Coffee and Waffles and DIY Party Ideas, Oh My! A DIY Mother’s Day Brunch

By Brittni • posted on 02/23/2024

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. How did that happen so quickly!? And I didn’t want the holiday to get away from me without throwing a little brunch shindig. So here we are!

Naturally, it’s complete with a few DIY ideas, sweet treats, and lots and lots of coffee. It is a brunch after all, so it only seems right! I’ve partnered with illy and their new line of  X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machines (in pretty pastel colors like mint green) to make it all happen. And you can win one of these bad boys for yourself too! Scroll to the end to enter to win.

So what do you need to throw the ultimate (but easy) Mother’s Day brunch? Aside from your mom (or a handful of your friends that are moms, which I opted for instead since my mom lives 1,000 miles away), you’ll need a solid food and drink station, a colorful backdrop for photos and such, and a handful of gifts.

A Colorful Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas + A Big Giveaway!

Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and edible flowers

I opted for keeping things pretty simple with quick and easy decor, an icebox tart that was made ahead of time, a waffle bar (because yum), and self serve espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. Yes please.

Let’s start with the food bar because that was kind of the star of the show for this brunch…

illy coffee

A DIY Mother's Day Brunch + Giveaway


First up, an easy drink station. Since it was a brunch themed get-together, coffee was a must, especially espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos. So I used the X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machine that illy sent over to me and everyone loved it. The limited edition sunrise collection machine comes in 3 pretty pastel colors, to match any kitchen (or party). My fave is clearly the mint green!

Each guest made their own drink based on their preference, choosing one of the 13 iperEspresso capsule varieties made up of 100% Arabica coffees, popping it in, and pressing the button. There’s even a frothing wand for making lattes and cappuccinos (which was a fun little party trick for guests to play with). I just need to work on my latte art skills a little bit more. Ha.

DIY torn crepe paper photo booth backdrop

A DIY Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

DIY Crepe Paper Backdrop

This was one of the easiest backdrops I’ve ever made. I used several large rolls of crepe paper in different colors that I then ripped into thinner pieces (less wide) by hand to create a more organic edge and stapled the pieces directly to the wall with a stapler in a random design. The whole thing took about 30 minutes to put together and really helped to make the food and drink station pop.

It also doubled as a photo booth backdrop for guests to take pictures after everyone finished eating. We just moved the table out of the way and boom, photo booth backdrop was ready to go.

A waffle bar with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a DIY Mother's Day brunch

Cereal and Belgian Waffles!


The food was a balance of store-bought and homemade goodies. The espresso icebox tart (recipe below) was homemade and then to keep things simple for the rest of the food, I did a Belgian waffle bar with fun toppings and whipped cream.

The waffles were actually from Trader Joe’s and I just heated them up in the oven before guests arrived. Everyone thought they were homemade, so I highly recommend giving those Belgian waffles a try. The cereal waffles and edible flower strawberry waffles were the most popular.

A DIY Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

A pastel Mother's Day brunch with DIY entertaining ideas

Espresso Icebox Tart with Meringue


  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 14 ounces of chocolate gram crackers
  • 1 stick of butter (melted) + more to butter pan
  • 2 1/2  cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups of cream
  • 3/4 cup of espresso (made with X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machines)
  • 10 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice


(CRUST) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and butter the tart pan, set aside. Place pecans and chocolate gram crackers into a food processor, and pulse until finely ground. Next add in the melted butter and pulse until combined. Then, using your hands or a measuring cup press the mixture into the bottom and onto the sides of the tart pan. Bake for 10 mins, and allow the tart to completely cool before pouring in the filling.

(FILLING) Add the cream and espresso to a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer on medium low heat. Do not boil. While the cream mixture is being heated, add the cornstarch, salt, cocoa powder, egg yolks, and 1 cup a sugar to a medium bowl and whisk together. Once the cream and espresso is heated add it to the cornstarch mixture in a slow and steady stream whisking until combined. Add the same mixture back into the sauce pan and whisk on medium high heat until the mixture starts to thicken about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer, and then pour into the tart crust. Place the tart into the freezer overnight to allow it to set up.

(MERINGUE) Using a hand held mixer or a stand mixer whisk the egg whites and lemon juice at a high speed until the mixture becomes foamy. Next slowly add in the rest of the sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form and the sugar dissolves. Finally spread the meringue over the top of the tart and using a kitchen torch, torch the top of the meringue very briefly, until it is a golden color.

A Pastel Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

A Pastel Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

DIY Tablescape

I kept this simple too, with a long crepe paper table runner, leftover crepe paper confetti, and just a few vases in the center of the table. Instead of buying flowers, I cut off a few stems from my overgrown philodendron, painted the leaves and placed one in each vase – making the centerpieces completely free.

And that’s it. I hope that this Mother’s Day brunch will give you a little inspiration for your next party.

A DIY Mother's Day Brunch will illy coffee

A Pastel Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

Belgian waffles and powdered sugar

A Pastel Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

Click through to enter to win this espresso machine from illy coffee ($295 value)


Want you own illy X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machines at home? Enter to win an illy machine (valued at $295) of your very own (or one for your mom instead) using the widget below! Winner will get to select the color he or she wants too, so you can choose the perfect match. *US residents only.* Giveaway closes on May 6th at 11:59pm EST.

