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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast


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.

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables
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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).

There is one tradition that we save especially for 1st December though and that is our North Pole Breakfast. Our dining area is magically transformed overnight into a magical winter wonderland and the children are spoilt with a special Christmas-themed breakfast. It doesn't have to cost a lot to do this but it is worth it for the look on their faces.


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. 

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - Festive Wooden Candle Holder TK Maxx
Items available from TK Maxx

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - reindeer centrepiece TK Maxx
Items available from TK Maxx

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. 

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - racing robin kids crackers

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.

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - night before christmas plates from TK Maxx

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - night before christmas plates from TK Maxx


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. 

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - elf on the shelf arrives


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. 

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - hot chocolate


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:-

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. 

How to host an AWESOME North Pole Christmas Breakfast including tableware from TK Maxx, food ideas and table printables - Kingsmill crumpets
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. 
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5 comments

  1. Great idea! We have 'Xmas tree day' in our house (I'm about to do a blog post on it) and this would be a welcome addition to start the day off! Thanks!

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  2. Every year I keep meaning to do a North Pole breakfast but never quite get around to it...Those Christmas plates are just gorgeous and those crumpets look fab!

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  3. What an absolute find those plates were!! I adore them, but I can't seem to find them online. Boo!
    Really love the idea of a 1st of December breakfast! My littles will love it!

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  4. Love the plates and decorations:) excited to see your tree! We do the north pole breakfast every year but this year I got tickets for breakfast with santa on the 3rd so we are going to use that as our north pole breakfast instead.

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  5. Christmas Tree crumpets? I love those. This is so fab, I love your styling and now I want to have a North Pole breakfast!

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