Backyard Breakfast In Bed


For me, the summer is about escape and change; as a family we get to escape the everyday routines of the school year and change our world. I am a big believer in the power our surroundings have on us. I like to create interesting and surprising changes to our home and garden to stimulate and lift our moods and the laid-back days of summer create the perfect setting for these playful ideas. This type of thing doesn’t cost a penny because I use items we already own – it just takes a little time and thought. This morning, I surprised the girls with a backyard breakfast in bed. I set up a cot with pillows, sheets and a quilt (it was a bit chilly here this a.m.) and served them breakfast in bed in the backyard. They just rolled out of their beds and came outside to enjoy a beautiful morning and a simple breakfast in their pajamas…

Have fun with your kids this summer and do the unexpected - serve them a backyard breakfast in bed.

A happy surprise every child can appreciate.

I used a cot that I purchased for about $35.00 at Walmart (if you don't have a cot, you could use sleeping bags or an air mattress). Then I added sheets, pillows, a quilt and I put down a flannel sheet on the ground to create softness underfoot.

I put out a tray of store-bought croissants, Nutella, apples and tea - the kids helped themselves.

Grab a few things from the house and bring them out. I used a low stool and a tray to create a small table for our teas.


No need to get fussy over this - just create a comfortable spot for the kids to flop down and relax.


Comments (12):

  1. teresina

    June 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Great idea. Doing new things is motivating

    • camilla

      June 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Teresina! Is is so true, this kind of temporary change gets the kids so excited, it is heartwarming to see their reactions.

  2. catie

    June 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    love this!
    i could see this spilling over into lunchtime & beyond.
    or even a nighttime ipad movie with popcorn : )

    • camilla

      June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Catie – That is exactly what happens! They enjoy this for hours. Thanks for stopping by, C

  3. Aunt Jenny

    June 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Love it! Looks like a beautiful morning!

    • camilla

      June 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks Jen, It was the perfect morning for this type of thing – just cool enough.

  4. Erin

    June 26, 2012 at 3:18 am

    This bought tears to my eyes it’s so special and simple. I will definitely be doing this for my 2 daughters (and husband!!) one of this mornings. Thank you!

    • camilla

      June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Erin, Please let me know how it turns out! 🙂 Take Care, C

  5. AJ Tarrant

    June 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Dear Camilla and girls,
    Love it! Can I come over and have breakfast with you, too?

    • camilla

      June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Of course! 🙂

  6. lisa

    June 30, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Great way to spend weekends! 🙂

  7. Germangirl

    July 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    How lovely! And wonderful thoughts in your text. Please, wake me up tomorrow, too. I will roll into your garden-breakfast-bed, too. 🙂

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