Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{Vintage} Inspiration ~ Mother's Day Brunch

With Mother's Day just around the corner, (this coming Sunday, May 13) I've been looking for ideas for brunch here at home.  We are fortunate to have mister's parents visiting from out of town for a few days, and I really enjoy cooking for them.  They tend to favor foods prepared traditionally, without a lot of flourish or trendy ingredients, so it gives me an opportunity to revisit the recipes that I grew up on.  But as often happens when one is cooking for several people, the list of options gets whittled away by the varied tastes and dietary restrictions of the group. 

In need of some inspiration, I turned to my favorite source for vintage ephemera, the NYPL Digital Gallery, and found some great mid century menus for brunch held at a New York City restaurant called Park Lane.

After perusing these offerings from 1960 and 1962, I am leaning towards Eggs Benedict, with some options for varied tastes.  In addition to the traditional ham, a Florentine version with spinach and tomatoes makes a nice vegetarian selection.  And you can't go wrong with a crab meat mixture here in Maryland!  A selection of fresh fruits and some type of bite sized pastry would round out the food menu nicely, with Bloody Mary's, Mimosa's and Irish Coffee as beverage choices. 

What are your favorite brunch selections, dear friends?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita


  1. Sounds yummie! Some smoked salmon and a broccoli cranberry bacon salad sounds divine! I hope you've a wonderful brunch!!

  2. "Served in the Tapestry Room" - oh my! I think you should make the Mothers Pink Marshmallow Cake.

  3. I think I love your menu best! It sounds gorgeous. My favourite treat though has to be afternoon tea. I love the cups and saucers, the cake stands full of goodies and just how pretty it all is. Plus scones with clotted crem and jam get me every time!!! Em x

  4. i love the beautiful way you live:)


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