Host a Festive Mother's Day Brunch

A relaxed Mother's Day brunch with friends celebrates a close circle of moms. Food Network star Marcela Valladolid shares her recipes and tips for hosting a sunny brunch. Enjoy Mother's Day the best way—with festive food, friends, and, of course, cocktails.

All Moms Welcome

Celebrate the moms in your life with a carefree brunch filled with bold color and delicious Mexican-inspired recipes. Food Network star Marcela Valladolid shares her tips and family recipes for the ultimate Mother's Day brunch. 

Hosting brunch is Marcela's favorite way to celebrate Mother's Day because it can start early and "last a really long time without anybody feeling guilty about it."

Picnic-Style Table

For a stress-free Mother's Day brunch, keep it casual. Create a picnic feel by setting a low table and surrounding it with cushions. Look for round wicker floor cushions online, or mix and match outdoor pillows. Set the stage with a neutral outdoor rug and hanging lanterns. 

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Colorful Linens

Marcela chooses colorful linens as a nod to her background. "I like to call it Mexican chic," she says. Get the look by topping colorful tablecloths or blankets with simple patterned white plates, a mix of colored glasses, and fresh flowers. 

Bring baskets of pastries and pitchers to the table so guests don't have to get up once they start eating.

Pretty Place Setting

Start your Mother's Day brunch with a gorgeous table. Dress up patterned white plates with bold graphic linens and gold flatware. Add pops of color with bright glasses and fresh flowers. 

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Hibiscus Mimosas

Kick off your brunch with a tray of pretty mimosas. Mix up a big pitcher and let guests help themselves. 

For the prettiest presentation, serve them in tall champagne flutes with a sugared hibiscus rim.

Get the Hibiscus Mimosas recipe.

Chipotle Chicken Chilaquiles

Marcela's secret to delicious chilaquiles? Use state tortillas. They absorb less oil and stay crispier. 

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Frijoles de la Olla

These zesty beans are a must on any Mexican table. Top them with fresh cilantro, onion, chiles, and a sprinkle of queso fresco. 

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Salmon Tostadas

This fresh starter layers smoked salmon and bright chimichurri sauce on tostadas. Bring them to the table on a platter lined with dried chickpeas so they don't slide all around. 

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Strawberry Parfaits

Layers of cream cheese gelatin and fresh strawberries make this party-ready dessert perfect for spring. 

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Upside-Down Mango Cake

Mango adds a tropical spin to classic upside-down cake. Slice and serve the stunning cake right at the table. 

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Vanilla & Chocolate Conchas

Named for their seashell shape, these sugar-topped breakfast pastries are a staple at many restaurants in Mexico. Serve them in a big basket linked with a tea towel.

Get the Vanilla & Chocolate Conchas recipe. 


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