Ahhh, brunch. It’s the perfect combination of a few of our favourite things – breakfast, lunch, and an excuse to sip on some bubbles. And what better reason to gather your gang for a long brunch than Mother’s Day?
When Mother’s Day rolls around, it’s usually a reminder of how quickly the year is passing us by – when we’re no longer aware of our looming special day, it’s a sign that we’re really, truly in need of some Mother’s Day pampering (more on that here).
So, there’s no time like the present to celebrate the mums in your life with a get-together, some bubbles and delicious food. A relaxing brunch after what was no doubt a hectic Easter school holiday makes for a great weekend to remember.
Home Cook Love have put together their best tips for hosting the best Mother’s Day Brunch with your nearest and dearest.
Make the best of seasonal produce
As the seasons change, so do our palates. As we swap our swimmers out for woolly jumpers and Ugg boots, and days at the beach turn into afternoons sipping a cuppa by the fireplace, our palates crave different foods and flavours, too. This isn’t to say that fresh salads have to give up their place at the table, but we do gravitate towards food that warms our bellies and gives us a feeling of comfort.
Autumn bears fruit and delicious produce such as figs, rhubarb, pomegranates, squash, watercress, fennel, which make for perfect pies, casseroles, soups and heartier, warm salads.
Think about whipping up an irresistible apple crumble or rhubarb pie served with homemade custard, or a nourishing watercress soup accompanied by a warm baguette. If it’s too much work to put everything together, get resourceful by rallying your loved ones to bring a dish each and do it buffet-style.
Cheese boards and grazing platters
A well thought out cheese platter is always a party pleaser. With a great selection of fresh produce available, putting together a lovely cheeseboard or grazing platter works wonders to accommodate for taste buds of all sorts. When it comes to the cheese, choose contrasting styles to prepare a board offering a variety of tastes and textures. Four is the magic number – opt for a hard, soft, blue and goat to mix things up. Wrap any remaining cheese in baking paper and keep it in an airtight container in the veggie drawer. Surround your cheese selections with freshly shaved meats, veggies and fruit for the ultimate smorgasbord.
Play with pastels
A lovely pastel colour palette adds warmth to any Mother’s Day spread. Autumn conjures up all things earthy, but you can also opt for a pastel palette to emulate warmth to create that homely, cosy, comfy feeling. Add a touch of warmth to the dining table with a pastel pink cake holder, or this lovely celadon blue handcrafted ceramic serving platter to dish up those scrumptious treats. Take it a little further with a beautiful napkin ring to add that extra special touch, and do up some gorgeous place cards for a personal touch if you’re hosting a large brunch.
Add a splash of colour and fun with your own signature cocktail. The best brunch isn’t complete with a cocktail or two to accompany the wonderful feast that you’ve put together, and you can do up a special menu that will appeal to both the kiddies and the grown-ups. This lavender lillet cocktail is simple yet special, utilising the power of lavender to make it feel extra classy. For those who are still hanging onto a touch of summer, this alcohol-free mocktail will do just fine. Leave out the vodka and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise with this fruity mocktail that even the kids will love, or stir up this refreshingly flavourful punch with this lemonade, prosecco, blackberry, and mint.
Can’t be bothered hosting your own Mother’s Day brunch? We don’t blame you – it is your day, after all! Luckily, these venues around town know how to host the ultimate Mother’s Day spread on Sunday May 9. All you have to do is show up and eat.
Mother’s Day Lunch @ QT Gold Coast
If you’re looking for a lazy start to the day after being showered with Mother’s Day love, QT Gold Coast is the place for you! Between Bazaar, Yamagen and Fixx Cafe,tThey’ve got brunch, lunch and dinner sorted. With delicacies including fried chicken and waffles, breakfast pizzas and a live crepe station, they’ve got everything covered so that you can sit back, relax, listen to the great music and enjoy the breezy brunch vibe. They’ll even do the dishes for you!
Mother’s Day @ RACV Royal Pines
Panorama is the perfect place to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day and enjoy a delectable high tea. With a selection of delicious sandwiches, pastries and cakes complemented with fresh espresso coffee or tea, and glass of sparkling wine, it’s sure to make Mum’s day feel extra special.
Mother’s Day Chandon High Tea @ Treasury Casino, Brisbane [SOLD OUT]
This Mother’s Day spoil your Mum with a heavenly Chandon High Tea escape for all your indulgent pleasures. What better way to celebrate this Mother’s Day than with an unforgettable afternoon in the decadent surrounds of the Treasury Heritage Hotel. Enjoy sweet & savoury delights paired with La Maison Du Thé French hand-crafted teas and Chandon*.
Mother’s Day @ The Oasis
It’s time to celebrate Mother’s Day, and The Oasis is the place to do it. Pay them a visit for gift ideas, dining options, family activities, special offers. Visit the offers tab on The Oasis website to see all the retail and dining offers over the Mothers Day weekend. It’s the ultimate way to spoil your mum.