Find 25+ of the best easy Mother’s Day brunch recipes, plus table setting ideas, flower arrangements and more. It’s simple to host an effortless and beautiful Mother’s Day brunch!

Mother’s Day is in the middle of May this year, falling on Sunday May 14th in 2023. Don’t worry – you’ve still got time to put together a beautiful day with these fabulous tips, tricks, and 25 incredible recipes for a sweet and savory brunch she’ll treasure.

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Mother’s Day always seems to fall at the busiest time, or is that just me? With warmer weather, flowers blooming, and more hours of sunlight, Mother’s Day can be the perfect time to slow down and celebrate some of the most important people in our lives.

Having Mother’s Day on the calendar is so important because it gives us an opportunity to do just that. Today, we’re sharing some of our very best recipes, table settings and flower arrangements to help you celebrate.

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

When I think of Sundays, I immediately think of brunch! Since Mother’s Day always falls on the second Sunday of May, there’s no better way to celebrate than planning a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch!

With that in mind, we’re also sharing the details of this pretty dockside brunch – you’ll find the sources for all the items pictured! I’m also sharing tips, tricks and a few questions and answers that will inspire you to create something beautiful for mom.

A mother's day brunch set up with white flowers and bamboo chairs on a dock at a lake

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is brunch so popular on Mothers Day?

I think brunch has become a popular way to celebrate moms because it’s a great way to take advantage of beautiful May weather, while treating them to something special. Brunch allows families the time to celebrate early in the day and then spend the afternoon however mom chooses!

What time is brunch usually served?

Brunch is my favorite time of day on Sundays, simply because it falls perfectly after whatever I needed to get done in the morning. I generally brunch anywhere from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and you can do whatever works best for you!
Between church, Sunday cleaning, gifts for Mother’s Day, and whatever else your Sunday may bring you, brunch is a perfect time of day because it has no specific time of day!

This time frame allows you to have a brunch for your breakfast, lunch, or a chance to combine the two. Make it work for when meals are best for you.

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  • One of the keys to keeping entertaining effortless is to select menu items that not only compliment one another, but have ingredients that overlap.
  • For example, to minimize prep work, cut an array of fruit to not only eat, but put on waffles and mimosas. Using one ingredient to make multiple dishes is one of my favorite shortcuts.
  • One of my favorite ways to make guests feel welcome is to add a sweet, special gift at every place setting! This can be as simple as a pre-wrapped treat or their own petite flower arrangement.
Mother's day brunch ideas with a table set with a blue and white tablecloth and bamboo accents

Sweet Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Take a shortcut with this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Crescent rolls cinnamon rolls take just a few minutes to make using incredible cinnamon roll filling and classic icing.

cinnamon roll glaze on cinnamon rolls

One Hour Orange Rolls

A recipe for incredibly delicious, thick, light and fluffy Orange Rolls! These easy sweet orange rolls covered in cream (to make them extra moist) are topped with an orange glaze for a truly memorable treat!

An orange roll covered in orange glaze on a white plate.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

These cinnamon sugar donuts are really a delight! They are baked in your oven, making them so incredibly quick and easy to make.

Five sugared donuts on a white surface for Mother's Day brunch.

Lemon Loaf

If you’re a lemon lover, not much is more delicious than the refreshing scent and flavor of an easy lemon loaf. This simple lemon bread is decadent and divine, full of lemon flavor – but so easy to make!  

This quick bread is perfect for any season and feels so special for Mother’s Day and beyond.

A frosted lemon loaf on a white platter, one slice cut.

Meltaway Cinnamon Muffins

These meltaway muffins are a deliciously simple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe made with staple ingredients. They’re rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar, and when warm, they melt in your mouth!

Cinnamon sugar donuts in a white bowl for Mother's Day brunch.

Easy French Toast

You wouldn’t know by tasting it, but this is an incredibly Easy French Toast Recipe that is full of flavor. Get the secrets that make this Easy French Toast so amazing!

You wouldn't know by tasting it, but this is an incredibly Easy French Toast Recipe that is full of flavor. Get the secrets that make this easy French Toast so amazing!

Crème Brûlée French Toast

This rich and decadent Crème Brûlée French Toast is a deceivingly easy make ahead breakfast or brunch entree everyone will love! It’s made in just a few minutes with staple ingredients and your favorite bread.

creme brulee french toast casserole in a white baking dish.

Fresh Fruit Skewers

These darling fruit skewers are the ultimate EASY way to serve festive fruit for every occasion! Perfectly bite-sized and oh-so-charming, you’ll have guests oohing and aahing over your clever display of fruit kabobs.

fruit skewers on a white platter

Vanilla Fruit Salad

This Fruit Salad is a family favorite with a light and flavorful fruit salad dressing. It’s easy and perfect for snacks, sides and school lunches! Ready to eat in a matter of minutes, this healthy snack can be easily customized to include your favorite fruits.

Mother's Day brunch fruit salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful fruit platter. It’s sweet, yet balanced and made with just three simple ingredients!

A white ceramic tray full of cut fruit and a small white bowl of cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip.

Champagne Grapes

Celebrate something special with sweet, sparkling Sugared Champagne Grapes – a poppable appetizer or dessert that will have everyone raving! Prosecco grapes are fresh, vibrant, and bursting with the flavor of your favorite bubbles!

A white bowl of green sugared champagne grapes.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

This is the best recipe for Pink Champagne Cupcakes with bubbly sweet champagne flavor, perfect for special occasions.

Dress them up a little and create the perfect display for all your showers and events! They aren’t just cute… they are so delicious.

pink champagne cupcakes with glaze and icing

The Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Gooey Butter Cake is an easy make-ahead breakfast Danish or dessert recipe with decadent, luxurious texture.

