Mother’s day brunch is a staple, but for a mom who just wants her day to rest, having to get all dolled up for a meal out might just seem like another chore. The solution? Upgrade the breakfast in bed you’ve done in the past to a full-on at-home brunch. It takes all the pressure off mom having to get ready for a big day out, and gives you the chance to get creative and impress her with your culinary skills. We’ve rounded up some of the must-have essentials to give your mom the restaurant-quality brunch she deserves this Mother’s Day.
Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day
No offense, but your standard scrambled eggs and bacon isn’t going to cut it for Mother’s Day. Wow mom with a home cooked meal — like one she’s probably cooked for you countless times. For inspiration, turn to a cookbook (which can also double as a Mother’s Day gift itself). We recommend John Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast, named after his famous restaurant, which has more than 125 unique southern breakfast recipes to choose from. Whether you test out the banana-pecan coffee cake or try your hand at the spicy Boudin and poached eggs, you can’t go wrong with a recipe from this James Beard Award-winning chef. Even if you don’t get the meal exactly right, we’re sure mom will appreciate the effort.
Lodge Cast-Iron 5-Inch Mini Skillet
Again, if your goal is to make your mother feel special on Mother’s Day, your at-home brunch menu has to be a step up from the scrambled eggs you could whip up on any other Sunday. This small cast-iron skillet is perfect for an egg bake or seasoned breakfast potatoes. And not only is it great for serving, it doubles as a cute way to serve brunch, adding to your tablescape, another essential part of Mother’s Day brunch.
Lagrange Crepes & Brunch Companion
While waffles and pancakes are brunch staples we stand by, get more creative with your sweet morning treat and make a crepe. This machine comes with all the tools— measuring ladle, rake and spatula— to help you do that. It also includes two molds — an individual one and one to make four small crepes, to suit the needs of your brunch guest list, and if you remove the molds entirely, the nonstick stick surface works as a griddle for making eggs and bacon. Not only is a crepe a more unique alternative to waffles, it allows for more versatility: Crepes can be either savory or sweet, making the possibilities endless. Crepes may not seem like everyday breakfast food, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth from this little machine.
Ninja Hot And Cold Brewed System
In addition to food, a quality brunch drink is a must. Start your mom off with the coffee of her choice using this machine, which can make coffee or tea, hot or iced. Mom will have her choice of coffee brews ranging from classic to rich, and a separate tea brew basket helps maintain flavor. And if mom is in the mood for a fancier option, the built-in frother turns hot or cold milk into silky-smooth froth in seconds for the perfect topper to any drink.
Smeg Citrus Juicer
Coffee and tea should by no means be the only drink options. And with freshly squeezed juice from this retro style citrus juicer, it doesn’t have to be. Pair with champagne for a delicious mimosa to really get the party started.
Anthropologie Francoise Dinner Plates
Now that the food is handled, its time to tackle the decor. If you’re having brunch at home, you want to make sure mom gets the same level of ambiance she’d have at a restaurant. Start with a white or pastel tablecloth, perfect for spring, and build from there with these gorgeous floral plates. Both dishwasher and microwave safe, they’re practical and pretty, with a rich blue background and colorful floral designs in orange and red. Finish the spread off with cloth napkins and a flower centerpiece.