By Allrecipes Staff

Breakfast in bed is one of the ultimate ways to pamper someone you love.

Photo by Meredith

Plan Ahead

The secret to a perfect breakfast isn't exotic ingredients or complicated recipes -- it's in planning ahead. Things to do first:

  • Decide on a menu.
  • Make a list of everything you need: ingredients, pans, tableware, and serving utensils.
  • Make a list of everything you can make the day before: Veggies and meat for omelets can be chopped and bagged; batter for muffins, pancakes, crepes, or scones will do just fine overnight under plastic wrap.
Fruity French Toast Sandwiches | Photo by lutzflcat

The Delish Is in the Details

Little things that can make a big difference:

  • If you're serving juice, make it fresh squeezed.
  • Buy the best-quality tea and serve in a nice teapot, or grind fresh coffee beans and serve in a French press.
  • Garnish the plate with fresh fruit and herbs.
  • Pull out the linen napkins, unearth the cups with saucers, and find attractive containers to use as a cream pitcher, a sugar bowl, and a vase.
Strawberry-Melon Summer Salad | Photo by lutzflcat

Breakfast Out of Bed?

Breakfast in bed is a pampered experience, but there are other relaxing places to serve a special breakfast as well. Lay down a nice tablecloth on the table and put a vase full of fresh flowers in the middle, or have a picnic in the back yard -- bring out a basket of fresh scones, fruit, and a thermos full of coffee.

Raspberry Almond Coffeecake | Photo by lutzflcat

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Low-Maintenance Breakfast

Making a special breakfast doesn't have to be a lot of work. Cut down on prep-time and cleanup by baking muffins or scones the day before. Even easier, serve bagels or pastries from a nearby bakery and put together a simple dish of fruit.

Banana Crumb Muffins | Photo by TTV78

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