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Inspired Entertaining on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day comes but once a year, so you’ll want to step up your game for this special Sunday event. Brunch, of course, is the traditional meal to host and it’s made even more personal (and delicious) when you serve it at home.


To help you put together an upscale experience for that very special lady in your life, here are seven ideas for Mother’s Day brunch:

1. Set a pretty table

Spring is in full bloom, so choose a color scheme that helps to celebrate the season. A light green, soft pink, or sunny yellow tablecloth with coordinating floral napkins or a runner will set a light seasonal tone. Find a few cute napkins rings—or make your own— and add a centerpiece, such as a bowl of lemons, ceramic figurines, or fruit-shaped candles.

2. Arrange flowers

It’s not Mother’s Day without a few blooms. Make it easy by picking something from your yard—such as pussy willows or forsythia (you can lay larger branches down the middle of your table)—or pick up tulips or daffodils at the grocery store. For an eclectic look, cut the stems short and place the flowers in silver julep cups or mismatched drinking glasses. This mismatched look also displays well on a buffet table if your dining room table is full.

3. Set a breakfast bar

Setting up a bar with coffee, tea, and spirited cocktails is the next step. Set up your pot or urn and fill the kettle so it’s ready to go. Include sweeteners and cream so guests can help themselves. Fill out the bar with fresh-squeezed juices, sparkling water and—of course—sparkling wine for mimosas and bellinis. Jazz up cold drinks with a few pomegranate seeds or a raspberry in each flute.

4. Start with sweets

One of the best parts of brunch is that you don’t have to save the sweet stuff for dessert, so have pastries and treats out for guests to nibble as they wait for the main course. Fill a basket with muffins, Danishes, mini bagels, and slices of coffee cake, and serve with softened butter, jellies, jams, and cream cheese. Treat guests to decadent sweets with the Full Bloom Sweet Treats Basket from 1-800-baskets, which has treats like chocolate chip and frosted buttercream cookies, cookies & cream bark, truffles, and flavored popcorn.

5. Offer healthy options

Balance all of those sweets with some healthy—but delicious—side dishes. Fill a bowl with vanilla yogurt topped with granola and drizzled with honey. Put out plenty of in-season fruit to brighten up the spread. We love the Mother’s Day Farmstand Finest Fruit Gift Basket from 1-800-baskets, which is filled with pears, oranges, and apples, plus creamy Brie, focaccia crisps, and sparkling cider.

6. Heat the main course

This brunch is shaping up to be quite the celebration, so make sure you’re not stuck in the kitchen for the fun! Skip scrambling eggs, frying up bacon, and making omelets to order in favor of pre-making a single eggy dish like quiche, a frittata, or breakfast casserole. These dishes can be made the night before and then reheated before guests arrive, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with mom.

7. Put out favors

Leave a sweet takeaway at each place setting so that the Mother’s Day love continues even after guests leave. The Mother’s Day Belgian Chocolate Oreo® Cookie Tin from 1-800-baskets has 16 adorable cookies decorated with yellow and white sprinkles. Wrap each one in a bit of plastic and tie with a brightly colored ribbon. Or consider Decadent Spring Chocolate Strawberries from 1-800-baskets, which are dipped in chocolate and iced with springy pastels.

Last but not least, make sure you fill your Mother’s Day celebration with plenty of hugs for mom. The queen of the day deserves to be showered with love, so don’t hold back on extra affection

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