Things I love – Weekly Breakfast Date

Have you ever started something for fun and it quickly became a long-standing tradition?  I love it when that happens!

Years ago, my daughter’s birthday fell on a school day.  To make it special, I had her invite her two friends (neighbors) to breakfast before school.  I bought donuts at the grocery and we stopped at our local coffee shop for hot chocolates.  It was fun and a special way to start the day.

Next birthday I had the same request.

After that visit, it dawned on me that we could be having a fun breakfast before school more often.  “Coffee Shop Day” was born.  Once a week I’d wake the kids up twenty minutes earlier and tell them it was coffee shop day.  It was always a fabulous way to start the day and a terrific break in a busy week.

After a few years of this, my daughter moved on to middle school and a much earlier start time.  Coffee shop day with her had to end.  My son was still in elementary so we started branching out.  Now we rotate between three different restaurants (two of them are local!) once a week before school.

Early morning breakfasts have been a fun way to connect, spend quality time together and slow down even in the midst of the school year.

What fun traditions have you created by accident?  I’d love to hear all about them in the comments, so please share!

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19 Comments

  1. This is such a cute idea! I remember doung lunch dates with my mim after kindergarten since i had a half day and my sister was older so full time. It was always fun.

  2. What a lovely idea! My boys and I would sometimes do backwards dinner – we would grab dessert (usually ice cream) and eat dinner after!

    1. I love that! We typically do that at least once during the Christmas season – no idea why we don’t do it the rest of the year!

    1. Yes, I’ve always thought it would be fun for my husband and I – we have just never been able to successfully implement it.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I wish I could do this…but my day starts at 5am. lol But something to keep in mind for the future or maybe a day of no school. I need to make more of a conscious effort to have quality time with my children.

    1. Next year we are starting school earlier (kids are getting older), so I have to come up with something new too – I’m thinking maybe Starbucks or the local coffee shop after school one night a week.

  4. I love this idea! I love finding time to make special little fun events with my kids. And breakfast… What a great way to start off your day… ❤️

  5. That is so much fun! My husband and I, now that we are empty nesters and the kids have other places to go on Christmas Eve, have created a tradition of taking a long 7 mile hike during the early afternoon and stopping for drinks along the way. Then we come home and cook a fabulous dinner and do midnight mass.

  6. What a great idea. I love breakfast! My husband and I love to go to The Cheesecake Factory brunch sometimes. 🙂

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