Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elf Breakfast

One of the highlights of last week's flurry of holiday activities was son Christian's fourth-grade Christmas musical. Christian auditioned for a speaking role and was elated to be cast as Elf #6. He practiced his lines faithfully and reminded us at least once a day that showtime was coming soon. So I decided to surprise the children with an elf-themed breakfast on the day of the big performance.

I readied partyware through the week and set the table after the children went to bed. With such an early morning surprise, I wanted to be as far along with the breakfast as possible.

Peppermint plates and mugs from Wal-Mart were perfect for our festive breakfast -- and a great lunchtime option now that the kids are out of school.

Echoing our red-and-white color scheme, candy cane arrangements added a refreshing touch to the table. To make these I hot glued plastic foam into footed bowls and slipped wrapped candy canes into the foam. I then covered the foam with moss and a trio of ornament picks from Michaels.


Christian's show was called The Reindeer Whisperer, so I was delighted to find a Word graphic for my printables with an elf putting a scarf on a reindeer.

Little pennants on our drinking straws urged Christian to break a candy cane. Seven-year-old Mary Ashley was quite concerned about this message until I explained that it was a holiday take on the actors' phrase "Break a leg."

Reindeer Whisperer Breakfast Menu

Reindeer Yogurt Parfaits
Elf #6 Fruit Skewers
Breakfast Casserole Muffins
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Milk and Orange Juice

Breakfast Casserole Muffins

Mother and daughter Margie Austin and Julie Knapp have brought these to church on occasion, and Christian has raved about them, so I knew they would be a breakfast of choice for him.

1 pound hot sausage, browned and drained
6 eggs
1 cup biscuit mix
2 cups half & half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups grated cheese

Spray 24 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place drained sausage evenly in the cups. Mix eggs, biscuit mix, half & half, salt and pepper together. Pour evenly over the sausage. Top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

A little gift at each child's place served to commemorate the occasion.

I found these paddle-ball elf favors at Wal-Mart for less than $1 apiece. The kids hardly wanted to eat once they opened these!

This little guy was a find at Caffco Floral Outlet in Montgomery. I quite enjoy having him around!

There was little time to enjoy our breakfast before school, so we enjoyed dinner and a show that evening as we shared leftovers while watching a recording of Christian's performance. There is no doubt about it: Elf #6 is #1 with us!

I still have more holiday happenings to share, so stop in again soon!


Kathy said...

You are making the best memories for your children! I love all you do to make an ordinary day special! You inspire me!

Rach said...

So cute and adorable! Love those Parfaits.

kr said...

I wish I was a kid at your house. You make extra special days for your children.

Anonymous said...

You are the best and most fun mom ever. Most of all, you are making such wonderful memories for your children. Will you adopt me?


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How adorable this table is --- I want to have breakfast with the elves too!

Lois Evensen said...

What a fun party! Everything fits together so perfectly.

mgster said...

what a wonderful way to start a special day! Good job!

Becky W said...

How special!!! You are such an encouragement to your family and others!

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