How to Host a Breakfast Party

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A breakfast party is ideal for both children and adults especially, following a night on the town. Breakfast is comfort food, easily feeds crowds and is greasy enough to soothe a hangover. Unlike a brunch, breakfast parties feel casual and homey. Children are generally in good spirits first thing in the morning, unlike late afternoon or evening parties.

Things You'll Need

  • Eggs, 2 per person
  • Bacon, 2 to 4 pieces per person
  • Sausage, 2 to 4 pieces per person
  • Pancake and/or waffle mix, 2 pancakes/waffles per person
  • Cereals
  • Bread, 1 slice per person
  • Butter
  • Jam
  • Vegetable oil
  • Coffee, 1 cup per person
  • Tea, less than 1 cup per person
  • Milk, enough for cereal, pancakes and hot drinks
  • Orange juice, 1 cup per person

Party Prep

  • Invite people over for a 9 or 10 a.m. start time. Any later and you risk that people will eat ahead of time.

  • Get ingredients for one or two specialty dishes such as quiche, frittatas or other breakfast casseroles.

  • Go international, and offer crepes instead of pancakes, alongside French press coffee.

  • The night before the party, set a buffet-style table and prepare any specialty casseroles or quiches.

  • Set out coffee, condiments, juices, bread (with a toaster on the serving table so guests help themselves) and cereals.

As Guests Arrive

  • Start the coffee machine and prepare hot water for tea. Set out juices, fruit and refrigerated items on the table.

  • Warm up a large pancake griddle (or waffle maker) on the counter top.

  • Setup the following three pans on the stove top: one pan each, for scrambled eggs, sausages and bacon. Microwave sausages to save stove top space

  • Heat up any made-ahead casseroles and then set the oven to "warm" or approximately 100 degrees F to keep pancakes or waffles warm.

  • Cycle several plates of pancakes/waffles between the table and the oven to keep them warm.

  • Play Saturday Morning Cartoons on the television for an additional breakfast touch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Convince guests to wear pajamas to complete the breakfast theme.
  • For adult parties, buy champagne for mimosas, or vodka and tomato juice for Bloody Mary's.

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