Mother’s Day is all about brunch, but if you were planning on going out, prepare to wait. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry. You can skip the line ups and host your own backyard brunch instead. A bit of planning and the right set up in your backyard and you can throw a brunch your mom won’t forget.

First, don’t forget the date. This year, it’s May 13, but it’s always the second Sunday in May. That means you can probably count on warm weather, even in Canada, though it never hurts to have a backup plan in case of rain or a freak snowfall. Keep your eye on the Weather Channel in the week leading up to it and make sure you have space to move indoors in case you get rained out.

If the weather is on your side, nothing beats a Sunday brunch on the back patio or in the yard. Here’s what you’re going to need:

Waffles

The great thing about waffles is that there’s so much you can do with them. Start with the CBC’s guide to brunch for Mother’s Day. You can find recipes for waffles with berries and mascarpone, savoury breakfast waffles, or just a great waffle base which you can use to add anything. A delicious savoury waffle topped with eggs, bacon, chives, and melted cheddar cheese will keep everyone in the family happy. Of course, pancakes and French toast are also great options if you don’t have a waffle iron.

Flowers

Every meal in spring should come with flowers, especially Mother’s Day brunch. There are endless combinations of flowers you can get for Mother’s Day, and you should definitely find out what your mother’s favourite type of flower is. Lilacs, irises, orchids, carnations, lilies, and tulips are all favourite springtime flowers. Just be careful with flowers and pets. Azalea is highly toxic to dogs (even resulting in death in extreme cases), while even the presence of lilacs is toxic to felines. Read up on flowers and pets before bringing them into your home or your mother’s.

A Beautiful Backyard

But before you can start planning anything, you need the right backyard for an outdoor brunch. Start with a table. A picnic table or wrought-iron dining table designed for the weather will set the tone for the rest of your patio furniture. You can even leave wrought-iron out in the winter as long as you remove rust and apply a corrosion-resistant finish. Provide shade over the dining area with a pergola or umbrellas. A pergola is the perfect addition to the sunny backyard if you love vine plants as they can provide shade. If you don’t have a lot of convenient storage, weather-proof cushions are a great idea. You only have to put them away when the seasons change.

Now you should be all set for your Mother’s Day brunch. Skip the lineups on the busiest day in the restaurant industry and show your mom how much you care.

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