There are a million ways to express your love for your mom on Mother’s Day. You can greet her personally, send a heartfelt letter, or post a picture of you together on social media. But if you’re looking to do something extra special to show your appreciation and gratitude, you can take it up a notch and treat her to a homemade Mother’s Day brunch.

Determine the Theme

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Special Homemade Brunch.

For a more cohesive look, pick one theme and run with it. Adopting a summer or floral theme is one of the popular ways to capture the spirit of May. But if you want to make it more personalized, consider your mom’s hobbies and interests. 

You can start by incorporating her favorite color in the decor, tablescape, and desserts. You can add garlands of her favorite flower or even make it the table centerpiece. Anything she’s passionate about, from objects to animals to plants, can be the focus of your theme.  Does she have a favorite place or a country she wants to visit? What’s her favorite cuisine? You can take inspiration from any of these to determine the overall look and even the food you can serve.

Set the Perfect Personalized Brunch Scene

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Special Homemade Brunch.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Special Homemade Brunch.

Make this occasion hers by organizing a menu featuring your mother’s favorite foods, beverages, or signature dishes. You can make it more sentimental by elevating the classic meals she grew up eating or the ones she used to make for you. After building your meal plan, decide the appropriate dining style depending on the guest list.

Buffet style. This works best if you want to invite your mother’s friends and family. As it allows for self-service, buffets can cater to multiple guests with various food preferences. The only catch is you need a larger area to avoid foot traffic. If you have ample dining areas or outdoor spaces, you can simply arrange long tables. On the other hand, you can use tiered stands, coffee tables, and console tables to create a one-way flow for limited spaces. 

Family style. For a more intimate and private brunch, opt for family style dining. This arrangement brings you closer by all sitting down together at the table to celebrate your mom.

Make a Mom-centric Tablescape

More than the meals, this occasion is also the day to showcase how wonderful a person your mom is. Let your Mother’s Day brunch reflect her spirit by incorporating thoughtful touches throughout the table setup.

Begin with Textiles

Choose table cloths, runners, placemats, and napkins in your mom’s favorite color, pattern, or fabric. You can adopt a single design for a more uniform look or play with layers to create texture and dimension. No matter what you choose, a thoughtfully arranged tablescape can create a warm and inviting atmosphere, fostering a special sense of connection with your mom.

Select the Tableware

If your mother is into collecting plates and silverware, now might be the perfect time to bring them out from the cabinets. Pick a set that will complement the table’s backdrop and layers. If you opt for a uniformly designed textiles, choose tableware with more prominent designs. But if you choose mixed colors and patterns for fabrics, plain dinnerware will balance your table’s decor. 

Build a Centerpiece

This can also be aligned with your mother’s preferences, but you can give it a touch of seasonal elements to make Mother’s Day a more special annual occasion. Dama de noche and kalachuchi are two of the most common blooms in May. Meanwhile, fruits like mango and pineapple are available all summer round. Arrange these seasonal blossoms with your mom’s best-loved flowers or carve fruit art for unique and personalized table centerpieces.

Add Vertical Interest

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by putting candlesticks as finishing touches. You can pick a scented variety closest to her liking (use the smell of her perfume as a guide). Aside from candles, glassware can also add a sparkle and visual interest to the table. Bring out your mother’s treasured punch bowl or glass pitchers and fill them with her favorite drinks.

Brunch is More Than the Munch

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Special Homemade Brunch.

Don’t let this special Mother’s Day brunch pass with just a shared meal. You can make this occasion more enjoyable by organizing additional touches while you feast.

Surprise your mother with a message board decorated with photos from her childhood up to the present. Let family and guests write or pin heartfelt messages upon arrival or before the  event starts. You can reveal this personalized gift during dessert, or deliver a closing message to give the brunch a sweet end.

You can also create a photo booth corner with props and backdrop inspired by your mom’s favorite things. Guests can take silly pictures together throughout the day and let them have keepsakes from the event.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. More than words, show your love through acts of service, gift-giving, and quality time all in a single, well-planned brunch. Greetings are nice, but creating a special experience like this will be a memory of a lifetime for your beloved mother.

Photos from Unsplash and Pinterest

Read more: Digital Detox: Practical Steps to Regulate Your Tech Habits

Two onlookers in front of Pete Jimenez's exhibit. Photo by Elle Yap.

‘Travel Light’: Pete Jimenez Finds Life in Construction Detritus

Travel Light, Pete Jimenez’s newest exhibit at Artinformal Gallery in Makati, supplies its central thesis within the subtitle. “Take nothing for the journey – keep it simple; no bag, no bread, no money.” It references a verse in the Bible, but within this context, it exemplifies a non-consumerist take on our existence. Shift with the […]

UArts with a flying Pride flag in the foreground. Photo by Beyond My Ken. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Philadelphia University of the Arts Shutters, Leaving Students in Limbo

Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, also known as UArts, suddenly closed down the institution on Friday, June 7. The sudden closure, of which faculty and students weren’t even informed of until the press announcement, triggered protests from the campus population.  UArts’ administration said that the institution was facing declining revenue rates and enrollment. In a […]

The Ultimate Guide to Future Proofing Your Home.

The Ultimate Guide to Future Proofing Your Home

Future proofing focuses on improving your home in order to prepare it for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Along with this, this concept also maximizes your comfort and enjoyment today with smart design choices and innovative technologies. This may come in different styles and priorities depending on the users’ interest and needs. But […]

The Parthenon Marbles in display at the British Museum. Photo by Dominic's pics. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Brits Refuse Return of Parthenon Marbles After Turkey Finds No Proof of Claim

The British Museum refused calls to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece after Turkey rejected the long-standing claim by the United Kingdom that the statues were acquired by Lord Elgin from the Ottoman empire at the time.  The statement from Turkey came during a UNESCO meeting in Paris, France. A British official parroted the claim […]

6 Historical Places in the Philippines that Celebrate Its Independence.

6 Historical Places in the Philippines that Celebrate Its Independence

The journey to Philippine independence is a story of valor, sacrifice, and unwavering resolve. This narrative is not only preserved in books and memories but also enshrined in the country’s architectural landmarks. These edifices stand as silent witnesses to pivotal moments in history, each contributing to the nation’s quest for freedom. In commemorating Independence Day, […]

One of the buildings for SAMA Square Market. Photo by Heart Patrick Photography.

SAMA Square Market: Accessible Community Spaces Made for the People

The nature of public spaces continues to evolve. Beyond just looking attractive, they must serve multiple purposes to benefit the community effectively. We see those decisions at work at the SAMA Square Market and how welcoming it is to people of different stripes and backgrounds.  SAMA Square Market is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TKCA […]

Download this month's BLUPRINT magazine digital copy from:
Subscribe via [email protected]