May 09, 2014

6 Things to Avoid When Planning Breakfast in Bed

Good breakfast..
Photo from Dorli Photography
With Mothers' Day just around the corner, breakfasts in bed are the meal du jour! But hot food on an unstable surface? Excited kids jumping on the bed? Breakfast in bed can be a disaster waiting to happen. Here are 6 things to avoid when planning that perfect breakfast in bed!


1. Forget to feed everyone else

American Breakfast
Photo from Stephanie Kilgast
So you bring in a beautiful breakfast to Mom, on a hand-carved wooden tray for one. It gets placed over her lap, and she thanks everyone. She picks up a fork to begin eating...and everyone is staring at her hungrily awkwardly throughout the rest of the meal. Eating alone is not fun! Why not grab a picnic blanket and lay out breakfast for the whole family to have together?

2. Tall glassware

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Photo from Susan Lucas Hoffman
Maybe you want to include a Mimosa to top off the breakfast tray, or maybe you want to garnish with a long stemmed rose in a tall water glass. Either way, tall glassware filled with liquid is your worst enemy when you're mobile. Tall glassware = high centre of gravity. If you haven't spilled it already while bringing the tray to Mom, it will spill while she's having breakfast. Maybe use a low-ball glass instead? There's also no shame in a covered coffee cup.

3. Biting off more than you can chew

242/365 smoke alarm - loud
Photo from Adrian Milliner

It's not nice waking up to a smoke alarm going off. Don't attempt a recipe for the first time on the morning of, with kids and pets underfoot. Not confident about making a hot meal? Yoghurt and fruit parfaits are absolutely acceptable, and something that anyone can throw together! She'll appreciate something executed well more than an imminent disaster being created in the kitchen.

4. Give her flaky food

Wealthy Bakery Croissant 3-6-09 1
Photo from Steven Depolo
Buttery, flaky croissants may seem like a fantastic idea for breakfast in bed, but when all the little flakes fly out all over the bed, guess who's the one who needs to clean it up? Besides, she's the one who's going to sleep in the crumbs later that night. And icing sugar? Yikes.

5. Serve in cookware

Baking in Cast Iron Skillet
Photo from Susy Morris
Individual ramekins of baked eggs look beautiful, and the frittata that is baked in the cast iron pan may look like something out of a cookbook, but it's not a good idea to have scalding hot pans and bakeware while having breakfast in bed. See reason #2.

6. Stress out about it

Mother & daugther
Photo from Dimitris Papazimoulis
At the end of the day, Mom just wants to hang out and enjoy the company of her family. An easy, relaxed morning is so much more enjoyable than presenting a fabulous breakfast with a tense atmosphere.

So chill out, and feed yo' momma! Or you know, mother of your children. I'm sure she'll love it.

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