and create stylish outfits with items already owned. Your mom, wife, or best friend will thank you for this practical gift.

H. Prall & Co. Virtual Design

Hilary Prall is one of my favorite people to follow on social media. She is always inspiring me to do or finish a project around the house. She is so creative! If the mom in our life loves to decorate or has a favorite room that needs an uplift, buy her a gift card for a virtual design session with Hilary. You may even fall in love with the newly decorated room. That is a win-win!

Trixie’s Salon & Spa

Treat mom to a spa day at Trixie’s Salon & Spa. They offer so many great services including hair color, waxing, massage, and a fun boutique to shop goodies. The perfect spot for the mom in your life.


KIN DSM is another one of my favorite shops in Des Moines, Iowa. It is filled with magical self-care items and jewelry. Buy a gift card or reach out via Facebook, Instagram, or email, and Heather, the owner of KIN DSM, can help select some amazing items to gift.

WeWash DSM

Treat mom to no laundry! WeWash Des Moines offers laundry services all over the Des Moines area. Set your laundry on your porch and have it delivered in 24 hours washed and folded. Every mom’s dream!

Wildflower DSM

Wildflower Des Moines is not your average flower shop. Every bouquet I have ever purchased or seen from their shop has been beautiful and unique. An arrangement from them is truly a treat!

Your Private Bar

I stumbled across Your Private Bar a couple of years ago. We ordered a Mimosa Basket for Easter morning and it was perfect! They delivered straight to our door and created the cutest arrangement full of everything we needed to make mimosas. They create all sorts of baskets, but if you are wanting something specific, send them an email.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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