Happy Mother’s Day: Papo staffers share their traditions and gift ideas

Mary Cassatt's "The Bath," property of The Art Institute of Chicago

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in the U.S., Portugal, and England, and I sometimes get confused about when my family should honor this special holiday. So this year, I decided to ask Papo staffers what they do on Mother’s Day. The variety of ideas shows not only the cultural diversity of our company, but also the fact that no matter how old you are, your mother is always someone to celebrate.

Our National Trunk Show Director Sybil Heine’s husband and two sons honor her every year by going to the nursery and surprising her with new flower arrangements in their pots and planters. “It’s very sweet and something they love to do together because they know how much I love to garden,” she says.

Sara Schilleci, a Regional Trunk Show Director from Alabama, enjoys the best southern traditions with her family, including a picnic with cheese straws, pimento cheese, and chicken salad sandwiches with the crusts cut off. “Our southern Episcopalian churches usually provide fresh flower corsages for mothers to wear during the service,” she says.

For customer service representative Pavlina Zourkova, Mother’s Day is bittersweet because her mother is in the Czech Republic and she’s in Lisbon. “I have been living abroad for the past 15 years, so I usually ask a friend to bring my mother red roses since she loves flowers and I know it makes her very happy,” she says.

Many of our Portuguese staffers celebrate with a huge family lunch. Breakfast in bed is also popular. And customer Service representative Alice Duarte fondly remembers her family’s South African tradition of having a “braai,” which is the Afrikaans word for barbeque, with other Portuguese families living in South Africa.

In Portugal, Mother’s Day is also celebrated at school. “There’s usually a party and we often receive a gift,” says Marisa Pinhao, our Lisbon receptionist.

And for Denise Elsebai, who runs our operations at our warehouse in St. Paul, Mother’s Day is really just about spending time together, whether it’s jumping on a trampoline or going on a bike ride. “I’m happy to be doing almost anything with them because it is time meant especially for me and it comes from their hearts,” she says.

If you are still looking for a present for your own mother, or want to treat yourself to a gift for this special holiday, Papo d’Anjo is selling our special women’s blouses. Both the tunic and the women’s blouse can be dressed up or down and come in the gorgeous fabrics that define us.

I’ll post more Mother’s Day celebration ideas from Papo d’Anjo staffers throughout the week. Please share your own traditions, too.

Have a lovely Mother’s Day.


4 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day: Papo staffers share their traditions and gift ideas”

  1. 1 Isabel May 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Dear Catherine,

    Your clothes are just beyond EXQUISITE. I simply LOVE them.
    You have the best taste and I thank you for it. It’s so hard to find small children’s clothes that are well made, on the best quality of fabrics and that are elgegant and classy.

    Please open a store here in Los Angeles. Maybe Beverly Hills, I can augur you utter success.

    Now, just a tiny request for this blog. I love everything to do with Portugal, I was born in Barcelona, but spent a summer in Sintra, and fell in love with the place.

    Could you perhaps in your future blogs, with the great panache and connaissance that you posses, could you share with us in your blog, secrets of living the good life in Lisbon.

    The best children schools.
    The best towns near Lisbon to have a farm.
    The best restaurants.
    The best hair salons.
    The best boutiques.
    What’s the = of Neiman Marcus over there, El Corte Ingles?
    What Hospital is as good as The American Hospital in Paris or the Clinica Ruber in Madrid?
    What is a typical school day for a child?
    What common to do on the weekends?
    What’s your favorite church in Lisbon?

    I know there are many questions, but perhaps you can answer a couple each blog.

    Thank you again.
    Todo mi carino y admiracion.
    Los Angeles, CA

    • 2 Rebecca Gacek May 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Hello-I would also love these questions answered, as we are visiting Lisbon in September, and need the name of a good hotel as well-that is charming and lovely to stay in…I agree with all of the comments above and thank you-Mrs. Gacek

      • 3 papodanjo May 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

        I recommend two hotels: the Four season Ritz because the service is great, old fashioned and the hotel itself is a classic. It has a really great gym and a very nice pool/ spa. The second hotel I recommend is another favorite of mine, the Bairro Alto Hotel, where I have stayed often (room 503 is small but my favorite because it is the only room where the bathroom has a window overlooking the Tagus River). It is located in the historic center of Lisbon and they have a great breakfast. If you want something else you can try to get into a hotel also in the Chiado neighborhood called Chiado 16. I have never stayed there but I hear it is good and be sure to ask for a room with a view because I think that would be the point of staying there… hope this helps. Also, favorite restaurants are Papa’ Corda and Bica do Sapato Ask concierge to arrange for you. Taxis are very cheap in Lisbon.

  2. 4 Rebecca Gacek May 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm


    Thank you VERY much for your response-your advice was wonderful and we are booking our tickets today-Mrs. Gacek

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