Mother’s Day Dinner calls for something more special than everyday weeknight recipes. You need something that’s not only make-ahead, but also festive and celebrates spring. That means lots of gorgeous, colorful, fresh sides. But don’t go underestimating mom’s ability to dig into a delectable, hearty main dish, too. We love the idea of serving up elegant Spicy Steamed Mussels or Chard-Stuffed Pork Chops with Green Beans. Consider serving some sort of nice bread and olive oil to snack on while dinner is being prepared (may we suggest our Garlic-Rosemary Monkey Bread?). And don’t forget a homemade dessert—there’s nothing quite like a gorgeous cake, even if it’s a simple one like our Brown Sugar Banana Cake. Finally, a festive bubbly cocktail will take your feast over the top. Citrus and Mint Champagne punch serves a crowd and can be made-ahead, so you can assemble much of it the day before. If you do need to cut down on prep time, it’s totally okay to skip the cocktail and pick up a bottle of wine (or hey, some nice craft beer if that’s mom’s thing) to stand in. At the end of the day, if you cook up a bountiful, gorgeous spread and set it out on the dinner table, you won’t need many decorations in addition. Even on everyday serving dishes, this menu creates a spread that’s so full of different colors and textures no one will notice if you don’t roll out a tablecloth.