Mother’s Day Brunch

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 13, 2012

in Baking, bread, family, vegetarian

When I initially invited my mom, stepdad, sister and family-in-law over for a Mother’s Day brunch, I was thinking I’d do a standard lox, bagels, and cream cheese thing. It’s a Jewish family brunch staple, and I figured I’d make it “blog-worthy” by making my own bagels.

And then I realized: my mom and Adam’s mom are worth more than a mostly store-bought meal. They deserve home-cooked food, presented beautifully, and served at a festive table. So I turned to my (and most people’s) inspiration: Pinterest. I pinned idea after idea for brunch, and, as Adam’s mom exclaimed when everything was served: “you’re crazy!”

I have a lot of photos, so I’ll keep this not too wordy. All the recipes will be linked under the photos, so you’ll be able to make them for yourself!

mothers day table

mothers day table


An appropriately pink table setting, complete with swirly paper straws from Sur la Table

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We started with a spring and summer favorite around here, watermelon lemonade, made with a super-red seedless watermelon.

rainbow fruit

rainbow fruit

Rainbow fruit skewers, inspired by Lizz’s post. I used raspberries, cara-cara oranges, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and purple grapes

mini german pancakes

Miniature German pancakes, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with cherry pie filling and lemon wedges.

french toast skewers

Cinnamon french toast skewers with fresh raspberries and strawberries

bread bowl baked eggs

Baked eggs in homemade bread bowls (I used that recipe with white flour instead of wheat) with white cheddar and tarragon

Leigh brought a cinnamon and cranberry cake, and I made a giant plate of bacon as well. In all, I’m calling it a success!

mothers day

Mom, I love you and am thankful every day for you!! <3



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Sheri May 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Wow! This all looks incredible! Looks like you worked so hard on this and I’m sure it was enjoyed by everyone.


Dinner at Christina's May 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

It’s gorgeous, Mara!!! Nicely done!
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Lauren May 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Okay those french toast skewers are the best idea! Sounds like a beautiful brunch.
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Jenn (eating bender) May 14, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Beautiful brunch, Mara! I’m so glad everything turned out exactly how you planned it. Gorgeous photos and food. :)
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Biz May 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Everything looks delicious! Great job Mara! :D
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Melissa @TryingtoHeal May 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Ah, that mother’s day brunch looks amazing mara!!!!


Farihah @ Spice's Bites May 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

WOW! You did an amazing job! Love the french toast and rainbow fruit skewers, very pretty!
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Katie May 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What a beautiful brunch, Mara! Those mini pancakes are genius!


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