mother's day 2020

How to Host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Zoom, According to Party Planners

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After a couple months of social distancing, we’ve gotten used to meetings on Zoom, surprise birthday parties on Zoom, and happy hours on Zoom. Even milestone events like weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs are happening virtually now. So with Mother’s Day coming up, it only makes sense to bring that celebration to Zoom, too — especially if you want to loop in siblings or other family members. To help you throw the best virtual Mother’s Day brunch possible, we asked five party planners for the foods, drinks, gifts, and activities that will make your mom feel as special and appreciated as she is.

Food and drinks

As for what to eat at brunch, event planner Melissa McNeeley suggests going classic: bagels and lox from New York staple Russ & Daughters. This gift basket also includes chocolate babka, rugelach, and a pound of the store’s coffee beans.

For other regional favorites, Annie Lee, principal planner and founder of Daughter of Design, recommends crabs from Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach (this set comes with a cracking board, mallet, cocktail forks, and bibs for an authentic experience), and Seri Kertzner, founder of Little Miss Party, says her family was delighted to receive frozen deep dish pizzas from Chicago early on in quarantine. Of course if you live close enough to mom, you can always leave a home-cooked meal on her doorstep.