Your Wonderful Mother's Day in 5 Steps
One of the great injustices of the world is that we have only dedicated 1 day to celebrate moms and everything moms are to us! Granted, someone had the good sense to place Mother’s Day in the US in one of the most lovely months of the year (most likely a mom!)
May is filled with flowers and blooming Springtime in which we can wear flowy dresses and open-toe shoes and enjoy the first tastes of summer fruits. Since it is only once a year, I think we should make the most of our day!
Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated in many countries. In the US, we celebrate on the second Sunday of May as they do in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. In the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in Most Arab countries on March 21st, which is the official start of Spring and the date of the Vernal Equinox. In Spain and Romania, Mother’s Day is on the first Sunday in May.
South Korea is the only country that celebrates both parents on the same day, and that day is May 8th. In Thailand, moms are celebrated on August 12th and in Russia on November 25th.
While I’ve been a mother for only 8 years, I’ve had a mother my whole life (thank G-d)! So I’ve been to quite a few Mother’s Day brunches!
Ironically, on a day that we are to be celebrating Mom, it is none other than moms who are organizing, planning and cooking for the celebration! Since we mamas have all of life to take care of, I thought I would help make planning a nice Mother’s Day brunch a bit easier.
The way I see it, a Mother’s Day Brunch is slightly more breakfast than lunch. And the ideal setting would be in a setting that includes fresh flowers, light conversation and room for the kids to stretch out and move a bit!
As I have been planning a class for the moms and kids in our community, I got to thinking about what makes a good brunch.
You could literally spend days searching in all of the recipe websites for the most popular dishes to make for Mom. But why dedicate hours to your search, when you can choose Mom’s favorites from these categories below? Then all you have to do is find your fave recipe or use the one I include in each category.
Since we are leaning towards breakfast foods in our Mother’s Day brunch, some kind of egg dish is a must.
Before I go on, have you ever stopped to wonder why in the US eggs are only served at breakfast time and for brunch? In many other cuisines eggs get to rub yolks with other foods any time of the day...even dinner!!!! But in the US we seem to only allow egg dishes in the morning or occasionally until mid-afternoon. And later in the day, we seem to only allow eggs to hide themselves in breads, cakes and cookies!
Anyhoo, back to the eggs. My favorite egg dishes for brunch are simple. Aside from scrambled eggs, I do love me some quiche. In fact, quiche was one of my best girl’s favorites when she was a toddler! Quiche is so simple and so versatile. Heck, if you want to make it even easier, just get a pre-made or frozen pie crust and then you only have to prepare the eggs, cheese and veggies! If you fancy a recipe, here's one!
You can even read about my best girl's love for making and eating quiche in this post.
If quiche isn’t your mom’s thing, you can’t go wrong with Deviled Eggs, Egg Toast, Frittatas, Egg Salad Sandwiches, Omelets or just scramble up your eggs!
You can go several different ways here...you can make the traditional breakfast proteins here like sausage or bacon to accompany your egg dish. You could also roast a chicken, a turkey breast or a ham if you wanted to really pull out the stops for mama. My faves would be smoked salmon and smoked whitefish, and I’m sure we will have those at our brunch!
Keep it simple so you will have time to spend with mom!
3) Breads / Carbs
You’ll want to show mom lots of love, and what says love more than carbs! Which bread dishes you go for will depend on how much you’re leaning towards brekkie or lunchie!
I say you can never go wrong with silver dollar pancakes, French toast sticks or crepes. But do you really want to be hanging out over the stove?
Some other good carby choices would be to prep ahead then bake a French toast casserole, bread pudding, biscuits, loaf bread (like a banana bread or zucchini bread) or scones. Here's a savory scone recipe that we enjoy!
You would also be completely within your right to have a platter of bagels with all the spreads to go with them!
4) Fruits and Veggies
You can keep it simple or get fancy, but you really do need to have some produce at your fete. This can take the form of a fruit platter, crudite and dip platter or a salad.
You can make a big impact with preparing some fruit and yogurt parfaits, with or without granola. Or you could make a fruit salad with mom's favorites. I would lovingly suggest you have a fruit dessert like a cobbler, pie or a galette. And um, YES this counts as fruit in my opinion!!!!
If you are going for salad, there’s the simple green salad, Salad Nicoise (if you’re feeling French), Broccoli Crunch salad, Mediterranean salad, tomato and avocado salad or you can just roast your favorite veggies and put them on a platter with a creamy yogurt dip.
Here's a recipe for the Broccoli Crunch Salad the kids love~!
What does mom like? That’s what you should think of first. My opinion is that brunch begs for either cakes, cupcakes or cookies. You’ll want to have something to have with your tea or coffee, and the kids will want to have a bite of some kind of finger food dessert before they run off again.
Or maybe your mom likes ice cream (like my mom does!). Then you may want to consider having a fix-your-own ice cream sundae station. Those sound fancy, but it doesn’t have to be! You need ice cream, sprinkles, whipped cream and cherries. Ok, and maybe chocolate syrup!
I’m a die-hard cookie fan, supporter and glutton. My daughter loves to tell people how I can’t be trusted around cookies (she is right, after all…). So our celebration will certainly have cookies!
Here's an easy recipe for Strawberry Shortcake that the kids love!
What’s your dessert must-have?
I hope these ideas were helpful, and will act as a time-saver so you can see which dishes you want to feature and then look for your favorite recipe in the rabbit hole of the internet without falling down too far!
If you are around on Saturday, May 12th and you’d like to make brunch with your little ones, you can join us in Scarsdale at our “Making Brunch with Mom for Mother’s Day” class. Here’s the link and we hope to see you there!
Enjoy your week, and enjoy your mom! And happy Mother’s Day to you all~!
PS - If you'd like to talk with me about your cooking challenges with kids and would like to find a solution together, email me here and we will set up a time to talk over the phone.