9 Rules for a Foolproof Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed
Know your audience.
Minimize the moving pieces.
When kids are about, the kitchen can get noisy—and the last thing you want to do is wake Mom early. In the name of simplicity, consider making a baked egg dish, which only requires cracking eggs into a ramekin and popping it in the oven. Or try a Dutch baby pancake topped with fruit, which looks mighty impressive but comes together in a pinch.
Knock it out ahead of time.
Lots of dishes—from cheesy buttermilk scones to cinnamon-laced chia pudding—can be prepped and stashed in the fridge the night before. Even pancakes, like these pretty blueberry numbers, can get underway well before Mom starts to stir. Just measure out your dry ingredients an evening ahead, and whisk in the liquids the next morning.
Avoid mess-prone foods.
Put yourself in Mom’s position: When you’re just waking up, a platter of crepes swimming in syrup might be challenging to eat. Instead, give her a sturdier option, like ham-and-asparagus quiche, a thick, savory quinoa and oat pudding, or even an energizing spinach, grape, and coconut smoothie with a stout straw.
Motherhood isn’t always a stroll in the park. So, maybe Mom gets cake for breakfast today? (Coffee cake, for instance!) Or a killer chocolate-croissant bread pudding. Or this epic French toast casserole brimming with pecans, raisins, and maple syrup. This day is about showing your appreciation, so do what you can to help her live it up.
Splurge on something special for the tray.
Try to limit your prep work and cooking to one delicious dish—but feel free to amplify Mom’s tray with fresh flowers, a croissant from a bakery she adores, or even a few pretty macarons. Those little touches can make the difference between a spread that looks like an in-flight snack and something she’ll remember.
Look at your tray—does it have handles? Is it rimmed to catch any spills? Choose wide plates and bowls to prevent messes, and don’t fill anything to the brim. Also: consider a thermos for coffee or tea; maybe Mom wants to keep sleeping. (Let her!)
You cook, you clean.
Don’t be the kind of person who upends the kitchen, brings Mom her food, and then vanishes, leaving trails of Cheerios, eggshells, and dirty dishes in your wake. Clean as you go, if you can—but definitely clean before you go anywhere.
Booze is a-ok.
If she’s not a drinker, pamper mom with lemony iced tea, a tropical spritzer, or an orange-mango fizz alongside her breakfast. But if it’ll make her day to wake up to a pear mimosa or a spicy Bloody Mary, don’t be afraid to help make her celebration that much more effervescent.
Because—even if just this once—she can go back to bed afterwards.