Raise a Toast to Mom with This Easy Champagne Brunch Menu

Raise a Toast to Mom with This Easy Champagne Brunch Menu

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Kelli Foster
May 6, 2017
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler)

A Champagne brunch is always a good idea for Mother's Day because it automatically makes the occasion feel special and elegant. So grab a few bottles of the finest bubbles around and put together a spread that's full of spring flavors, like an herby egg and potato frittata and a fresh fruit salad. This menu feeds six to eight people comfortably and doesn't require much prep. We've even included a timeline on how you to can pull this together with a day's head start.

The Menu + A Few Tips

When it comes to celebration, there's no better fit than a little bubbly. So, with that in mind this menu was created with recipes that complement Champagne, like fresh strawberry pastries, a spring herb and goat cheese frittata, tropical fruit salad, and a lightly spiced pavlova for dessert.

  • Bubbly Peach and Thyme Mocktail
  • Fresh Herb, Potato, and Goat Cheese Frittata
  • Mango and Papaya Fruit Salad
  • Baked Berry Breakfast Pastries with Whipped Crème Fraîche
  • Perfect Bacon in the Oven
  • Easy Summer Cake with Fruit and Cream

What to Drink

Champagne! Prosecco! Cava! We already know champagne is on the menu — after all, we designws this whole menu around it — but in addition to coffee or tea, your celebratory brunch deserves an equally festive and bubbly drink that is alcohol-free.

  • Bubbly Peach and Thyme Mocktail: This gorgeous three-ingredient mocktail is reminiscent of a bellini, with a savory herbal upgrade in the form of fresh thyme. And in case the Champagne sippers get jealous, just know you can also swap the seltzer in this mocktail for any sparkling wine to give it a boozy twist.

What to Eat

This menu treats Mom to all the high points of brunch and fills the table with a mix of sweet and savory options and, of course, a light and fresh dessert to round out the meal.

  • Fresh Herb, Potato, and Goat Cheese Frittata: I love frittatas for an easy brunch because they're an upgrade from everyday scrambled eggs and come together with little fuss. This hearty version will appeal to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. It's seasoned with a scattering of aromatic fresh herbs, and creamy goat cheese for added tang.
  • Mango and Papaya Fruit Salad: This minimalist fruit salad is one of the most delicious examples of simplicity. And because today is about celebration, it deserves a fruit salad that goes beyond the melon and strawberries. If mango and papaya aren't in your regular fruit rotation, then this simply dressed version will feel extra special.
  • Baked Berry Breakfast Pastries with Whipped Crème Fraîche: For a sweet start to your meal, might I suggest these very springy breakfast pastries? They come together easily with store-bought pie dough, and are a great way to put those early season berries to work.
  • How To Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven: Because brunch simply isn't complete without a side of crisp, smoky bacon. This super-easy method lets you cook a big batch at once and, best of all, there's no flipping required.
  • Easy Summer Cake with Fruit and Cream: Topped with tangy cream and a medley of sweet, fresh fruit this simple cake is just the way to finish off Mother's Day brunch.

Your Brunch Timeline

This menu is even easier to pull together when you give yourself a head start. Gathering ingredients and prepping ahead of time means less time in the kitchen on Sunday and more time celebrating with mom. Here's your timeline to get a jump start on brunch prep.

Friday

If you really want to get a head start, begin on Friday.

  • Grocery shopping: Hit the grocery store to pick up all your ingredients, some flowers, and buy the Champagne.

Saturday

Today is your prep day, and when you can pull most of the components of your brunch together.

  • The drinks: Use the day before brunch to make the simple syrup for the drinks, cut up the fruit, and prep any garnishes.
  • Fruit salad: Prepare the fruit salad (it's even better the next day!).
  • Breakfast pastries: Make the berry-filled breakfast pastries.
  • Dessert: Make the cake, whip the cream, and slice the fruit. Just hold off on assembly the cake until right before brunch.
  • Frittata: If you'll be pressed for time on Sunday, consider making the frittata ahead of time and reheating before brunch.
  • Set the table: On Saturday evening set the table, get out the servingware you'll be using for brunch, and arrange the flowers.

Sunday

Use Sunday morning to do any last-minute cooking and pull together the finishing touches for brunch.

  • Before everyone arrives: Heat up the oven to cook the bacon, prepare or reheat the frittata, and assemble the cake.
  • When guests arrive: Once guests arrive, mix together the drinks, raise a toast to mom, and get ready to eat.

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