I can’t think of a better way to show someone you love them than to cook them a fresh, delicious meal. It takes a bit of thought, effort and if made with love, will always turn out to be special! I discovered the perfect way to celebrate all the “mothers” in my life with a special brunch in their honor.
Everyone loves brunch and there are so many options when it comes to the type of food one can serve. Believe it or not, much of the prep work can be done in advance. I’d like to share some tips for throwing together the perfect spring brunch.
Plan your menu- I keep a copy of many of my favorite recipes in a giant binder and thumb through them to get ideas. I separate them by category, for example: appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, entrees and desserts. I write my ideas on paper and begin to plan a menu.
I like to have a mix of homemade and store bought items to help myself out a bit. The focus is on quality over quantity. What you choose to cook is entirely up to you but I’ve found buying muffins and scones makes my life a lot easier. It’s best to buy from a local bakery since they are more likely to use fresh ingredients. I also buy fresh breads a day or two in advance and immediately freeze them in a freezer safe ziplock bag and take them out early in the morning to defrost. The bread tastes just as good as the day you bought it. Artisanal cheeses, chilled shrimp and smoked salmon look gorgeous on a platter and require minimal work. In addition, I’ve rounded up my top 5 favorite recipes for the perfect brunch (just so happens that 3 of them are my very own):
- Spinach & Leek Frittata- The Hanging Spoon
- Tomato Basil Bread Pudding- Giada De Laurentiis
- Citrus Scented Wine Cake with Fresh Berries – Vegetarian Times
- Farfalle with Artichokes, Arugula & Cherry Tomatoes- The Hanging Spoon
- Herbed Potatoes and Kale- The Hanging Spoon
And don’t forget about the drinks! Keep it simple by offering a mimosa or some white or rosé wine. You’ll want to have the champagne and wine chilling in the refrigerator in advance.
Organize your shopping list- To save yourself unwanted trips back to the grocery store you must go through each recipe and plan a master list once you’ve got your menu set.
Prepare what you can in advance- Shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, fruit salads and vegetable platters can all be arranged and refrigerated the night before. Any cakes or desserts can also be made in advance. I usually choose only one or two items that I’m actually cooking right before my guests arrive.
Table arrangements & gifts- Since it’s Mother’s Day it’s nice to have some simple flower arrangements on your table that you can also give to your mom, sister or grandma as a gift. I once took some photographs of my mother and I used them as the centerpieces for the table and then gave them to her as a gift. It was a beautiful reminder of the memories we’ve shared together.
For more Mother’s Day brunch ideas and recipes visit my board on Pinterest!