For six years now we have hosted “Breakfast with Santa” for our son’s basketball team. Kids never really outgrow Santa!

Breakfast with Santa. Santa is sitting at the head of a well decorated table with fine china and boys. -Skip To My Lou
Create Your Own Special Breakfast With Santa

This is a great way to start a tradition with your children that includes their friends.

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This is a great bonding experience between your child and their friends and what a wonderful time of the year to highlight their friendship.

Breakfast with Santa group photo with boys basketball team.  -Skip To My Lou

Make Breakfast with Santa Special

I try to make it look special from candles on the table to hanging stars from the chandelier.

Breakfast with Santa- Santa at table with boys. Red stars hanging from the ceiling. -Skip To My Lou

Table Setting

I hot glued three candy canes together to make an easel to hold each of the boys’ names for place cards.  We drink hot coca out of Santa mugs and I let these rowdy boys use the fine china for such a special occasion!

Breakfast with Santa table setting with Santa mug and boys nametag on candy canes on top of white china plate.  -Skip  To My Lou


We eat pancakes, bacon, sausage ——and a few snowman doughnuts. Mini powder sugar doughnuts with a candy corn nose and candy eyes (from the cake decorating store).

Breakfast with Santa powdered sugar doughnuts with a candy corn nose and candy eyes. -Skip To My Lou

Craft or Game

Usually, we make a craft but this year I couldn’t resist playing “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” with these fifth-grade boys.  Santa graciously agreed!

Boys playing are you smarter than a fifth grader with Santa at their breakfast. -Skip To My Lou


Santa takes a photo with each boy

Breakfast with Santa. Santa taking individual photos with each of the boys.  -Skip to My Lou


Hands out a small gift to each boy.

Santa handing out gifts to the boys basketball team during the breakfast with Santa.  -Skip To My Lou

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”

In the past Santa has read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  This year Santa was so fabulous he said the entire poem from memory.  He also reminded the boys how lucky they were, to be good, listen to their moms (thank you Santa) and remember those who don’t have as much.

Close up with Santa reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas" at the Breakfast with Santa. -Skip To My Lou


I’m thankful these boys still go along and just lose themselves in the magic of the morning!

I love sharing more ideas from recipes to crafts for you to use during a breakfast with Santa.

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  1. What a wonderful thing you do. My husband use to be a Santa and go to homes for parties and we have had gathering and i think your doing a wonderful thing.

  2. I loved everything about this post, so many great ideas!!! I loved your snowman doughnuts and decided to make them for my girls and my nieces right before Christmas. While at the store buying the doughnuts I couldn’t help wanting to buy the chocolate ones (I like them much better). So the next morning I made the snowman doughnuts, put 3 together to make a whole snowman, then used the chocolate ones and made penguins. They turned out SO cute and the girls LOVED them. Thanks for the great, easy idea!! When I get pictures up on my blog of them I will let you know and give you credit for the idea 🙂

  3. I am SO happy I found your blog..I think your ideas are amazing!! Keep up the great work and thanks for inspiring me!

  4. Linked over form blog of the day…My you have some very impressive stuff going on here, I adore this breakfast with Santa and all your brillent ideas…I shall be back
    All the best for the New Year

  5. I made those snowmen doughnuts with cake writing and the are just adorable. I’ll get a photo on my site soon. Thanks.

  6. I just found your blog and saw your candy cane name place holders and whipped up a few for our house! Thank you for the clever idea!

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