As we prepare for the upcoming holiday, taking reservations, setting huge buffet tables, Mother’s Day is upon us. Hotels will open up their ballrooms, restaurants will come up with special menus, and chefs will work tirelessly to create amazing presentations of gastronomical delights. It is by far the busiest food service day of the year. A little history as in the United States, the holiday dates back to 1908 when Ann Jarvis celebrated it for the first time for her mother. The movement started in the late 1800’s to commemorate Mothers who had lost their sons in the Civil War. The holiday was first declared a holiday in West Virginia in 1910 and became an official holiday in 1914. White carnations became a tradition in 1908 as Ann delivered 500 of them to the church service for her mother. It was the favorite flower of her mother. Due to a shortage of white carnations, florists were the catalysts in establishing the tradition of red carnations if your mother was alive and white if your mother was not. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace by demonstrating because so many people were buying greeting cards instead of writing personal letters. Currently Americans spend $2.6 billion in flowers, $68 million on greeting cards and $1.53 billion on other gifts including jewelry.
We will take Mom to dinner to express our thanks to her for all that she has done. Florist will crank as will all the restaurants and hotels. It is a great holiday. To those of you serving tomorrow, wish all the Moms a Happy Mother’s Day, and make a ton of money!!!