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One of our favorite Christmas traditions has easily became our annual North Pole breakfast. After a recent look around Pinterest I noticed that there are a whole lot of ideas floating around, but I couldn’t find any help or tips. Today I want to share with you 5 tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the past few years and hopefully encourage you to start a new family tradition of your own.
Tip #1 Do most of your prep the night before.
One of my favorite parts about having a North Pole breakfast is making it a surprise. I don’t know about your kids but if I start setting a table, going through cabinets, and working in the kitchen, they are most likely going to wake up! On a typical year I put them to bed and wait about an hour before I get to work. From decorations to prepping food. Anything I can get a head start on I do. Not only does this really help me to enjoy and not stress the morning of, but seeing their faces as they walk out that morning is always priceless.
Tip #2 Don’t skimp on the decor
Of course the lady that has 6 Christmas trees would feel the need to add this one. This is the one breakfast a year that I go BIG on and the decor is a huge element to that. From dishes, plating, table clothes, accents, napkins, cups, and straws. Try and think about it all and tie in as many holiday elements as you can. If you don’t own a holiday dish set don’t worry. You can find lots of $1 options or just use holiday paper plates. I also have discovered that a dinner plate and an upside down juice glass make a really great cake stand. You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate like a pro.
Tip #3 Be creative with your menu.
I love to find playful foods to serve just as much as the girls love eating them. Christmas tree waffles, donut snowmen, fruit candy canes, peppermint hot cocoa, and holiday yogurt parfaits are a few past favorites of ours. I usually put my focus around things that I know the girls will love, then add in some healthy elements too. The whole idea is to be creative and serve something your family will enjoy. If you love cinnamon rolls, plate them in the shape of a Christmas tree. If donuts are your favorite, buy some Christmas ones. Be creative and playful with the menu you choose.
Tip #4 Add elements of magic
Don’t overlook the little things. From using this breakfast to welcome your elf, to cutting out 30 snowflakes and taping them to the wall. It feels like I have tried them all. The most important element to a North Pole breakfast is the feeling of holiday magic. The surprise in the morning and the creative menu all work to build excitement. Some other ideas to add a little magic could be to have a Christmas dance party after breakfast, read a Christmas book, add a little surprise to the kids place setting, or set up a holiday photo booth with some props. The whole point of this breakfast is to make memories and enjoy time spent together as a family.
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Adding a North Pole breakfast to our list of holiday traditions was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It always helps to stir up holiday cheer and has made for some amazing memories with our girls. I hope this post left you excited, encouraged, and eager to add a special breakfast to your holiday plans this year
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