With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s likely you’re wondering what to do for your mom (or your kids’ mom) on her special day. As a seafood lover, you’re in luck and so is mom. Preparing seafood is a decadent and memorable way to celebrate your love. So why not throw a seafood brunch? With the right preparation and planning, throwing a brunch can be way less stressful than trying to throw a dinner party. And with FultonFishMarket.com, you can have fresh, sustainably-produced seafood delivered straight to your door. We even offer gift cards. so you have the perfect gift in hand! In Part 1 of our Mother’s Day brunch series, we have pulled together pro tips from professional party planners to help you throw a seafood brunch that your mom will never forget. Look for Part 2: Mother's Day Seafood Brunch Recipes for tasty ideas coming next week!
Why is a Mother’s Day brunch the perfect way to celebrate? Because a brunch lets you honor the mother figures in the comfort of your own home, and even small kids can participate in the party-planning process. And when it comes time to eat, kids and adults alike will certainly enjoy the cuisine, and you’ll have plenty of hands on deck to help with the clean-up! Check out what the experts have to say about what makes a great Mother’s Day, plus some tips on planning your Mother’s Day brunch with seafood.
For moms of all stripes, brunch is a perfect way to spend time with the people mom loves most: her kids, family and cherished friends. Aside from great company, what makes for a great Mother’s Day hinges on two factors: mom’s personal culinary tastes, and whether or not she’s the mother of small children. If you’re celebrating a mom with young kids, use brunch as an opportunity to let her sleep in and have the day off kid duty, cooking and cleaning. Incorporate an activity kids and adults can enjoy, like crafts, a picnic or conversation starters (see our “pro tips” listed below), and have the kids help with the brunch preparations. If you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch for a mom whose kids are grown, you can celebrate adult-style -- with great eats and good old-fashioned brunch cocktails. In addition to brunch, honor mom with a special gift she’ll use, like a FultonFishMarket.com gift card. And here’s our final pro tip: mom is not allowed to lift a finger to cook or clean on Mother’s Day!
Here is what the party-planning pros have to say about planning a memorable, stress-free Mother’s Day brunch:
- Plan a mix of dishes. Part of the beauty of brunch is the smorgasbord of food; this is no time to skimp. To save time and stress, be sure to include foods you can prepare ahead of time, like fruit salad, pastries, muffins, or casseroles; if you're making pancakes or other baked goods for brunch, make the batter the day before. You can heat up pre-made dishes in the oven day-of, filling the house with the aroma of Mother’s Day brunch. Keep food warm in the oven (at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit) until a few minutes before guests arrive.
- Prep the day before. The day before Mother's Day, complete all your shopping (and take the kids with you so mom gets some time to herself). Don't forget to buy flowers! Also, go ahead and set the table with silverware and a centerpiece suited to mom's aesthetic tastes. Set up any "stations" your guests might use (ie. coffee, boozy drinks, condiments and hors doeuvres stations). To make your brunch preparations go smoothly the morning of Mother's Day, make a list of things you need to do in the morning, like making coffee, heating up the pre-made dishes, and preparing the brunch seafood dishes.
- If you're cooking for small children, have a trusted go-to on the menu. The kids might enjoy brunch seafood, or they might abhor it. To be on the safe side, have something on hand that you know the kids will like, like breakfast cereal or waffles.
- To prompt conversation, use this DIY trick: Incorporate handwritten note cards into the table decor, complete with questions like "What is something you appreciate about your mom?" or "What does Mother's Day mean to you?" Even young children can get into the conversation.
Here are a few Mother’s Day brunch seafood ideas, along with traditional, non-seafood options and kid-friendly ideas, to get you started party planning. We’ve categorized these brunch ideas by the type of party you might be planning. Use this list as a resource for your menu planning, and check out Part 2 -- Mother's Day seafood brunch ideas next week -- for some actual seafood brunch recipes. Also, did we mention that FultonFishMarket.com sells gift cards? Have fun on mom’s special day!
Brunch Seafood for Adventurous Adults
Here are some traditional dishes with a seafood twist that are appropriate on occasions like Mother’s Day when those in attendants are adults with an adventurous palate.
Brunch Ideas for Traditional Celebrations
Create variety for your Mother’s Day brunch guests by including a few traditional dishes. Some of the most popular, time-tested brunch ideas are:
Kid-Friendly Brunch Ideas
If you’re celebrating brunch with small children (or picky eaters of any age), consider dishes that kids will easily recognize:
FultonFishMarket.com provides fresh, sustainably-produced seafood for all your culinary needs. With delivery right to your door and gift cards for your loved ones, we are your source for creating a memorable Mother’s Day brunch.