Planning a Mother’s Day Brunch for senior moms in a group setting can be both exciting and challenging, but most of all rewarding. Proper planning will ensure great results every time.
Send out a letter to family members of the guests of honor on or about the first of May inviting them to attend the brunch. Include an R.S.V.P. date that will allow you plenty of time to order all the food and decorations.
Plan a special menu that includes items that they don’t eat every day. Here are some good choices:
Strata – a dish made with eggs cheddar cheese, milk and chunks of french bread that are soaked over night and then baked in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Koogle – a dish made with eggs, milk, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg noodles, also baked at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Hash Brown Casserole – a dish made with pre-cooked hash browns, cheddar cheese, onions and bell peppers, also cooked at 350 for 45 minutes.
Fruit and Cheese Plate
Almost all of these dishes can be assembled the night before and baked the morning of the brunch.
Cover the tables with crisp white tablecloths and pastel colored napkins. Keep your centerpieces low to promote comfortable conversation. No one enjoys trying to talk around a huge arrangement in the center of the table. Type up a mother’s day poem and copy it onto pastel paper. Cut into the shape of a heart and glue to a slightly larger paper doily so that the lace edges show. Put one at every place setting. Stencil the word MOM on pastel 3″ metal containers purchased from a novelty company or crafts store and fill each with a violet. These make cute, inexpensive favors.
Hire a local pianist or violinist to play soft music during the meal. When everyone has finished eating, begin your short program. You can find all kinds of Mother’s Day stories and jokes on the Internet. Pick several of these such as “things my mother never told me ” and quotes from famous mothers and read them to the group. Be prepared; everyone will want copies, so make plenty in advance.
Have each mother stand up and introduce her guests. Purchase small prizes and hold contests for the mom with the most children, most grandchildren, guests who travelled the farthest and the oldest. Invite guests to stand up and talk about a special memory or story about their mom. Everyone will enjoy reminiscing together and you probably won’t have a dry eye in the house.
Mothers and their guests alike will praise you for such a wonderful Mother’s Day.