Celebrating mom: First Coast events and gift ideas for Mother’s Day


From chocolates and Sunday brunch to jewelry and fashion shows, the First Coast offers no shortage of ways to show Mom you care. Here are just a few of the many events and special Mother’s Day promotions from which to choose:

Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club fashion show

The Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club will host the “Dance in Style” Fashion Show on Saturday May 7 at the Sawgrass Country Club, 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra. Celebrate mom one day early and help raise funds for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind at the same time. The fashion show and shopping event will include raffles, a silent auction, entertainment and a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. consisting of chicken marsala, salad, mashed potatoes, asparagus and chocolate lava cake. There will also be a cash bar. The cost is $50 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance. Table reservations are available. Doors open at 10 a.m. for boutique shopping. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pontevedrawomansclub.com.

Vernon’s Restaurant Mother’s Day buffet

Vernon’s Restaurant at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will hold a Mother’s Day buffet on Sunday May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The southern gourmet-inspired unlimited-helpings menu will include salads, fresh seasonal fruit and berries, soups, salads, artisanal bread with whipped honey butter, a carving station with prime rib and datil pepper orange marmalade glazed ham, a French toast and bacon bar, and entrees including Florida Red Snapper with fennel tomato broth, Ashley Farms roasted chicken with herb jus and First Coast crab cake benedict, among other offerings, plus Chef Melanie’s sweet treat desserts.

The cost of the buffet is $60 for adults, $24 for children ages 4-12 plus tax and gratuity. The price includes choice of mimosa or champagne for adults. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is located at 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. For reservations, call (904) 280-3405 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jaxsw-sawgrass-marriott-golf-resort-and-spa/.

‘Mamma Mia!’

The farewell tour for the musical “Mamma Mia!” will be in town for three shows Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7 at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts. Tickets start at $33.50. Purchase tickets by phone at (904) 442-2929 or online at www.fscjartistseries.org.

Adventure Landing

Adventure Landing will offer free admission to Shipwreck Island Waterpark and free miniature golf for mothers on May 8. Moms swim free with the purchase of one full-priced water park daily admission. The special is not valid with any other offers, and a coupon is required, limit one per person. Moms can also test their putting skills for free. Moms play free mini golf with each paying player at regular price. The specials are valid on Sunday May 8 only. Visit www.adventurelanding.com to download the water park coupon. Adventure Landing is located at 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 246-4386.

NOLA MOCA Mother’s Day brunch

Visit Café Nola May 8 for a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet options will include salads, pastries, shrimp and grits, Kentucky hot brown, spicy Korean fried chicken and waffles and oysters Rockefeller risotto. Reservations are suggested; call (904) 224-0113 to make a reservation. The cost is $30 per person, $8 for children younger than 10. NOLA MOCA is located in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. The museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m., so after brunch, you can pop over to the museum for a visit. Museum admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, military and students and children ages 2-12. Children under 2 are admitted free.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Make mom’s heart melt with chocolate delicacies from Peterbrooke Chocolatier this Mother’s Day. The neighborhood chocolate shop is offering a special Mother’s Day collection featuring milk chocolate pansies foils, chocolate assortments in a watering can, flower pot, floral canvas tin or pails packaging, and dark chocolate “mother” molds or a milk chocolate “mom” molds. Visit Peterbrooke Chocolatier at the new Ponte Vedra location in the Sawgrass Village shopping center at 333 Village Main St., suite 650. Call (904) 273-7878 or visit www.peterbrooke.com for more information or to place an online order.

Underwood’s Jewelers

Underwood’s Jewelers of Ponte Vedra will also host a Dao Fournier trunk show featuring designers Kimberly and Lucy May 5-11. A portion of the trunk show proceeds will be donated to PGA Tour wives’ designated children charities. Underwood’s of Ponte Vedra is located in The Shoppes of Ponte Vedra at 330 A1A N., Suite 204. For more information, call (904) 280-1202 or visit www.underwoodjewelers.com.

