The Celebration of Champions
If you could travel back in time, what era would you live in? I like where I am now. Facebook. iPhones. Movies on Demand.
How do you unwind after a long day? DVR'd TV with my husband, who always makes me laugh.
Three things you cannot live without…My family, my iPhone, my coffee.
I am a member of the Coffee-mate Brew Crew.
I’ll admit—breakfast isn’t usually the most important meal of my day. In the rush to get showered, dressed, beds made, snacks packed, kids dressed, and everyone out the door before 7:45am, I am much more likely to look at the clock at around 11 and think, “Oh yeah—I haven’t eaten anything yet.” (Unless coffee paired with COFFEE-MATE Natural Bliss Sweet Cream counts as part of some rogue sixth food group, which I am pretty sure it does not).
And yet, while “breakfast” for me is usually nothing more than a granola bar or a yogurt or if I’m feeling especially indulgent, a bialy—I do believe that breakfast-style entertaining is a win-win for guests and hosts alike.
In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than going to a 2pm party on a Saturday or—perish the thought—a Sunday (my “school pains” start at around 4pm on Sunday and I don’t even go to school). Do you eat beforehand? Will they serve lunch or just snacks, and hopefully not just snacks because then you are going to fill up on junk and go home at 7 and force yourself to eat something substantial for dinner, even though you are likely feeling full but not-quite-satisfied after oh-so-many cookies, crackers, and cakes.
That’s why I love, love, love the breakfast/brunch party. It’s early enough that everyone can have their cake, so to speak, and then enjoy the rest of their day, too.
And while I guess you could aim for a massive sugar-carb high by offering piles of doughnuts, bagels, and danish, it’s actually an easy and timely way for everyone to avoid the traditional party trappings of chips, dips, and assorted diet-busters.
Here’s my standard (and simple!) brunch party menu:
- Water, juice (apple, orange)
- Hot beverage “bar” with assorted coffees, teas, and COFFEE-MATE flavors
- Assorted bagels, including whole wheat; and muffins, including bran
- Butter, cream cheeses (low-fat, scallion, strawberry), jams
- Ham and cheese quiche
- Veggie quiche (like spinach and mushrooms)
- Fresh fruit platter
- Yogurt parfaits
The mood? Super-casual! The budget? Pretty slight. The expectations? Totally straightforward. All in all, my kind of party.
Have you ever hosted a breakfast party? What’s your go-to menu? Do you think serving healthy options is a must—or just a plus?