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How to Host a Mother’s Day Brunch

Entertaining | Flower Arranging | Gardens and Yards | Table Settings

Mother’s Day holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. I shared my journey to motherhood a few years ago, and it is still one of my favorite posts. This year I am looking forward to hosting a little brunch for my Mom, sister, and a few other important mamas that I know. The name of the game for me when it comes to hosting on Mother’s Day is to keep it simple, so today I thought I would share a few ideas for how to host a Mother’s Day brunch that is beautiful and most of all EASY!

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KEEP THE MENU SIMPLE

When it comes to the menu for Mother’s Day, I want it to be simple, so I don’t have to spend the whole morning cooking, but I also want the food to be yummy. (After all, I’m also a mom and want to enjoy the day!😉) I’ve found that the best way to achieve both is to make just 2 or 3 delicious things including some items that can be made the day before and poped in the oven.

This year my brunch menu will include a cheesy potato, bacon and egg casserole, fresh fruit and warm from the oven popovers with an assortment of jams. I love this menu because I can prepare the casserole the night before and just bake it in the morning. I can also prepare the fruit in advance and put it on a serving platter in the morning.

The final step is to make the popovers right before serving. This popover recipe is so easy and only uses 4 ingredients! I am fairly obsessed with these light and fluffy creations that taste so delicious with fresh jam or even a chocolaty sweet filling! The key to making them extra big is to use a popover pan, but they are equally delicious as petit little popovers made in a cupcake pan.

CHOOSE A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

One of the best ways to make a simple gathering memorable is to choose a beautiful location. Consider setting a table under a tree in the yard or place a picnic blanket on the lawn with oversized pillows.

One of the things I love most is when my guests are surprised by an unexpected table set in a new area. This round table sits outside our kitchen and is typically used for casual bbq dinners, but with a beautiful table cloth and some formal dinnerware, it is transformed for Mother’s Day.

USE THE “GOOD” CHINA

Whether you are in the dining room or on a picnic blanket, I think Mother’s Day is worth getting out the “good china”. There is something so lovely about the special touch of setting a beautiful table with pretty dishware and glasses.

On this table, I used a simple white dinner plate topped with a gorgeous floral salad plate from the Martha Stewart collection for Macy’s.

I also used beautiful champagne flatware and some charming gold-rimmed coupe glasses so I could serve something sparkling with brunch!

FLOWERS, ALWAYS FLOWERS

If you have been following me for any time now, you know how much I adore flowers, so of course my table settings always include a floral element. I took inspiration from those pretty floral plates and made a centerpiece for this table using the same colors. Garden roses, foraged greenery and some sprigs of larkspur in a vintage style compote pulled this whole look together. And just for good measure, I added a trail of jasmine that was blooming in our yard and let it spill over the side of the table.

Even on a picnic blanket, fresh flowers add a special touch. You can see How to Style A Picnic on a recent blog post.

I hope this gives you a few ideas about how to host a Mother’s Day brunch that is easy and beautiful. Most of all, if you are a Mom, I hope you are celebrated on Mother’s Day and every day!


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16 Comments

  1. Hello Karen,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas, in the UK, we celebrate Mother’s Day in March, so will save your ideas for next year. Unfortunately both my mum and my mother in law, are no longer with us, but my three sons and my daughter always come and spend time with me. My husband makes a sumptuous lunch for us all to share. I always set a pretty table, and usually look for unusual things to add to my tables during my travels. We regularly visit Italy and the USA, as well as day trips to the highlands and have found some pretty pieces to add to my collection.

  2. Good morning! Karen I do appreciate your post so much they are full of great ideas and are so full of life Thank you for always sharing little tips that help me in my own home.

  3. Hi Karen! Thank you for sharing your gift on how to make a home beautiful mostly by using flowers and keeping it simple. I like opening your email especially on Sunday mornings. You did a beautiful job on the table setting – I’m sure everyone at your table will feel extra special. I look forward to replicating some of your ideas. My sister-in-law enjoys visiting Europe and so the popovers will be a nice touch. Thank you again for your help in transforming my home to be more welcoming. I do appreciate you and know I will be sharing your posts with my guests. Have a wonderful Mothers Day.

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind note, Julia! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  4. Please share the source of your crossback chairs. They are exactly what I have been searching for in the same color. Your blog is an Inspiration!

  5. I love using “the good” China for special occasions. Somehow it elevates whatever is served. Wishing you a blessed day.

  6. I follow a few blogs but yours is the only one I completely LOVE everything. We are soul sisters when it comes to style, down to even your Dutch door. I work as a Respiratory Therapist in a busy SF Bay Area trauma center, my garden brings me peace and promise. Thank you for sharing your STUNNING home and garden, I look forward to your posts. Have a beautiful Sunday.

  7. Karen,
    I apologize for enjoying your wonderful blog and failing to comment. I used to blog and was always sad that there were so few comments, so I should know better.
    I truly enjoy your posts and admire your style and the wonderful ideas you share with us for decorating for each season.
    What an honor to be contacted by Martha Stewart’s people, you totally deserve the recognition you receive.
    What a beautiful table you’ve set.
    xo,
    Karen

  8. Hello Karen,
    Thank You, I’m fine and loving our California weather. Your post made.think how grateful we should be
    To have people like you share your gardens, your home and family. What a joy to have your Mom and Friends for a Mother’s Day gathering they will Love your M.S.Tablescape which is stunning!
    Flowers and beautiful place settings always bring smiles💕

  9. Hi Karen, what a beautiful post about your journey to motherhood. Love your Mother’s Day table and popovers are a favorite of mine. xo

  10. I read everything in your blog..i love your garden….i live so far away from you,my home is in beautiful Greece.but your photos make’s me feel good…keep on sending those paradise pictures… kisses.

    1. Hi Sherry,
      That tablecloth was purchased from an online event linen company. The pattern is called pintuck and it is an indigo satin. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks! It looked like an event tablecloth and I love them. Going to hunt them down. Thanks on much!

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