Celebrate Mother’s Day at home with a special Mother’s Day Brunch! This collection of recipes will help you plan an easy brunch menu with plenty of breakfast recipes and brunch planning tips to help you host the perfect spring brunch!
Essentials for a Mother’s Day brunch menu
Eggs: One of the star attractions of any brunch, there are so many delicious ways to prepare eggs. While scrambled, poached or fried eggs are all great options, when it comes to a brunch, those options can be a lot of work. Instead, prepare your eggs in the form of quiches, egg bakes or frittatas, which are less work to prepare and can usually be made ahead.
Meat: Another essential for brunch which can include bacon, turkey bacon, ham, sausage or smoked salmon. There’s no need to go over board with variety as 1-2 meat options is usually the norm for brunches.
Sweets: You need to balance out all the savoury with some sweets and with brunch there is so much variety. You can add breads, muffins, pastries, tarts, cakes or cookies, and they work as part of the main meal or as dessert.
Fruits and veggies: A platter of fruit or veggies, or a big bowl of salad, adds a light side option to an otherwise heavy meal. It also adds a pop of colour to your brunch table.
Beverages: Brunch usually involves a mix of hot and cold beverages like tea and coffee, orange juice and a simple cocktail like mimosas or wine spritzers.
Tips for hosting an easy Mother’s Day brunch
Keep things simple: While some brunch planning articles will tell you to offer lots of variety for your guests, I would argue the opposite. Don’t go overboard and potentially overwhelm yourself. (Remember, you want to enjoy the meal and conversation with your guests too!) Instead, focus on preparing 1-2 main dishes and a few side dishes. Once you factor in the beverages, a fruit or veggie tray and some sweets, that’s usually more than enough food for a group of people.
Prep as many recipes as you can the day before: Overnight casseroles like french toast are perfect for brunches as they need to be made the day before. The prep work for other recipes can be done in advance too, like cutting fruit and veggies for salads and trays, or making breads and muffins.
Bake and freeze ahead of time: Another way to prep in advance is to make recipes days or weeks in advance and store them in the freezer until the day before your brunch. I usually do this for breads, muffins and cakes as most can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months and easily thaw at room temperature.
Set your table the night before: This saves so much time. Even if you’re not elaborate with your table settings, it’s still a good idea to take time to set and organize your brunch table. You don’t want to be rushed getting out your dishes and putting on any final touches when your guests are coming through the door.
Keep your food warm: Even if you don’t over do it on brunch options, you still might have an overcrowded oven, which makes it difficult to cook multiple dishes and keep them warm. In these situations, you can keep some food warming in the oven at a low heat, but you can also use warming trays, a crockpot, microwave, toaster oven or even an air fryer. These counter top appliances can help cook your recipes and keep them warm.
Limit your beverage options: For evening gatherings, it’s customary to offer a range of beverages for your guests but for a brunch, it’s best to keep it simple and offer 2-3 options such as coffee/tea, juice and one type of cocktail. If children are on the guest list, you can always add a fourth option and offer a fun and healthy smoothie!
Have some food and drinks ready for when guests arrive: While you might be finishing up the last of your brunch dishes in the kitchen, make sure you have a fruit or veggie tray ready for your guests to snack on. You’ll also want to have the beverages ready to go so your guests have something to sip on while they wait and chat with others.
So, with those tips in mind, you can start planning your awesome Mother’s Day Brunch. Be sure to check out the collection of recipes below for some easy and delicious brunch and breakfast options to add to your Mother’s Day menu!
If you make any of the brunch recipes below, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!