Mother’s Day is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about you’ll do for that special woman in your life. While there are dozens of ways to celebrate, brunch is one of the most traditional. Ideal for family members of all ages, brunch is a fun (and tasty) way to bring everyone together and celebrate those wonderful moms in your life.
While your Mother’s Day brunch doesn’t have to be an affair fit for the First Lady, Mom will appreciate you putting some thought into it. That said, here are seven things to keep in mind as you plan the gathering:
Idea 1. Quality Over Quantity
This principle goes for everything from your guests to your decorations. The recipe for a memorable brunch includes a quality menu, an inviting atmosphere, and an intimate group to enjoy it all with.
Yet a quality gathering doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to throw a celebration. We’ve got the ideas to prove it. Keep the “quality over quantity” mindset as you plan your guest list, write up the menu and plan for gifts.
Idea 2. Serve Finger Foods and Simple Snacks
Make the party easier to plan and host by serving finger foods and simple snacks. While an expanse of involved hors d’oeuvres may sound appealing, it’ll quickly become a significant burden. Just ask anyone who has ever assembled one hundred tiny cucumber sandwiches.
Instead, opt for traditional, crowd-pleasing menu items that are easy to assemble and effortless to serve. Deviled eggs are always popular, as are things like bacon-wrapped figs and dips. If you’d like, you can ask your guests to bring dishes to share, while you take care of the main course.
Idea 3. Affordable Main Course Options
The temptation to go overboard on spending can be huge – especially with the main course. Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank to put together a beautiful meal.
Instead, consider money-saving main course options:
- frittatas with lox and arugula
- a simple roasted honey ham
- a build-your-own French toast bar
- a breakfast hash with protein and veggies
The options are endless. It may be helpful to start with whatever you already have in your kitchen and build out from there.
If you’d prefer to keep it simple and focus on quality time, have guests bring a dish and set out the feast in potluck style!
Idea 4. Sweet & Special Treats
This is a party for Mom, after all, and she deserves something sweet to nibble on! Even if it’s not the main focus of your feast, be sure to offer some sweet, special treats for your guests. Here are a few great options:
Cinnamon rolls: A classic that pairs well with other brunch foods. Can prep days in advance in minutes. Serve with cinnamon-infused coffee.
An Ice Cream Bombe: An elevated layered ice-cream dessert the whole Mother’s Day party will love. Choose Mom’s favorite colors for layers of luscious art.
Lemon Blueberry Cake: A tasty, tart balanced combination of zingy citrus and sweet berries in a moist, fluffy cake. Pair with a berry mimosa.
Pro-tip: Not the baking type? Keep things simple by serving an assortment of candies or bakery-bought treats arranged on pretty trays.
Idea 5. An Elegant Table Setting
Keep things classy with an elegant, yet simple table setting. What you choose will depend on your style and preferences, but here are a few DIY options to get your wheels turning:
Tea Party Style. Make your Mother’s Day brunch a bit Mad Hatter with some antique teacups and lace table runners. Head to your local thrift or vintage store and pick up some pretty antique china. Set it out in the middle of the table, filling some of the receptacles with coffee, sugar, or cream. If you’d prefer, you can stock them with flowers, instead.
Bring in the Outdoors. Make your indoor brunch feel like an Al Fresco affair. Bring in pretty stems from the garden, branches from your favorite tree, or a bird’s nest stocked with painted robin’s eggs. Open the windows and hang some wind chimes for a breezy outdoor ambiance. Light some natural, earthy scented candles to bring in some springtime aroma.
Bring out the Gold. Make the brunch extra special by setting the table with touches of gold. Purchase gold-colored utensils, plates and gold ribbons to tie napkins. Lots of candies are wrapped in gold foil. Scatter them around your table-scape. For adult cinnamon lovers, Goldshlager liqueur is an elegant gold-flecked spirit to serve.
Idea 6. Serve Beverages She’ll Love
Brunch offers a lot of leeway when it comes to beverages. Depending on what your mom loves, consider serving coffee, tea, juice (or all three!) Smoothie shooters are a great option for a big crowd. They are colorful, tasty and you can sneak veggies into the kids too.
Mimosas and champagne are brunch staples. If you’d like, you can set up a DIY mimosa station. Stock with champagne flutes, bubbly, different types of juices, and berries for garnish. Want a low-sugar option? Try a Bloody Mary Bar instead. Guests will love either option, and it’ll free you up from playing bartender all morning!
Idea 7. Table Activities
Bring some fun to your brunch by brainstorming activities you can all partake in together at the table. The Spruce has a great list of Mother’s Day games and activities, or you can create your own! Here is our favorite:
Mother’s Day Awards: Have all the non-moms make an award to give to the mothers. While dining, each participant can share a story about what Mom does to inspire the award. These can be funny and light or heart-warming and touching.
Get creative by presenting her award in a number of ways:
- T-shirt or fitted shirt
- Framed certificate
- A mug
- Ribbon or Sash
- Painted wine glass
A Mother’s Day Brunch Nobody Will Forget
Take your Mother’s Day celebration to the next level with these seven tips. Whether your mom is classy and reserved, free-spirited and whimsical, or buttoned-up and professional, there’s something for her to love on this list. Keeping these tips in mind during the party planning will help things go off without a hitch. In case you are still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, check out our blog: Mother’s Day: 8 Affordable Gift Ideas.