Yesterday I co-hosted the final Breakfast Club gathering for the school year. My sweet friend helped me to dish up some morning goodies to some of the ladies who make up this really fun and wonderful group! I have to sing praises for this group which began several years ago when many of our littlest kiddos went to school full time. It was such a wonderful way to stay connected to moms who no longer had little ones to take to playgroups anymore. The only new “rule”…all grownup time! I miss those playgroup days but I do have to admit that it’s so wonderful to have uninterrupted conversations with old and new friends…the group is open to all newcomers as long as they don’t have kids in tow! And once in a while, a new mom with kids at home might actually have a second without her littles and pop in for a cup of joe and a “mommies only” moment! I just love the way this group offers the opportunity to meet women we might not cross paths with due to the different stages of our kids or working schedules! So since this is one of my favorite things and being the last gathering until fall comes around, I wanted to do something a little special on my buffet…without going crazy–this is supposed to be easy fun after all! But with a little recycling, I could make a pretty food station with simple treats to celebrate friendships!
breakfast club season finale!
i use the desk in my dining room ALL the time to set up food stations…and if you know me well you also know that i will reuse and recycle until the cows come home…so you may recognize many aspects of this table! but when you recycle your items AND your ideas…you can create festive celebrations with ease and far less expense! so that said, lets talk about my magnetic chalkboard…for a different twist i added this cute sign by simply “hanging” it over the top of a row of magnets…
and under the magnet board is one of several inexpensive crates that i use often to elevate food. this time i turned it over to contain some baked goodies…
i’m going to share the SUPER easy recipe for the mini blinis at the end of this post! they’re such a tasty treat and you can make them up ahead, freeze, and bake them directly from the freezer!
you may also recognize my makeshift treat stand from our New Orleans dinner party. the glass container was filled with shells then and i loved it…so keeping the wood plaque as the topper, i just removed the shells and added some color coordinated gumballs instead!
and rather than holding goodies, i used the stand to keep extra plates and juice cups…and paper straws of course! once the party is over…i can remove the top for some gumball indulgence!
we did actually eat more than just baked goods, we served up loads of coffee and i made a spinach & egg casserole too…but these treats looked prettier!
so my takeaway from this little gathering remains the same…keeping it simple can still look grand! re-imagine your items, let your local grocer help you as much as possible, make food you can prepare ahead, sit back and enjoy the company…
and celebrate with cake for breakfast!
grab the printable recipe for the blinis…a fun treat for a brunch or dessert!
paper plates, cups, floral garland, gumballs, plastic pitcher Target
Eat Cake for Breakfast sign Hobby Lobby
magnetic chalk board Giggle Home Furnishings