Easy Ways To Plan A Perfect Mother’s Day Brunch
By Julie Van Rosendaal, Dinner With Julie
May 2, 2016
For many families, Mother's Day means breakfast in bed. But if you’re looking for something more substantial than tea and toast—perhaps something special and fancy, with linens and flowers, to celebrate all the moms in your family—brunch is a good fit.
Brunch can be an inexpensive meal to make, whether it's for one mom or a small crowd (even with mimosas). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Mother's Day falls at the peak of springtime—with more sunlight and warmer temperatures, it feels like the perfect time of year to enjoy a mid-morning meal.
Plan An Easy Menu
When planning your menu, simplicity is key:
- choose a main, like eggs, pancakes, waffles or a casserole
- fill in the gaps with bacon and sausage, muffins, scones, roasted or grilled veggies, fruit salad and other sides
- put on a pot of coffee or tea
If making all that food seems too daunting, assign yourself one dish and ask others to bring the rest. Potlucks are back in fashion and people want to contribute something anyway.
Bubbles make things more celebratory.
Bubbles make things more celebratory. Pick up some tall champagne flutes to pour prosecco and ginger ale, then add pureed frozen peach slices for bellinis, or mix half and half with orange or grapefruit juice for mimosas. Or slip in a scoop of raspberry sorbet and add a few fresh berries. Little things can add up to a lot.
These are a bit more manageable than full-on cinnamon buns. There’s no kneading or waiting for the dough to rise, but the results are no less delicious. Kids will love mixing up the dough and rolling it cinnamon swirls.
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How Kids Can Help
No matter how old kids are, they can help with bunch prep:
- plucking flowers to fill small pitchers, jars and even juice glasses
- digging out old photos to set out or clip onto bowls, glasses, mirrors and lampshades throughout the house
- put fresh berries or bright candies in small bows—food can make for simple and festive decor
- meal planning
- prep and cooking
Kids love wrapping the prosciutto around each piece of asparagus—it’s tacky enough to stick to itself. Plus, finger food is always popular!
Homemade spiced scones are a great treat for Mother's Day. Make a batch with the whole family: lots of kids love scooping, measuring and stirring.