The Ultimate Mother’s Day Menu

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Start Mom’s day off right with Breakfast in Bed! Whether she’s craving crepes, pancakes, French toast, quiche, or eggs and toast, you can’t go wrong with these Mother’s Day Menu ideas.

A Mother's Day breakfast tray with crepes, orange juice, coffee, fresh flowers, and a greeting card.


Making a reservation for brunch is good. But you know what’s a surefire way to warm mom’s heart? A homemade Mother’s Day recipe (or a few!).

Inspired by what I would personally love to savor and sip (ahem, in case anyone in my family is reading) and my own mom’s favorite foods and drinks, I’ve rounded up my absolute best Mother’s Day menu ideas. Start planning ahead for the special Sunday now; then keep her favorites in the meal rotation all year long.


Crepes are my favorite Mother’s Day recipe. I met my husband a million years ago when he was a cook and I was a waitress. He made the best crepes way back then, and he still does today! For me, these crepes are both sweet and sentimental, and it’s fun to share those memories with the kids.

A plate of crepes with whipped cream and berries on top.


Crepes Recipe

Master homemade Crepes in minutes with just 6 ingredients! Then fill these French-style pancakes with your favorite toppings like berries, whipped cream, or Nutella.
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More sweet brunch ideas

Baked french toast on a plate covered with berries.


Baked French Toast

This custardy make-ahead Baked French Toast recipe only gets better as it chills overnight. Come morning, add a cinnamon streusel topping, bake, and pile with fresh berries for a delicious breakfast for six!
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Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Make-ahead meals can save the day if you, too, like to hit “snooze” once or twice. This ham, cheese, and egg casserole recipe (that’s designed to be assembled completely the night before and chilled until the morning) comes complete with an irresistible buttery cornflake topping.

Overnight breakfast casserole on a white plate.


Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Your easy Brunch menu savior: Overnight Breakfast Casserole. Prepare to dive into a savory ham, cheese, and egg custard topped with an irresistible buttery cornflake topping. This is one of the best make-ahead breakfast recipes to have in your repertoire!
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More savory brunch classics

A quiche Lorraine in a silver pie pan.


Quiche Lorraine

This scrumptious Quiche Lorraine has a buttery, flaky crust filled with fluffy egg custard and decadent bacon. It's the stuff brunch dreams are made of!
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Biscuits and gravy in a small black skillet.


Biscuits and Gravy

Southern Biscuits and Gravy is one of the best weekend brunch recipes ever. Who could resist flaky buttermilk biscuits topped with a rich creamy sausage gravy?
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Eggs in a Basket

If the mom in your life lands firmly on “Team Savory” rather than “Team Sweet” at brunch, consider this creative, easy sheet pan breakfast idea. Or, offer her two eggs any style and cook them to order.

An egg cooked into a piece of bread.


Eggs in a Basket

Upgrade your next egg breakfast with Eggs in a Basket. In just 10 minutes, the yolk and white bake up in the center of the toasted bread. With my sheet pan method, you'll have enough stuffed toasts to feed the whole family.
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2 Eggs Any Style

Sunny side up eggs on a plate with bacon and toast.


How to Fry Eggs

Master how to make fried eggs better than any diner. Whether you like them sunny side up or over easy, grab a skillet and get cracking!
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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Because she probably taught you how to knead and use yeast, show her what you’ve learned with a big pan of cream cheese-frosted cinnamon rolls. A drizzle of heavy cream before baking makes these ooey, gooey, and irresistible!

Homemade cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

If you like your Homemade Cinnamon Rolls gooey, rich, and drowning in cream cheese icing, this is the recipe for you! The dough is made with yeast because there are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
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More brunch baked goods

Seven apple cider donuts on a gray round plate.


Apple Cider Donuts

Overflowing with the flavors of fall, these homemade Apple Cider Donuts are baked, not fried, and then rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture for extra crunch.
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Fresh Fruit Tart

Store-bought cakes and cupcakes will do in a pinch, but a homemade Mother’s Day dessert like this fabulous fruit tart is the ideal way to cap off the holiday. Or try a DIY chocolate treat if you normally buy her a box of chocolates!

A fresh fruit tart on a counter top.


Fresh Fruit Tart

Loaded with a lush assortment of seasonal berries and other fruit, there's nothing quite as lovely as a Fresh Fruit Tart. You'll also learn some baking basics, like a tart crust and pastry cream, along the way.
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More sweets for mom

Slices of blueberry lemon yogurt cake on a baking rack.


Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

This Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake is an easy quick bread made with Greek yogurt and juicy blueberries, fresh or frozen, and it's ready in under an hour.
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Mimosa Bar

Because it’s a special occasion, dress up the typical Mimosa Cocktail with a variety of juices and flavor-boosters. My mocktail and cocktail recipes below will pair perfectly with any of the dishes above.

Three carafes with various juices and 4 champagne flutes with mimosas.


Mimosa Bar

Get the brunch party started in just 5 minutes with a round of brunch cocktails! A Mimosa Bar stocked with a variety of fruit juices and plenty of sparkling wine is a low-stress way to entertain.
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More Mom-approved drinks

A bloody mary bar set up on a countertop.


Bloody Mary Bar

Lazy weekends and holiday mornings call for a Bloody Mary bar with homemade mix and all the savory pickled stuff you can find. It's a total crowd-pleaser; from the purists to the meal-in-a-glass folks, everyone loves making their own.
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Three jars of lavender lemonade.


Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make with dried lavender flowers. It's the perfect seasonal thirst-quencher for spring and summer.
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Bagel Bar

Celebrating a flock of moms? Feed the masses with a customizable Bagel Bar and let everyone build her own bagel. A toaster on the side means less cooking for you, and many (or probably all?) of the components can be bought or prepped in advance. It’s not cooking: it’s assembling, and it’s delicious.

A Bagel Bar stocked with bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, tomatoes, watermelon radishes, cucumbers, caviar, and fresh herbs and spices.


Bagel Bar

For bridal or baby showers, holiday brunches, and beyond, assemble a Bagel Bar so guests can get creative with their bagel recipe creations. This interactive Bagel Bar is beautiful, customizable, and a cinch to share with a crowd.
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More Ways to Graze

Midwest Charcuterie Board

A Midwest Charcuterie Board ripe with regional offerings is perfect for all-day grazing and parties with people you love. Make a few things, buy the rest, and enjoy it all! I never met a charcuterie…

20 minutes


This appetizer recipe idea is more than a trend! Jarcuterie, or single-serving charcuterie assembled in a jar, is ideal for parties, potlucks, or even food gifts. What started as a food trend during the pandemic…

5 minutes

Antipasto Platter

For a snack dinner or Italian appetizer idea, you can’t beat this easy Antipasto Platter. It takes just 20 minutes to build a feast of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and more.

20 minutes

Sending delicious wishes and lots of love to all the moms out there (mine included!). Happy Mother’s Day!

A Mother's Day breakfast tray with crepes, orange juice, coffee, fresh flowers, and a greeting card.
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  1. So many terrific ideas…which to try first…?! 🙂 I’ve used your monkey bread recipe before, which was a hit. The pictures are gorgeous. Where did you get the dish for the fruit display?

  2. Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know that the link for Baked French Toast takes me to the Lemon Ricotta Pancake recipe.

    1. Thank you so much Sherri!!! I fixed it. I hate when I do things like that… thanks again! -Meggan