A little over two years ago I set a goal for the year: to celebrate special breakfast with my kids. We all loved it, the habit stuck, and I want to tell you more about it.
Our special breakfasts were originally inspired by Gretchen Rubin. We began with minor holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween: the holidays that are fun to mark but don’t merit the all-out celebration of a Big Deal Holiday like Christmas.
Recently, we’re likely to have “special” breakfast on a regular Saturday.
Here’s what we do to make a breakfast special.
Special breakfasts were kind of a pain when we first started because I didn’t plan ahead and never had the fun stuff on hand: no colorful plates, no paper straws, no decorations. I finally overcame my underbuyer instincts and stocked a drawer full of dollar store paper plates and cute IKEA napkins. It’s become a habit: when I see cute tableware for a great price, I snatch it up and stash it in the drawer.
(I could end the post right here. My kids think anything served on a colorful paper plate is special.)
If I’m feeling ambitious—or if the kids want to help—we might also spruce things up with fresh flowers, confetti, paper garlands, place cards, or balloons.
Our go-to recipes
We keep the food simple, because if special breakfasts turn into a hassle we won’t make them. Our favorites include:
We would never do all these things at once! Just two or maybe three on a very special day.
Anything that’s not traditional breakfast food also qualifies as special around here:
• chocolate in any form (even chocolate chips sprinkled on toast)
• cold pizza
• fruit crisp or pie
• ice cream in any way, shape, or form—like on pancakes or included in a smoothie
• anything snacky on toothpicks
This instant tradition has been easy to implement, and lots of fun. Totally worth it on all counts.
I’d love to hear your go-to ideas for special breakfasts. What do you do, or what would you like to try?