We don't often have the time to enjoy a leisurely meal in the morning. The bagel and coffee or bran muffin and skinny latte snatched on the way to work are normal fare. When most of us do get to sit down to a real breakfast, it is almost always on the weekend, and usually takes the form of brunch at the local bistro or at an informal gathering in a friend's home.

That doesn't mean we don't have fantasies of what it would be like to have someone else get up and painstakingly prepare our meal while we linger under the covers. Marilza Kundruhn, who works with W. Millar & Co. Catering in the District, has served at a number of breakfast events. Because she's a morning person, Kundruhn wants her dream breakfast in bed no later than 9:30 a.m.

"The drapes would be pulled back to let in natural light and the windows raised for a little fresh air as I relaxed in bed, propped up by my eight down-filled pillows. I'd be able to smell the croissants baking in the oven and the fresh flowers at my bedside," she says. "My coffee--fixed exactly as I like it with one teaspoon of sugar--would be brought to my room with a newspaper and I'd want John Coltrane CDs playing throughout the morning."

After about a half an hour, breakfast would arrive on a silver tray, the food served on fine china. "In addition to warm croissants and orange marmalade, I'd have perfectly ripe papaya slices drizzled with honey, a gently scrambled egg and a cool glass of water in a crystal goblet."

Kundruhn, who was born in Brazil, says having breakfast in bed is more commonplace there than in the United States. She notes that when she travels abroad, she treats herself to room service. She recalls a time when even her 5-year-old nephew was thrilled to get his pancakes and fruit served in bed on a tray. "His jaw dropped and then he quickly decided it should be done every morning," she says.

Annette Nielsen is a Washington writer.