I am excited to start off a new series today called 'Creating a Luxurious Life', which will be a monthly feature that shows little ways to incorporate bits of luxury into your every day life. Today, I am beginning with one of the weekends biggest indulgences - breakfast in bed.
I am constantly trying to push my culinary skills to the next level. When I was bound to Brooklyn after hurricane Sandy I had some extra time and chocolate croissants had been on my 'to make' list for a very long time. I was surprised just how easy they are (I used this recipe that has a great step-by-step tutorial) and amazed at how much butter (3 sticks!) goes into a batch to give them their flaky taste and golden finish.
Creating a breakfast tray is easy, you just need a few extra pieces to make it special and beautiful. Here are a few elements to consider:
*Serving Pieces:: Beautiful plates, tea cups (to hold tea or coffee), special flatware (maybe only reserved for the holidays) and fabric napkins.
*A tray:: A sturdy tray to hold the meal. I love the trays from West Elm or the vintage variety are always great too.
*Flowers:: Life is just better and more luxurious when flowers are used, even adding just one simple stem adds a special touch.
*Menu:: Serve something that can be easily eaten like eggs (I chose hard boiled) toast, fruit and a pastry.
(The perfect croissant according to the French has 81 layers, I am not sure how many I made it to)
(There is only one thing to do when you make these, give them away as fast as you can before you eat them all)
*All photographs by Alison