by Alicia Marie May 1, 2016
Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share a few tips for planning an easy Mother’s Day brunch for your mom or another special woman in your life. Hoping to enjoy a homemade brunch yourself this year? You could always send this post to your husband, significant other or older child to give them a little nudge.
Tip #1: Let her sleep in (and shower when she wakes up.)
Trust me on this one. Letting mom sleep in and have time to shower, before she has to leave her room, will be the perfect start to her day. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to showeralone and to actually be able to rinse all the shampoo out of our hair before our children are yelling for mommy or knocking at the door. This also gives you time to cook.
Tip #2: Keep the menu simple.
Nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal so keep the menu simple, making sure to add foods mom likes. Pancakes, crepes or waffles are great choices for a late breakfast. You can use cupcake liners to hold fillings or toppings to make clean up a breeze. One other item I’d add to the menu is a casserole that can be made the night before. About an hour before you are ready to eat you can pop it in the oven which makes things less hectic in the morning. Sinisa makes one with eggs, shredded hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, peppers, mushrooms and cheese that is delicious but you can add in your family’s favorite ingredients.
To drink I’d suggest a sweet, fruity drink like Tampico that’s bright and colorful. For our Mother’s Day themed brunch we chose to try the Citrus Punch flavor. To make your drink even fancier you can add fresh fruit or colorful ice cubes. Personally I also love to add fun straws because I think it makes the drink even more festive.
Tip #3: Personalize the table.
Decorate a table runner with hand prints. Each year have all the kids put a hand print on the table runner to create a special piece that mom loves to see on her table every Mother’s Day!
To make this you need:
- A table runner (we used a piece of burlap)
- Paper plate
- Sharpie marker
Directions for creating the table runner:
- Put paint on a paper plate
- Use the paintbrush to paint one of your child’s hands
- Carefully put their hand on the table runner to make a hand print on the table runner
- Once dry, write the child’s name and year next to the hand print
- Every year add each child’s hand print to the table runner
Tip #4: Add flowers.
Flowers make a beautiful centerpiece on any table. You can purchase flowers from the store or farmer’s market or have children pick flowers.
Tip #5: Tell mom how much she means to you.
Use this time while you are eating to tell your mom how much she means to you. You could also have children make her a card, write her a letter or create a poem about her. Chances are she knows that you all love her but there is nothing better than hearing those three little words from the mouths of our children. This simple Mother’s Day card from Jacob (below) means the world to me.
Tip #6: Handle the cleanup.
Once brunch is over make sure to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. The best meals are ones we don’t have to cleanup
What tips do you have for creating a special Mother’s Day brunch?
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