(This post has been updated for 2020)
My beautiful mother is the quintessential hostess. She loves to entertain and is an amazing cook (and has a great sense of style, too!) As our family has grown over the past few years, most of our time together involves preparing food for family get-togethers. Mostly, she spoils me when I’m back home and does the majority of the cooking, but I do love to try my hand at what she’s taught me when we’re in my home. She visited last week, and we thought it’d be a perfect time to have a girls’ brunch since we won’t get to be with her on Mother’s Day. Sienna lent a hand by trying out all the treats!
Our Favorite Brunch Recipes:
My mom and I love these go-to brunch recipes, and as far as hosting goes, brunch always takes my top spot.
Spanish Tortilla with Vinegar Chips (the recipe just calls for regular chips, but we loved to mix it up with the salt and vinegar!) This is super yummy and easily made ahead of time. It’s great warm, but traditionally served room temp in Spain. We topped ours with a few chopped chives and served with a local-made, semi-sweet hatch chile hot sauce. A little sour cream on the side would also be delicious.
Fluffy (Paleo) Pancakes (keep warm in a low oven) – Top with berries! These are easy, fluffy, gluten-free, grain-free pancakes. Just be sure not to over-do them…they cook quickly.
Grapefruit Mimosas – Just sub ruby red grapefruit juice for OJ! Garnish with a slice of strawberry or raspberries and a sprig of mint. (We got too excited and didn’t garnish ours, and at first even forgot the juice. Ha!)
Martha Stewart Christmas Morning Breakfast Bake – We didn’t serve it this time, but it is by far my all-time favorite brunch recipe (not gluten-free/grain-free.) You can make any time of the year, it’s not Christmassy. You prep it the night before, which is even better for hosting a brunch. Enjoy your mimosa and your company instead of being stuck in the kitchen cooking!
Citrus and Avocado Salad – I made this for a special brunch this winter and omg. It’s the perfect brunch salad. The citrus and avocado are an amazing combo an I love being able to have something green on the table. It’s a colorful dish to boot!
Mother’s Day Brunch Outfit Details
Dress – (similar) Wolf & Badger Wrap Dress – SO cute!!
Necklace – (similar) Anthropologie Lariat – Love the sweet stones in this and love this style for jazzing up any dress or tee, too.
Shoes – (similar) Eileen Fisher sandals
Apron – Because all the best hostesses wear one, right? Old Williams-Sonoma, but this one is so pretty.
Marsha’s Outfit (Laura’s Mom):
Dress – (similar and a gorgeous indigo) Skye Embroidered Dress
Sandals (similar) – Frye Gladiator Sandal
Earrings (similar) – Crescent Earrings – An easy flattering shape to wear with anything.
Dress – (similar) Tucker & Tate Lemon Print Dress – Oh so adorable!
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Hoping all of you mamas have a lovely lovely day on Sunday. May your families shower you with extra sleep time, lots of coffee and snuggles.
Beautifully captured photos again by Posy Quarterman. I mean. Wow. And those gorgeously amazing treats? The genius of Anna Henricks of Sweetheart St. Johns (I dare you to follow @sweetheartstjohns on Instagram). She tops each lovely pastry with edible flowers. I pretty much stalk her all around Portland at various events. You can find her monthly at the Portland Flea + Food and this Sunday at Urban Sphere in St. Johns from 10-2 for a special Mother’s Day celebration! Rosemary Stafford will also be there with more gorgeous flower arrangements like the one in this shoot! Thank you ladies for making our brunch beautiful AND delicious!