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If you haven't made plans or reservations for Mothers Day your time and luck may be running out. Local restaurants are booking up fast, if they're not booked up already. Florists are also busy.

When choosing flowers for Mothers Day, John Harkins has a more than 35 years of knowledge and offers this advice.

'My formula is bright, colorful, garden type flowers that have good shelf life, in a clear glass vase,' said Harkins.

Harkins is the owner of Harkins the Florist on Magazine Street. He says orders are coming in five times faster than normal and all for Mothers Day. Colorful arrangements are all the rage, but Harkins remember when corsages were the big the item for mom until the 1970's when what he calls a 'revolt' happened.

'Florists kept on making these big ol pigeons on the shoulder and women kept on saying we don't like them they're too big, don't make them so big, so there was a revolt and florists just stopped making them. Now the only time you see a corsage is for a prom,' said Harkins.

Taking mom out for dinner for Mothers Day is tried and true. It's part of the reason why Mothers Day is considered the busiest day in the restaurant industry. At Katie's Restaurant in Mid-City, bottomless Mimosas will be flowing on Sunday.

'Brunch on Sundays are already packed, so Mothers Day is going to be a bit crazy, those Mimosas will come in handy' said manager Noel Barras.

Katie's doesn't take reservations and if you're looking to make some for Mother's Day at Arnaud's or other New Orleans mainstays...good luck. More than 650 people are expected to fill the tables at Arnaud's. Owner Katy Casbarian said seeing a restaurant packed in honor of mothers is a great site.

'There's never a bad reason to go out to dine. You shouldn't leave it to just one day, you should celebrate mom's every day,' said Casbarian

Flowers and dinner for mom every day may be expensive, but there's a good argument that she's worth it.

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