Even when you have every intention of being prepared and ready to celebrate, holidays can creep up in a hurry. And although it feels like New Year's Eve happened about two weeks ago, Mother's Day is almost here. If you're left scrambling for ideas, then knowing how to make last-minute reservations on Mother's Day will come in handy. Chances are, grabbing a table for you and mom at a cool restaurant is still possible.
First, you have to act fast, because time is not on your side. Use an aggregate tool such as OpenTable.com to scout out several nearby restaurants at once. In some cities, for instance, OpenTable has a special Mother's Day Brunch page to make selections easier. You will learn what places are offering a special brunch in a hurry, as well as what places still have reservations available.
Next, a little flexibility helps you out. According to Condé Nast Traveler, you could try to get on the wait list, or make reservations at a less popular time. Maybe you and mom go for an early brunch as soon as the doors open or opt for a late lunch instead. If there are a few restaurants you have your heart set on, don't be afraid to call about Mother's Day brunch options, even if they are not advertised. That quiet bistro on the corner could make a mean omelette, after all. If this isn't an option, consider traveling a bit for brunch. If the most popular restaurants in your city are all booked, your surrounding suburbs or towns could offer alternatives. Who knows? You just might find mom's new favorite brunch spot in some out-of-the-way place just outside the city.
If you cannot find a restaurant opening in your city, then there are still options for Mother's Day. Why not DIY a meal for mom? There are a ton of Mother's Day brunch recipes to whip up in no time, from bagel sandwiches to baked French toast. Even if you aren't the best cook, chances are you mom will appreciate the effort. Whether your Sunday celebration leads you to a chic bistro or your own kitchen, you and your mom can enjoy an excellent Mother's Day this year.