How to make your Mother’s Day brunch magical

A few special touches go a long way. Oh, and cake, lots of cake!
Mothers Day Decorating Table With Flowers Candles Cake and DinnerwarePhotography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and for Home Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Elle Lovelock, it’s always a special day to spend with her young son and all the cherished members of their family. For her, a Mother’s Day brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the nurturing figures in our lives. Along with giving just the right Mother’s Day gifts, of course!

“I love that Mother’s Day is a time to focus on the women who care for us,” says Elle. “To me, it’s not just about mothers in the traditional sense, but the aunts, friends and mothers of fur babies too. Being a mum can look very different from family to family.”

Given her position at the helm of Home Beautiful, it’s safe to say Elle knows a thing or two about entertaining. She shares her tips to hosting the most magical Mother’s Day brunch, with gorgeous styling by Home Beautiful stylist Lucy Gough – who is also a mum! Spot the sweet handwriting by one of Lucy’s sons on the note beside the LEGO flowers.

1. Bring out the family recipes

“I love that Mother’s Day is an occasion that involves sharing food with loved ones,” says Elle. “Typically, my sister, mum and I will get together at one of our homes for brunch or afternoon tea. We much prefer this to going out to a restaurant, as it’s much more intimate. We set the table beautifully with our favourite tableware, and prepare cakes and treats to have with tea and a glass of bubbles. There’s always a family recipe in there too. Our heritage is Dutch, so apple turnovers – or appelflappen – are a must!”

Mothers Day Decorating Table With Flowers Candles Cake and Dinnerware
For similar chairs, try ‘Cafe’ chairs in Oak, Domayne. For similar throw (on chair), try ‘Cobblestone’ blanket, Creswick. ‘Ruffles’ tablecloth in White, I Love Linen. Jug in Mist, Mud Australia. Vase, Kmart. Cutlery, No 22. Placemats, H&M. ‘Pearl’ plates, Hopewood Interiors. ‘Breakfast in Bed’ bowls, Robert Gordon. Fruit bowl, candlesticks, and candles, all H&M. Woodwick candle, Urban Willow. Bitossi Home ‘Rose’ teacups and saucers, Haus Haus. ‘Gio’ tiered cake stand, Wedgwood. ‘Sovereign’ vase in White, Provincial Home Living. Faux magnolias, poppies and sweet peas, all Pepperwhites by Tara Dennis. Cake stand, Robert Gordon. Cake, Flour and Stone. Spode Blue Italian cake server, David Jones. ‘Ruffles’ napkins in White, I Love Linen. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

2. Make your setting special

“I always pick a theme for styling the Mother’s Day table. A lovely thing to do is select one that represents your family. Our table usually involves some form of blue and white – again, the Dutch reference – but I like to change things up with accessories and flowers. This year I’m going for a mix of olive green foliage with soft pink, rich burgundy and pops of orange. It’s an autumnal floral look I like to spread out across different-sized vases. Another fun thing to do is layer the table with candles and votives, even if it’s daytime.”

Mother's Day Breakfast Flowers Dahlias
Australian Botanical Soap bars, Harris Farm. For similar brush, try Beechwood pot scrubber, Seed & Sprout. Bramley wooden pear and apple, French Knot. Lorenzo silver bee trinket box, French Knot. Leaf hand towel, Fledge and Thread. Saint Remy terracotta pot, Few & Far. For similar tongs, try Redecker toast tongs, Aura Home. ‘Kitchen Alchemy’ hand wash in White Tea and Wild Mint, Circa. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Mother’s day brunch is the perfect time to bring out your best dinnerware set. Matching plates and dishes are beautiful, as is a composition of special crockery that’s been collected over time.

Only the best crockery will do when you’re plating up for Mum. Today’s the day to dust off cherished china, unearth your family heirlooms or add some new favourites to your tableware collection.

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Mother's Day Brunch Plates
‘Pearl’ dinner plate, Hopewood interiors. ‘Capri’ side plate in Blue, and dinner plate in Blue, both No 22. ‘Dynasty’ blue and white plate, Alfresco Emporium. Tiger plate in Green and Pink, H&M. ‘Radiant’ plate in Beige, In The Roundhouse. For similar flooring, try Windsor Wool ‘Kallista’ sisal carpet in Alpine Snow, Choices Flooring. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

3. Curate a Mother’s Day brunch with visual appeal

“My ideal menu consists of cakes, tarts and pastries: I have a real sweet tooth! I try to have one main celebration cake as the centrepiece, up on a cake stand so it’s part of the table décor, then platters of other treats people can help themselves to. Since Mother’s Day lands in autumn, I try to go for seasonal flavours like apples and citrus. That way you know the food will taste its best.”

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a high tea. Layer your table with the finest linen, placemats, crockery and decor, fill your home with scented flowers, and enjoy sweet treats with your nearest and dearest.

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Mothers Day Brunch Table Set With Cake and Dinnerware
‘Cosmos’ round cushion in Pink, Bonnie and Neil. On table: ‘Botanical’ beaded runner, Alfresco Emporium. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Why is Mother’s Day different in the UK?

In Australia, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, which is the same as other countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria and the United States. In 2024, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12 in Australia. However, you might have noticed that Mother’s Day is celebrated on a completely different day in the UK. There, its date is rooted in Christian traditions and falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, or three weeks before Easter Sunday. In 2024, the UK celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 10.

The little luxuries can be the greatest gifts of all, from a cuppa in bed to lovingly handwritten cards. Use a beautiful basket or tray to perfect your presentation and spoil Mum with flowers of every ilk.

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Mother's Day Breakfast In Bed Idea Lego Flowers and Card
Daffodil LEGO set, Kmart. ‘Trio of Tulips’ brooch, Erstwilder. Fiore ‘Trug Gathering Kubu’ basket, Wicka. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Is Mother’s Day a public holiday in Australia?

There’s no public holiday for Mother’s Day in Australia. As it’s always on a Sunday, many people don’t need to work on this day and can spend it with loved ones, but there’s no official day off from work. For florists and cafe staff, it’s one of the busiest days of the year! Anyone for high tea?

Mothers Day Breakfast In Bed Pale Pink Sheets And Flowers
‘Sandstone’ European pillowcases in Natural Gingham, Wallace Cotton. Standard pillowcases in Natural and quilt cover set in Blush, both I Love Linen. ‘Geranium’ cushion in Pink, Bonnie and Neil. For similar mattress, try Dunlopillo by Sleepmaker ‘Hayman’ Medium mattress, Domayne. Tray, Pepperwhites by Tara Dennis. On tray: David Mellor toast rack, Haus Haus. For similar egg cup, try Chasseur ‘La Cuisson’ egg cup, Victoria’s Basement. ‘Eleanor’ bowl and plate, Castlery. Sabre Paris ‘Djembe’ spoon, Haus Haus. ‘Svalka’ champagne flute, Ikea. ‘Ruffles’ napkin in Natural, I Love Linen. Napkin ring, H&M. ‘Blushing Bride’ faux bouquet, Pepperwhites by Tara Dennis. For similar shutters, try ‘Australis Shutters’ in Bright White, Wynstan. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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