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Continental Breakfast Menu Ideas

Updated on September 27, 2008

Are you planning a personal or business event that involves serving a continental breakfast? You can select from among a wide variety of items when preparing a continental breakfast menu. Even though you won't be serving a hot meal when you're providing your guests with a continental breakfast, you don't have to limit your menu to the same old items every single time.

Continental Breakfast Items

A continental breakfast spread typically includes fruit and several types of baked goods, including sweet and savory options. Make sure you also include a few different types of beverages on your continental breakfast spread.


When selecting fruit for your continental breakfast, consider who will be attending your event. If you're organizing a seminar or business meeting that will last for several hours, you might want to include whole apples, oranges, and/or bananas on your spread. That way, guests who don't like to eat first thing in the morning can pick up a piece of fruit to enjoy later in the day.

If guests will have time to be seated and enjoy their breakfasts, it may be a good idea to prepare some type of fresh fruit salad. While not easily portable, fresh fruit salads are quite tasty. They can add elegance to your buffet table, especially when served in attractive crystal or cut glass bowls. Guests are sure to enjoy having a chance to enjoy a scrumptious fresh fruit salad filled with cut seasonal fruit.

Baked Goods

Bagels are a very popular continental breakfast item. You can choose full size or mini bagels, depending on the type of event you are planning. Mini bagels are often preferable to the full size option, particularly if there are several items on the breakfast spread. A large bagel can be a meal all by itself, so small bagels are a good choice when there are several items available for guests to sample. If you serve bagels, be sure to include a few different types of cream cheese and/or jelly.

It's also a good idea to include a few types of sweets on your continental breakfast spread. Many people enjoy doughnuts and muffins, and these items can be a great way to round out a selection of bagels and fruit. As with bagels, you can go with full size options or miniature muffins and doughnuts, depending on which option you think guests will prefer.


Coffee is a must for every continental breakfast. It's also a good idea to include hot water and tea bags, so that guests who are tea drinkers will have a hot beverage option available to them.

In addition to coffee and tea, it's a good idea to have a few cold beverage options. Bottled water and fruit juice are good choices for continental breakfast spreads.


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    Ang45 6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

    Thanks "mgwhite" for your Continental Breakfast ideas!! I am having some friends and family over tomorrow and wondered what might be the best and easiest breakfast to put on...then I found your suggestions!! Thanks!!

    I thought I might add to the Continental Breakfast, some Greek Yoghurt and Muesli to go with the fruit salad and, thanks to 02SmithA's suggestion of "Croissants", I will be adding those now too!!

    Hello Glynnis Lincoln in Jo'burg!! I'm from Boksburg/Benoni and a busy, busy working mom too!! :D


    South East Queensland, Australia.

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    Jon Boehner 6 years ago

    I don't agree. It should contain eggs.

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    Brenda 6 years ago

    Thank you this was very helpful. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to add hard boiled eggs (remove shell and ready to eat) to the menu.

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    killer_xvx321 6 years ago

    mines better but good

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    akeela dion 6 years ago

    i like this breakfast it is so nice i love it. i would eat this for breakfast every morning. because not every one like hard breakfast at morning time i also like the prunes in also looks crispy and nice and brown

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    Chiedza 7 years ago

    l loving this, the best breakfast ever.

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    Masthan 7 years ago

    Thank you very much for your advice and i will ask my mom and to my wife to follow this in my daily breakfast........

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    Glynnis Lincoln 7 years ago

    thank you for the advice, especially for us moms who are always on the go and don't have enough time on our hands.



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    abhishek daniel 8 years ago

    this is a very help full information.

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    02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

    I always like the baked goods. My personal favorite is a breakast croissant. Nice hub!

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    Kathryn Skaggs 9 years ago from Southern California

    These are excellent suggestions for serving a continental breakfast - at any occasion.

    I especially enjoyed your tips and advice with serving sizes and presentation... very helpful when planning for a group.

    Although continental breakfasts may be simple foods, the presentation of such can be very inspiring when done well:-)



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    Trsmd 9 years ago from India

    Nice breakfast Menu...