Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast Menu

Every year, we head over to my family’s house around noon for Thanksgiving Day lunch and other festivities with family…so that morning is our time as a family of four.  
When Kensington was about one, we started having an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast.  We stay in our pjs, we watch the parade and we eat a yummy breakfast together…and it is one of my very favorite parts of our day.
Now listen, I was raised by people who if they know they’re going to eat a big meal later in the day, they don’t eat anything else all day in preparation…Andrew and I are not such people.  We feel like you should never go into a big meal starving (because that’s just not healthy), so we always eat something the morning of Thanksgiving. 
I’m giving you several options below…whether you just need a little bite to go with cocoa and coffee before your Turkey Day lunch or you need a more substantial breakfast because your big meal is later in the day, here are some simple (make ahead) options for you.  The last thing you need to do is make more food on Thanksgiving Day…all of these are made in advance.
Grab your cozy pajamas, your favorite little people and turn on the parade…the morning of Thanksgiving can be such a fun time!
Hot Cocoa
Orange Juice
These 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are perfect with a cup of coffee.
Assemble my Ham and Cheese Biscuit Sliders in advance and just bake them off in the morning.
We love this Egg Nog Monkey Bread.  It’s so simple to make and really delicious on a chilly fall morning.
Blueberry French Toast Bake is prepared the day before and popped in the oven right before the parade begins.
Sausage Crescent Breakfast Casserole is a yummy and hearty breakfast that will keep you full until it’s time to carve the big bird.
This year, cozy up with a yummy breakfast and the Thanksgiving Day parade!  It’s a wonderful tradition!
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  • Erika Slaughter November 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Yum!!!! The wrong thing to read this morning. Now I'm starving!!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} November 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Those ham and cheese biscuit sliders are one of my fav things you've ever made me!!!! And I've made that blueberry french toast casserole and it's sooooo good!
    My parents never eat dinner after their big lunch…..BUT NOT ME! I love me some leftovers later in the day!

  • Narci November 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Yum!! I love watching the parade in my Jammies. I will have to make this for breakfast that morning!

  • Paula November 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Blueberry french toast?! Yum!

    I just read about a French Toast using day old Cake Donuts as the bread cut in half. I am thinking about trying those! I cook/bake literally daily. French Toast is just not one I have tried yet. I think I will put it on the lost! Starting with the Blueberry recipe!

  • Paula November 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I have frozen blueberries in the freezer. I stock up when they go on sale during the summer because we love them so….

    You think the blueberries should be thawed before assembling? Or allow the overnight process do that? That could water i. Down though?

  • Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Just thaw them a bit and they'll be fine! They would probably work just fine frozen too. Blueberries are easy to work with like that!

  • Erica November 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Shay! I've been following your blog for a while (both of them actually!) and have made many of your recipes. One reason that your site is my go-to for recipes is that you include such a variety of ingredients AND methods. I love that some are easy and have just three ingredients and that some of made from scratch and have MANY! Many foodie bloggers don't touch anything from a box (or a can of biscuits), but realistically sometimes that just a mama's only option! Thanks for being fabulous! Even though I don't know you, I'm inspired but you as a mom and wife. 🙂 – Erica @

  • RebeccaLynn17 November 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Great post!!I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year because we don't have to travel and we get to lay low in the morning and watch the Philly and Macy's Day parades!! I was also raised with holding off on eating until the big meal- usually cereal only. Well not this year! Thanks for your great breakfast ideas- I'll be choosing one those and love that they can be prepared in advance! You're da best 🙂

  • nc_ang November 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    The egg sausage crescent casserole is my go to for make ahead breakfasts and " Brinner" (when breakfast is for dinner ��) I make it as it is in the recipe and also added some cooked red pepper and onion-delish! Thanks for sharing your recipes and awesome cooking tips!

  • Leslie November 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Shay!! Delicious! Thanks for all the options! Maybe we can pull of the 3 ingredient muffins, otherwise we'll be breaking out the Eggo waffles (which we NEVER eat) because we'll have a newborn!! 😀

  • Doused In Pink November 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    These all sound delicious, I'm going to have a hard time deciding which ones to make!


  • Whitney Smith November 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    This will be our second annual Parade watching with littles and I am so excited to incorporate one of your fabulous breakfasts! Thanks Mama!

  • Haley @ Cupcakes and Sunshine November 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    the parade is one of my favorite traditions!! Can't wait to curl up with brunch and watch it this year! Great idea!

  • kelly forbes November 20, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I just made the biscuit sliders tonight for a light supper…but I did mix them up some…I sprinkled the bottom half with Worcestershire sauce and then sprinkled some onion and garlic powder and then layered the ham and cheese with the honey butter on the top halves as normal…this brought these to a crazy level good…everyone enjoyed them!

  • kelly forbes November 20, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I actually have a question, as well. Maybe it's just me…I don't know…but I just can NOT find any type of store bought icing edible…at all. I am all about a short cut when it comes to baking, but store bought icing is horrific and just doesn't cut it in my opinion…no matter what kind or flavor…trust me I have sampled them all. My question is, do you know of any way to tweak this stuff to make it taste more "home made"? I'm thinking I am just going to have to continue with the "from scratch" methods…which are very easy…I just hate the clean up I have on top of the baking mess. And who doesn't enjoy saving an extra step? Thanks, Shay!

  • Mix and Match Mama November 20, 2014 at 10:39 am

    If you stir a teaspoon of almond extract into vanilla frosting, it tastes like it's from a bakery…a teaspoon of vanilla, gives you a more homemade flavor. I have a feeling you might still not love it because you're really a fan of homemade and that's okay! If you love homemade, you should make homemade :).

  • Queen In Between November 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I cannot even count the times I've made your breakfast casserole this year….and those pumpkin muffins have been a hit as well. I seriously have to find someone to give them to so I don't eat every last crumb!

  • jojo November 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Watching the Thanksgiving Day parade is our family tradition too! Snuggling on the couch with my family in front of the fire and sipping on hot cocoa is such a fun and cozy way to start the day!