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Breakfast with Santa

Posted by  ·  December 16, 2007  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

For six years now we have hosted “Breakfast with Santa” for our son’s basketball team.


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


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!


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


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!


Santa takes a photo with each boy


Hands out a small gift to each boy


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.


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

Filed Under: Christmas, Party Ideas


  1. erica
    Thursday, December 19th, 2013
    Any suggestions on where I can find candy corn this time of year?
  2. Thursday, July 14th, 2011
    Came across this when I was looking for party themes. Wonderful idea :-)
  3. Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
    Such a cute idea! I actually know Santa so I might plan something like this for the kids.
  4. Janet
    Monday, October 4th, 2010
    Did you make the stars that were hanging from the ceiling? If so, how? Great ideas!!
  5. Reverend Tex B. Acon
    Monday, March 30th, 2009
    I really liked your blog! Praise Bacon and Hallelujah :)
  6. Jerry (female)
    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    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.
  7. Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
    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 :)
  8. JoeyfromVA
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
    I am SO happy I found your blog..I think your ideas are amazing!! Keep up the great work and thanks for inspiring me!
  9. Sunday, December 30th, 2007
    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
  10. Friday, December 21st, 2007
    I made those snowmen doughnuts with cake writing and the are just adorable. I'll get a photo on my site soon. Thanks.
  11. Jrizzo
    Thursday, December 20th, 2007
    I love the powdered donut idea! very cool! Jen R
  12. Thursday, December 20th, 2007
    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!
  13. Melanie
    Thursday, December 20th, 2007
    I have just spent the last hour looking through ALL of your AWESOME ideas....Thank the Lord for Blue's Clues- as she has been baby sitting my young children so that was possible. Could you tell me how to get a pattern for the notepad and twist crayon holder you made. Thank You for sharing all of your amazing ideas- oh how I would love to sit and pick your brain!!!
  14. Thursday, December 20th, 2007
    WOW! I just stumbled on your site through today's creative blog! I too am totally detail oriented that I can't forget even the smallest thing! I appreciated every single picture and idea you have shared! I also love how you celebrate everything! Your kids are so lucky to have you! Your ideas are outstanding!! Thanks and Merry Christmas- Kamee
  15. minnie b.
    Thursday, December 20th, 2007
    wow, wow, wow! what a fun morning for all. you really put a lot of work into this. your creativity is so inspiring. my little ones still too little to enjoy this kind of breakfast with santa but i'm going to have to immediately copy some of your decorating ideas and file away the rest for future years.
  16. todayscreativeblog
    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
    you are such a stinker with all that talent. I have featured you today on Today's Creative Blog
  17. Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
    What a wonderful tradition and blessing to the kids!
  18. Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
    How awesome! I love the donuts! I think I am going to have to pick up some eyes and make those for Christmas morning! Thanks for sharing those adorable ideas!
  19. Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
    wow . . . everything is just perfect! the santa is fantastic!!!!!!! what a great idea . . . . looks like such a wonderful time!
  20. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    So cool! I love it! The little doughnut, snowmen were adorable two. My little one would get a kick out of making those!
  21. sara
    Monday, December 17th, 2007
    what a cool idea! I love all the simple little things (candles w/candies, name tags with candy canes, etc) and they make it look so great!

    perfect Santa too!!
  22. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    What a lovely post!!! LOVE the candy cane place card holders and the snowman doughnuts!!! Great ideas that I would love to 'borrow' and use for our Christmas brunch!
  23. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    What a special memory you are making for these boys. I love all your ideas.
  24. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    you always have the BEST ideas...
  25. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    That looks like the most awesome Santa ever!!
    I think it's so great to host something like that in your home, it really gets the kids in the spirit. My daughter's teacher and I were lamenting the restrictions put on schools these days. No Christmas party, no hand made ornaments in class, no handing out Christmas cards. Boo hoo.
    And it's great to see a bunch of 5th grade boys enjoying it too!
  26. Monday, December 17th, 2007
    I can not believe your TABLE!! Its amazing. I want breakfast with Santa too. He is so cool. And to memorise the whole poem from memory!! Wow.

    P/s: I love his Snowman Top. :*)
  27. Sunday, December 16th, 2007
    Oh, you are just so amazing. Everything looks special, festive, and so much fun. Those boys really are lucky to have you in their lives. And I have to ask... so, *was* Santa smarter than a 5th grader?!