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Updated: November 4, 2018
It’s getting close to Christmastime and our little Scout Elf friends are starting to return to our homes during Scout Elf Return Week, which this year runs from November 23rd to December 1st (updated dates for 2018).
Last Friday we threw an Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast to welcome back our jolly friend. Seeing the delight on my son’s face when he came out of his bedroom that morning will stay with me for a long time. The pure excitement and curiosity is worth all of the prep time it took to put this breakfast together.
But actually, it really took no time at all, and I’m sharing all of the steps in an easy to download party plan, including direct links to the products I used, so that you can whip up your North Pole Breakfast in no time. Don’t worry, even if it’s after the official “return week,” you can still throw an Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast to delight your little ones and welcome your Elf back for the holiday season. Let’s get started!
Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast Printables
I’ve partnered with Jillian over at Catch My Party to offer you all of these North Pole Breakfast printables for free! I’m so excited to share some photos and details with you, but most of all I think you are going to love using the free printables and following my North Pole Breakfast Party Plan, which provides product recommendations and step-by-step tips to throw your own festive celebration.
First, you’ll want to download the free party plan and then grab the free printables over at Catch My Party and print and assemble as needed. In this set I’ve included an 8×10″ sign, 4×6″ signs, Food Tent / Place Cards, Straw Flags, Cupcake Toppers / Party Circles, a 3-pennant Banner, and “Melted Snow” Water Bottle Labels. Basically all the printables you need to throw your Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast.
Setting the North Pole Breakfast Table
It’s no surprise that I love setting fun tablescapes, such as my Festive Fall Tablescape and my Lucky You! St. Patrick’s Day Table. No matter the holiday or if it’s simply an ordinary day, setting a beautiful table for a family meal can take it from drab to fab in no time. Once you find your table style, it’s pretty easy to recreate many different looks following the same principles.
Once I again I went to my go-to source for holiday decorations, Oriental Trading, who have a ton of cute options to choose from. I had a blast picking out all of the items to make this party come to life and I’m sharing everything you need to create this festive table in the list below.
Supplies for your North Pole Breakfast:
- An Elf on the Shelf
- Free printables from Elva M Design Studio available on the Catchy My Party blog
- White tablecloth
- A Chevron & Polka Dot Table Runner
- Paper dinner plates and dessert plates (at the time of this posting, it appears this dessert plate is out of stock. No fear, there are loads of substitutes available, such as this one or this one!)
- Santa and Reindeer Cups with Lids
- Elf Shot Glasses (item discontinued for 2018; You can use these. And no, you won’t be using them for shots!)
- Plush Elves
- Peppermint Swirl Decorations
- Green Frosted Sisal Trees
- Christmas Jingle Bells
- Small Red Cake Stand from Sprinkles & Confetti
Set Your Table
Start with your centerpiece. I put our elf, Mr. Jingles, front and center on a small cake stand and surrounded him with jingle bells and sisal trees. Then I placed he signs and the Elf on the Shelf story around him, with some more trees.
You can add the name of your Elf to this “I’m Back!” Sign. It reads:
“I’ve missed you this year but I’ve returned from the North Pole for more holiday cheer. Santa sent me again to be his eyes and his ears. Every night I will fly to give Santa advice, whether you were naughty that day or wonderfully nice. Each day with a new visit, a new hiding place is where I’ll be. Make sure not to touch me, or my magic will surely flee!”
Oriental Trading has the cutest plates, napkins, and cups to set your table.
I loved how the utensils looked with the little plush elves hugging them. So cute!
Add some pizzazz to each place setting with bells and a straw topper in an Elf Shot Glass. My kids loved sipping their milk and juice from these sweet Reindeer and Santa cups. I’ll be sharing how I’m using the extra cups in a few weeks!
You can decorate other areas of your home too! The Peppermint swirl decorations, adorably wrapped in cellophane to mimic the real candy, are great to hang on walls or from a chandelier with the printable banner.
North Pole Breakfast Food
We kept it easy with donuts, croissants, pumpkin pancakes, bacon, and fresh fruit. Creating a little donut tower is a nice touch — I love the “snow caps” with the powdered donuts. Finally, to wash it all down, some “Melted Snow.”
Once your table is set and the food is ready, sit down and enjoy a festive breakfast with your little ones. Enjoy!