Think of a mother you admire. Picture the love she pours out, the sacrifices she makes, the hard work that often goes unseen. Now, consider your plans for Mother’s Day. Maybe you can’t nail the Hallmark ideal of serving mom breakfast in bed, but you can craft a thoughtful brunch instead of booking the usual reservation. Here is our foolproof strategy for pulling together a sweet spread without stress or extra time in the kitchen.
Moms love quiche; this is a fundamental truth. The quiche Lorraine from iconic Greenville bakery Strossner’s checks the brunch requirements for both protein and pastry. And, best of all, it can be picked up in advance and gently warmed on the day of your celebration. The custard-like filling is remarkably flavorful, balanced by the buttery, flaky crust. A beautiful main dish that doesn’t require you to dirty a single dish? Consider it done.
21 Roper Mountain Rd, (864) 233-3996. $20 for 9” quiche; strossners.com
Where would all the ugly bananas be without mothers to transform them into banana bread? Turn the tables and treat mom to a perfect, chocolate-studded loaf to serve alongside the quiche. Banana Manna founder Chancey Lindsey-Peake swears that what you taste in her famous banana bread is love. But it could also be the quality ingredients she uses, including healthful whole-wheat flour. Banana Manna has gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and paleo offerings so everyone can enjoy.
27 Rushmore Dr, (864) 244-5001. Loaves are $5, plus tax. Place Mother’s Day orders by May 9; bananamanna.com
It’s hard to go wrong with flowers on a holiday celebrating the beauty of motherhood. It’s even harder to go wrong with a local bouquet service that packages the prettiest blooms in simple arrangements and delivers them for you. Rosa’s was founded on the belief that beautiful flowers should be more accessible for everyone, and their seasonal, stress-free bouquets make it easy to brighten your special lady’s day.
Mother’s Day bouquets are available in 3 sizes for $25, $50, or $75 with Friday or Sunday delivery included. Mother’s Day orders should be placed by May 8; rosasgvl.com
Even if she doesn’t know a thing about coffee’s third wave, she’ll appreciate the balanced complexity of Los Guaduales from Junto Coffee, the newest roaster to Greenville’s café scene. This single-origin coffee is approachable, with notes of vanilla, cherry, and clementine. If she likes it, follow up with the promise of a date to Junto’s new light-filled café in Taylors.
232 Mill St, Taylors. $15 for 12 oz. junto.coffee
Illustrations by Carlisle Mercado