Four Mother’s Day Myths Debunked

By Marie-Antoinette Issa
on 2 May 2024

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to re-evaluate some long-standing beliefs about how to celebrate and honour the special women in our lives. In fact, according to leading Australian online restaurant reservation platform OpenTable when it comes to what’s on the menu come Sunday May 12, here are four of the most common Mother’s Day myths debunked.

Myth 1: Breakfast in bed is always a good idea

Contrary to popular belief, over half of the mums surveyed disagreed with the idea that croissants served in the comfort of their bed were on their wish list. In fact, a whopping 54% of them debunk the myth. Making it an opportune time to swap out her scrambled eggs for something more adventurous, perhaps?

Myth 2: A fancy dinner is the best way to let Mum know you adore her

It turns out, the timing and type of meal matter more than extravagance. Last year’s data by OpenTable revealed brunch as the preferred mealtime, with bookings peaking between 11:00am -1:59pm. With this in mind, planning ahead is crucial to secure the perfect spot for a memorable celebration. According to the research, 62% of Aussie mums planning to dine out prefer brunch or lunch over dinner. In fact, brunch bookings stole the spotlight last year, with nearly half scheduled between 11:00am -1:59pm.

Myth 3: Mum should never pay for her own meal …

Well, it depends which Generation you ask … While you would assume footing the bill rests upon the shoulders of her beloved offspring, up to 17% of Gen X mums are still likely to pay for their own Mother’s Day meal. This is in contrast to Gen Z (63%) and Millennial (74%) mums who stated their partners were likely to pick up the bill. Baby Boomers (46%) and The Builders/78+ (64%) anticipate their kids will pay.

Myth 4: You need to whip up something special for Mother’s Day

Over avo toast? Eggs Benedict a little too basic? Think again! When asked about their Mother’s Day meal pick, avocado on toast ranked favourably among Baby Boomers (31%) and The Builders/78+ (31%) as mum’s meal of choice, whereas Gen Z (54%) and Millennial (34%) mums opted for Eggs Benedict. Sometimes it seems like tradition does trump trends after all!

For other insights, including ideas that make it even easier for Aussie families to spoil their mums and mother figures this Mother’s Day, check out OpenTable”s Top 50 Best Restaurants for Brunch and Lunch list

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