Plan a Black Friday Breakfast for your Thanksgiving Guests!
November 08, 2012
Your Thanksgiving feast is over, the leftovers are reserved for the mid-afternoon munchies to hit later this weekend, and maybe you've still got a crowd of overnight guests to feed the next morning. What are you going to do for Black Friday breakfast? Whether you're gearing up for a high-energy day of shopping, feeding a group of football fans, or want to send the out-of-towners home on a full stomach, planning a festive Black Friday breakfast will get everyone off to a good start.
Since you've most likely spent the last three days slaving in the kitchen to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast you probably don't want to spend your Black Friday shackled to the stove as well. Planning a simple Black Friday breakfast that will please everyone can be as easy as pie and still meet the needs of the whole crowd. If your crowd is going to be heading in different directions, this is the perfect morning for a brunch buffet. That way, people can help themselves whenever they're ready to eat, whether they're heading out at 4 a.m. to hit the good sales or won't roll out of bed till after 11.
Set up your Black Friday buffet table the night before so you won't have to rise before the sun comes up to get everything ready. Simple is the plan for the day, so go with Thanksgiving paper goods that will make for easy clean up later. But just because you're going with paper goods doesn't mean you can't make things festive as well! Start with a Thanksgiving tablecloth to protect your table and give your buffet table a festive flair. Add a stack of coordinating Thanksgiving paper plates that will handle all your breakfast treats, with plenty of extras in case people want to go back for seconds. Some coordinating napkins and enough plastic silverware to go around and you'll be ready to feed the masses! If you feel your table needs a little extra decoration, go with a fun decorating kit to make things easy.
If you're preparing brunch for a big crowd that will be heading in opposite directions for the day, you'll have to plan your menu with care in order to meet everyone's needs. With some careful planning and a little preparation you'll be able to plan the perfect Black Friday brunch without breaking a sweat.
- For the Black Friday shoppers who will be heading out at dawn, fuel them up for a big day of shopping with some muffins, which can be prepared ahead of time, fruit salad, oatmeal that you've had cooking in the slow cooker overnight, and plenty of coffee to get the energy flowing.
- Send out-of-town guests who are getting ready to hit the road off with a full stomach with a breakfast strata or quiche that can be put together the night before and popped in the oven when you're ready to go.
- The football fans will want to have something easy to grab and eat in front of the television, so breakfast sandwiches, more muffins, and maybe some granola if you've got health conscious football fans in the house!
- And for the college kids who've come home for the holiday and probably won't be rising till close to noon, well, they're used to cafeteria food and will just be happy with whatever is left over from the rest of the breakfast buffet!
Set your treats out on warming plates, with plenty of serving pieces like slotted spoons, spatulas, cake cutters, and anything else your guests might need to help themselves, especially if you'll be heading out with the early morning shoppers and some will have to fend for themselves! Have written instruction on the table for any dishes that need to be popped in the oven, reheated or pulled out of the fridge at specific times if you're relying on someone else to get your Black Friday brunch ready. No worries if you won't be around for the whole brunch, with so many recipes out in cyberland for dishes that can be prepared ahead of time, your guests will have no problem fending for themselves while you're shopping the sales!
With just a little planning ahead and some festive Thanksgiving decorations that will make clean up a breeze, you can plan a Black Friday brunch that will feed a crowd, even if they'll be rolling out of bed from the crack of dawn to high noon, and prove that you're a star hostess!