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 12. All you have to do is show up and eat.
Mother’s Day Brunch – Bazaar @ QT Gold Coast
If you’re looking for a lazy start to the day after being showered with Mother’s Day love, Bazaar Brunch is the one for you! 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! Adults can come along for $69, while children aged 4-12 years are just $19.
Mother’s Day High Tea @ Stamford Plaza, Brisbane
Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at the annual Spirit of Queensland High Tea. Inspired by Queensland tastes, this delicious High Tea will be presented on a three-tiered stand and include ribbon sandwiches, fresh out of the oven scones and an assortment of sublime sweet treats. Your meal is complimented with a welcome glass of bubbles, tea and coffee. Come along to the morning or afternoon sittings at 10.00 am, 12.30 pm or 3.30pm – prices range from $69 per adult, which includes a welcome drink, and $30 per child (4-12 years).
Mother’s Day @ RACV Royal Pines
There is so much to taste this Mother’s Day at RACV Royal Pines, with their gorgeous dining destinations serving up a smorgasbord or delicacies in honour of the special day. Enjoy a delicious seafood buffet lunch at Kalinda Restaurant, a delectable High Tea at Panorama Lounge or a high tea with a side of live music and panoramic views at the 21st-floor Videre Restaurant.
Mother’s Day Brunch @ Treasury Casino, Brisbane
Treat yourself this Mother’s Day with a decadent brunch in the historic Hotel Courtyard, guaranteed to please the whole family! There’s something for everyone in the live cooking stations, which will serve up the very best brunch favourites including everything from French toast to grilled barramundi. Wash it all down with a ‘MUMosa’ and other beverages from the fresh juice station. Kids will be thrilled with a packed morning of activities including a face painter and a craft table, where they can spend the morning making Mum a card or gift. Whether you’re a muesli mum or muffin mum, a mushroom or a miso, the Treasury Casino has everything you need for your special day.
Blush Sundays @ The Collective Palm Beach
Blush is the hottest hue this Mother’s Day, and the crew at The Collective Palm Beach are serving up three hours of flowing rosé and spritzers from 3pm ‘til 6pm in true Mother’s Day spirit. Yes, the coolest dining digs on the southern coast is delivering Blush Sundays – a pretty-in-pink Sunday Session poised atop of The Collective Rooftop Bar, complete with free-flowing rosé & spritzers. For just $35 per person, it’s too good to resist!
Mother’s Day High Tea Party with Queensland Ballet @ Sofitel Brisbane
Enjoy a sublime High Tea in the elegant setting of Ballroom Le Grand at Sofitel Brisbane Central. Along with exquisite high tea fare of indulgent French desserts, scones, delectable savouries and sparkling wine, you will be treated to an exclusive performance by the Queensland Ballet academy. Choose between a morning or afternoon tea, with the option to upgrade to a platinum package, and enjoy preferential seating and delight in a Moet & Chandon Champagne Piccolo whilst you are entranced by the beauty of the ballet. Children under 5 are free!
Champagne Happy @ The Oasis
Treat mother dearest to a complimentary wine this Mother’s Day thanks to Beachside Pavilion and Grand Dynasty at The Oasis in Broadbeach. Unwind in the coastal chic surrounds of Beachside Pavilion where Mum will be served a complimentary glass of wine when ordering dinner on Mother’s Day. The generous crew at Beachside are even offering Dad a complimentary schooner of beer and activity packs for the kids! And, if Yum Cha and Champagne sounds like your jam then Grand Dynasty is the place to go. They will be dishing out the finest Chinese cuisine and mouth-watering Yum Cha for lunch and dinner – paired with a complimentary glass of bubbles for Mum.