The days are flying by and we are counting the days until 1st December which is when all of our Christmas traditions begin. 1st December is a pretty big day in our house as it marks the arrival of our elf on the shelf (ours is called Zach) and is the first day the children can open their advent calendars.
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The 1st December also marks the first day of our Christmas book advent tree and I can't wait to re-visit my favourite festive stories (My top recommendations for Christmas stories are: The Smelly Sprout, Santa's Beard, The Jolly Christmas Postman, Father Christmas Needs a Wee and T'was the Night Before Christmas).
How to host an Awesome North Pole Breakfast
1 - Set the table
This year, we have decided our dining area is going to be themed around a winter woodland theme. We are so excited that this is going to be the first year we are going to have a real tree and have decided it's going to stand in our conservatory where our table is as it's nice and cool in there. I've picked up a few bits and pieces from TK Maxx to add to the effect and I love our reindeer. Heidi has named him Winter.
You'll find some fab North Pole Breakfast printables on Pinterest (I like these ones) or you can create your own menus and place settings using a program like Canva or Picmonkey. It's the little touches that make it all worthwhile and it is worth the effort I promise.
Finally, Christmas Crackers are a must and I really like these racing robin crackers which include a wind up 'racing robin' toy alongside the traditional joke and hat.
2 - Use special Christmas plates
I am the first to admit I just LOVE buying Christmas tableware and this year, we have chosen these beautiful 'T'was the Night before Christmas' themed plates from TK Maxx. I just love them. They are only £4.99 for a dinner plate and £3.99 for a side plate so a bit of a bargain and I think they look fab on our winter woodland themed table.
3 - Invite some special guests
This year, December 1st falls on a school day but if it falls on a weekend it is sometimes nice to invite family over to join you for a North Pole Breakfast. Our guest of honour this year will be our elf on the shelf who will have his own place setting but you could also invite your children's favourite teddy bears too - you can get the kids involved and ask them to send their teddy bears an invitation prior to the big day.
4 - Hot Chocolate is a must
Hot Chocolate is a staple drink of winter for us so it has to be included in our special North Pole Breakfast. We always recommend Ashlie's epic Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate and it's certainly worth getting up extra early to prepare. Definitely add candy canes and marshmallows too.
5 - Plan some festive food
Finally - the food! If you do a quick search on Pinterest there are thousands of ideas and you could really get carried away. Here are a few suggestions:-
- Banana and Strawberry Candy Cane
- Christmas Tree Apple Slices
- A Father Christmas Pancake
- Snowman Pancakes
- Santa Fruit Pops
- Snowman String Cheese
For me, I like to keep things easy and will probably buy these Christmas shaped Crumpets from Kingsmill (they are less than £1 for 6) and create banana and strawberry candy canes in the morning.
Let me know if you're planning on hosting a North Pole Breakfast this year. If weekday mornings are too manic, you can always switch it to the first weekend in December.
Disclosure | We were sent a TK Maxx Voucher in return for creating this post.