Breakfast with Santa

Our annual Breakfast with Santa that we host for some of our neighbors was last Saturday.  This event has turned into one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

When my children outgrew going to Breakfast with Santa at Meier & Frank but I hadn’t, I decided to host my own Breakfast with Santa and invite the neighbor kids!

The menu is always the same (it makes it easy):

Buttermilk Pancakes with the choice of cinnamon, buttermilk or maple syrup.

Little sausages

Fruit

Hot Chocolate

My neighbor Katie also brought an egg dish for the grownups.

Last year I put together a hot chocolate bar and it was so much fun we had to do it again.

Breakfast with Santa

I mix up a big pot of hot chocolate.  I just use a mix but always use whole milk and add in some vanilla for that special touch.  The hot chocolate bar has lots of fun mix ins and toppings.  Of course you need some fun stir sticks – chocolate covered pretzels, candy canes and pirouette cookies.

Breakfast with Santa

And there was whipped cream and lots of toppings to sprinkle on top.  Crushed candy cane, whoppers, toffee bits, rainbow sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and mini M & M’s and chocolate jimmies.

Breakfast with Santa

And of course there were marshmallows – lots of marshmallows!
Breakfast with Santa

Each of the kids and adults had fun putting together their own personalized concoction.

Breakfast with Santa

The kids loaded up their plates and all ate together in the dining room.  The adults hung out in the kitchen.

Breakfast with Santa

After eating we decorated gingerbread houses.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

And then of course there was a visit from Santa with gifts for all the good girls and boys.  Fortunately everyone had been good this year.

Breakfast with Santa

We were missing a few kids this year but here’s the neighborhood crew!
Breakfast with Santa

What’s one of your favorite holiday traditions?

Comments

  1. says

    We just did a hot chocolate bar for my daughter’s birthday party with great success, though you had some new toppings I didn’t think of.
    This is our first year home as a family at Christmastime; usually we’re traveling across the country to see one side of the family or the other. One of our new favorite traditions with our 2 year old has been baking the holiday cookies. She has so much fun dumping in the ingredients and helping to stir. Plus, she really enjoys taste-testing!

  2. Karen Emerson says

    Leigh Anne, You Rock!! I wish I “grew up” in your neighborhood!! This breakfast/party/all day event sounds fabulous!
    Someday I need you to blog about how you re-energize yourself so that you can host party after party with so much JOY. Clearly, you are very organized, but do you by chance have little elves that come in the middle of the night to help pull off all the wonderful details? :-) As always, I love the creative ideas you give to us.

  3. says

    Oh my word! That is an awesome idea to host that at your house! I love it! So generous of you to do this. I love the idea of the hot chocolate bar…if that doesn’t give you a sugar high, nothing would!
    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking a poppyseed cake for Christmas breakfast. I’ve had poppyseed cake for breakfast for 40 years now…and I am passing on the tradition to my kids…they love it as much as I do!

  4. MelanieL says

    Karen, you took the words out of my mouth…with the experience Leigh Anne has with entertaining I bet it’s almost effortless to throw parties!! Leigh Anne, love the family photos around your dining room, what a neat idea. Also, I have copied your beautiful ornaments in glass containers, I now have some on my table, and they are stunning!

  5. Renee says

    I just found this website and it is absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to use some of these ideas and recipes for the holiday season! :)

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