• Mansa Krishnamurthy

5 Easy Steps To Celebrate Mother's Day While In Quarantine & A Checklist Of Hosting Items

Mother's Day is around the corner and this year it's looking a little different for all of us. While limiting social contact and staying indoors as much as possible is both necessary and mandatory, we can still express how we feel about the special ladies in our lives - just a little differently than we are used to. This year, I've teamed up with several friends to share ideas on how to celebrate Mother's Day! I hope you will check out everyone's post linked at the very bottom.

If you have landed on my page from Lucy at Craftberry Bush, welcome! I absolutely love her creative idea of a mimosa gift basket for Mother's Day! Whether you are new here or a regular visitor, I hope you stick around as I take you through 5 easy steps to celebrate Mother's Day while in quarantine.

For Mother's Day this year, I really thought it would be great to share some delicious eats to celebrate the special ladies in our lives. The ideas in this post can be used if you decide to entertain at home or if you choose to wrap things up into a picnic or a care package. So whether you leave a delicious brunch on your mom's front porch to enjoy, or if you set up a spread on your own dining table (but skip the hugs of course!) there is something for you! Let's jump right in shall we? Let's chat about 5 easy steps to celebrate Mother's Day while in quarantine.

One: Something Hearty

I don't know about you, but most of my breakfasts include some sort of oatmeal. And there is no reason why a Mother's Day brunch celebration can't have granola as part of the spread. You can either purchase your favorite granola or make it yourself.

For a quick homeade granola fix, preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine 1 cup of oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil, 1 teaspoon of honey in a saucepan. Once warmed, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir this vanilla mixture with the oats until well coated and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Top off the warm-straight-from-the-oven granola with your favorite fruit - think bananas, apple slices, or an assortment of berries. If you are planning on sharing this, spoon the granola and fruit toppings into a mason jar.

Two: Something Savory

To balance the sweets (they are up next!) it's always nice to have something savory. If you are craving something salty for brunch, warm up some mini quiches in the oven! Or prepare your favorite mini sandwiches and serve them on a platter. Other great ideas for a salty fix could be mini omelettes or a pasta salad. If you are planning on packing a brunch, combine your salty snacks into a pretty tupperware containers.

Three: Something Healthy

Let's face it. Not all foods served at a brunch table are healthy. But there is no reason to skip the fruits and veggies. To add some "balance" to the meal, go ahead and cut your favorite veggies and serve them with a great dip. Veggies like celery, carrot sticks or bell peppers with dip are always a hit. For variety, mix in some hummus and crackers, cheese slices, fruit and nuts. These are all extremely easy to pop into a mason jar if you are preparing this to-go. Jar salads are also ever popular, and these can be used whether you are hosting at home or if you are packing away a brunch.

Four: Give Me All The Sweets

My favorite part of any meal is desserts! And Mother's Day brunch is no exception. If you are a baker, prepare your favorite treat ahead of time. If you prefer an assortment of sweets then add in (either homemade or store bought) cookies, biscuits, macarons, brownies and cake to a platter to serve. When planning to pack a brunch, simply add your treats to tupperware for easy take away.

Five: Something To Drink

Serving drinks is probably to easiest item on the brunch list. If you are hosting in doors adding warm drinks like teas or coffees to the mix will work great! If you are packing a brunch, flavored waters and prepackaged juices/lemonade are always a hit!

For ease of planning your Mother's Day celebration, I've compiled a list of brunch items here for you! Feel free to pin this for later!

Next up on the Mother's Day blog hop is Ash of DASH lifestyles. Be sure to stop by her set up - you don't want to miss it! You can find everyone else on this tour linked below!

If you find the tips I shared helpful, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below, tag me in a photo on Instagram using #thisissimplicite or send me an email. If you would like to refer back to this post, go ahead and pin the image below! Hope you all have a great time celebrating this Mother's Day!

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