Simple Mother’s Day Brunch Tablescape


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Mother's Day table decor designed by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Moms are the best, and they deserve all the love on Mother’s Day! I know life is crazy for most of us right now, though, so if throwing a full-on Mother’s Day brunch seems impossible, this post is for you! I pride myself on being a well of time-and-money-saving hostess hacks, and certain tricks came in particularly handy when designing today’s Mother’s Day tablescape. Keep reading for full Mother’s Day brunch details, including tips on creating your own Mother’s Day table decor and centerpiece, pre-made meal options, and easy ideas for elevating grocery store desserts!

Also, check out the video below to see how the whole celebration came together. I’m still clueless when it comes to YouTube, but I know “Thumbs Up” and “Subscribes” are uber helpful!

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas 

Here’s everything I used to create this Mother’s Day tablescape–

  • Light blue buffalo plaid tablecloth– I used a lot of pink in my Easter tablescape, so I wanted to go with blue this time around.
  • Light blue buffalo plaid napkins– I bought these to match my tablecloth but wanted to do something a little more special with them. Fortunately, my stepmom gave me a book about a zillion ways to tie napkins, so I tied them in these pretty knots (basically the easiest design in the book– ha!). 
  • Pink water cups– These are seriously the prettiest little water cups you’ll ever find! We own a set in both pink and clear. 
  • Pink goblets– I loved my Bormioli Rocco water cups so much that I had to order these goblets, as well. They come in a handful of different colors!
  • Hyacinth chargers– I ordered a set of gorgeous new chargers on Amazon, and of course, their shipment got delayed. So, I decided to use my trusty hyacinth chargers again. They’re such staples– I seriously use them all year long. 
  • Beaded dinner plates– I found these exact plates at Home Goods about three years ago, so I’m linking a similar style from Pottery Barn!
  • White salad plates– I got these basic plates at Dollar Tree for… (you guessed it) $1! I also added a little pink carnation stem to every plate to add in a bit more color. 
  • Pink ramekins– I pre-filled these cute little pink ramekins with vanilla yogurt, granola, and fresh berries.
  • Gold flatware– This gold flatware just looks so nice on our table. The whole set is under $25, too!
  • Mother’s Day Centerpiece– For this year’s Mother’s Day centerpiece, I used a small white crate that I found at Hobby Lobby and six mason jars as a base. Then, I added in six stems of silver dollar eucalyptus, two pink long stem roses, three white hydrangeas, twelve snapdragons (mom’s favorite flowers!), a dozen white roses, and a few bunches of alstroemeria and pink carnations. 

Wooden crate Mother's Day centerpiece created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante Mother’s Day centerpiece idea created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka with snapdragons, pink and white roses, light pink carnations, alstroemeria, and silver dollar eucalyptus on Diary of a Debutante

First up– Mother’s Day table decor!

I really loved putting this Mother’s Day centerpiece together. That said, it was not without its challenges. I actually had an extreme amateur flower fail before giving it a second go (#flowerfail video to come), so I was just elated when I started seeing everything come together. All flowers are beautiful, but I specifically love using snapdragons to create height and dimension and hydrangeas to fill space. Fully-bloomed roses make amazing statement flowers, too. I actually just learned that you can either reflex or blow into them to force them to bloom quicker, too. Thanks, Full Bloom!

Just a tip– I recently learned that you can contact your grocery store’s floral department ahead of time to request special flowers. Their floral team put orders in a week or two in advance, so if you have a couple of weeks to spare, it may be worth asking if they can get you specific stems. It’s not a guaranteed thing, though. I wasn’t able to get any ranunculus or peonies, but I was able to secure a handful of silver dollar eucalyptus and twelve stunning snapdragons from Hy-Vee! 

Low spring snapdragon centerpiece designed for a Mother's Day tablescape by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Also, I can’t rave about these gorgeous pink goblet glasses enough. They’re durable, well made, and seriously so perfect for spring and summer parties!

Pink Bormioli Rocco glasses styled in a spring tablescape by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

I mentioned this earlier, but my stepmom bought me a book on folding napkins for Christmas a few years back, so I decided to pull it out to create fun napkins for this year’s Mother’s Day table decor. Essentially all I did was roll the napkins longwise and then tie them in a knot in the middle, but still… don’t they look fun?! 

Mother’s Day brunch decorating ideas from southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante Mother’s Day brunch table setting ideas by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Next up– Mother’s Day food!

I’m not normally a fan of pre-made food, but Hy-Vee absolutely kills it in that department. We’ve now ordered breakfast for four and ham dinner for four, and they were both such steals. Plus, value aside, it makes it so easy for me to focus on cleaning and entertaining instead of slaving in the kitchen.

For this year’s Mother’s Day food menu, we ordered Hy-Vee’s Brunch for four, which included–

  • Quiche Lorraine 
  • Bacon
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Vanilla yogurt with granola and fresh berries
  • Gourmet blueberry muffins
  • Half a gallon of orange juice

There are dozens of other options to choose from, though. You pick five from a list of fifteen– and you can request additional portions of your favorites, as well.

Mother’s day brunch table setting ideas by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

These blueberry muffins, y’all… amazing

Blueberry muffins from Hy-Vee served for Mother's Day brunch by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutate Gourmet blueberry muffins from Hy-Vee's pre-made brunch for four on Diary of a Debutante

Last up– dessert!

Another one of my favorite hosting “hacks” involves making yourself look wayyy better at cake decorating than you are. For this Mother’s Day cake, I ordered a 5″ plain white double layer cake from Hy-Vee Aisles Online. The entire process was super duper easy. Then, I transferred the cake to a cute cake stand and used leftover pink carnations to decorate it.

Just a note– you can see in the video up top that I always wrap the stems with floral tape. I’ll share a more detailed video about that shortly, but it is important that you don’t stick flower stems directly into desserts. No matter how clean you think they are, they could’ve been treated with pesticides. Unless the flowers are labeled edible and/or you grow your own, you just never know. 

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka elevates a small white grocery store cake with flowers on Diary of a Debutante Pink carnation flowers on a cake idea by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

More Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

As much as I love Hy-Vee’s premade meals (seriously, y’all, they’re delicious), I know they’re not for everyone. If you prefer cooking for yourself, here are a few of my favorite homemade Mother’s Day brunch recipes–

  • Homemade Oatmeal BarsMade with natural oats, chocolate chips, and fresh berries, these homemade oatmeal bars are about as big of a breakfast treat as you can find. Plus, they’re great for meal preppers!
  • Fluffy Protein Waffles– If your mom falls under the “health nut” category, this recipe’s a must-try! These fluffy, protein-packed waffles are both healthy, hearty, and delicious. Plus, they’re perfect for meal prepping.
  • Homemade Jumbo Orange Rolls– Adapted from Trisha Yearwood’s famous recipe, these fluffy homemade orange cinnamon rolls are the perfect holiday brunch treat!
  • Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice CubesLemonade ice cubes keep this refreshing, big-batch sparkling cocktail cool without diluting it! 
  • Matcha Green Tea Latte– It’s always nice to have a non-alcoholic beverage option other than coffee and OJ. Make this matcha green tea latte totally dairy-free by substituting coconut or almond milk for whole milk!

What’s your go-to Mother’s Day brunch menu? I’d love to try out some new recipes! I’d also love to hear about some of your Mother’s Day table decor ideas. I stopped 80% of my magazine subscriptions, so I need inspiration– haha! But seriously.

Also, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!

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Just so you know, I was reimbursed for the cost of these products as part of a sponsored social campaign with Hy-Vee. I loved this project so much that I decided to feature it on my blog, as well, although I had no obligation to do so. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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