Breakfast in bed is something we think of for Mother’s Day, Father’s day or when someone is down with the flu. That’s a shame, because breakfast in bed can be totally hot.
One of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, has a terrific tutorial on their website for creating a romantic breakfast in bed.
Here are some of my favorite tips, with some embellishment here and there from yours truly.
1. Toss a nice, but washable throw on top of the bed to keep crumbs from getting into the bed linens. Crumbs do not a romantic interlude make. Better yet, skip serving anything that makes lots of crumbs.
2. Start breakfast the night before. This is a great tip for weekday mornings, since you’ll want to have as much time as possible to enjoy the breakfast (or enjoy skipping it!). Prepare muffin batter, pour it into a muffin pan, cover and refrigerate. Then just pop it into the oven while the coffee is brewing. Slice up some fresh fruit the night before, or even squeeze some fresh juice. In the morning, breakfast will practically make itself.
3. Play some mood music. RealSimple.com even created a downloadable playlist, a special morning mix just for you. They’re all morning and breakfast-themed songs (think “Black Coffee in Bed” by Squeeze), but if you want something a little more sensuous, create your own playlist and hit play as you’re serving breakfast.
Ed and I have enjoyed breakfast in bed several times, both for a relaxing weekend morning and for a more romantic experience.
Here are some tips we’d like to share:
1. Feed each other. There’s something very intoxicating and sensual about feeding someone and being fed. However, you want to choose foods that make that not only easy but pleasant. Fried eggs don’t cut it. Think peanut butter, Nutella, strawberries, or croissants.
2. Lock the door! If you have kids at home, for Pete’s sake lock the door. When our kids were little, we tried to wake up about an hour before the kids so that we could really enjoy our breakfast in bed. We learned that the hard way. Start early, behind locked doors and you won’t have kids breaking the mood. All they’ll know is that their parents woke up in particularly good moods.
3. Try to look the part. You brush your hair and teeth and slip into something nice when you want to get romantic at night, so why wear a ratty t-shirt or breathe dragon fumes in the morning? You don’t have to dress up; in fact, once you’ve brought breakfast in, no clothing is necessary at all.
Breakfast in bed is a great way to get a little passion and romance into your marriage. It might take a little more thought than simply hitting the sheets at night, but it’s so worthwhile. Try it this weekend!