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How to Dress Up Your Mother’s Day Brunch Table

Yo mama will love it.
By Caitlin Clark |

Sweet Pea Events’ Meaghan Cody knows a thing or two about setting a picture perfect table. So with the most brunch-friendly of holidays quickly approaching, we turned to the expert for advice on dressing up our Mother’s Day dining experience. Read below for a few of Cody’s table setting tips, which cover everything from linens to desserts, and click here for a little visual inspiration, courtesy of Cody and the always-lovely backdrop of Marie Gabrielle.


Photography by Meggie Taylor
Photography by Meggie Taylor

The Colors 

Whether you are hosting this at your home or a restaurant, you can always spruce a table up! Mother’s Day is such a cheery holiday, and the perfect excuse to bring in bright colors! Feel free to offset them with a contrasting color such as a navy, or a shade of blue.


The Linens 

You may already have a beautiful table that may not need a full linen, but adding a nice table runner can be a great touch. We always recommend a cloth napkin for an extra pop of color and detail to your table.


The Chargers, Flatware, China, Glassware 

Place settings are always our favorite part! The more plates, glasses, and silverware, the better. With a brunch, it may be a little overkill to have too much going on, but a charger, dinner plate, and a salad or dessert plate should be the right amount. You can spice things up by having an accent plate for the dessert or salad, such as this Corsica china, or even a textured plate. For the silverware, be sure to have a fork for each course, as well as the knives, and a teaspoon for coffee. Gold, copper, and rose gold silverware is so stunning, and such a fun way to mix up the traditional silver flatware. When it comes to the glassware, go for a water goblet, a champagne flute (who doesn’t love a mimosa?), and—depending how important coffee is to your crowd—a cup and saucer.



Flowers are a great way to bring in lots of color and joy, and create a cheery focal point for your table. (Cody used Petals Couture for her centerpiece.)


The Place Cards 

No matter how large your event is, place cards are a special detail that reminds your guests how important they are to you. You can pick up tented place cards at any paper store, order printed ones from, or pick them up from a local invitation designer (ex. Pink Champagne Paper Co). Add a bloom to each place setting along with their sweet place card for a nice extra touch.


The Desserts

Calories don’t count of on the holidays! There’s nothing better than macarons and a lot of laughter on Mother’s Day.

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