16 Delicious Mother's Day Recipes for the Best Brunch Ever

Whether it's breakfast in bed, brunch with friends, or afternoon cocktails, she'll feel extra-special with these treats

Updated 05/07/19

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We all know that Mother's Day is the time to celebrate the moms in your life, from the mother of the bride to your future mother-in-law. And what better way to celebrate than to treat her to a delicious meal? But don't stress over having to spend hours in the kitchen. These Mother's Day recipes make it super easy to surprise mom with some extra-special treats.

Hosting a brunch or a luncheon is a great way to celebrate your favorite mothers, whether that's your sister, grandmother, best friend, or spouse. Make sure to have plenty of mimosas or other light and refreshing cocktails on hand, and a mix of savory and sweet appetizers and baked goods. A showstopping main dish is a good idea if you're looking for something more filling to serve to a crowd. And don't forget dessert! This holiday was made for sweets. You'll find some great options in the Mother's Day recipes below!

The spring weather means that flowers are blooming outside and the sun is (hopefully) shining, so take advantage of the best of the season and let yourself be inspired. Sprinkle edible blossoms like pansies or nasturtiums on serving plates, in drinks, and atop desserts. Use fresh, seasonal blooms like peonies in centerpieces and adorn your table with spring elements like floral napkins and greenery-inspired china. If it's warm enough outside, turn the meal into an alfresco party.

However, if mom wants to keep things low-key this year, no problem. Some of the Mother's Day recipes below are also perfect for breakfast in bed. What's a better gift than that?

Ready to start planning your menu? Browse 16 Mother's Day recipes below.

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Grapefruit Brûlée Breakfast Bowl

Courtesy of Salt and Lavender

Caramelized citrus, fresh mint, and Greek yogurt are transformed into a decadent (yet easy and healthy) breakfast treat.

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Rosé Spritzer

Courtesy of Salt and Lavender

A refreshing mix of rosé, club soda, and lemon, this summery drink is perfect for a laid-back brunch or afternoon cocktails on the patio.

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Shortbread Cookies with Edible Flowers

Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

Fresh pansies turn these buttery cookies into a gorgeous dessert.

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Easy Lemon Tarts

Courtesy of Platings and Pairings

With only a few key ingredients, this tangy, creamy dessert is a cinch to make—and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

So pretty lined up on a tray and a snap to prepare, these petite, open-faced sandwiches are layered with cream cheese, herbs, crunchy cucumber, and flavorful smoked fish.

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Strawberry Scones

Courtesy of Jo Cooks

These breakfast biscuits are sweetened with slices of fresh strawberries, and are the perfect accompaniment to coffee.

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Citrus Avocado Salad

Courtesy of Real and Vibrant

Creamy avocado, tangy Cara Cara and blood oranges, and fresh mint come together in this colorful salad that's sure to add a bright zing to your brunch spread.

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Rosewater Gin Cocktail

Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

With a delicate floral flavor and pastel tones, this ultrafeminine drink is the epitome of Mother's Day cocktails.

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Sriracha Glazed Salmon with Zucchini Noodles

Courtesy of Platings and Pairings

This lime-infused salmon dish will steal the show at a Mother's Day lunch. Served on top of zucchini noodles, it's just the right amount of sweetness, spice, and crunch.

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Pressure Cooker Red Velvet Raspberry Molten Cake

Courtesy of Kitschen Cat

Just as decadent as it sounds, this chocolate-lover's dessert can be conveniently made (in a flash!) in your Instant Pot.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Courtesy of Real and Vibrant

Sometimes the simplest things are the most perfect, like this refreshing purée of creamy yogurt, nut milk, fresh strawberry, and banana.

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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Courtesy of Kitschen Cat

Light, fluffy, and filled with fruit, these pancakes are ones you'll want to make again and again.

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Red Grapefruit and Basil Mimosas

Courtesy of Jo Cooks

A mimosa is a brunch essential, and this bright version adds an herbaceous twist with the addition of fresh basil.

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Ham and Cheese Mini Quiches

Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

You won't be able to resist one—or two—of these savory mini tarts on the brunch table. Premade phyllo dough crusts make prep super quick and easy.

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Cornbread Waffles with Maple Mascarpone

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

It's quite literally impossible to not impress with these hearty, gluten-free waffles, which are made of whole grains and topped with sweet mascarpone cheese.

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Labneh Dip with Pomegranate

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

This delicious Middle Eastern-inspired dip is made with strained yogurt, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of dried sage, and is topped with the contrasting tart-sweet taste of pomegranate. Serve with a spread of crackers or flatbreads.

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