Wednesday, May 6, 2009

5 Ways to Plan a Mother's Day Brunch

Have you waited until the last minute and don't have any ideas for your mother or for some your mother-n-law. A mother's day brunch is a fun and cost effective way to say how much your mother mean to you.
1) Pick a theme or color - When doing a mothers day brunch I like to work with colors. With colors they symbolize the season and also make you think about how to incorporate your mother's favorite colors for one lovely afternoon.
2) Gathering - Decide the type of gathering mom would want to have. Would it be small and intimate or on a larger scale with aunts, grandparents, close friends.
3) Food - You must have food. A perfectly planned brunch will include teas, pastries (danishes, scones, etc), and tea sandwiches.
4) Ambiance - Set the tone of the afternoon with fresh flowers, candles, and soft music.
5) Punch - A brunch is not a brunch without a great punch. Here is my favorite punch recipe, simple and taste great.
1 (6 oz.) can Tropicana orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (6 oz.) can lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 qt. cranberry juice, chilled
1 qt. ginger ale, chilled
1 fresh orange, sliced

Mix thawed orange juice, lemonade, cranberry juice and chill until party time. Then add ginger ale and oranges. Makes 10 3/4 cups.