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Mother’s Day Appetizers Ideas

Mother’s Day brunch is always popular — and crowded. So if you want to host a Mother’s Day dinner at your home, start with these Mother’s Day Appetizer Ideas.

For more apps, check out all of our appetizer recipes.

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Mother’s Day Brunch is always a popular idea. Reread that. It’s popular, which means it’s crowded. And do you really want to spend your Mother’s Day screaming over the other mothers and children in a restaurant? Not really.

So having dinner at home is a better idea.

Serve mom her favorite meal for dinner. That’s easy. Mother’s Day appetizers can be easy too since we put together this really great list of appetizer ideas.

Mother’s Day Appetizers Ideas

I made sure to choose appetizers that are light and fresh because those work best in springtime (when Mother’s Day always is).

We also picked appetizers that are easy to make in bulk, in case all the moms in your life and all their loved ones are coming over and you need to make lot of appetizers to feed lots of people.

This Goat Cheese Prosciutto Lingonberry Jam Bruschetta is the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Get the recipe at

Goat Cheese Prosciutto Lingonberry Jam Bruschetta

Bruschetta is such a great way to start off your Mother’s Day dinner. It’s light and, as far as this Goat Cheese Prosciutto Lingonberry Jam Bruschetta, it’s super easy to assemble. Plus, the only cooking you need to do for them is toasting some bread. Easy enough for anyone to handle.

The bruschetta is mostly a pink color, and pink is the color of Mother’s Day, so the treat is perfectly on theme.

Don't order take out. Make Crab Rangoon at home. This Air Fryer Crab Rangoon recipe can be made in the air fryer or with the oven.

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon, also known as crab wontons, are such a great appetizer idea. And they’re perfect for Mother’s Day. They’re a little special because of the crab, which is definitely my mom’s (second) protein of choice. And they’re really special because they’re homemade.

You can make these more like Chinese take out if you deep fry them. But, if your mom is like mine and would prefer less oil, air frying them is a great option.

Pieces of bread with pesto, tomato, and parmesan cheese on it with the words "Kale Pesto Bruschetta" digitally written on top.

Kale Pesto Bruschetta

If mom likes pesto, she’ll love this Kale Pesto Bruschetta. It’s made with homemade kale pesto, so mom will be happy with the extra effort you’re putting into this appetizer.

It goes well with everything, but if you’re planning to make mom Italian food for Mother’s Day (linguine and clam sauce, chicken vesuvio, etc.), this bruschetta is a great way to start.

Mini Tomato Pies on a tray with the words "Mini Tomato Pies" digitally under them.

Mini Tomato Pies

If you want a tasty appetizer, that’s pretty unique to the majority of appetizers out there, these Mini Tomato Pies are so easy to make — and so easy to eat. Seriously. We love them and make them all the time. So you definitely want to make more than you think you’ll eat.

The base of them is puffed pastry, so that starts this recipe off simply. Then, you can use garden tomatoes (if your garden is already producing tomatoes this early in the season) or you can use store-bought tomatoes. Mom will be fine either way.

Deviled Eggs With Tajin are a (literally) sweet twist to traditional Deviled Eggs. Get the recipe at

Deviled Eggs with Tajin

Everyone loves Deviled Eggs. Everyone … except the person who makes them. They’re a bit of work, and I won’t lie to you and say these Deviled Eggs with Tajin aren’t a bit of work. But, they’re so worth it.

If you’re planning on barbecuing for Mother’s Day, serving mom hamburgers and hot dogs straight from the grill, that’s easy. So definitely put a little bit of effort into the apps by making Deviled Eggs. Plus, if you make them, that means you can skip making potato salad.

Avocado Toast Bruschetta is the perfect party appetizer. It's vegan too! Find out how to make it at

Avocado Toast Bruschetta

If mom loves avocado, and if she hasn’t jumped on the avocado toast for breakfast bandwagon yet (which, if she wants to, she better run … that bandwagon drove away a long time ago), she’ll be so impressed by your Avocado Toast Bruschetta appetizer.

If you make it the way its written, it’s vegan. So if mom wants a vegan appetizer, this is the one to pick.

A guacamole cup on a plate with the words "Guacamole Wonton Cups" digitally written on top.

Guacamole Wonton Cups

Guacamole is always a good appetizer. My mom asks me to make it as an app all the time. But for Mother’s Day, you want to elevate guacamole a little bit. Do it and serve it as Guacamole Wonton Cups.

Wonton wrappers are turned into adorable cups, then your favorite guacamole is scooped into them. The best part? No one double dips.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect holiday appetizer. Get the recipe at

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are one of those appetizers that feel so elegant and fancy and hard to make. Until you actually make them and you realize it’s so easy. But don’t tell mom that (also, don’t tell her the babysitter’s dead, right?).

Just prepare her these Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms and wow her. She’ll think you’re a gourmet chef. And we won’t tell her otherwise.

If you want a unique one-bite appetizer, check out these Broccoli Rabe Crostinis from

Broccoli Rabe Crostinis

If your mom is from up north, or spent any time up north, or is Italian, she’ll have an affinity for Broccoli Rabe. It’s an acquired taste. But, if mom has acquired it, she’ll love these Broccoli Rabe Crostinis.

They’re very simply made, in a very similar method to bruschetta. So, since we have other bruschetta recipes on this list, you could actually toast all the bread at once and make a few different recipes.

Be the hit of the party when you serve these Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups. They're the perfect one bite appetizer.

Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups

If you’re grilling mom’s Mother’s Day dinner, you can easily grill an appetizer for her as well. We suggest these Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups.

They’re filled with ingredients that you don’t usually have every day, so the appetizer feels unique. They’re easy to make, easy to grill, and easy to eat (so make a lot if someone other than mom loves meat and cheese wrapped in eggplant).

Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes will be your new favorite one-bite appetizer. It's all the tastes of poutine in one bite!

Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes

Make these Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes. That’s it. That should be enough to have you make them.

I made them for my godmother and she was in love with them, as was everyone else who ate them that day. They’re really good and something pretty unique that you don’t usually get served.

Three meatballs on a plate with toothpicks on them with the words "Sweet And Spicy Jelly Meatballs" digitally written above them.

Sweet And Spicy Jelly Meatballs

My mom asked me to make these Sweet And Spicy Jelly Meatballs as an Easter appetizer, so because of that, I think they’re a great Mother’s Day appetizer too. If my mom likes it, yours will too.

These are made on the stove top, as opposed to in the slow cooker like most barbecue meatballs are. That means they cook quicker, making your life a little bit easier.

Popcorn, wine, and a cookie on a table in front of a Mother's Day card with the words "10 Best Edible Mother's Day Gifts" digitally written on top.

More Mother’s Day Ideas:

If you’re looking for a little more help planning Mother’s Day, we have a few other posts that will make this the best holiday yet.

Which of these Mother’s Day Appetizers Ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.