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Mothers Day Brunch Ideas:
Mothers Day Brunch Recipes, Themes, and More

Some things never change... and family is always the best ingredient in Mothers day brunch ideas! Sure, you'll find a lot of great Mothers Day brunch recipes right here... but the best way to show Mom you care is being there... and making the effort in the first place.

Ready to plan a beautiful brunch for Mother's Day? Read on for some great suggestions for creative brunch ideas, fabulous brunch recipes, and my favorite recipe for ultra-special, never-fail-to-impress gourmet French toast.

Of course, the most important element of any nice Mothers Day brunch is the food! What you decide to serve will set the tone for the whole event. Not sure how to put together a Mother's Day brunch menu? Read on for some tips. Or find more ideas for planning a Mothers Day brunch or other celebration right here!

Great Mothers Day Brunch Recipes and Foods:
Indoor and Outdoor Brunches

Choose A Locale. Before deciding on your Mothers Day recipes and menus, you should choose whether the brunch will be indoors or outdoors.

Planning an Outdoor Brunch

Brunches located outside will work well for a garden party or a picnic (you'll find more good ideas for picnic foods here). But food will be a bit mroe difficult-- Mothers day brunch ideas for outside should have simple food in easily covered containers, as well as foods that travel well. Some good foods for an outdoor Mothers Day brunch idea or a Mothers Day picnic are:

These foods all work well out of doors. You should avoid foods that require extra dishes, excessive use of utensils (no cutting!) or refrigeration. If you have tables outside and a fridge nearby, however, that opens up your options considerably! Have a barbeque instead of a brunch, or make any brunch food your heart desires.

Mothers Day Brunch Set Up... so fancy!

Planning a Brunch at Home

Mothers day brunch ideas for indoor spaces allow for more flexibility in the food, but might limit the number of people who can attend.

Brunches are served mid-morning and include a combination of foods typically served at both breakfast and lunch. Egg strata is a baked dish with layers of egg soaked bread, meat, cheese and occasionally vegetables. Another good brunch idea is making a homemade quiche-- because quiche is easy to mix up ahead of time and can be tailored to the special lady's tastes.

Sweet breads are a nice decadent addition to brunch. Try making homemade cinnamon rolls, fancy French toast (use the recipe you'll find below!), strawberry coffeecake or tasty scones. Some other great ideas for Mother day brunch recipes are:

Mothers Day Brunch Recipe:
French Toast Casserole with Caramelized Pears and Brie

French Toast with Fruit and Brie Mothers Day Brunch recipe
This French toast casserole is the perfect Mothers Day brunch idea. It can be made ahead, heated quickly. It's impressive, elegant, and flavorful. And it's super easy.

I promise you that Mom has never had a French toast dish quite like this. Made with creamy brie cheese, sweet caramelized pears, and a wonderful touch of rosemary and cinnamon, it's to die for. Serve it with a side of crisp cooked bacon, and you have a plate full of heaven.

Recipe serves about 8, or 6 bigger eaters

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3 pears
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 loaf french bread, cut into about 1/2" slices (16 slices)
1 (8 oz) wedge of brie, no rind, chopped
2 1/2 C. whole milk
3 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
Pinch salt
2 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions: 1. Peel, core, slice your pear into thin slices. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large pan and add pears, rosemary, and brown sugar. Cook until pears are cooked through and sauce is a light brown.

2. Generously butter a 9x13" casserole dish. Arrange about half of your bread over the bottom. Spoon pear mixture over your bread slices. Sprinkle with chopped brie.

3. Cover with your remaining bread slices.

4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

5. Brush the top of the casserole with your melted butter. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and sugar.

6. Slowly and gently, pour your egg mixture over your casserole. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the casserole up to 24 hours. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the bread to absorb the liquid.

7. To cook your casserole, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover and bake about 45 minutes, or until puffy and edges are golden.

8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

There's a reason why this recipe is one of the best Mothers Day brunch ideas you'll ever come across-- there's never a morsel left!

Planning Your Menu

Your brunch selections should be simple to prepare and serve. This will make cleaning up easy too. You probably should not leave a lot of mess for mom to clean up after the brunch.

Choosing Mom's Favorites

A Brunch Buffet Idea for Mothers DayWhen choosing foods for an indoor (or an outdoor, for that matter!) Mothers Day brunch, the best way to come up with great Mothers Day brunch ideas is to ask yourself: "what are Mom's favorite dishes?"

Spring is the perfect opportunity to add light and refreshing foods like salads or fruits to your menu. But if you really want to honor mom, don't worry if her favorite dishes don't fit with your idea of a classic spring brunch. After all... the best Mothers Day brunch ideas are the ones Mom will love, right? Even ordering her favorite barbeque can be a real treat when served on red and white tablecloths in a nearby park.

Delegating the Work

But just because you know what all of Mom's favorite dishes are for Mother's Day doesn't mean you have to make each and every one yourself. Ask for help!

Consider assigning each guest a category of food to bring. Delegating lets everyone show their appreciation for Mom and relieves some of the pressure of planning as well. Some general food categories include meats, vegetables (raw or cooked), starches, vegetarian dishes, cheeses, appetizers and desserts.

Planning Your Brunch

The size of the event should be determined by whether you want to have some simple and casual fun... or if your Mothers Day brunch ideas lean more towards an organized and detailed event (one with a big air of celebration for Mom!). Big or small, keep any planning or preparations out of Mom's way.

Check here for some great practical ideas for setting up a buffet bruch (or any meal).

Or check here for ideas on buffet brunch decorating and presentation.

And remember... Mom should be celebrated... not put to work for her own brunch!

Gearing the Celebration To YOUR Mom

The best Mothers Day brunch ideas are the ones that are geared towards your mom. If you are planning a celebration for a special mother you should get her opinion on what kind of things make the happiest days for her. Use this as a starting point for your Mother's Day brunch ideas. If she isn't forthcoming with ideas, no need to worry. A theme and some preplanning on food can make this special brunch just right.

Mothers Day Brunch Themes, Table Setting, and Decorating

Rather than just another day of cards and flowers, think about the special lady's favorite hobbies or interests and let that set the direction for your brunch.

High Tea Themed Brunch

Many brunches play off of a high tea or garden party theme and can be very creative and fun. Imagine lace doilies under plates and a teapot filled with fresh flowers to decorate a high tea brunch. Heavy cardstock paper (cut to look like small tags as if from a tea bag) can be used to give Mom the best of wishes for her personal life brew. One of the best traditional Mothers Day brunch ideas!

Other Great Brunch Themes

Not all mothers enjoy tea, but a theme of any kind can bring a sense of focus to a family gathering that is sometimes missing when you do lunch together. Mother's Day themes might include:

  • Spring and flowers
  • Arts and crafts (based on activities she enjoys)
  • A flashback in photos to the highlights of her life and motherhood
  • Handprints to represent her hands that help child(ren) grow
  • A travel journal or passport theme for all the places motherhood can take her
  • Story time where family members share favorite tales starring her

Family Reunion Brunch Theme

Have a large family that's close together? One of my favorite Mothers Day brunch ideas for this kind of family is a "Family Reunion Mothers Day Brunch."

Families sometimes get pulled in several directions-- there are several parties to celebrate several different women in the family on Mother's Day. Consider combining your brunch to uplift all the mothers in your family... take the opportunity to make Mother's Day a mini family reunion! Being with her whole family is bound to make the day feel special for Mom.

No matter what you do, your celebration will be a success if you simply remember to focus your Mothers Day brunch ideas on the lady of the day. And if you do it at her place, be sure to clean up afterwards! Mom shouldn't have to lift a finger.

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