AT SOME POINT IN LIFE, you'll want to serve someone breakfast in bed. Here's how you imagine it will go: The kids wake early and gently rouse you from slumber with a faint tug on your hand. Your partner continues dozing peacefully, stirring but not quite waking when you leave the bed. You go downstairs, where you and the children scramble eggs and toast a baguette. You brew a perfect pot of French press coffee, served in a warm cup on a rustic breakfast tray that you and your towheaded youngsters deliver to cries of delight.

  Here is how breakfast in bed will actually go: You wake up late; you're out of coffee; he keeps calling down that he needs to get up now! He has an appointment. What are you doing down there? You get ticked off; the dog just peed on the carpet. You pour him a glass of just out-of-date orange juice and slap it down on his nightstand. "There! Are you happy now? I was trying to make you breakfast in bed!"

  As Father's Day approaches, let's have a little more of the first scenario and less of the second. Breakfast in bed doesn't have to be complicated — heck, it doesn't even have to be cooked. Like so many things in life, the difference between success and failure is directly proportional to preparation. Plan a few days in advance and think about the mood you're going for, how much time you realistically need and what specialty items you might want. With a little thought, your morning surprise will surprise you as well with its simplicity and success.

Recipe for success:

Pick up a few avocados, whole-wheat toast, cherry tomatoes and juice a few days in advance.

  On the morning of, toast the bread and top each slice with 1/3 of a sliced avocado and sliced cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with sea salt, fresh black pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Serve with ice-cold juice and a big cup of milky coffee. Spend breakfast basking in the glow of a perfectly executed plan and reviewing your weekend activities.

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