If your household is anything like mine, you and your sweetie may be running on such opposite schedules that it’s hard to work in quality time. Chefs work late hours – so in our house, mornings are often the only times we have to catch up with each other. Every once in a while – to break up the standing in the kitchen routine – I’ll try to dress things up a bit and make the time feel more special.
A few simple ideas to turn your morning joe into a coffee date with your honey:
- Dress up the table. I used a vintage cafe table cover, cloth napkins and colorful trays to liven up our deck seating.
- Use the good china. Well, it’s not exactly china, but I thought plain white mugs would be a nice change from the Chisolm Trail and College of Architecture mugs that usually follow us around the house in the mornings.
- Pick up a special treat. We don’t exactly have time to bake, so I grabbed these delicious pastries from Blue Moon Cafe the evening before. Making something from scratch would be swell too, if you are so inclined.
And finally, the tunes. Nothing sets the mood like music, so here are a few suggestions for a morning playlist…
- ”Black Coffee in Bed”, Squeeze
- “Morning”, Iron & Wine
- “Awake My Body”, Alexander
- “Java Jive”, The Ink Spots
- “The Sound of Sunshine”, Michael Franti & Spearhead
- “Early in the Morning”, The Gap Band
- “Easy”, The Commodores
- “One Day”, Melody Gardot
- “All Arise!”, The Decemberists
- “Pachuca Sunrise”, Minus the Bear
- “These Days”, The Black Keys
- “The Sun”, Portugal the Man
- “Daybreak”, Bela Fleck
- “Morning Bell”, Radiohead
- “I’ve Got the World on a String”, Louis Prima
- “Sun it Rises”, Fleet Foxes
- “Good Morning”, Lenny Kravitz
- “Sunshine”, Simian