Mother’s Day in full bloom, 10 ways to celebrate in Steamboat
May 11, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Every Mother's Day for as long as Holly Ann Bruns can remember, she and her father ventured out to the market in the early hours of the morning.
She insisted on handpicking each flower, refusing to have them arranged by anyone but herself, just for her mom.
"To me, there was no greater joy than creating something for the person I loved above all," said Bruns, who owned the small business Hop Rabbit Flowers in Fort Collins in 2016 and brought it to Steamboat in April 2017.
“I would spend time holding different flower combinations up together, waiting for the one that captured my eye in just the right way," she said.
Mother's Day arrives every May, but there's always that moment of when we ask, what gift could possibly reflect the sentiment, the love, the gratitude we hope to give?
Sometimes, it can be simple, a random act of kindness, breakfast in bed, a family outing, a surprise dinner. But this year, go beyond the basics and make sure the moms in your life know you care on Sunday with these suggestions.
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Tip: On finding the perfect flowers
"When you look at something beautiful, it triggers an emotional response," Bruns said. "Beauty makes us feel. When you give someone flowers, you're giving them beauty, good feelings and smiles."
Go for flowers with a longer vase-life like roses, tulips, ranunculus or carnations.
Incorporate a memory or name.
For example, if a mother's name is Lily, incorporate lilies into the arrangement.
Go in person and look for something that may catch the eye. Be sure to pay attention to the overall health and smell of the flowers.
Whenever possible buy from local growers and farmers markets. Don't know of any? Contact a local florist.
"Flowers are most appreciated when they are least expected," Bruns said. "Take time to celebrate your mom as often as you can. Even if it's a quick text to tell her you're thinking of her – it'll make her day."
Tip: On getting outdoors
Join the national event Cyclofemme, which promotes Mother's Day self-led bike rides intended to celebrate women and the freedom that biking brings.
The Steamboat Springs version of the Cyclofemme Ride is a local monthly ride that invites women to get out and ride in a no-pressure, casual format.
"This can be a great way for mothers to get out and take some time for themselves on the bike, to feel healthy and empowered," said Holly Weik, who organized the first Cyclofemme ride last year on Mother's Day.
All levels of riders are welcome, and it’s a no-fee, no-drop event. Mileage and format (road or mountain) depends on who shows up and what they want to do. The default she said is about 20 miles of road riding because many mountain bike trails are not dry enough yet early in the season.
Weik will hold Cyclofemme rides throughout the summer on the second Sunday of the month.
Events for women who want to improve their mountain bike skills:
- Ski and Bike Kare's Women's Clinics
5:45 p.m. | Meet at the Routt County Courthouse lawn, 522 Lincoln Ave.
- Routt County Riders Social Mountain Bike Rides
Check the website at routtcountyriders.org for dates and times.
- Visit the Steamboat Cycling Club page
Mother's Day events this weekend
Friday, May 11
Spring Pop-Up Shop for Mom
1 to 7 p.m. | Rakta Hot Yoga, 1169 Hilltop Pkwy., Suite 202A
Wanderlust Boutique will have the studio stocked with the season's hottest clothing, accessories, jewelry and great gifts for Mother's Day.
Saturday, May 12
Breathe & Bloom
1 to 3 p.m. | Out Here Yoga, 685 Marketplace Plaza, Suite #C2
Treat yourself, a friend, or your momma to an afternoon with flowers. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by floral design instruction and education from Holly Ann Bruns, owner and creator of Hop Rabbit Flowers. Workshop will teach the design basics to create a take-home arrangement (including the vase) with mimosas, Kombucha and treats.
Run Out MS Mother’s Day 5K
10 a.m. to noon | Stagecoach State Park, 2550 Routt County Road 14.
A family-friendly 5K run/walk on dirt trails along Stagecoach Reservoir at Morrison Cove Boat Launch. Day of registration by 9:30 a.m. is $30. All proceeds to benefit MS Run The US, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and research for multiple sclerosis.
Sunday, May 13
Mother’s Day Barre Class
10 to 11 a.m. | Elevation Dance Studio, 326 Oak St.
Special Mother’s Day Barre Class to celebrate all the moms and other amazing women. Bring one guest free.
Bella Barre for Moms
10:15 to 11:15 a.m. | Sundance Studio, 385 Anglers Dr.
Celebrate all the strong women in your life this Mother’s Day at Sundance Studio with this free Bella Barre class for moms.
2 p.m. | Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with the first Cyclofemme ride of the year, starting at the Routt County Courthouse.
Mother's Day Women's Circle
2 to 3:30 p.m. | Yoga Center of Steamboat, 701 Yampa Ave.
Celebrate Mother’s Day by honoring the divine feminine that lies within. Connect, meditate and participate with this event of light and love.