Easy Mother’s Day Picnic Recipes

Just in case you need a reminder, Mother’s Day is this Sunday! We love breakfast in bed made by our loving families, but if you’ve got an early rising mom in the house (this is not me) and you’ve run out of time to make even the easiest of breakfasts, like cheater vanilla pancakes, coconut french toast, or puff pastries, you can just make up for it with an awesome picnic spread! I’ve found lots of really easy recipes that you can make ahead and have the kids help with. All you have to do is choose your menu from these sides, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks! Mom is going to love it and feel extra special.

  • Easy Mother’s Day Picnic Recipes 1 of 21
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    Click through to choose a menu that's sure to please the mom in your house.

  • Egg Salad Celery Bites 2 of 21
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    These are simple to make (and make ahead!), not to mention fun and tasty to eat.

    Make Egg Salad Celery Bites

  • Panzanella 3 of 21
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    This is so easy to make and will definite impress her tastebuds. Make it the night before to allow the flavors to marry.

    Make Panzanella

  • Colorful Pasta Salad Skewers 4 of 21
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    Put the kids to work and give them a sense of pride as they serve Mom these handmade creations.

    Make Pasta Salad Skewers.

  • No-Boil Easy Potato Salad 5 of 21
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    No huge pot of water needed — just pop your potatoes in the microwave. This is perfect for making a day ahead of time to make sure the potatoes cool and all the flavors come together.

    Make No-Boil Easy Potato Salad.

  • Cold Sesame Soba Noodles 6 of 21
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    Perfect picnic food that can be served cold or at room temperature.

    Make Cold Sesame Soba Noodles.

  • Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce 7 of 21
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    I like to think of these as handheld salad. Just add whatever veggies you want and serve with your favorite dressing. Salad to go!

    Make Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce.

  • Cannelleni Bean Salad 8 of 21
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    All you have to do is blanch the green beans then toss everything together! (An easy blanching method is to microwave for a minute or two with a tablespoon of water.)

    Make Cannelleni Bean Salad.

  • Turkey Apple Cheddar Sandwich 9 of 21
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    Have you ever tasted an apple pie with cheddar cheese? Deeelish! This takes that flavor to a whole new level in turkey sandwich form. Family, please make me this for Mother's Day.

    Make Turkey Apple Cheddar Sandwich.

  • Cobb Salad Sandwich 10 of 21
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    Does mom love a cobb salad? It's not the easiest salad to bring on a picnic, so make it into sandwich form. Perfection.

    Make Cobb Salad Sandwich.

  • Goat & Fig Heart 11 of 21
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    This is about as easy as it gets! The kids can make this while you make a side dish.

    Make Goat & Fig Hearts.

  • Chinese Chicken Salad Sandwich 12 of 21
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    No need to make chicken with this recipe. All you need is a rotisserie chicken to toss with the simple ingredients, and viola! You are done!

    Make Chinese Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

  • Greek Pita Pocket 13 of 21
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    The salad can be made ahead of time. Make sure to stuff the pitas just before eating to avoid soggy bread.

    Make Greek Pita Pockets.

  • Baked Corn Dog, Muffin Style 14 of 21
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    Got picky kids? Here's a solution that will please everyone's palette. 

    Make Baked Corn Dogs, Muffin Style.

  • Brownie Cup With Mini Peanut Butter Cups 15 of 21
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    Brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Add in some mini peanut butter cups or one large peanut butter cup tucked into the center, and you've got nirvana.

    Make Brownie Cups With Mini Peanut Butter Cups.

  • Strawberry Heart Hand Pies 16 of 21
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    My kids made these — just click on the link to see! They are so easy and adorable and will make your little ones beam with pride.

    Make Strawberry Heart Hand Pies.

  • Jam Bars 17 of 21
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    You don't need homemade jam to make these. Just grab a jar of mom's favorite flavor and bake up a batch!

    Make Jam Bars.

  • Brownie Truffle Pie 18 of 21
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    This recipe is so incredibly easy to whip up and equally delicious that it's worthy to serve to Oprah! Your wife or mom will love it. Just don't tell her how easy it was to make!

    Make a Brownie Truffle Pie.

  • The Easiest No-Bake Apple Dessert 19 of 21
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    Just slice some apples and toss with sugar and cinnamon. Done.

    Make The Easiest No-Bake Apple Dessert.

  • Watermelon Caipirinha 20 of 21
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    Melt her heart with a thoughtful drinky drink to ease her worries and let her really enjoy the day. Make some virgin ones for the kids.

    Make her a Watermelon Caipirinha.

  • Sangrio � The Easy Way 21 of 21
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    Nothing beats fruit-infused wine on a lovely spring Mother's Day. For the kids, just slice some fruit into their favorite fruit juice.

    Make Sangria The Easy Way.

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