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Don't forget breakfast in bed this Mother's Day

With a little forward planning and artful offstage direction from dad - Breakfast in bed on Mother's Day can be a wonderful thing, despite left over crumbs on the sheets. If you need a little help to “drop a hint” give a pointer to some of these guidelines.

The key to success is to give mom a genuine break. This means a real lie-in free from disturbance, until offering a breakfast in bed that has been supervised sufficiently to avoid burnt offerings and that doesn't leave the kitchen in chaos.

So if cleaning the kitchen afterwards is the first rule of successful breakfast in bed, what are the others? Arrange everything properly - Pillows are important – Mom will need a decent set to support both back and head when she is sitting upright. You don't want to be at less than a 90-degree angle when you're eating. Don't forget the small touches either – flowers, music and a handmade card or drawing.

Make sure to remember mom’s breakfast preferences -Turning up with a milky coffee if a strong black cup is preferred will only cause disappointment. No mom wants to spend Mother's Day vacuuming the bed or trying to get smelly food odors out of the curtains. Think a really clean bowl of something – no crumbs, no milk droplets, no bits of egg – like muesli with raisins and grapes in the morning – customize it to what mom likes. Another idea is granola parfaits: layer fruit, yoghurt and granola in a glass. Blood oranges are in season and look beautiful cut horizontally. Cook them in a little sugar and place on top of the parfait. If you're determined to go down the toast route, French toast keeps crumbs at bay.

Pancakes are always a good dish to make with young kids, they can help make the batter and add Mom's favorite flavors, before an adult cooks them. A smoothie is also perfect. Kids can help put the fruit in the blender, then bring it to you in bed with a kiss and a cuddle. The thought is more important than the size of the meal."

And if you're the recipient of a crumby, sticky breakfast in bed that ignores all this advice? Just grin and bear it, appreciate the gesture if not the food, and start dropping hints about a spa voucher for next year.

Are you a fan of breakfast in bed? Which breakfast-in-bed dishes do you make for loved ones?


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