Mother’s Day breakfast in bed

May 2, 2011 at 5:05 p.m. ET

Your mom has cooked you countless meals, done your laundry for years, and mended countless boo boos - now it's time to pay her back by surprising her with an elegant breakfast in bed. Make it a family affair by inviting dad and your sibs to join in on the surprise as you all lounge around the bed pampering mom, nibbling breakfast and making those special family memories.

Mom having breakfast in bed on mother's day

Tips for making Mother's Day breakfast in bed

Secretly plot your breakfast

A few days before Mother's Day, casually ask your mom what her favorite breakfast dishes are (if you don't already know) and start planning your Mother's Day meal.

Prepare a special menu

Create a special Mother's Day menu on decorative paper or a card and give it to your mom as a memento of the day. Include the date and a special message and have your whole family sign it.

Create a pretty serving tray

Presentation is everything with breakfast in bed. Fill a nice serving tray with the following: a single flower (your mom's favorite) in a bud vase, breakfast goodies on nice china, and linen napkins. The little extra touches will do a lot to make mom feel pampered.

Turn off all distractions

Turn off any cell phones, TVs, music (except for maybe some soft background music), computers, and anything that will cause a distraction and deter your mom from enjoying her relaxing day. The attention should be solely on her.

Don't forget to clean up

Don't leave a mess in the kitchen for your mom to clean up. Make sure you make this a relaxing day from start to finish.

Special Mother's Day breakfast in bed recipes

Raspberry Peach Morning Fizz

Makes 1 pitcher, about 4 to 6 cocktails


8 ounces vodka
8 ounces peach schnapps
2 cups orange juice
4 ounces raspberry liqueur
1/2 bottle Champagne


1. Combine vodka, schnapps, orange juice and raspberry liqueur in a large pitcher and stir.

2. Pour vodka mixture into champagne flutes, about three-fourths of the way full. Top with champagne.

Tropical Fruit Parfait

Makes 4 servings


4 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
4 teaspoons lime juice
4 teaspoons cinnamon plus more for garnish
2 (15.25-ounce) cans tropical fruit salad, drained
2 bananas, sliced
2 cups granola cereal
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


1. Combine yogurt, lime juice and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spoon half of the tropical fruit into 4 parfait or wine glasses.

2. Top with half of the banana, half of the yogurt, and half of the granola. Repeat layers once more and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and mint springs.

French Toast Casserole

Makes 6 servings


1 day old baguette, cut into thick slices
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups low-fat milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, cubed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and sugar


1. Butter a medium-sized casserole dish. Layer bread slices in the dish and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour mixture over bread and top with cubed butter. Let soak for 30 minutes on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator

2. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is golden. Dust with cinnamon-sugar before serving.

Note: Casserole can be made up to 2 days in advance (before baking) and kept in the refrigerator.

Mother's Day brunch ideas

Your Mother's Day brunch can be a tasty collection of your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes. Serving a variety of foods will ensure everyone's hunger is satisfied. Here are some of our other favorite brunch recipes: