Spring seems to be a popular time for brunch.

Mother’s Day is a big day for brunches – coming up this weekend!  Wedding and baby season has most definitely begun, meaning lots of brunches for showers and celebrations. And then there are the brunches for no specific reason other than to get together with family and friends.

Here are some of my favorite brunch components – along with a few recipes I’m dying to try!


Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Pots of Tea

Blood Orange Mimosas

Bloody Marys

Lemon Rosé Bellini via Epicurious

(image via Martha Stewart)


Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups via Martha Stewart

Homemade Granola Parfaits with Yogurt and Fresh Fruit

Fresh Bagels with Lox, Cream Cheese, Capers, Red Onion and Tomato Slices

Homemade Scones, Cinnamon Rolls or Donuts

Sesame-Crusted Crab and Mango Tea Sandwiches via Bon Appetit

Grapefruit Brûlée via Epicurious

(image via Epicurious)


Fresh Flowers – lots of them!

Centerpieces made with Citrus


(image via Modern Day Floral Blog)

Herb Gardens

What are you doing for Mom this year? 


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avocado recipes, recipes with avocados

basil & feta avocado spread

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anthony bourdain scramble eggs

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farro salad, artichoke farro salad, farro artichoke salad

warm farro & artichoke salad

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spring chicken salad, chicken salad, spring recipe

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spaghetti cakes, pasta cakes

spaghetti cakes

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