Mother’s Day Picnic Menu

This is the second year we’ve planned a picnic for Mother’s Day. As usual, we may have gone a bit overboard with the menu planning. But how would sticking to the basics be any fun?

Any event in honor of our mother is a chance to represent our whole family in the menu. We find ourselves returning to some of her favorites and some of ours, adding a few new things too each time. For her birthday last year we had 2 big meals and 3 birthday cakes. And that’s nothing compared to her 60th birthday party (all of these were homemade):

Epic Birthday Cake Table

As we put together the menu, I realized I should post several of these separately because we’ve made them for so many summer birthday events now.

I’ll work on that next, since I’ve made them enough times to have all the photos I need. I’ll add links back to this post later, since we still need to go on our picnic now. 🙂

Finger Food:

  • mmmmTortilla chips with Mango-Peach Salsa
  • Pita chips with homemade hummus (Mom’s favorite)
  • Watermelon
  • Green Grapes
  • Strawberries


  • Cucumber SandwichesCucumber with Lemon-Chive butter (from my 30th birthday, my sister’s birthday, last Mother’s Day)
  • Ham & Cheese on Pretzel Buns
  • Roast Chicken on Garlic Bread with Pepperjack cheese & baby kale
  • Egg Salad with smoked tea eggs
  • Nutella & Apple sandwiches


Avocado Salad

Recipes posted here: Favorite Picnic Salads


  • Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes-003Citrus Swedish Springerle
  • Lemon-Blueberry Muffins (from my brother’s birthday)


  • Lemonade
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Hibiscus Iced Tea
  • Goose Island Root Beer
  • Izze Sodas

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