I created a simple, elevated brunch to help you celebrate the moms in your life. Starting with an easy menu filled with dishes that can be prepared in advance and a beautiful, unfussy table that can be set well ahead of time.
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How to set up a fun Mother's Day brunch for the ones you love, using loads of flowers, pantry ingredients & some store bought staples.

I grew up with a mom who is a gifted cook and loves to entertain. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of staying up late, hearing guests talking, music playing, and glasses clinking downstairs. Throughout my childhood she threw Super Bowl parties, epic birthday parties, holiday parties, lobster bakes, fur laden Russian vodka and caviar parties. Whatever the occasion, she always made it feel special and she taught me how to pull events together. I often think about her when I’m hosting a party and will call her to chat about the details. 

When I had the idea to put this brunch together, my goal was to design a menu with recipes that are extremely approachable, to add a few fun little heart shaped dishes into the mix, and to decorate the table with loads of flowers. I know that we all have a lot going on, and while Mother’s Day is very sweet, no one has tons of time to spend on it, especially if you have little ones running around. The nice thing about this menu is that you can pick and choose which recipes you want to make, or you can make them all. Several of them only require 5 or 6 ingredients – like the jam filled heart puff pastries and maple-sherry breakfast sausages. 

This menu and these recipes feed 4 to 6 people. I’ve included links to the recipes with printable pages and detailed instructions for the others below. I’ve also included links to buy a few of my favorite items.

When putting this brunch together I thought about my mom and what she would appreciate. I wanted a classic table design and chose a pink and white color palate. For the tablecloth I used a vintage linen and bought several bunches of pale pink and white flowers, arranging them in assorted vases. It made the process easy and the combination on the table looked really stunning. Even baby’s breath can look beautiful when arranged properly. Then I used my grandmother’s wedding china for additional pops of color, bright pink linen napkins, and traditional silver to round things out. Serving the food on white or pink platters also helped to keep things looking chic.

My mom always supported my creativity in the kitchen and let me make messes without worrying about when they would be cleaned up. Now when I’m in the kitchen with my boys, teaching them to cook, I have to remind myself to be patient and it’s not easy! And I think of her. I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her encouragement and support and I try to pass that on. A mother’s influence cannot be understated. Being a mom can be lonely and stressful and the pressure to get it all right is real. As my mother would say “it’s not for the faint of heart”. But, raising your kids in a community filled with supportive women makes all the difference and I’m grateful to be raising my family surrounded by amazing, supportive women that I love. Happy Mother’s Day!


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