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Breakfast in Bed Ideas That Won’t Mess Up Your Mattress

Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day seems like a sweet idea—until you start thinking about the logistics of the situation. The potential for spills, stains, and dropped food is enough to make even the longest of brunch lines seem appealing.

Before you reach for the phone, though, we offer an alternative: a crumb-free, no-mess breakfast in bed designed to be eaten while reclining—even on a Saatva mattress.

Whether Mom prefers her morning meal savory or sweet, you’ll find complete breakfast in bed menus below, including drinks (our advice: skip the Bloody Mary). And if the unthinkable happens and Mom does make a mess? Well, we’ve got a recipe for that too. Here’s how to clean your mattress.

Savory Mother’s Day breakfast in bed

Hash brown-egg bites: Skip runny fried eggs and go with these self-contained, mini quiches that combine eggs and home fries—and veggies!—in one dish.

Preheat oven to 375˚. Spray an 8-ounce ramekin with nonstick cooking spray. Mix ¼ cup defrosted, shredded potatoes with ½ tablespoon melted butter. Bake in a ramekin for 10 minutes; remove from oven and set aside.

Scramble together 1 egg; 1 scallion (light green parts only), sliced; 1 tablespoon chopped veggies, such as bell pepper, spinach, or mushroom; and 1 teaspoon milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour on top of hash-brown crust and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until just set.

Heart-shaped bacon: In addition to sending Mom a message, these bacon hearts can’t roll off the plate. Plus, the kids can help with this breakfast in bed recipe.

Arrange bacon slices into heart shapes on a rimmed, foiled-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400˚ for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crispy.

Stuffed endive spears: An elegant—and most important, handheld—side to complete this breakfast in bed spread. Mix softened goat cheese with spiced or plain pecans or walnuts. Spread inside the endive spears, then top with a slice of pear or dried fruit.

Sweet Mother’s Day breakfast in bed

French toast-in-a-pot: Trading regular toast for French eliminates crumbs, and cutting the bread into bite-size pieces means Mom doesn’t have to worry about slicing food at an awkward angle.

Preheat oven to 350˚. Cut 1 slice challah or brioche bread into bite-size pieces. Mix together 1 egg; 1 tablespoon milk; ¼ teaspoon orange zest or 1 teaspoon orange juice; ¼ teaspoon honey; a pinch of salt, and four raspberries (optional). Toss in bread pieces and let sit for 5 minutes. Spray 8-ounce ramekin with baking spray and fill with bread-egg mixture; bake for 20 to 25 minutes or just set.

Peanut butter-banana overnight oats: Prep this breakfast in bed dish the night before and it’ll be ready in the a.m.

In a small jar, add ½ cup uncooked rolled oats, 1 mashed banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, ½ cup milk or almond milk, and a pinch of salt (optional: add a dash of vanilla, cinnamon or bit of honey). Let sit overnight—that’s it! An alternative presentation idea: Instead of the jar, try serving a single portion in an oversized porcelain or plastic soup spoon for a fancy “amuse bouche.”

Pear-cucumber smoothie: This combo is refreshing, spa-like—and a low stain risk.

Blend together 2 pears, cored and sliced; ½ cucumber, peeled, cored and sliced; ½ cup plain yogurt; ½ cup milk or almond milk; 1 tablespoon mint, chopped; ½ teaspoon ginger, finely grated; ½ to ¾ cup ice.

Is Mom more of a night owl? Whip up these easy late-nigh snack recipes that’ll help her sleep.