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My aunt is an incredible hostess. She has great style, intuition, and always has things perfect down to the last detail. It’s no wonder I soak up as much knowledge from her as possible when I am at one of her events!

One of her skills is putting out a great breakfast spread with minimal effort. I have taken many notes on this process and am happy to share them with you.

Before your guests arrive, ask them what they prefer to eat for breakfast. This will help minimize your efforts.

Make sure the kitchen is ready for breakfast when your guests awake. 

  • Clear your counter and empty your sink.
  • Put everything you can out on the counter/table (plates, utensils, dry items, appliances).
  • For refrigerated items like milk, let your guests know where it is the night before, or leave a note for them in the morning.

For a big spread, here’s what you might want to have on hand:

  • Put available drinks on the counter, or have them front-facing in the fridge (filtered bottled water, juices, milks (cow, coconut, soy), energy drinks, etc.).
  • Make sure the coffee pot or tea kettle are ready to go.
  • Set out the same number of coffee mugs, juice glasses, tea spoons, and saucers as there are guests.
  • Place an assortment of coffees and teas on a serving plate. For loose leaf teas, be sure to have a few strainers available.
  • Set out sweeteners like white granulated sugar, unrefined sugar, Splenda/Nutri-Sweet, honey, agave syrup.

Non-Heated Foods:

  • Cereal: Get what they like, or if they don’t specify, get whatever you prefer since you’ll be the one keeping the leftovers.
  • Bagels: I like to have two kinds on hand (if you don’t know what your guests prefer) – blueberry and a non-fruit.
  • Spreads: Butter, non-dairy butter spread, jellies/jams, and an assortment of cream cheeses: plain, reduced fat plain, veggie, and a fruit flavor
  • Granola
  • Yogurts (greek, custard style, etc.)
  • Fruits: Have some apples and bananas for an easy grab-n-go option. Fruit salad is also a great addition to breakfast – apples, oranges, berries, grapes, cantelope, honeydew, etc.

Heated Foods:


  • Set your table for a meal – this makes it easy for your guest to know where to eat and what to use.
  • If you don’t keep your toaster/toaster oven on the counter, set it out and plug it in (or show your guests where the outlets are).

That’s it! It seems like a lot, but once you get set up it’s quite easy. It also makes your guests feel comfortable and relaxed when they wake up.

What are your favorite things to provide for your guests at breakfast?


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