join us for a mother’s day brunch | fridays with oscar

thank goodness it’s friday! hey gang, it’s the friday before mother’s day. what are your mother’s day plans? will you have a virtual brunch with the mom’s in your life on sunday? we have a different take on a buffet-style brunch for mom this weekend and a beautiful hibiscus cocktail. whatever your plans are, i hope you are able to take a special moment to reach out to your loved ones and celebrate “mom”.

outfit of the day

for our special brunch i wanted to dress up a bit. i have been loving the pleated midi and maxi skirt trend all year and this polka dot skirt is so light and airy, perfect for a warm spring day. keeping it light, i have an ecru-colored sweater. i love to mix creams and off-white with true white, it’s a semi-monochromatic look that is classic and elegant. 

my cream colored cap toe pumps really tie back to the color of the sweater. completing the look i have a statement necklace, and of course bangle bracelets. 

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brunch toast trio and easy caprese salad

not having a large gathering to celebrate mom this year doesn’t mean you can’t put on a fun buffet-style brunch. a variety of toasts, topped with fruits, cheeses, veggies, eggs and nut butters make a pretty presentation and put a special spin on something as simple as toast. 

we have: strawberries and ricotta with black pepper and a balsamic drizzle. avocado toast two ways: almond butter with avocado, red pepper flakes, sea salt and a honey drizzle; and avocado with hard-boiled egg and a peach jalapeño jam drizzle. and lastly, creamy mushrooms with fresh parsley and thyme.

for the mushrooms, i simply sliced and sautéed in butter then added about half a cup of heavy cream. salt and pepper to taste. bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened. 

an easy caprese salad finishes the menu. using small heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella pearls makes it all come together so easily! some fresh basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, salt and pepper – and that’s it!

hibiscus vodka cocktail

this recipe actually came from the back of the hibiscus syrup package! it’s very simple: 1 ½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce hibiscus syrup, 3-5 ounces tonic water or club soda and a dash of bitters. pour over ice, stir and strain into your glass. i found hibiscus flowers in syrup, which is a lovely garnish in the bottom of the glass. 

fridays with oscar

well, everyone, it’s a wrap for another fridays with oscar. i hope you’ve enjoyed today’s mother’s day brunch idea for an al fresco, casual mother’s day buffet. if you’ve missed any of my recent home tours from my day in the life series, you can catch them all here. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a lovely mother’s day weekend! 

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  1. Dora Renata Pala wrote:

    Buongiorno Beth le auguro una grandiosa festa della mamma lei se llo merita!!! È una splendida persona. Un abbraccio dall”Italia e da me Dora Renata Pala 💐

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  2. Gwen Martin wrote:

    Where did you get the chandelier on your porch?

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • the chandelier is from Pottery Barn but is no longer available. 🙁 it’s about three years old.

      Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  3. Sharon Fox wrote:

    Thank you for your calm, style, and energy during this pandemic quarantine. Nice respite to spend Friday’s with you!

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • thanks so much for joining us! fridays are my favorite blog day for so many reasons. oscar being one.

      Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  4. Susan Barnes wrote:

    Who is the new dog? Second time I have asked. Is Oscar retiring? Say it ain’t so 😞. Hey New Dog welcome to the scene!

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • maybe i missed your question but we’ve introduced pax (jr. style’s puppy) many times over the last six weeks. he’s adorable and oscar loves him. so, no oscar isn’t being replaced. just a new buddy.

      Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  5. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Beth, you’ve topped off a fantastic blog week with a lovely EVERYTHING today! Fridays With Oscar is the gift that keeps on giving. The pics today tell the cutest story. With his paw on Pax, can almost hear him say, “Now, Pax, let me teach you some things about these Friday poses…” Love Oscar! Everything is wonderful today. You and all the blog sisters be blessed with a memorable Mother’s Day!~

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • that was such a cute photo! oscar has a new buddy that’s just like the energizing bunny – he just doesn’t stop! but the two have turned into fast friends with lots of romping around inside and out.

      Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  6. Anne wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day! I really enjoy reading your blogs & look forward to them.

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • happy mother’s day, anne! thanks so much for joining us on the blog.

      Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  7. Paula wrote:

    Beth, thank you for another great Friday with Oscar. You always have some good recipes and I have made most of them. Also this ootd is a good one.
    Happy Mother’s Day!! It sure looks like Oscar is really enjoying Pax! I’m sure there is never a dull moment in your house.

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  8. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, it all looks beautiful, very tasty. Mothers day here in England was March 22nd the day before our Lockdown so Mum managed to come to lunch. I’m sure all Mum’s will have a lovely day even though it will be different. Your porch is looking so lovely by the way. Wishing you all a lovely weekend xoxo

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  9. Sharon wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!
    Stay safe and well.
    Have a great weekend💐

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  10. Eve wrote:

    Everything looks so lovely. I like the skirt and the two toned shoe is one of my favorite ways to pull a look together. The food looks so good. I’m on a diet to lose the quarantine 5 so I’m careful with the avacodas and bread righ now but I think Avacoda toast with a poached egg is one of my favorite meals anytime of day.
    You made my day with those sweet dogs. I expect Oscar has an equal there in little sweetie pie. 😄 He looks like he has a lot of spunk.

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  11. carmen wrote:

    I love when you include all the pictures of Oscar, thank you for that, I have a little one, a dachsund

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  12. Nelda Pattillo wrote:

    Love the skirt and necklace!
    I hope that you have a great Mother’s Day. It will be an unusual one for us all!
    Stay well!!😇

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  13. Andrea wrote:

    Wow, Beth, that is such a beautiful presentation – simply beautiful literally and figuratively 🥂 I will definitely pin this for later. My boys are both at a distance but that doesn’t mean I can’t do this next year? with friends? on the driveway or distancing on the patio?

    I know this has been a heavy year for you, Beth, but I have noticed a heaviness in Oscars eyes as well. Until now, that is! His new buddy has put a sparkle back in his eyes- precious. Enjoy your weekend with family 💝

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  14. Sangita M wrote:

    Love your brunch ideas. Simple and sophisticated. Enjoyed seeing Oscar and Pax play!
    Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with those you love.

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  15. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Don’t you look lovely, Beth. The food is all right up my alley. I would love it all. I’ll have to pin this to make a similar meal for us sometime soon. The pups look very happy and eager to relax with you, too. I hope you get to enjoy your guys some this weekend–whether in person or through zoom (or whatever.)

    As for how I will celebrate, I will be zooming with my son, and he sent me flowers–beautiful white and lavender colored tulips that are sitting staring at me right now. (I honestly don’t know how he got them since I heard on the news that flowers are not going to be easy to finagle this holiday, as the distribution for them is so disrupted.) Joe’s daughter sent me some delivered eggplant rollatini, and I’m looking forward to it Sunday. I got out some old photos of my mom and am reminiscing and missing her. She was a beautiful spirit and she’ll be with me through the day. XO Take good care. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
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