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6 Ways to Spoil Mom on Mother’s Day in Costa Mesa

Posted on April 29, 2024 | 12:24pm

From floral arrangements to fine eating, Costa Mesa offers plenty of ways to show your mother some love and appreciation on this special day. Spoil Mom with one (or all) of these top things to do on Mother’s Day in Costa Mesa.

1: Relax with Facials + Recharge with Coffee

Photo by Facial Lounge

Treat Mom to a luxurious skincare experience at Facial Lounge. Every product is 100% all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free for a spa day that is good for both you and the environment. Then head next door to Coffee Dose for a little pick-me-up. It’s got a fun Barbie-meets-coffee-shop vibe with its trendy pink decor. We recommend trying their  Mary Matcha latte or Espresso Tini to help mom unwind even more!

2: Gift Her an Everlasting Floral Bouquet

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If your mom loves flowers, why not gift her some that will last all year long? Hadley and Ren inside The OC Mix specialize in everlasting floral bouquets that are customizable, easy for Mom to care for, and eco-friendly. While at The OC Mix, swing by Balboa Gold to design custom matching charm bracelets with mom!

3: Spend an Evening of Wine & Painting

Photo by Inspired Art Wine

Inspired Art Wine is having two special painting sessions on Mother’s Day this year, each with a floral focus in two different styles. Reserve your spots ahead of time to ensure you have a seat and glass of wine waiting for you. Tickets include art supplies, instruction by an artist, and up to two glasses of wine. Bond and create works of art while enjoying fine wines from California vineyards.

4: South Coast Plaza Shopping to Show Mom Appreciation

Photo by South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza is the perfect place to spoil Mom with a day of shopping. Its collection of luxury brands and flagship stores ensures there’s something perfect for every mother. Come prepared by getting Mom a South Coast Plaza gift card, which can be redeemed at any of the 280+ shops and restaurants.

5: Treat Your Mom to a Memorable Brunch

Photo by Tableau Kitchen & Bar

Restaurants around Costa Mesa are planning special menus to make this upcoming Mother’s Day one for her to remember. Some of our hand-picked highlights include:

  • Silver Trumpet: Their Mother’s Day brunch offers delicious variety, satisfying both you and Mom. The special menu features a seafood station, a Lakeside Grill station, more than a dozen buffet options,as well as appetizers, desserts, and salads.
  • Ayres Hotel: Experience a gourmet brunch featuring omelet, carving, and seafood stations. To top it off, brunch includes bottomless mimosas.
  • Tableau Kitchen & Bar: Their Mother’s Day special starts with a fresh floral-infused cocktail that both looks and tastes like spring itself. Then, indulge in Miso Crab Benedict served for the main course, a unique twist and a culinary staple.
  • Verdant Café at OCMA: Settle in for a curated three-course meal with a focus on bright and exquisite flavors located in the Orange County Museum of Art. Blend culinary delight with art and culture for a memorable day.
  • Seasons 52: Enjoy a brunch menu that features freshly made soups, salads, and starters, along with four entrees, including a crab & cheddar quiche, upright French toast, apricot-glazed spiral ham, and wood-grilled shrimp & grits.
  • Plum’s Cafe: Considered one of the best brunch locations around, period, Plum’s Cafe offers everything from comfort foods to decadent indulgences. But since everything is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, it’s a guilt-free experience.

6: Book Mom the Overnight Stay She Deserves

Photo by The Westin South Coast Plaza

Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day weekend with a plush hotel room where she can relax and feel extra pampered.  Book Mom an overnight stay at one of the 11 hotels in Costa Mesa, each with its own unique style and amenities.

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5 Events for Festive Foodies in Costa Mesa

Posted on December 13, 2019 | 4:10pm

The holidays are in full swing and that means family, friends and food! Costa Mesa is the perfect place for a culinary celebration. Our restaurants continue to earn accolades, including Orange County’s only two Michelin stars. The Los Angeles Times recently named Taco Maria as #3 in their 101 Best Restaurants of 2019! We’ve put together a list of five events for the festive food lovers this holiday season. Stay for more foodie fun with one of our holiday hotel deals!

