I recently had some special people over for a quick breakfast. I had to throw it together due to time restraints, but it was an important & meaningful event, a remembrance of a lost loved one, so really the food was not important. What was important was that people felt loved on and comfortable in my home, and that I was freed from worrying about details to concentrate on what mattered and why we were all together.
I had about 1 hour to get things ready once my kids were off to school, so here is what I did:
~I stopped at our local bagel store & bought a dozen assorted bagels, sliced. I also got a couple tubs of flavored cream cheese.
~I stopped at our local donut shop and bought a dozen assorted donuts, then cut them in half. I like to do this so people can eat more than one type without getting too full.
~I stopped at our local health food store and picked up some orange juice, coffee & fruit.
~Once I was home, all I had to do was display the food in a pretty manner, slice the fruit, and make coffee.
It really only took about 15 minutes, and I was ready for my guests. This can feed up to 12 people-I fed 7 people and we had a ton of leftovers. I spent about $30.00, which is more than I usually spend to entertain, but the ease of this was worth the money, and the time with my loved ones was priceless.