How to Host the Perfect Brunch for Mom this Mother’s Day
Make this year’s Mother’s Day a special one and go all out for mom! If you normally keep things casual, make this the year you throw a big event. If you normally throw a party, shake things up by taking Mom on a vacation or trip, just the two of you or with other kids or grandkids.
Whether you’ll be at home or out of town with mom this year, brunch has become a standard for Mother’s Day. If you are going to host mom or throw a party for her, a brunch party is a great idea for big get-togethers and small family celebrations alike.
Mother’s Day is a springtime holiday and we tend to think of themes of renewal, birth, and growth in the Spring. Compliment the themes of Spring with a meal that celebrates the season. Focus on ingredients that are in-season. This would include things like asparagus, limes, mango, butter lettuce, honeydew, oranges, and mustard greens. Do a little research to find out what is in-season and choose recipes that use those ingredients. Springtime meals tend to be light and to feature lots of fruit and green vegetables.
If you go with a traditional brunch meal that features eggs, omelettes, waffles, or pancakes, add lots of seasonal vegetables to your eggs and fruit toppings to the sweets. A good addition might be oatmeal and yogurt. Both of those can include fruit toppings to stay with the seasonal theme.
In addition to coffee and tea, be sure to offer festive drinks. Brunch traditionally includes beverages like Bloody Marys and mimosas. Decorate your mimosas with sliced oranges to make them special, or offer sangria with lots of fruit.
Go All Out with the Decorations
Choose a theme for your Mother’s Day party and go all out with it. You could go with a Springtime party, which would allow you to take advantage of the seasonal deals at local stores. There are also many fun options for DIY Springtime décor. Host your party in the back or front yard to take advantage of the nice weather. Set up tables and chairs outside to have your meal, or set up picnic blankets and folding chairs for a fun picnic theme. If you’re going to be stuck indoors with rainy weather, decorate your home in pastels, especially in purples, pinks, greens, and yellows. And don’t forget the Mother’s Day Flowers. Flowers make nice centerpieces as well as add to the décor. Of course, flowers are popular gifts for all moms, so consider getting a nice small arrangement of flowers for each place setting as a gift to all of the moms in attendance.
Give Mom a Nice Gift
When planning a gift for mom, try to think of things that will have lots of sentimental value for her. If you have siblings or children of your own, get together to work on a gift. One idea that has become popular is the recreated baby picture. Find a picture that’s a favorite of mom’s and get together with your siblings to do your best job recreating it. For example, if mom loves the picture of you and your brother in your high chairs covered in spaghetti, get together with your brother, find some bibs, make a near-approximation of a high chair and cover yourselves in spaghetti. This is sure to be fun for the siblings and a gift that will make mom and all the guests laugh.
Other fun ideas would include a photo album starting with a picture of your mother with her own mother, all the way up through today. Be sure to include pictures of mom with all of her kids and grandkids. If you will have lots of moms at your celebration, consider coming up with some party favors to celebrate all of the moms in the room. This could be something like a nice picture frame, a small Mason jar of flowers, a small box of chocolates, a few homemade cookies in cellophane, etc.
Bring the Party with You
If you are going to take mom out of town on a vacation or if you will be traveling to go visit her, bring the brunch party with you. Try to get some idea of your accommodations beforehand and bring what decorations you can. This will probably necessitate a slightly smaller celebration, but there’s no reason it can’t still be special! Get your siblings and other family members involved and maybe even plan a surprise party. If mom doesn’t get to see your sister very often because she lives so far away, consider coordinating with your sister to get her to travel to your mom to surprise her on Mother’s Day. If this isn’t an option, you could set a time to Skype with her. Whether you are home or on a vacation, Mother’s Day is sure to be very special just by doing these little things to make her day.