One of my absolute favorite mornings of the year is the morning we do our Elf on the Shelf returns and brings a North Pole Breakfast. We started this tradition back in 2012 and I have an absolute blast putting it together for the kids.
We were a little later than normal this year because our elf is actually MIA. Apparently I hid him in a really great spot before/after we moved because I have torn our house apart and can't find him. Thankfully a friend (who was in the same situation last year and bought an extra elf) found her original and loaned me her replacement :)
I bought the dishes at Hobby Lobby back in 2012 (I was pregnant with G) for half off at Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with the pattern and wanted something really special that we'd use year after year.
I change out a few details every year, but the majority of things stay the same.
This year I added a garland to the table instead of the little tree that I've used in years past. The ornaments, picks and candy canes I had on hand and the garland was an extra that I bought for the banister that I didn't end up using. SCORE!
Nothing was wired in... I just kind of stuck everything in there for the morning.
The cake stands I had around the house (I use them often) as well as the latte bowls, sundae dishes and glass bottles with straws.
First up on the menu was hot cocoa with whipped cream and marshmallows.
... and of course, powdered sugar donuts! (you can find similar little picks HERE).
I grabbed the picks (they're actually part of a cupcake kit) at Homegoods.
Love how a simple little pick can make donuts so festive!
We also had vanilla yogurt (with sprinkles that the kids could put on top), strawberries and sausage links.
Buddy left the kids each a little note (normally there would be one each, but he ran out of stickers. hahaha)
Here come the kids!
They each had new pjs waiting on their chairs which ended up being so cute!!!
There were elf Christmas crackers next to their plates which were so fun!
(I found them at Homegoods as well and there were 6 in a set which means I set 3 aside for next year!)
There were little toys and HATS inside! Look how excited Mason is ;) hahaha
Time for hot cocoa!!!
Buddy typically brings the kids each an ornament and a little surprise, but since Mason found the ornaments early this year (ooops!) he just brought them each a little gift. In the past he's brought Christmas socks, movies, etc. but this year he mixed it up (since we just recorded a ton of movies on DirecTV hahaha) and brought them each a little surprise.
(the sparkle boxes I bought the first year we did the breakfast... I think at the dollar store!)
The boys got a set of walkie talkies (there was one in each of their boxes) and they LOVE them!!! They figured them out super quickly and were immediately all over the house calling each other :)
It was SUCH a sweet morning!!!
I know it looks kind of crazy and over the top (because it kind of is)... but this year the only things I purchased were the extra picks, elf Christmas crackers and roll of wrapping paper (that I found at Homegoods). I keep the picks year to year so next year I'll either reuse these or bring back the ones from last year, I only used half the elves and the wrapping paper I'll get another year out of as well!
Thanks for wading through all my pictures :) I hope you're feeling a little festive after all of this! If your elf has already arrived and you want to do something fun you could do this on a morning after a day with really great behavior or as a Farewell Feast on Christmas Eve! If you're looking to shop for a breakfast of your own here are a few cute finds (you can click on the pic to shop!)...
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