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. 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!!!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. wow . . . everything is just perfect! the santa is fantastic!!!!!!! what a great idea . . . . looks like such a wonderful time!

  6. So cool! I love it! The little doughnut, snowmen were adorable two. My little one would get a kick out of making those!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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. :*)

  11. 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?!

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