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15 Cute Things That Make Breakfast in Bed a Treat (Not a Mess)

Forget the spills! Here's what you need to make breakfast in bed that's neat, clean and—most importantly—memorable.

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Breakfast In Bed Trayvia

Breakfast in Bed Tray

A slight bump of the elbow—or a “hello” from the dog—and your flat breakfast in bed tray could go overboard. Get rid of that distraction altogether with this raised serving tray, which has handles and lipped edges (in case the OJ spills). Put your new tray to the test with our best breakfast drinks.

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Syrup Dispenservia

Syrup Dispenser

Putting a whole bottle of maple syrup on a breakfast tray tends to make the tray heavy. This super-cute mini dispenser takes up way less space and makes dribbling syrup over pancakes much easier. Bonus: this particular dispenser reminds us of vintage diners, thanks to its beehive design. Need our best-ever pancake recipes? Here you go!

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Mini Square Dishes

Just like with syrup, there’s no need to have a whole jar of jam or stick of butter on the breakfast tray. Use these tiny ceramic dishes for a full-service breakfast instead. Don’t limit yourself to one tasty topping: create a spread with a different homemade jam in three ramekins.

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Appoline Berry Basketvia

Berry Basket

Serving fresh fruit for breakfast? This adorable container lets you rinse and serve berries in the same vessel. Plus, the bright color and floral pattern is perfect for spring. (And so are these berry recipes!)

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French Pressvia

French Press

Some French presses have a clunky design so plunging into the carafe becomes a slippery mess, with hot water splashing all over. The Bodum design is much better—it’s a lot more stable. When you press on the stainless-steel plunger, it immediately locks into place. Don’t miss things you should add to your coffee.

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Pretty Plates

Ditch the dinner plate and opt for a smaller dish instead, so your tray won’t get too crowded. These pretty plates can easily hold good-size portions for breakfast in bed, whether it’s biscuits and gravy or blueberry muffin French toast. (For a breakfast that’s worthy of your beautiful plates, check out these B&B recipes).

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Stoneware Cereal Bowl

Using a cereal bowl instead of a soup bowl makes it much easier to eat in bed. That’s because it’s taller and narrower—meaning your breakfast won’t slosh over the edges. Sure to brighten up the morning, this glazed beauty is ideal for holding healthy homemade granola.

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Anthropologie Tiled Margot Monogram Mugvia

Monogram Mug

A wide-mouthed mug (typically used for milky lattes or cappuccinos) is less likely to tip than a tall one, so go with something like this French-inspired monogrammed mug. Need inspiration for the barista in your kitchen? Share our recipes for indulgent at-home coffee shop drinks.

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Oversized Napkinsvia

Oversized Napkins

Nothing derails a good breakfast in bed like a mess on your pajamas. Take that potential mishap out of the picture with these oversized dinner napkins. Because they’re 38% larger than regular-sized dinner napkins (who knew!) they’re easy to tuck under the collar and keep drips and crumbs at bay.

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Mini Waffle Makervia

Heart Waffle Maker

Show your favorite person how much you care by adding heart-shaped waffles to the menu. This mini maker can help you whip up fluffy treats in mere minutes.

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Infusing Teapotvia

Infusing Teapot

If you’re more of a tea person in the morning, this infusing teapot is the perfect addition to your breakfast tray. Simply add your favorite leaves to the built-in basket, pour in hot water and let your cuppa steep. We love the chic cherry blossom pattern, too.

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Juice Tumblervia

Juice Tumbler

A tall glass can easily get knocked over in bed. But using a smaller tumbler for your liquids will keep things more stable. (You can always stash a pitcher of OJ on the nightstand for refills.) This set of petite glasses will bring a bistro vibe to your breakfast. Don’t miss our best ideas when you plan your breakfast in bed menu!

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Fresh Flowers

No breakfast in bed is complete without a bouquet of fresh flowers! Get a unique arrangement sent straight to your door with The Bouqs Co. You can pick from all sorts of beautiful, farm-fresh blooms.

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Coupe Glassesvia

Coupe Glasses

No breakfast is complete without a little bubbly. And these sturdy, wide coupe glasses are less likely than traditional flutes to be knocked over. Use them to serve mimosas, bellinis or another tasty champagne cocktail.

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French Kitchen Marble Wine Coolervia

Wine Chiller

Keep your champagne chilled with this marble holder. It’s pretty, practical and ideal for night-time gatherings, too. We suggest keeping it off to the side, though, as it’s quite heavy and could topple your tray.

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Kristine Hansen
A former editor of a regional home and garden magazine, where she edited the entertaining section, Kristine writes for national travel, design and food outlets about culinary trends. Her book on Wisconsin cheese serves as a love letter to her adopted state of Wisconsin and she loves to travel in search of regional cultural foods.
Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.