Make her day with any or all of my best Mother’s Day recipes. Because edible gifts are the best gifts of all, choose from my Mother’s Day menu ideas including easy breakfast in bed options, bubbly brunch cocktails, sweet dessert recipes, and more.

Carafes of juice, bottles of sparkling wine, and fresh fruit garnishes for a mimosa bar.

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.

Table of Contents
  1. Baked French Toast
  2. Overnight Breakfast Casserole
  3. Sweet Potato Hash
  4. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  5. Fresh Fruit Tart
  6. Mimosa Bar

Baked French Toast

I love this recipe because you can make it in advance (maybe with help from kids). Let it rest in the refrigerator overnight, then add a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping in the morning and bake. Serve with copious amounts of Homemade Pancake Syrup on the side so she can drizzle as desired.

Baked french toast on a plate covered with berries.

More sweet brunch ideas

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.

More savory brunch classics

Sweet Potato Hash

If the mom in your life lands firmly on “Team Savory” rather than “Team Sweet” at brunch (I know I do), consider a hearty bacon-loaded hash. Or, offer her two eggs any style and cook them to order.

Sweet potato hash on a plate.

Eggs all the ways

How to Fry Eggs

Master how to make fried eggs better than any diner. Whether you like them sunny side up or over easy, prepare to grab a skillet and get cracking! Frying eggs is a basic culinary skill…

8 minutes

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.

Homemade cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

More brunch baked goods

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!

An overhead shot of fresh fruit tart on a wooden stand.

More sweets for mom

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.

Carafes of juice, bottles of sparkling wine, and fresh fruit garnishes for a mimosa bar.

Mom-approved drink ideas

New Mother Mocktail (Juice Blend)

New mothers, non-drinkers, and anyone celebrating will appreciate a New Mother Mocktail served in a beautiful glass with lots of crushed ice. A blend of three different fruit juices makes sure every sip tastes special.…

5 minutes

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…

2 hours 10 minutes
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Sending delicious wishes and lots of love to all the moms out there (mine included!). Happy Mother’s Day!

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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