By Deanna Talwalkar


Treat the special mothers in your life to a fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch this year.  For all that they do in our lives, moms deserve a special day that is all about them!  Whether you are celebrating your mom or mother-in-law, your sister, or a few special mom friends, these five Mother’s Day Brunch tips will help you host a great party.  

PICK A LOCATION | Early to mid-May in Kentucky is the perfect time of year to entertain outdoors. So take advantage of the warmer weather and host an outdoor Mother’s Day Brunch.  The mild May weather and gorgeous blooming flowers make an ideal backdrop for brunch on a patio or deck.  If you plan to host your Mother’s Day Brunch at a restaurant instead of at home, look for spots that allow guests to dine alfresco.
TAKE CUES FROM NATURE | If you’ll be hosting your Brunch outdoors, use the natural setting as inspiration for your party décor.  Bright, floral tablecloths and napkins will work perfectly outdoors.  Colors, like pink and green, taken from outdoors florals are a great match for outdoor dining.  Items from your yard, like flowers and branches full of blooms or buds, can be cut and used as table decorations, too.  If you have potted plants on your patio move them around so that they can be used effectively to decorate your brunch table.
MAKE YOUR FLOWRS WORK DOUBLE TIME | Let your table top décor serve a double duty.  Set out mini potted flowers for your table decorations.  Place little place cards at the bottom of each plant so guests know where to sit.  At the end of the party, you can use the pots as favor gifts, too.  Sending all of the moms home with their own potted plant is a thoughtful touch.
COORDINATE THE MENU TO THE SETTING | Use the nature based color palette to inspire your menu, too.  For example, with a pink and green color palette, choose a spinach salad with strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette to serve before the meal.  For dessert, serve a homemade vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, topped with loads or pink cookies and candy.  
You can also choose a menu based on produce that is in season in Kentucky during early May.  Items like asparagus, lettuce, radishes, and strawberries start are ready to harvest in May.  Seek out seasonal produce at the local farmers market when planning your menu.
SET OUT A DRINK STATION | During a warm, outdoor party, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of refreshing drinks.  A galvanized steel tub filled with ice can be used to keep bottles cold during your lunch.  Set out pitchers of water and lemonade, along with lemons, mint and other garnishes all in one accessible spot.  Guests can easily help themselves as the party goes on.