Did you guys ever make your mom breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day when you were little? I’ve spent a lot of time with my mom these past few weeks and it feels like the biggest blessing. She’s seriously such a great lady. I was in the kitchen the other day making us lunch when I had this flashback of waking up early on Mother’s Day with my sisters to make her a special breakfast. Because we were so little we weren’t allowed to use anything sharp or turn on the stove or anything like that and since my dad was in the military he was gone quite a bit.
On this particular day, we decided we would make my mom a hearty breakfast of cereal and cinnamon toast with grape jelly. We divided up all the jobs and while one person was slathering jelly on the cinnamon toast, someone else was pouring milk into four bowls and I was putting orange juice in a carafe because touching the coffee percolator was on the “no no” list.
So, there we were three prissy little girls bringing my mom a fabulous breakfast in bed with pretty napkins, vintage china, cards made with markers and gifts we had handmade at school that week. We let her sleep in until 7:30 am and then proceeded to walk into her bedroom with tray and gifts in hand. We were pleased as punch bringing her this five-star breakfast and couldn’t wait to eat our feast in bed. I probably don’t have to tell you that by the time we actually made it to the bed, milk and juice had “tipped” out of the bowls and jelly had dripped a pathway from the door to our destination.
Of course, my mom was gracious and acted like it was the best day she had ever had. She told us what fine hostesses we were and how we had made her so proud remembering to add pretty details like cloth napkins and flowered china. We snuggled and giggled and ate like kings that morning and when it was time to start the day we all piled out of bed and headed for the kitchen…which was a complete mess.
I’m thinking my mom probably wanted to cry a little bit because there was so much to clean up. She didn’t show it though. We all pitched in singing Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” which makes perfect sense to me now given Mother’s Day is in May after all. Graciousness is such an art form, right?
Anyway, I thought maybe breakfast in bed was something you guys might be doing for Mother’s Day or guests or maybe you just want to make some fun snuggling memories with your littles or loves sans the mess. Creating a breakfast picnic basket is a great way to accomplish all of those things without having to walk back into a kitchen that’s a total disaster. Here are a few tips on how to create an easy Breakfast Picnic Basket for Mother’s Day or any morning you want to make feel special…
Keep the menu simple – limit the menu to just a few items it’s not brunch after all.
Buy or make easy breakfast foods in advance – these are things that can be easily eaten without a lot of mess or crumbs, can be made ahead of time and heated without a lot of fuss. (One a side note, are you guys thinking about Monica Gellar getting mad at Pheoebe for having crumies in the bed? Ha ha me too!)
Pack your picnic basket essentials the night before – you’ll need pretty plates, napkins and eating utensils depending on what’s on the menu.
Remember to add a blanket – you’re probably going to have this breakfast picnic in bed but honestly you can create something like this and take it to the beach, the lake, park or even a field full of gorgeous flowers.
Don’t forget the pillows – you’ll definitely want to be propped up and comfortable while eating so you if you don’t have a lot of pillows on the bed bring some in for the picnic.
Music is a must – whether you find the perfect spot indoors or out, music adds a fun ambiance to any event. We use an iHome system that we wouldn’t want to live without but if you don’t have one of those just cue up Pandora or Spotify on your phone. The Amos Lee Radio on Pandora is one of my favorites (think coffee house music all day) – LOVE!
As I get older, I’m realizing more and more it’s the simplest things in life that make me happy. A trip to Fresh Market for supplies, vintage details and a few hours of uninterrupted time…. does it get any better?
No matter if you decide to treat your mom to a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed or snuggle your littles or create a breakfast picnic basket for your overnight guests it’s just another easy way to show the people in your life you care about them.
And that notion will always be worth celebrating.