A Mother’s Day Breakfast Menu You Can Prep the Night Before

updated May 1, 2019
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Treating Mom to a cozy breakfast celebration is always a great way to kick off Mother’s Day. We want to help you pull it off, so we put together a menu that lets you celebrate and do much of the work ahead of time. There’s a sparkling herbal tea mocktail, avocado deviled eggs, and a gorgeous, fruit-studded grain salad.

This menu feeds six to eight people comfortably and can be totally prepped the day before, so all that’s left are a few finishing touches in the morning. We’ve even included a timeline on exactly how you can pull this together in advance.

The Menu + A Few Tips

This breakfast menu was created to let you spend the morning with mom, rather than in the kitchen. Everything can be prepped and prepared entirely in advance, so all that’s left to do is reheat the French toast casserole, fill the deviled eggs, and bring the fruit salad and jello mold to the table.

  • Sparkling Hibiscus Mocktail
  • How To Make a Hearty Breakfast Fruit Salad
  • Avocado Deviled Eggs with Everything Bagel Spice
  • Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole
  • Sparkling Fruit Jello Mold

What to Drink

In addition to a bottle of your favorite bubbly, raise a toast to mom with a beautiful and refreshing tea-inspired mocktail. The drinks can be prepared a day ahead, so all you have to do is top it off with a splash of boozy or non-boozy bubbles.

  • Sparkling Hibiscus Mocktail: This bubbly jewel-toned drink is just as refreshing as it is beautiful. It starts with floral hibiscus tea, which is best when cold-brewed at least one day ahead, and stashed in the fridge. It comes together just before serving with honey and a splash of tonic, but know you can easily kick it up with Champagne, sparkling wine, or prosecco.

What to Eat

This breakfast is a mix of sweet and savory delights and it hinges on the potential to be made a day before the celebration. It includes everything from eggs and fruit salad, to French toast, and a jello mold.

  • How To Make a Hearty Breakfast Fruit Salad: In a departure from your regular fruit salad, this version get a hearty boost from grains, like barley, farro, or freekeh, along with a twist of fresh mint. All the components can be prepped in advance, stored separately in the fridge, and then mixed together just before breakfast.
  • Avocado Deviled Eggs with Everything Bagel Spice: A twist on the classic, this version gets a velvety texture and vivid color from ripe avocado, plus crunch and savory flair from a pinch of everything bagel spice. The hard-boiled eggs and filling can be prepped a day ahead, then assembled in the morning.
  • Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole: Treat mom to something sweet. Prepped a day in advance, this sweet and citrusy casserole will fill your plate with everything you love about regular French toast, from the pillowy brioche to the rich custard to the crisped edges.
  • Sparkling Fruit Jello Mold: Want a dessert that will elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from all around the table? It’s time to go a little retro. This stunning jello mold is light and fruity, with a tart, balanced sweetness that will surprise even jello salad skeptics.

Tips for Working with Gelatin

Your Breakfast Timeline

A celebratory breakfast with mom doesn’t leave a ton of timing for cooking on Sunday morning, plus we know you’d rather spend time with her than in the kitchen. Here’s your timeline for shopping for and prepping your Mother’s Day breakfast in advance.


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

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


Use Saturday to prepare everything on the menu from the drinks to dessert.

  • The drinks: Use the day before brunch to cold-brew the hibiscus tea for the cocktails and prep any garnishes.
  • Fruit salad: Cook and cool the grains, and prepare the fruit salad (it’s even better the next day!).
  • Deviled eggs: Cook the eggs and make the filling. Store each separately and fill the eggs on Sunday morning.
  • French toast casserole: This casserole is even better when prepped a day in advance. Store it in the fridge overnight, then bake on Sunday morning.
  • Jello mold: While this is a pretty easy dessert to pull together, it does require a bit of time for cooling and setting. Make it on Saturday so it has plenty of time to set overnight.
  • Set the table: On Saturday evening set the table, get out the servingware you’ll be using for brunch, and arrange the flowers.


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

  • Before everyone arrives: After popping the casserole in the oven to heat up, all that’s left to do is fill the deviled eggs.
  • When guests arrive: Once guests arrive, mix together the drinks, raise a toast to mom, and get ready to eat.