Host a casual Mother's Day party by serving easy-to-prepare and easy-to-eat finger foods. If you serve finger foods, guests can mix and mingle while eating without having to awkwardly balance a plate and utensils. Choose foods that somehow reflect springtime and Mother's Day or ask your mom what her favorite snack foods are and serve those to guests.
If you're hosting a Mother's Day party at brunch, serve a few finger foods along with the main brunch meal or to serve as the main meal. For example, instead of regular French toast, serve French toast sticks. Slice pieces of slightly stale bread into 1-inch wide sticks before dipping in custard and frying. Guests can dip the sticks into maple syrup or another topping in lieu of using a fork and knife. Miniature pancakes, no wider than 1-inch in diameter or small waffles topped with whipped cream are other simple brunch finger foods.
Push toothpicks through cubed pieces of fruit such as pineapples, melons or mangoes for a quick, finger food fruit salad. Push the toothpick through whole berries too. Arrange the pieces of fruit on a large, pretty platter. If you're feeling creative, arrange the fruit so that they spell out "Happy Mother's Day!" or "No. 1 Mom."
For something savory, try your hand at mini-quiches. You can prepare the quiches yourself by filling phyllo shells or small pie shells or simply purchase frozen, prepared mini-quiches. Bacon and sausage links are also great finger food options for brunch.
You may not be serving a full meal for Mother's Day. If that's the case, have a selection of finger foods for guests to snack on but that won't replace a full meal. Focus on the flavors of the season when you choose what foods to serve. For example, deviled eggs are a popular finger food in the spring, so set out a plate of pretty, decorative eggs.
Make small finger sandwiches using in-season vegetables. For example, top slices of baguette with a roasted asparagus spear, slice of bacon and a pat of butter. Slice raw, crisp radishes into thin rounds and place on top of slices of crusty bread along with butter and a bit of ground black pepper. Make small grilled cheese sandwiches with goat cheese and baby greens, such as arugula or spinach.
Take potato chips to the next level by topping individual chips with a dollop of salsa and sprinkling of grated cheese. You can also top the chips with a bit of cream cheese and fresh herbs such as parsley. If you'd rather not use potato chips, top crackers or tortilla chips with a combination of sauce or soft cheese and a sprig of green.
Make serving even simpler by arranging pre-cut raw vegetables, such as baby carrots, celery sticks and cucumber slices on a tray. Set your favorite pre-made dip in the center for an easy Mother's day snack. You can do something similar with cheese and cured meat, such as salami. Cut the cheese and meat into cubes and arrange on a platter. Serve with a mustard dipping sauce and crackers.
No party is complete without something sweet. Make clean up easier by serving a dessert that guests can eat with their hands. Cupcakes may be the perfect finger food for Mother's Day. You are nearly unlimited in your decorating options for the small cakes. If you're handing with a piping bag, create small flowers out of icing on the top of each cupcake. If you're less skilled with cake decorating, spread icing on the cakes, then top with pink or silver sprinkles. Use letters made of hardened sugar to spell out "Happy Mother's Day!" or something similar.
Another finger food dessert option is to make or buy delicate, dainty French macarons in pretty pastel colors. Macarons are cookies made with almond meal and flavored in a variety of ways, from lemon to chocolate. The cookies feature a filling usually made of buttercream. You can also serve buttery cookies topped with colored icing and decorated with sayings such as "#1 Mom" or "Best Mom."
If you feel like going all out, try making homemade, bite-sized ice cream sandwiches. Make a sorbet or ice cream in a pastel color, such as mint green or raspberry ice cream. Use pizzelles or a blondie or brownie sliced thinly for the outside of the sandwiches.
Use a mini-muffin pan to bake bite-sized brownies and serve those with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top. You can also make tiny, bite-sized pies by lining the cups of a mini-muffin pan with pieces of pie crust and adding the filling of your choice, then baking.