Cold weather and social distancing restrictions resulted in fewer people heading outdoors and having large family gatherings on Mother's Day.
But many did decide to do something more discrete at home. And that resulted in more business than a year ago for Kiama's Picnic By The Sea on Sunday.
Nadia Thompson said she was busy filling orders for Mother's Day before spending the afternoon with her own family.
"People hired picnic set-ups from us and set it up in their own home," she said.
"We delivered flowers and a grazing box with them.
"I would say picnics have definitely been more popular than last year. I think due to iso everyone is looking for unique ways to spoil mum. And having the whole package delivered for them, is really convenient".
The Mother's Day hampers took care of everything to celebrate mum in style.
They included a low white table, picnic rug and throw, cushions, plates, glasses, cutlery, ice bucket, lantern, candles, antipasto, flowers, grazing box and personalised Mother's Day cookies.
Lyn Davies, of Shellharbour, said her family loved the home picnic set up.
"This package was so convenient for us. My 11 year old daughter had asked if she could create a menu and make breakfast for me," Mrs Davies said.
"When I saw Nadia's Facebook post with the different options available to hire her picnic settings I thought this would make our morning even more special. It looked amazing.
"With social distancing rules in place, we thought having a picnic at home was the safest thing for us.
"We would normally head out for a walk, maybe have a cafe breakfast. But staying home with the beautiful setting and the home cooked breakfast was perfect.
"We are also conscious of supporting local business. Even more so during this time.
"Thank you Picnic By the Sea for making my day so perfect".
Mikaela Brassil said her family absolutely loved their Mothers Day picnic set up.
"It made our day super easy and we relaxed in our own backyard," Mrs Brassil said.
"We grazed for hours. There was so much food we even have left overs to enjoy later.
"What a lovely idea for Mothers Day. We are looking forward to the next celebration with Picnic by the Sea. The flowers just made it that little extra special".
After helping other families set up their celebration Mrs Thompson enjoyed some quality time with her own family.
They played basketball at home before heading to Minnamurra Headland for a walk followed by some hamburgers.
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