The Breakfast for Dinner Party


One of my strongest convictions is about breakfast, in particular about its significance as not only the most important, but most exceptional meal of the day.

prbreakfastI have had the idea floating around for ages about sharing my love for the morning meal with a breakfast open house party, and our recent move presented itself as the perfect opportunity to throw a housewarming. Unfortunately, Partner-in-Crime’s nocturnal work schedule makes morning parties inadvisable, so we decided on a late afternoon/early evening Breakfast for Dinner theme.

What a marvelous time we had thanks to our cadre of phenomenal friends and the joy inducing qualities of breakfast food.image2

Our new apartment The food, obviously, was the star of the show. I spent a long time thinking about the menu, wanting to strike just the right balance of sweet and savory, familiar and festive. I finally settled on:

  •  Raspberry french toast cheesecake bake with raspberry maple syrup (adapted from the recipe from “strawberry week” because, honestly, frozen raspberries were a lot cheaper than strawberries this week, but I actually liked the raspberries better because they are a bit more tart, which added to the complexity, and offset the sweetness just a tiny bit)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Bagels and cream cheese (best bagels in town are from Costco)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Fruit plate (because, you know, health and stuff)
  • Mini frittatas adapted from this recipe. I used salami, goat cheese, black olives, and red onion. These were a particular hit with the toddler set who seemed to be running a steady line to the table for more. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Crepes (Costco again), with either Nutella and bananas or brie and ham as fillings
  • Cereal pops (basically rice krispie treats formed into balls with 1/3 Fruit Loops to make them more colorful)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Hash browns and bacon (streaky American bacon from Costco, natch) cooked by P-i-C on the grill. The grill stuff was a big hit.

Per usual whenever we host a party, I was worried about not having enough food, lest anyone go home hungry, so I over compensated ridiculously to the extent that there was an entire second casserole that I never even put into the oven to bake. We are going to be eating breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week. Not that I’m complaining.

I also overcompensated in the drink department. I didn’t want to leave and beverage stone unturned, and so my drink menu was:

  • Bloody Marys
  • Make your own mimosas
  • Assorted juices, including a “house” juice that I made in my juicer and named “The Stay Awake,” which was a blend of watermelon, apple, cucumber, lime, and ginger.
  • Cold brew coffee
  • Assorted teas
  • Assorted wines (OK, wine isn’t really a breakfast drink – for most of us, anyway – but this is Australia. You can’t throw a party without wine.)

I went with a white and yellow theme for the decor because it seemed bright/new day/new home-ish. We just picked up a few little touches at the party store to add some tsuj (did you know that’s how you spell it?!? I didn’t.). I think the tablecloth and the little chalkboards went the furthest in adding that certain Pinteresty touch. And, of course, liberal and well-placed flowers are never out of place.

All told, I think we had about 20 adults and 5 children, a mixture of our American friends and their partners, our friends from the apartment complex, and a few others from different areas of our lives. Our dear friend A, who moved back to the States from Sydney earlier this year, even arrived in the morning to attend our party … and maybe some work meetings this week, but we sure were happy to see her, either way. The hum of conversation never slowed to the point that I completely forgot to turn on the playlist that I made. The toddlers were a bundle of energy and fun. My favorite moment of the party came when Hushpuppy and one of her little friends were taking turns begging food off someone’s plate. Hushpuppy suddenly decided that the little nibbles she was getting weren’t sufficient and, like an expert pickpocket, snatched half a Nutella crepe off the plate and took off running out the door and to the furthest corner of the balcony past half a dozen laughing adults. Clearly, the insatiable desire for breakfast food is genetic. I’ve never been prouder.

After the party, P-i-C and I reflected on what a nice time we’d had. We were both relaxed and tried to visit with everyone instead of stressing the details.  Today, it feels like there’s still a glow of our newly warmed home, a testament to our generous friends and the comforting power of breakfast food.  The leftover Bloody Mary I’m sipping on this afternoon surely doesn’t hurt, either.

5 thoughts on “The Breakfast for Dinner Party

  1. Linda Higgs

    A dozen family members are coming for a mid-day brunch this coming Sunday. Your mention of raspberry french toast bake sounded so good that I found a recipe and will serve that. It’s sure to be a hit! Thanks.

    1. Cristin Post author

      It’s delicious! Make sure you make the raspberry maple syrup to go with it (half raspberry jam and half maple syrup, heated and stirred together).

  2. Christie Wilkin

    I forgot to ask R when we were dating how he felt about breakfast-for-dinner. Sadly, he is not a fan, so I reserve fancy breakfast stuff for when he is out of town. My kids all love breakfast foods, however, and we often make blueberry syrup (frozen or fresh blueberries cooked in maple syrup until they burst) to serve over whole grain waffles or overnight french toast. Yum.

    1. Cristin Post author

      Mmm. I’m going to have to try that blueberry syrup! Hushpuppy and I are frequent pancake eaters.

  3. AJB

    Loved the breakfast for dinner theme, but love even more that you have such a happy home! That was evident in everything down to hush puppy’s perma smile!

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