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.



  1. teresina  June 25, 2012

    Great idea. Doing new things is motivating

    • camilla  June 26, 2012

      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

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

    • camilla  June 26, 2012

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

  3. Aunt Jenny  June 25, 2012

    Love it! Looks like a beautiful morning!

    • camilla  June 26, 2012

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

  4. Erin  June 26, 2012

    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

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

  5. AJ Tarrant  June 26, 2012

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

    • camilla  June 26, 2012

      Of course! 🙂

  6. lisa  June 30, 2012

    Great way to spend weekends! 🙂

  7. Germangirl  July 1, 2012

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