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
- Bread, 1 slice per person
- 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
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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