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge

Buche de noel with coffee buttercream and cranberry sorbet
Photo courtesy of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge

The American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts December 14-23. If you’re planning to attend, why not make it a celebration?

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, located within the center, is featuring an exclusive Nutcracker pre-fixe menu during the run of the show. Start with a roasted beet and apple salad with tarragon, Silton blue cheese, candied walnuts and a chardonnay vinaigrette. The entree is a pork loin with cranberry-orange chutney, baby fennel, shallots and horseradish potatoes. For dessert, enjoy their buche de noel with coffee buttercream and cranberry sorbet. Then, join Clara, toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and more than 100 performers in this acclaimed production.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar

Table with steak, wine, and salad at Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar

Celebrate the holidays without the cooking. Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar invites you to join them for a 5-course holiday menu December 24-25 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dine on a first course of cauliflower soup with toasted hazelnuts and calabrian chili oil, your choice of crispy pork belly or cured jumbo lump crab for the second course, followed by a persimmon beet salad with a wildflower honey vinaigrette. There are five choices for the entree course, including lamb loin, filet of beef, half chicken, mahi mahi or beef ravioli.  The final course is raspberry mousse with basil gelée, raspberry ice cream and candied pistachio. Holiday Dinner on the Avenue is $75 per person (tax and gratuity are not included and their regular menu will not be served). Silver Trumpet is conveniently located in the Avenue of the Arts, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.


Paella at Vaca
Photo courtesy of Vaca

Between Segerstrom Center for the Arts and The Westin South Coast Plaza sits Vaca, Top Chef finalist Amar Santana’s Spanish-inspired restaurant. The menu changes seasonally, but they have a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Try the ensalada de langosta (poached lobster salad with avocado mousse), ostiones (oysters with a cava rose sorbet and caviar), paella de zetas con trufas (paella with truffles, bomba rice and a duck egg) and budino (coconut bodino with pineapple and rum caramel). Their regular menu is also available. We recommend sharing tapas like the canelon de pollo ahumado (smoked chicken cannelloni), vieiras a la plancha (seared scallops) and bikini sandwich. 

Water Grill 

Water Grill grand shellfish platter

Ring in the new decade at Water Grill, across the street from South Coast Plaza, in their private event room for New Year’s Eve from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The event includes complimentary serving from their raw bar, hors d’oeuvres, dessert bites and two drink tickets. There will also be a DJ, dancing, photo booth and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight during the balloon drop. The event is standing room only, with guaranteed seats available with a VIP package. General admission tickets are $125 per person.

Mesa Lounge

Friends eating and drinking at Mesa Lounge

See Mesa Lounge transformed into a Bali getaway with their Escape to 2020 New Year’s Eve event. The evening includes passed and stationed hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, gifts, a champagne toast at midnight and more. Pre-sale tickets are $100 until December 25, general admission tickets are $150.

Want more ideas? Check out our calendar for all of the festive events happening in Costa Mesa. Our holiday hotel packages continue through the new year, so you still have time to make it an Eatcation™!

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May the Fun Be with You: OC’s Most Convenient Way to Experience Disneyland

Posted on May 30, 2019 | 9:21am

One of the most anticipated additions to the Disneyland® Resort in its history, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is now officially open! If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag the required reservations to visit through the end of June, the waiting period offers plenty of time to start planning your own trip to a galaxy far, far away.

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13 Memorable Things to Do in Orange County

Posted on April 30, 2019 | 10:20am

Planning a trip to Orange County? We don’t blame you! With access to some of the best dining, shopping, activities and beaches (not to mention that sunshine), it’s the place to be! And at the center of it all is OC’s not-so-hidden-gem Costa Mesa, the epicenter of the arts, dining and shopping scenes.

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7 Great Things to do This Fall in Costa Mesa

Posted on October 12, 2018 | 10:44am

The seasons may technically be changing, but fortunately for you Southern California’s sunshine and relaxation aren’t going anywhere. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of everything that Orange County has to offer. To get you started, here’s a look at seven great things to do this fall in Costa Mesa.

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