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by Katie Hodgkins

Tips For Setting up a North Pole Breakfast!

Mummies and daddies, you may have heard of the term ‘North Pole Breakfast’, perhaps in the playground when talking to other parents, on Facebook, or through word of mouth. If you’re interested in throwing your very own North Pole Breakfast, or just wanting to learn more, this guide has you covered.

What is a North Pole Breakfast?

Usually thrown on the 1st of December (but it can be done at any time in December that suits you), a North Pole Breakfast is a fun way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas and get into the festive spirit.

It can also be combined with Elf on the Shelf (if you’re using the trademarked Elf), or ‘return of the elf’ if you’re using an unofficial version. – you can use your North Pole Breakfast to welcome back your elves and their naughty shenanigans! Not sure what Elf on the Shelf actually is? You can find out more in our handy guide here.

North Pole Breakfast Checklist

If you’re wanting to throw an amazing North Pole Breakfast for your kids, this checklist is really easy to follow and will help you to cover all bases. We recommend getting the following…

  • A festive table cloth, plate mats and napkins.
  • Festive themed mugs are a definite yes, as hot chocolate is a must have.
  • Festive plates, bowls and cups.
  • Christmas crackers for every family member.
  • Extra decoration touches like banners, streamers, confetti and balloons are a lovely magical touch. You could use streamers at the door to your kitchen/dining room and tell your children that it’s a magical portal to the North Pole!
  • Fake snow.
  • If you’re having your little one’s friends over and making it a party, party favour bags are a good idea! You could fill them with goodies like reindeer poop (aka chocolate), chocolate coins and candy canes.

Breakfast Ideas…

You could throw a buffet, or do a set menu – it’s entirely up to you. Here are my favourite North Pole Breakfast ideas; it’s meant to be a special treat full of foods you’d never usually eat at breakfast, but of course you can make healthier options and jazz them up a little!

  • Reindeer poop pancakes (chocolate chips of course…)
  • Waffles & syrup
  • Cloud eggs as they look like piles of fresh snow!
  • French toast with a frosting of icing sugar
  • Christmas berry porridge (red currants, blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries are good berry choices).
  • Festive fruit salad (using red fruits) and whipped cream or greek yoghurt
  • Chocolate coins
  • Christmas themed cupcakes
  • Lots of yummy hot chocolate, with whipped cream and marshmallows of course. A sprinkle of edible glitter or gold on top would look amazing!
  • If you have a savoury loving child, cheese and crackers is a nice idea too – maybe with some cold cuts and croissants, and make a festive continental breakfast?

Festive Breakfast Tablewear

Napkins, tablecloths & place mats

As the North Pole Breakfast is oriented around the dining table, it’s important to decorate the table nicely as it’s the centrepiece! We’ve found these lovely napkins, tablecloths and place mats to help inspire you…

Personalised reindeer napkin – you can find this here*.

Christmas tablecloth – you can find this here*.

Personalised Snowman place mat & coaster – you can find this here*.

Plates, bowls and cups

Add a little extra magic with some festive plates, bowls and cups! Here are my favourite picks; I love the personalised cups in particular, I think they’ll be a hit with the kids.

Merry Christmas 8 Pack Party Plates – you can see this here*.

Rudolph 8 Pack Party Bowls – you can see this here*.

Personalised Santa or Elf Cup – you can see this here*.

Merry Breakfast Mugs

For all that yummy hot chocolate, you need a jazzy mug too! I love these three mugs, especially the Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins mug as I am a HUGE fan of the film ‘Elf’!

Festive Merry Mug – you can see this here*.

Personalised Mug – you can see this here*.

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Elf Movie Quote Mug – you can see this here*.

Christmas Crackers

Crackers are a lovely finishing touch to a table set for a North Pole Breakfast. Check out these amazing handmade crackers – the Nutcracker set is so unique, I’ve never seen any like these before and I love them, so I’m sure your kids would too!

Santa & Rudolph Crackers – you can find them here*.

Woodland Crackers – you can find them here*.

Nutracker Crackers – you can find them here*.

Extra Decoration Touches

If you’re a stickler for the finer details like me, you’ll want to look at these extra finishing touches. Banners, confetti and balloons are a reasonably cheap yet super effective way to make your North Pole Breakfast dazzle!

Santa & Sleigh Banner – you can see this here*.

Gold snowflake confetti – you can see this here*.

Christmas Party Balloon Set – you can see this here*.

Cupcake Toppers

If you’re making cupcakes, these toppers will add some extra pizzazz to your baking efforts. 

Christmas Candy Cane Toppers – you can see this here*.

Reindeer & Merry Christmas Toppers – you can see this here*.

Santa Hat Toppers – you can see this here*.

Festive Party Bags

If your North Pole Breakfast will be participated in by lots of people, why not make party bags? You could add in reindeer ‘poo’ (chocolate buttons or raisins), candy canes, normal party bag filler toys etc.

Merry Christmas Party Bags – you can see these here*.

Red Robin Party Bags – you can see these here*.

Reindeer Party Bags – you can see these here*.

Printable Activities

As well as carol singing, exchanging the jokes in the crackers, and talking about your wish lists, these printable activities are a really popular pastime to enjoy during your North Pole Breakfast. All the family can get involved with bingo, and the kids can enjoy their activity books rather than leaving the table when full.

Christmas Bingo – you can see this here*.

Christmas Activity Pack – you can see this here*.

For Breakfasts Involving Elf…

If you’re welcoming back your elf this year, this mini party pack contains useful signs so that your elf knows what is going on, where their milk is, and can leave a note on their Elf Kisses card for your kids to thank them for the warm welcome! You could also download the printable set on the right and give your elf their own mini party at the same time.

North Pole Breakfast Mini Party Pack – you can see this here*.

North Pole Breakfast Printable Set – you can see this here*.

Want to share your North Pole Breakfast photos with us? Email me at [email protected]!

You can see our Elf on the Shelf Inspo board on Pinterest here!

Love from Katie and my fellow elves at Team BBY. Xx

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I'm Katie, and I'm a mama, wife, and freelance content creator for Bump, Baby & You. I also help to run our thriving online community over in our Facebook support group, as well as volunteering for my local branch of the National Childbirth Trust. I'm a busy bee and enjoy keeping active, cooking, writing, and fun days out with my little family. My special topics of interest are... autism (as me and my son are both autistic), science, all things parenting and pregnancy related, and The Handmaids Tale!
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