Small children are the real stars of the Christmas holiday season, and nothing makes them feel more special than being able to eat with Santa. Kids can spend quality time at a children's breakfast with Santa at a restaurant, a farm, a Christmas village or other places where you have to pay admission, or you could set up a similar event right in your own home. The main focus does not have to be fancy food, but if you do not have to shell out a lot of money on admission, you can treat your small attendees to delicious treats.
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Breakfast With Santa Ideas
The best part of being in control of a Christmas breakfast with Santa is that it can be more relaxed. Your children can get dressed up if they want, but why not let them attend in their pajamas? Of course, adults can do this too. Make sure that you have a realistic Santa Claus costume and someone willing to dress up in it. These outfits can be bought or rented; ask friends and family if they have any extras. You can also get attendees to dress up as Mrs. Claus, Rudolph or an elf.
You can send the children a homemade invitation. You might be able to make these yourself or find printable ones online. Imagine how excited children will be when they receive their invite and start looking forward to Santa Claus eating breakfast with them.
You can decorate the dining area the night before when they are asleep using Christmas-themed items, like a Rudolph tablecloth and Santa Claus paper plates, utensils and cups. Hang some Christmas lights over the table and put a poinsettia in the middle for an even more festive setting.
All-in-One Breakfast With Santa
With all the effort going into this amazing breakfast, you won't want the kids to just eat and run. It is a good idea to think of a few activities that they can do with Santa once all of the food has been gobbled up. A holiday scavenger hunt can be a lot of fun, with prizes for everyone. These can be small gifts or something special that you baked for dessert.
Kids can also make a simple craft with Santa. A paper plate Santa Claus is fast and easy. Cut a white paper plate in half and paint the middle a flesh-toned color. Allow that to dry and then glue on a Santa hat, googly eyes, a white mustache and a red pom-pom nose. Set out the supplies in advance and you can even cut out the cap ahead of time as well. Other fun crafts include making handmade ornaments or stamping snowflakes onto paper bags and filling them with candy to use as goodie bags.
Breakfast With Santa Food Ideas
It's important to remember the food, which is an integral part of a breakfast with Santa. There aren't too many breakfast foods that kids don't like, but if you are dealing with picky eaters, be sure to accommodate their preferences so everyone has a good time. Find out about allergies that your guests might have so you can keep everyone safe.
One cute breakfast idea is to make small stacks of pancakes, top each with a strawberry (pointing up) and a mini marshmallow or dollop of whipped cream. They will resemble Santa's hat. You can also make Christmas tree cookies or form fruity candy cane shapes from sliced strawberries and bananas. Waffles, bacon, sausage and ham are always popular, and they pretty much guarantee that you won't have any leftovers.