Mothers Day and a special surprise


Happy Mothers Day! To celebrate our mothers, and grand-mother, we hosted a Mother's Day Brunch. I was busy all day yesterday preparing, but the great thing about brunches is a lot of the prep can be done ahead of time. On the menu today we had:
spinach and gruyere egg strata
black bean and corn salad
blueberry scones / apricot-orange scones
egg salad
crispy bacon
lemon loaf (thanks Aunt Helga!)
lemon cookies
fresh fruit
meringues (thank you Mom!)
and... a surprise cake!

The cake had a special surprise in the middle in the form of pink icing. On Friday we were ecstatic to find out that we are having a GIRL in October! Since we were already planning the brunch, I thought today would be the perfect time to share the news with my family. Were they surprised? I think so. My mother-in-law had to have five boys before finally getting her girl (also her last baby). We knew we would not be trying for that long... 

After brunch was over we lazed in the backyard sun, drank sun iced tea, and listened to music. It was relaxing - a perfect balance to our busy morning. When the littlest awoke from his nap we headed to the park. I'm looking forward to going to bed tonight - tired, full, and happy.


Prue said...

Okay, you had me at "spinach and gruyere egg strata". And the surprise cake - what a cute way to announce the gender of the baby!

Jennifer Hays said...

Happy Mother's Day, Erika! All of the food looks delicious. Congratulations on your baby girl! I have a special affinity for that same birth order, it has been really fun for us. :)

Imogen Eve said...

Congratulations on the little girl. That spread looks fabulous and I love your little guys tie!

Michelle said...

Dropping in via The Beetle Shack and I have to say...all that food is making me hungry!! Love your blog - have a great week.

Marta Vodrey said...

So amazing. Soren's going to be a great big brother.

Menu sounded tasty...but hello...those hats are so awesome!

Jenn said...

All of that food looks absolutely delicious. Making me hungry right now.

Stopping by from Miscellany Monday

Antionette Blake said...

Very nice - looks like everyone there had a wonderful Mother's Day!

la petite lulu said...

You put together a YUMMY sounding brunch - with such a lovely surprise!!! Congrats on your girl and happy mothers day :D

Katie said...

yum!! all that food looks delicious! you did a great job hosting! happy late mother's day!

stevenjared0853 said...

This mother’s day brunch seems very delicious. I too arranged a special party for my mom on mother’s day at one of local venues in Chicago where all her friends were invited. Arranged delicious food along with luscious buffet. Everyone loved and enjoyed it.