Mother's Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate than a laid back, delicious brunch. We think that really every weekend calls for brunch, but Mother's Day should be singled out as a special occasion, especially if you are acting as the host. Our idea of the perfect brunch? A table spread with a mix of sweet and savory flavors, relaxed conversations with endless coffee and mimosas, and a "nowhere else I'd rather be" attitude. It's pretty much the meal that we're excited for all week long.
Brunch is one of the easiest meals to put on for guests, but it can take a little prep so everything runs smoothly. If you can get started with making some items the night before—chopping fruit, making the frittata, setting up the table—the next morning will be a breeze. Unless you're Ina Garten, don't try to make everything from scratch. Add in a few pastries from your favorite bakery or splurge for a store-bought quiche to pair with your homemade treats—it will make your life so much easier at the end of the day.
Like most good things, brunch starts with coffee. Mimosas are also a crowd favorite; keep it simple with just champagne and orange juice, or take it to the next level and assemble a mimosa bar (we guarantee your guests will be happy). Next, a good assortment of trays and platters will be indispensable when it comes to serving multiple things like bagels and lox, muffins, and other baked goods.
Here are 12 essential items to make your Mother's Day brunch as special as the woman-of-honor.