One of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is having friends over for a lovely meal. With a toddler, late night dinner parties are definitely harder to plan, so these days we stick to brunch. Which is fine with me, I love brunch foods (how can you go wrong with french toast, muffins and eggs) and brunch cocktails (mimosa, anyone?)
Quite often, our friends have little ones of their own, which is wonderful because then Little M has company for brunch too! And as we all know, when the kids are happy, everyone is happy. Here are some ideas for making your brunch (or any meal, really) toddler friendly:
We always offer a simple egg dish (I adore this Spinach and Cheese Strata recipe from Smitten Kitchen) as well as other foods that I know little ones will love. These healthy very berry muffins from Weelicious are always a hit and you can never go wrong with serving fruit, like a big bowl of berries or these adorable watermelon star wands!
Although I try to have as much done as possible beforehand, there are always last minute things to do! Get your little ones (and their friends) involved and chances are, they will enjoy the experience. Little M loves to help set the table, dry fruit and veggies and assist me with the cooking.
Set the table! Make the meal more fun for toddlers by providing little activities. We love to put out paper placemats, like these, and mason jars filled with crayons.
Or if you want to make a really big impression, you can cover the table in kraft paper and let the kids (and adults) go crazy. Use crayons, markers, pencils or pinwheels (like they did at this adorable party from The Sweetest Occasion) for decoration – there are so many possibilities.
Consider having a little gift bag for the kids after the meal, like a small book, some blocks, bubbles or even homemade play dough (recipe here). Not only will they be excited about their new toy, but will most likely want to play with it immediately, which will give the adults time to enjoy coffee and some quiet conversation!