You have decided to make the ultimate sacrifice of crawling out of your warm, cozy bed, padding into the cold, unforgiving kitchen, making a mess that you will have to clean up later . . . all this sacrifice just to serve your sweetie breakfast in bed.
Is it worth it? Every time.
Unless your sweetie sleeps so hard he wouldn't know if the house was falling down around him, it will be hard to make this a surprise. But go for it if you think you can pull it off. If nothing else, do some pre-planning.
The Day Before:
- Shop for any necessary ingredients, or at least check in the refrigerator for all necessary ingredients.
- Find or purchase a gift, such as chocolates for later in the day, a trinket, flowers, a small plant. Wrapped or unwrapped, this can serve as the decoration on the tray.
- Find a tray. If you have an actual tray, that's great. But you can also get creative. If your sweetie has a hobby, look for something that might coordinate with that. Make sure the creative “tray” is flat and stiff enough to safely hold the breakfast you will be serving.
- Prepare any food that would take longer in the morning than desired, such as hash browns from scratch or hard-boiled eggs.
The Night Before:
- Impress upon your sweetie that he or she is to sleep in the next morning, no argument. That alone will win you a few points.
- Kiss him or her as you both fall asleep and remind your sweetie once again that you will take care of the dog in the morning, or you will get the paper and make the coffee, or change baby's diapers (if applicable).
- Slip out from under the covers as quietly as possible. Exit the bedroom as quietly as possible and close the door. That way, maybe your sweetie won't hear any dropped dishes, panic or cursing.
- Now comes the real challenge. Put together a scrumptious breakfast and an excellent cup of coffee. Win additional points by remembering to put cream and sugar on the tray if that's what your sweetie likes in coffee.
- Yogurt with granola and fruit, hard-boiled egg, juice and coffee. This one is probably the easiest. Spoon vanilla yogurt into a bowl and top with granola cereal and fresh fruit.
- Waffles, bacon, and fruit, with juice and coffee. Another easy breakfast. Use toaster waffles, pre-cooked bacon, and serve melon slices.
- Scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash browns, with juice and coffee. This one takes a bit of cooking expertise. Fry sausage and set aside, keeping warm in a foil-covered dish. In this same pan, fry hash browns – you can either make these from scratch or make it easy on yourself and use pre-made, frozen hash browns. Once sausage and hash browns are ready, make the eggs. For fluffy scrambled eggs, beat 2 eggs with 2 T milk. In a medium-high heated skillet, melt 2 T butter. When butter is bubbly, add eggs and gently turn as they cook. Turn off heat before eggs are set, as they will continue to cook. Plate and serve immediately. Rubbery eggs might subtract a few points you won earlier!
- As you enter the bedroom carrying your prepared tray filled with a wonderful breakfast, whisper “sweet nothings” to wake your sweetie.
- Present, with pride, your gift of breakfast in bed.
- Hop back in bed with your sweetie – just don't eat his or her breakfast. Let your sweetie enjoy your thoughtfulness. It will come back to you tenfold.