Bet You Didn’t Know:The Backstory for  Breakfast In Bed for Mom


Mother’s Day became a federal holiday in 1914 under Woodrow Wilson, thanks to the unwavering efforts of Anna Jarvis. Jarvis, who was a single woman without children, believed her own mother to be deserving of a day of honor and wrote to every state governor in1908 petitioning for an official day for moms.

In the 1930s, a Mother’s Day tradition was born: breakfast in bed. Thanks to many newspaper articles recommending that children and fathers alike honor their matriarchs with breakfast in bed, the practice stuck.

Read on to learn about some unique ideas to serve your matriarch the best breakfast in bed in history!

A Toast to Mom

Avocado toast has taken the world by storm, but a good quality bread from a local baker is a blank canvas for many delectable combinations. We like à la française style – or European butter with fresh herbs such as parsley and chives, topped with radishes and smoked sea salt flakes. Or opt for sweet with a chocolate hazelnut toast with fig jam and orange marmalade. 

Chef Quality

Nothing is more thoughtful than making the effort to perfectly poach an egg. Poached eggs are great over grains like farro or couscous, or on a bed of sauteed veggies like kale or asparagus.

Nutritious but Delicious

Is mom a health nut? Do the kids want to help in the kitchen? We recommend a simple breakfast of a fruit salad with this yogurt dipping sauce and a side of extra dark chocolate, like smartBARK! Organic.

Make a Mocha with the Kids

Brew up mom’s favorite coffee and have the kids help upgrade it to a fancy mocha latte! Simply drop some solid chocolate discs into hot coffee and stir until melted. Then add mom’s favorite milk and use an electric frother to make it special.

Breakfast Board

Make breakfast in bed a whole family affair by building a breakfast charcuterie board. Include classics like cured meats and cheeses, but make it breakfast with waffles, spreads, boiled eggs, bacon, granola and of course chocolate! We like this example board.

(Source-Smithsonian Magazine)

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