This Sunday is the official day to celebrate Dear Ole Dad, and what better way than to treat him with a special breakfast to kick off his day. The best thing your dad can wake up to on Father’s Day is the smell of his favorite meal. The simplest gestures often mean the most — and Dad will definitely be touched when he sees the Father’s Day breakfast spread you’ve put together to celebrate him this year.

When thinking about what my dad and my husband would want for breakfast on their special day, I always envision heartier options like traditional eggs and bacon. This year, I’m taking it up a notch, creating gourmet (yet very simple to make) breakfast sandwiches. Eggs and bacon stacked high with Vermont cheese, spinach, avocado, and sun-dried tomatoes on a buttery croissant create a special treat out of seemingly simple ingredients. These breakfast sandwiches are over-the-top delicious and will for sure wow any deserving dad.

It’s also important to be thoughtful about what you’re serving alongside these stunning sandwiches. Now is the time to show dad you know what he really likes—including his favorite fruit, juice, and (maybe most importantly) how he likes his coffee. I also like to always include a special surprise treat. For my husband, that’s chocolate-glazed Krispie Kreme donuts—not something he gets every day, but stacked high on a big cake stand, the excitement is real!

Create a spread for the entire family to sit and enjoy family-style, while everyone is still in their PJs. It’s fun to decorate the table just for the special day. Keep dad in mind but most importantly, keep it simple (as dads don’t tend to like a lot of fussy decorations). I like making placemats out of the comic section of the newspaper, leaving the rest of the paper for dad to enjoy over breakfast. If you have small children, table decor is a great way to get them involved—making hand-painted placemats using their handprints or letting them draw a portrait of their dad that serves as both decorations and entertainment.

Make the morning even more special and give him his Father’s Day card and the thoughtful gift you picked out for him. I always include something handmade from the kids and then something he really wants/needs—like a new shirt, gadget, or book.

Ultimately, I think it’s important to spend quality time together on holidays like these. Gathering around the table for a meal to celebrate the dad in your life not only shows them just how important they really are, but also creates lasting memories for the entire family.

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Makes 4 sandwiches

8 eggs
1 tablespoon butter
8 slices cooked bacon
4 croissants
2 ripe avocados, sliced
Vermont cheddar cheese, sliced thin
Handful of fresh spinach
Salt and pepper
Sun-dried tomato spread

Toast your croissants for a few minutes in a 350-degree oven, cut side down on a cooking sheet. Remove from oven when slightly toasted—watching carefully not to burn.

While the croissants are toasting, cook the eggs. To make soft scrambled eggs, melt a tablespoon of butter in a medium sized non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy. When the butter is just barely bubbling, add the eggs to the pan directly in the center so that the butter gets pushed out to the sides. Watch for the edges to just barely start to set, and then gently swipe a rubber spatula around the edges of the pan to create large, soft curds. Don’t flip the curds over. Continue this process, pausing in between to allow time for the eggs to cook but working quickly enough so as not to overcook the eggs, just gently pushing/folding the liquid eggs to form curds. The entire process should take 2-3 minutes or less. When the eggs are barely set, remove from heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Assemble sandwiches immediately, while eggs are at their best. Place a layer of eggs on the bottom half of each croissant, place slices of cheese over the hot eggs so it melts. Layer on the bacon, spinach, avocado, and sprinkle the top of the avocado with salt and pepper. Finally, spread about a tablespoon of sun-dried tomato spread on the bottom of the croissant tops and close each sandwich. Serve immediately.

Favorite Nashville Breakfasts

Don’t feel like cooking but still want to host a special breakfast for dad? Pick up breakfast from (or take dad out to) one of my favorite Nashville breakfast spots:

Five Daughters Bakery
Proper Bagel
Holler & Dash
Biscuit Love
Frothy Monkey
Marché
Kitchen Notes
Dozen Bakery
Triple Crown Bakery
Loveless Cafe