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Since my daughter and family arrived for the MLK weekend last Friday night and we‘re holding our breath about my husband’s place of employment-I prepared ahead of time for the “birthday” celebration.  

Our grandsons will be turning 3 & 4 in a couple of weeks-so we decided it would be best to have a local party or 2.

Our daughter made all 3 grandparents suffer through a Chuck E Cheese ordeal on Saturday afternoon.  It was mainly for the boys and some friends of theirs who weren’t making the trek out to AZ for the big bash at the end of the month.

On Sunday though-hubby and I hosted a family brunch so everyone here could see them and sing a rousing “Happy Birthday“.

Thruough the years our family party now total 14 in a heartbeat.  No big deal-except that Friday was my check up with the Rheumatologist.  Before the kids even made their way to Sky Harbor airport, I had another round of cortisone shoved into my hip.  I wasn’t in the best of shape until this morning.  

As I mentioned-I knew what was going to happen and decided to budget shop before the added syringe was filled.

Here was the menu:

Bagels, 4 kinds
Cream cheese
Peanut butter and jams
Pineapple, calabria and honeydew melons
2 types of juice
pickles and other goodies for the sides
Coffee bar-I offered, various creamers, chocolate syrup, cinnamon alongside the full strength and decaf coffees

We had plenty of birthday cake left for those who wanted it.

I also bought the makings for omelets-with 4 types of cheese and veggies, but no one took me up on that offer.

Now this may sound fairly expensive for a budget meal-but if you start figuring that we had 14 people and the going price for a bagel and lox breakfast here in OC is about $9, plus coffee is another $2.50 a person-the $80 I spent was truly a bargain!

Plus, I had enough bagels left to supply my husband with his “breakfasts-on-the-run” for 2 weeks, enough lox leftover for 2 more breakfasts and fruit for the rest of the week as well.

I did serve on paper plates, but used ceramic mugs for the coffee and glasses for the beverages.

The best part of this was that because I knew how I was going to be feeling-I didn’t have to grit my teeth, I was able to enjoy the family, the food and not much clean up.

How do you do breakfast for a crowd?

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Chrissie67 wrote Jan 17, 2011
    • make breakfast burritos (filling the night before) and Pancakes (nite before too!)

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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 17, 2011
    • sounds good.  I thought I’d have at least a couple of the family members asking me to make “lox, eggs and onions“, but nope.

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      Max0125 wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I love the bagel theme brunch!

      The one lesson that I have learned in regards to entertaining is to keep it simple and easy so that you can enjoys your guests. The last time I had brunch, I made these incredible breakfast burritos in the slow cooker, had a juice bar and coffee bar set up so that people could help themselves.  

      I have also set up a quesadilla and a panini bar with all of the fixings. Everyone loved it since they could make exactly what they wanted. It was easy to set up and clean up.

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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • exactly-who wants to spend the entire morning cooking and not enjoying family/friends?

      And when you do a “bar” or buffet-no one can complain about not liking what’s served or that they can’t eat it b/c of the ingredients you’ve used.

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