This St. Louis classic is made in minutes with a cake mix to provide a foundation for an amazing gooey filling you’ll crave again and again!

Once you’ve had a slice this classic treat, you’ll be spoiled on all other desserts. Fair warning!

A white rectangular baking dish filled with a homemade gooey butter cake.

Savory Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

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Creamy Carbonara

This is the ultimate, classic Creamy Pasta Carbonara recipe. It is a simple, easy and fresh take on pasta that is easy to customize and the perfect pasta for dinner, lunch or even brunch!

A large silver pot filled with spaghetti carbonara.

Perfectly Portioned Egg Strata Recipe

This perfectly portioned Egg Strata Recipe is easy to make, serve and enjoy! These mini egg casseroles are stuffed with all your favorite breakfast ingredients – bread, bacon and cheese.

egg strata on white plate


Once you know these tips and tricks for creating the most fabulous quiche, you’re going to want to make quiche all the time!

It’s so easy to customize this classic quiche recipe with your own add-ins because this is the ultimate base recipe. Use this recipe for Quiche LorraineSpinach and Feta Quiche or Cheese and Onion Quiche.

A whole quiche in a white pie dish on a white marble surface.

Simple Spring Salad Mix

This spring salad mix is the perfect summer salad to take with you to picnics and pot lucks. Full of vibrant fruits, pecans and cheese, you can prep the salad at home and whip up some vinaigrette and have a fresh, easy-to-transport salad.

A bowl of spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts, perfect for Easter side dishes.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

How to make the best Ham and Cheese Sliders, the ultimate hot ham and cheese sandwich perfect for any party! You’ll love these mini hot ham and cheese sliders for the holidays!

Hot ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish.

Incredible Cheddar Cheese Tart

Cheddar cheese tarts are delicious, perfectly portioned hors d’oeuvres for entertaining! Instead of one larger tart, we’ve created miniature versions of this fabulous cheese tart recipe.

Mini cheese tarts on a white platter.

Waffle Tacos

Looking for a fun and festive new dinner, dessert or brunch idea? Try waffle tacos, for a surefire success that will please the kids and adults alike! Made in just minutes, this is the quickest meal and one that’s as fun to make as it is to serve.

waffle tacos in a stainless steel taco holder.

Mother’s Day Cocktails

Of course no brunch is complete without something to sip on!

Frosé Recipe

Enjoy your favorite blush wine turned into a refreshingly easy to sip 2 ingredient Frosé Recipe. It’s a pink wine Frozen Rosé slushy, perfect for any brunches, showers or parties.


Champagne Margarita

Does it get any more festive than this? If you love a glass of celebratory champagne and you love a homemade margarita, you’re going to be head over heels for this incredible pink champagne margarita.

3 glasses of champagne margaritas on a white tray, gold confetti surrounding and a bottle of pink champagne in the background

Summer Sangria

Easy white sangria recipe. Make ahead and serve a large number of guests with this classic summer sangria cocktail that’s easy to drink!

fruit sangria in clear glasses

Strawberry Mojito

This is one of my favorite cocktails for late spring and early summer, when strawberries are at their peak. Learn how to set up a mojito bar here with all of our mojito recipes in one easy guide!

strawberry mojito in clear cocktail glass garnished with mint and lime wedges

Mimosa Bar

Last but not least, learn how to entertain with a mimosa bar! Sure to please all of your guests, you’ll find recipes for every kind of mimosa you can imagine – from a grapefruit mimosa to bottomless mimosas!

sorbet mimosas in glasses

Sources for this Mother’s Day Table Setting

Mother's day brunch ideas with a table set with a blue and white tablecloth and bamboo accents
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Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas: Cheddar Cheese Tarts

We've got a complete collection of Mother's Day recipes, and there's a little something for everyone. Make these amazing cheddar cheese tarts for the perfect savory brunch treat – they are cute to serve and delicious to eat!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • 1 pie crust divided (refrigerated package)
  • 4 eggs size large
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese fresh grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400℉. Grease tart or mini muffin tin.
  • Roll out pie dough on a floured surface. Cut dough into circles using a tart or cookie cutter and place into individual tins.
    1 pie crust
  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, whisk eggs and cream.
    4 eggs, ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Pour mixture into crusts until 3/4 full.
  • Top generously with cheddar cheese. Garnish with herbs.
    1 cup white cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, salt and pepper
  • Bake 15 minutes or until set.

Julie’s Tips


  • Homemade, store-bought pie crust or cream cheese pie crust cut into circles to press into tartlet pan or mini muffin tin
  • Phyllo Dough – cut into circles to press into tartlet pan or mini muffin tin
  • Phyllo Shells – place on a small cookie sheet. Yields 36.


  • Herbs – Garnish with thyme, rosemary or basil just before baking.
  • Veggies – Add caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, arugula, mushrooms, just before filling with custard and cheese. Place halved cherry tomatoes on top just before the bake.
  • Protein – Add prosciutto, ham, cooked bacon, cooked guanciale, cooked sausage before filling with custard and topping with cheese.


  • Season – Salt and pepper to taste, if you wish – but they don’t need it! Be especially careful with any added salt, because cheddar cheese is generally salted.
  • Pre-made Pie Crust – If you’re using a pre-made pie crust, use anything as a circle cutter to make your life easier. This cuts the crust into the perfect shape for the muffin tin cups.
  • Serving Suggestion – These can be served warm or at room temperature. They’re delicious either way and all the better for entertaining!
  • Make Ahead – Yes, you can bake these up to two days in advance and store in a sealed, refrigerated container. Simply reheat to warm when ready to serve.


  • Refrigerate – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container refrigerated up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw overnight. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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