Easy Ways To Plan A Perfect Mother’s Day Brunch

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.

Super-Simple Cinnamon Sticky Biscuits

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.

A pan of cinnamon sticky biscuits

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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

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Kids love wrapping the prosciutto around each piece of asparagus—it’s tacky enough to stick to itself. Plus, finger food is always popular!

A plate of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.

Pumpkin Scones

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.

Pumpkin Scones

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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