a mini new year’s breakfast

new year's breakfast

Since we have little ones at home, it’s fun to brainstorm and think about new traditions we’d like to begin, and ways that we can make special events memorable.  I’m always a little sad when Christmas is over, so I wanted to think of a way to make New Year’s a fun event for all of us, especially since it can be a challenge for Chip and I to get out when most babysitters are having fun themselves!  We did this early so I could share it here, but it was still just as fun.

new year's breakfast

My plan was to do this in the morning, but it’s a challenge to get ahead of the day with small early risers, so we did it in the evening, and it’s always a treat to have breakfast for dinner.

new year's breakfast

(Since some of you asked, here is a link to that rug!)  We just had pigs in a blanket, yummy fruit, and pancakes.  It was simple, but just right, and we dined on the low table my dad made for Vivi’s birthday (he later cut it into two pieces, so we have a 4 foot table!).  Even Brigie could sit at the table, which made her feel like a big girl.

new year's breakfast

I even pulled out the china and the silver (because when else will I do it these days?) and I’m happy to report nothing was broken!  That gorgeous vase from Target made the perfect centerpiece.

new year's breakfast

I also think it made it extra magical to dine in front of the Christmas tree, with all the twinkling lights.

new year's breakfast

new year's breakfast

Chip and I really wanted to talk about 2014 for our family, so I made a little poster (we’re calling it the “Lay List”) and we talked about things we’d like our family to do together next year.  I wrote down our ideas with a sharpie, so we can keep track of it.  At the top of Vivi’s list is camping!  It was fun to hear what she thought would be awesome ideas for our family to do

.new year's breakfast

new year's brunch

I think the hit of the party were the little noisemakers!

(You can find links for all the Christmas decorations here, if interested.)

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15 Responses to “a mini new year’s breakfast”

  1. Colleen N says:

    Love! Where are the napkins, trumpets and little animals from. You are a genius, I absolutely adore your style.

    • Joni Lay says:

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Colleen! The napkins are some leftover fabric I cut down, and the animals and trumpets are from Party City – I just painted them gold.

    • Colleen N says:

      Thank you! I have been following for so long, about time I complimented you. Absolutely darling!

  2. Jessie says:

    Where is that awesome rug from?!?!

  3. This is such a fun idea! I love the way it turned out!

  4. GG says:

    I love the rug too! It would be perfect in daughter and son room!!! Where can I find it?

  5. It’s all just so magical, Joni! And now I’m craving a pancake or two. :) Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Julie says:

    Love this idea!! So sweet! Joni – where did you buy the mirror piece above the fireplace. I adore that!!

  7. ALH says:

    Gorgeous! I didn’t see the gold giraffes on the link to all the items – can you please share where you found them? Thank you!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi there! So sorry for the delay – I bought the giraffe’s at a local monthly antique market. There are lots of brass animals on etsy, and certainly at thrift stores if you keep looking! Thanks so much!

  8. Anne Marie says:

    Ridiculously beautiful Joni!!!!! Happy New Year!

  9. Stacey A. W. says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but I love this whole set up! One question…what is the paint color for your walls? I love it too!

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