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Photography by Amelia Tatnall and Rachel Brewer
Icebox tart recipe by Anissa Saxton
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

This post is in partnership with illy. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

48 comments | Click here to reply

Would love to win it for my mom…. any new similar contest coming up 🙂 ? This is absolutely beautiful

Angela Maciel

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Wow! All of this is fantastic! Everything from the decor to the food looks spectacular. A DIY brunch sounds like such a great idea because you can do it in the comfortable, laid-back setting of your own home but still make it really special for the occasion! Awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing!


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This is so adorable! Love all the colors!

Eden Passante

All I have is a broken down old Mr. Coffee machine. Of course I want this cool machine!


love love love the waffle bar idea! what a fun brunch and of course there must be great coffee

Heather Kinnaird

I can’t live without coffee!!! I desperately NEED this machine! 🙂 Plus, as a bonus, it would look adorable in my kitchen! 😉


Love this espresso machine. I am obsessed with coffee and I drink it on daily basis.

Ali Celestino

I love all things coffee! I even have coffee body scrub in my shower. 🙂

Cindy A.

We’ve just added a little coffee bar to our home. Th illy X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machine would be a perfect addition! It is a beautiful looking machine.

Jane Wieberg

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I would like to win the espresso machine for my husband in honor of His Mother who passed away three weeks ago…She loved going to coffee with her friends and my husband loves coffee, too. My Mom past away recently as well and she had to have her coffee every day 🙂 I keep thinking how our child lost both her grandmothers in such a short time…Thanks Chris Ann

Chris Ann

This looks lovely!

Amalia Francalangia

I love coffee so much, I have almost everything I need. I have a coffee grinder, so I can buy whole beans. I have I coffee pot, because I don’t “k-cup”. And I have a coffee press, which is probably my favorite, since it still works when the power is out. But, I will love to add an espresso machine! One this gorgeous would be a dream! 🙂

Brenda Haines

I would love to give this as a gift to my mother.

Heidi B

I love the colors you used for the brunch – it made me think of daffodils (which are sadly now gone)


Coffee is my happy place. 🙂 It can calm me down more than anything.


Thanks for this great opportunity!


Great seriously you have creative ind its just fabulous i think more proles like it, Its saw in comments. 🙂

Jumboo Toys

I would love an Illy espresso machine! As one of my favorite quotes says:
“Coffee helps me person. Personing is hard without caffeine.”


Spring B.

I’d like to win this as a gift for a friend who loves coffee and who is a wonderful single mother who deserves recognition on Mother’s Day!


Ah, I just love this entire thing! Such a light, fresh, springy theme! The backdrop is genius. So easy to put together quickly (which is something I always need) and SO cute! Love the pop of color!

And I’m always up for a good waffle bar and anywhere I can make my own latte. Although my latte art is definitely not up to snuff either! lol! I’d love to throw a girl brunch (mother’s day or not) themed like this sometime soon! And that espresso machine?! Dream!

Thanks for sharing!
A Whimsy Wonderland

Cortney | A Whimsy Wonderland

I have to have my coffee before I can start my day! Love coffee!

Minta Boggs

I need this because my machine broke

Lauren h

Coffee is the first thing I think of in the morning, and I dream about it at night. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

Erin Ellis

Ah! Love illy. Growing up I thought it was called illy because everyone loves it ? (illy -> ily)

Catherine Meschia

This espresso machine would be so great for my new apartment! Also, that tablescape is GORGEOUS!!!

Maggie Trice

Holy cow. that’s a pretty espresso maker!


My husband (and I) love coffee but now that he is retired, he has to make his own and, frankly, he’s not very good at it. This would be a wonderful gift for my retired honey. Also, I only recently found your awesome site and love it. Thank you for the fun!

Jenny Koomoa

I absolutely LOVE espresso. Lattes are my jam and every morning is better with one. It would be so nice to be able to make them at home!


This would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom. She loves espresso!


Everything about this is perfect! Now to start dreaming about a mint espresso machine on my counter…mmmm…

Michelle Coffey

Love all of this!

Jes Baker

What a super amazing giveaway! I live in the Pacific Northwest so needless to say I am a HUGE coffee fan – I currently purchase espresso every morning so winning this beauty would allow me to make it at home (insert happy dance!)


Heather S

Love this idea for a Mother’s Day Brunch thanks for the inspiration.


I’m a new mommy so coffee is a necessity in my house 🙂 Love illy espresso and would love to win their espresso machine.

Liz Kelly

My mother’s espresso machine just broke and this pastel illy espresso machine would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift.


I would love to win this for my mom, she is a coffee lover.


I love that coffee machine (and coffee, obviously!) – what an amazing color!!

Ellie | Hungry by Nature

Oh my gravy! I would absolutely love the lly Espresso Machine!
Yummy and too cute!


This espresso machine looks super cute (I love the design)! And I really like the way you decorated the room, the pastel shades are beautiful!


Mother’s Day is right around the corner and my mom loooves espresso!! This would perfect for her!

Hanna Gardella

I am obsessed with this espresso machine! I drink a latte every morning and this would fit my vintage style perfectly! So adorable ❤️️??

Ashlyn Randolph

I am planning a Mother’s Day brunch for my momma-to-be-for-the-first-time sister, mom, and grandma, so these simple and adorable décor and recipes are perfect!! Thanks for sharing these ideas!


It’d be so nice to be able to give my mom a gift this nice! She lives for coffee lol

Ashley Lee

I would LOVE to win this! I love coffee and have been wanting a nice espresso machine. Not to mention, illy coffee reminds me of my time spent in Europe last year, so it brings such great memories to mind!


Oof, that’s just around the corner, isn’t it? Time to get mom a present! This illy Espresso Machine would be per-fect!

Aika Danayeva
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