It was 100 years ago, in 1914, that President Woodrow Wilson declared that the second Sunday in May would be a nationwide holiday to celebrate our mothers. Since then, children of all ages have taken this day to honor their moms with flowers, gifts, and, of course, love. In celebration of the centennial, the Willard InterContinental Hotel, where President Wilson initiated the League of Nations, will host an array of special events.
Flashback Lobby: The hotel its revamping its lobby décor to evoke 1914. The throwback motif will include a vintage flower stand, costumed actors dressed in early 1900’s attire, musicians playing tunes from the era, and a wax version of President Wilson, courtesy of Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
Mother’s Day Centennial Luncheon: Celebrate the occasion with a decadent spread, including an indulgent dessert buffet, fit for presidents. Proceeds from the lunch will benefit Woodrow Wilson’s historic house in Washington, D.C. For reservations, visit WoodrowWilsonHouse.org or call 202-387-4062 ext. 41228
Mother’s Blush Cocktail: Round Robin bartender, Jim Hewes, has created a special drink inspired by mothers everywhere. The refreshing concoction marries the flavors of fresh, seasonal strawberries, bright citrus, and sparkling wine based on a traditional French aperitif. The Mother’s Blush cocktail will be available all of Mother’s Day weekend.
Café du Parc's Special Menu: The Franco-American bistro will offer a menu including items like chilled English pea soup, Florida red snapper, herb encrusted rack of lamb, and raspberry macaroon tarts. As a special nod to the holiday, mothers will receive a complimentary house-made chocolate truffle. For reservations, visit opentable.com or call 202-942-7000
"Hats off to Mom!" Photo Contest: In celebration of one of the most iconic female accessories, the hat, Willard Hotels hosts a photo contest to see which mother can pull off the fashion staple best. Moms visiting the hotel on Sunday, May 11, can upload a picture of themselves to Facebook or Twitter, donning their most covetable hat. Make sure to use the hashtag #HatsOfftoMomsICDC to enter for a chance to win a $100 InterContinental restaurant or spa gift certificate and a $100 American Express gift card. For contest rules and regulations, visit ihgplc.com