Planning the perfect Mother's Day dinner can be a great gift for that special lady in your life, whether she's your own mom, or your wife. There are a lot of options to choose from if you want to give her the best Mother's Day dinner possible, but sometimes it can be hard to decide and it's good to get some second opinions or extra advice.

Mother's Day Dinner for your Mom

It's a lot easier to plan a Mother's Day dinner for your mom usually than it would be for your wife. You don't really have to worry about any kind of romantic aspect, or at least I would hope not. Plus, mom is always easy to please. Just the fact that you are taking initiative to do something special and plan a Mother's Day dinner for her should be enough to please her, but it's always great to score brownie points and go the extra mile if you can.

One option for a Mother's Day dinner is to take her out to eat. If you have a close relationship with her, it shouldn't be too hard to think of a place to eat that she loves. Over the years you have probably heard her mention some of her favorite restaurants, and these should be at the top of your list of choices. You could even try asking your father, or some of her friends what they think would be a great place to take her out for a Mother's Day dinner. Obviously you're not going to want to go to any fast food places. You'll want to take her to a place that she doesn't get to go to very often. Maybe it's a restaurant a few cities over that she doesn't really get a chance to eat at unless she needs to be in that area for something else.

The other option is to make her a Mother's Day dinner yourself. If you know how to cook then it will be a lot easier. If you don't, you might want to pick up a cookbook or look up some unique recipes online. Think about her favorite foods and type them in here at InfoBarrel and see what kinds of recipes come up. Try Google if you don't see a very big selection or if you want more ideas on Mother's Day dinner recipes. There are millions of recipes out there and a number of them might be new to you or your mom.

The best advice I can give if you want to cook her a special Mother's Day dinner is to make sure it's a healthy and well-balanced meal. I don't say this simply because a healthy meal is always a great idea, but also because it can add to her happiness on her special holiday. Eating a well-balanced Mother's Day dinner with plenty of essential nutrients will naturally boost mom's mood and give her a little boost of energy, especially if she normally doesn't eat too healthy.

Mother's Day Dinner for your Wife

Planning the perfect Mother's Day dinner for your wife can be pretty tricky. If you're kids are still living in the house, it can make it even harder. There are two ways you can go about this. You could either have a romantic and personal meal with your wife, or you could have a special family supper with all the kids. It's really up to you, but you need to think about what kind of Mother's Day dinner you think your wife would enjoy more.

If you're kids have been acting up lately, and stressing her out a lot, then it might be a good idea to have a talk with them and try to convince them to behave for her special holiday and give mom a break. Having a nice civilized family Mother's Day dinner might give her a taste of the kind of life every woman craves, despite the fact that life is rarely how it is in storybooks, movies, and tv shows. Kids will be kids, afterall.

Romantic Mother's Day DinnerMaybe you or her have been working a lot lately, or perhaps your shifts make it hard for you to see one another. I'm not going to sit here and make assumptions about what goes on in people's lives, but there are many factors that can contribute to why having a romantic and personal Mother's Day dinner with your wife would be the best idea. I'll give you the same advice as before. If you decide to cook the meal yourself (which would add to the romance factor by the way), then make sure you try your best to prepare a healthy and well-balanced Mother's Day dinner incorporating her favorite foods. Unique recipes can sometimes be a great idea as well since it's a nice change of pace and something new and different.

If you want to go out to eat for your Mother's Day dinner, try to find the nicest restaurant possible. Most people don't visit extremely nice or expensive restaurants very often, and this is a great time of the year to make a special trip to one. Find a babysitter for your kids, and get some reservations for your Mother's Day dinner early, that way you don't have to worry about standing around and waiting for a table. Get her a glass of wine if she likes it, and her mood will naturally increase and give you some cheap brownie points. After your romantic Mother's Day dinner, you might even consider going to see a movie, or getting a nice hotel room and finishing the night off with a bang, so to speak.

The main thing to remember when planning a Mother's Day dinner for either your own mom or your wife, is to think about her and only her. Considering how either of these women do so much for you or your kids, it's important that this holiday be focused solely around them. After all, wouldn't you want them to do the same for you on your special holiday just a little over month later? Making sure that lady in your life is happy on her holiday with an unforgettable Mother's Day dinner will just increase your chances of getting what you want on yours!