If you’ve been reading this little space of mine (and always a huge thank you for those that take the time to visit) then you know two things about me. One, we take our breakfasts very seriously around here especially on the weekends, and two, coordinating our elf Alvin’s welcome breakfast is one of my favorite holiday traditions now.
3. COORDINATE THE MENU: this is a big one for me because if your kids are anything like mine they want to eat within the first 15-20 minutes of waking up. Last year we made snowmen pancakes that had bacon wrapped scarves and there was no way I was waking up at the crack of dawn to do all of that. So what did we do? We prepped. The bacon and sausage links were cooked the night before along with all of the fruit being cut up.
4. DECORATIONS: again, this isn’t necessary and might be a bit over the top, but I want this silly little breakfast to be a memory my boys think about when they’re older. Adding in some extra details makes it feel even more special. Majority of all of the things I pick up for this are from the dollar store, so there really isn’t much being spent on this other than some time and planning. My husband and I sneak downstairs after the boys are in bed to get the table set so that we aren’t running around first thing in the morning. This has also turned into some fun memories for him and I.
5. SMALL GIFTS: another thing that’s become part of our breakfast tradition is having a few small gifts for the boys to open up from their elf. These are usually from the dollar store or Target’s dollar spot and mainly some sort of craft project or a new Christmas book.
6. HAVE FUN: above all else have fun together! My favorite thing is seeing their faces light up when they come down the steps and seeing that their elf friend has arrived. We take a few of our obligatory pictures and some videos to share on insta stories (you can find me @beautifully_candid to see the fun this weekend) and then after that it’s phones and cameras away and enjoying our special time together. It’s funny how many memories this silly little elf has brought into our home.