How to Plan the Best North Pole Breakfast with Elf on the Shelf

The Christmas season doesn't truly begin until our North Pole Breakfast.  We may have visited Santa and the decorations have been going up over the past few weeks but it doesn't feel real until Jingle the Elf returns from the North Pole.  

Our North Pole Breakfast is the second most magical day of the year; second only to Christmas morning.  The girls jumped with joy and squealed with delight when they saw Jingle had returned.  I think I get as much joy as they do planning the breakfast and seeing their excitement.  Their smiles make my heart explode and witnessing their innocence is the best feeling.  I had the realization the other night that my years are VERY limited with Emily and the magic of Christmas.  She is in second grade and it will only be a matter of time before she starts questioning Santa.  This year I am going to do my best to soak in all the innocence, magic and joy!

Our Breakfast Bashes are always so much fun and quite simple to execute and this one is no exception.  Most of the time I use our tableware from Re-Play because they add the best pops of color.  I always have a stock of paper straws and the glass milk jars I also have on hand.  I found the gold wire baskets at Dollar Tree (score!!!) and found the t-shirts and pajamas from The Children's Place (all linked below).  Our letter board adds some humor and the final touch on the table.

For the food we started with Reindoor Donuts, Santa Cookies and Marshmallow Snow Balls.  The main course was Santa pancakes.  To make the donuts I used mini chocolate donuts, twist pretzels cut in half, candy eyes, and red candy coated chocolately pearls.  For the pancakes I used strawberries, canned whipped cream, chocolate chips and black decorating icing. 

So I may LOVE our North Pole Breakfast but remembering to move the elf is a whole different story!  Onto planning his moves and activities...

Creative Christmas Card Ideas

I love planning out our Christmas cards every year.  Some years I pick a theme and other years I just pick a landscape and coordinate our outfits.  Here is a round up of our past Christmas Card Ideas for you to use as a little inspiration...

Location: Christmas Tree Farm
Color Scheme: Leopard and Red 
Card Caption:
"May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always."

Theme: There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Location: Under a Fresno sign
Color Scheme: Black, White & Hunter Green 
Card Caption:
"May there be joy in your home, love in your heart, and laughter in your life this Christmas season."

Theme: Polar Express
Location: Caboose
Color Scheme: Red & Black Buffalo Check
Card Caption:
"The bell rings for all who truly BELIEVE.  Make the magic of Christmas remain in your heart and the sound of the bell in your ear."

Location: Park
Color Scheme: Red, Navy & White
Card Caption:
"We said a Christmas prayer for you because the season's near.  We didn't ask for riches but for gifts so much more dear.  We asked for joyful gatherings with your family all around, and for carols to inspire you with their old familiar sound.  We asked for quiet moments in your heart on Christmas morn, for a special time to celebrate the Savior who was born...We asked for friends to send their best that you might know they care.  We asked for peace and love and hope, and we know God heard our prayer."

Theme: Silent Night
Location: Home
Color Scheme: Red & White
Card Caption: 
"Merry & Bright...and up all night!
We traded silent nights for a bundle of joy!"

If you want more details about styling holiday cards click HERE.  If you want more details on executing cards from start to finish click HERE.