Village Jeweler Mother’s Day sale

Village Jeweler is holding a Mother’s Day sale. The jewelry store carries a selection of rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and watches as well as nautical and island designs. Custom jewelry and jewelry repair are also offered if mom has a favorite heirloom piece in need of some repair or care. The store is located at 260 Front St., Suite 610, in Sawgrass Village. For more information, call (904) 285-4812 or visit www.villagejewelerofpontevedra.com.

Forking Amazing Restaurants Mother’s Day specials

Forking Amazing Restaurants, the parent company behind Jacksonville-based restaurants Ovinté, Bistro Aix and II Desco, has announced special Mother’s Day dining promotions. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling each restaurant directly or via OpenTable.

Bistro Aix, located at 1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, will offer a traditional brunch menu for Mother’s Day along with its standard lunch menu. Selections include house-made granola, chocolate fondue, vegetable omelet, bread basket with house-made pastries, muffins, scones and croissants, crepes, omelets, Crème Brulee French toast and more. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Call (904) 398-1949 for more information or to make a reservation.

Jacksonville-based band Chilly Rhino will perform live music at Ovinté starting at noon. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ovinté is located at 10208 Buckhead Branch Drive, Jacksonville. Call (904) 900-7730 for more information or to make a reservation.

IL Desco will offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Seasonal specials will be served in addition to the restaurant’s standard brunch and dinner menus. Bottomless mimosas will be available for purchase for $12 per person. IL Desco is located at 2665 Park St., Jacksonville. Call (904) 290-6711 for more information or to make a reservation.

Send a handwritten card with Punkpost

Do you have trouble remembering to send a card on time? Do you have bad handwriting or simply don’t have the time to send a handwritten note? Using the Punkpost app, you can order a personalized, handwritten note from your smartphone to have mailed to the recipient of your choice. Choose your card, type a message and pick a delivery date. The 100-percent cotton paper cards include selections from artists who have done work for Tory Burch, Kate Spade, GQ and Vanity Fair. Most designs are hand-pressed, and you can choose to add special touches such as glitter or confetti and photos. With the app, you can schedule your cards for up to a year in advance, get birthday reminders and see when you may need to mail a card to get it there on time. Download the app for free for your iPhone. For more information, visit www.punkpost.co.

‘Munchies with Mom’ at Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique in Ponte Vedra will host a Mother’s Day shopping event, “Munchies with Mom” Saturday May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Shoppers who spend $100 or more on May 7 will receive a free Erimish bracelet while supplies last. Mainstream Boutique is located at 880 A1A N., Suite 4, Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 834-7708.

Dinner and a show

Dinner? A show? How about both? Just in time for Mother’s Day, Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents “Blithe Spirit” May 4-June 5. The comedy centers around socialite and novelist Charles Condomine who enlists the services of a medium in the hopes of gathering material for his next book, but the scheme backfires in an unexpected way. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (904) 641-1212 or visit www.alhambrajax.com.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Gift certificates are available for Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Spa. The Spa offers over 100 pampering services, an on-site boutique, outdoor pool, sauna, Spa Café and more. The Spa is located at 302 Ponte Vedra Blvd. For more information, call (904) 273-7700 or visit www.pvspa.com. Gift cards can also be purchased at the Potne Vedra Inn & Club kiosk at the St. Johns Town Center. The kiosk is located in front of Victoria’s Secret.

Be Pampered Wellness Spa

During the month of May, Be Pampered Wellness Spa will be offering a Mother’s Day special: an herbal lavender pedicure with a 20 minute foot rub for $45. Be Pampered Wellness Spa is owened and operated by certified MediNail Advanced Nail Technologist, Kathy Griggs, who has more than 15 years expeience. A variety of services are offered at the wellness spa such as specialty wellness pedicures, manicures, and nail treatments. Be Pampered is located at 150 Professional Drive, Suite B, Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 729-9525.