North Pole Breakfast- How To Host Your Own

November 10, 2020 4 Comments
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We love the run up to Christmas almost as much as the big day itself, and having a North Pole Breakfast is a great way to mark the start of the festive season and get us all into the Christmas spirit.

We had our first North Pole Breakfast last year. The 1st December fell on a Sunday, so it seemed like the perfect day to host it. The kids absolutely loved it, and I had a lot of fun putting it all together, so it looks like it’s set to stay along with some of our other family Christmas traditions.

What is a North Pole Breakfast

A North Pole Breakfast is a relatively new tradition that seems to be gaining in popularity. It’s a special breakfast with lots of treats to mark the start of the festive season. Typically it is held at the beginning of advent or the weekend nearest to it. I’ve decided that we will have ours on the first Sunday of December so that I am not sending in sugar hyped kids into school!

2 children pulling crackers at their North Pole Breakfast
The kids loved their North Pole Breakfast!

However, that doesn’t mean to say you can’t have one on a different day. Some people choose to host theirs on Christmas Eve, or maybe you could host one if you have one of your children’s birthday in December. What day you hold it on is completely up to you!

We chose to combine ours with the other popular Christmas tradition Elf on the Shelf. Our elf ‘Buddy’ on the morning of the breakfast will have an invitation for the children to attend their North Pole Breakfast, and the table will already be laid by Buddy, whilst I get busy in the kitchen.

A North Pole breakfast generally isn’t the most healthiest of breakfasts, but it really is up to you what you serve. The most important thing is that it feels festive and is enjoyable. Personally I don’t beat myself up too much over the sugar content. It’s not like we do it every day, and I enjoy getting creative with my Christmas baking early. If you need some ideas of what to serve, scroll down for some healthy options as well as the sugar laiden ones.

Top Tips On How to Host Your North Pole Breakfast

  • Invitations- it doesn’t take much to knock up an invitation to invite the kids to their special breakfast. I find it helps build the excitement. You could give it to them the night before, or present it in the morning like we do. Just decide if the invite is from you, or if you’re letting your Elf take all the credit.
  • Decorations- maybe you already have your Christmas decorations up? If not then it’s a nice idea to put up a few around the table to make it feel more festive.
  • Dress the table- you can buy North Pole Breakfast packs with matching tablet cloths, cups, plates and napkins. However you don’t need to go to any expense unless you want to. I used a plain table cloth and dusted it with Christmas table confetti and dotted around some chocolate brussel sprouts.
A christmas cracker on a plate next to a mallow reindeer sweet pop
  • Make it a cracker- crackers are a really simple way of making any meal feel Christmassy, plus the kids love them.
  • Make a menu- you can write a menu of all the tasty treats you are planning to serve. My kids like it as it makes them feel like they’re in a resturant and makes it feel extra special.

Ideas For What to Serve at Your North Pole Breakfast

As I said before you can make it as sugar heavy or healthy as you want. Mini marshmallows, squirty cream, candy canes and christmas sprinkles will be you best friend, they can make any food feel Christmassy.

Last year we kept things fairly simple with crumpets, pain au chocolates, hot chocolates and sugar free jelly with fruit and cream. This year I am planning a far more extravagant affair- so watch this space!

There are lots of ideas of Christmas themed treats suitable to make and serve at a North Pole Breakfast, so if you are looking for some ideas and inspiration here are a few of the best.

Pastries and Pancakes

Last year I wanted to buy some Christmas tree crumpets, but couldn’t find any. Instead we bought giant crumpets and I cut them with a large Christmas tree cookie cutter. Topped with some nutella and of course some Christmas sprinkles they looked just the part.

Christmas tree shaped crumpets
Christmas Tree Crumpets- from Blissful Domestication

Here are some more ideas if you are feeling a bit more inventive!

Santa Pancakes– from Messy Little Monster
Christmas Tree Pancakes– from Meaningful Mama
Gingerbread Monkey Bread– from Crayons and Cravings
Christmas Tree Waffles– The Best Ideas For Kids
Nog Cinnamon Chip Scones– from Meaningful Mama
Christmas Tree Pancake Stack– from Meaningful Mama

Lets Get Fruity

It’s not a bad idea to have some fruit too. Most kids love it, and helps balance out all that refined sugar. With a little imagination you can even make fruit festive.

Strawberries cut in half and filled with squirty cream with two silver balls to look like mini santas.
Simple Santa Strawberries
Fruit Christmas Trees– Crafty Moms Share

Cookies, Cakes and Other Sweet Treats

One thing my kids really loved about their North Pole breakfast last year was having jelly at breakfast. It was sugar free, with strawberries in. However by simple presenting it in a glass with some squirty cream and Christmas sprinkles, it felt like a real treat to them.

A glass full of strawberry jelly, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a candy cane.

There are plenty of ready made Christmas themed cakes and cookies in the shops, but if you fancy getting creative in the kitchen here are some ideas.

Penguin Brownies– from Easy Mom Meals
North Pole Cupcakes– from The Flying Couponer
Reindeer Cookies– from Messy Little Monster
Christmas Tree Brownies– from In The Playroom
Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer– from Suburban Simplicity
Reindeer Cupcakes– from Adventures of a Military Family of 8

What to Drink

We served our North Pole Breakfast last year with simple hot chocolates. Of course they were topped with whipped cream, mini marshamallows, christmas sprinkles and a candy cane!

Here are a few other alternatives.

Cherry Ginger Mock Margarita– Playdates to Parties
Reindeer Hot Chocolate– from Thrifty Jinxy

Whatever you decide to serve, it will certainly be a breakfast to remember, and a great addition to the run up to Christmas.

What do you think of a North Pole Breakfast? Is it a tradition you’ve adopted in your house? or one that your planning to try this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy November 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Love this, I am going to hoist my own North Pole breakfast next time the grandchildren stay over, thanks for the inspiration, Kerri#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Naomi November 24, 2020 at 10:16 am

    This is so wonderful! #KidsAndKreativity

  • Malin SenLearningwPenguin December 4, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Fun festive idea, even if I’m not sure I’d survive the day if we started it of on a mega-sweet note, lol. I think the Christmas tree crumpets would go down well here, and the penguin brownies too! x #KidsAndKreativity

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) December 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    A North Pole breakfast sounds like a lot of fun and I love all the ideas for different festive-themed food to serve. We’ve never done anything like this – maybe it’s something we might try doing next year. #KidsandKreativity

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