For five years, we have been celebrating December's arrival with a North Pole Party, thrown by our trusty and sometimes sneaky Elf on the Shelf, Boone. Boone got his name for the bouquet of balloons I had as a centerpiece on the table that year, and our little Cruz, who had just turned two, was more interested in the "boons" than the elf himself. Now, five years later, Cruz and Mila are both well-accustomed to all things Boone. They look for him first thing each morning, giggle when they discover what he's been up to, and usually drag one or both of us out of bed to see him, too. They are also well aware that they cannot touch Boone, thanks to Papa Curt who didn't know the rules last year. I had forgotten this memory, but it was the first thing Cruz recalled about our little elf. "Mommy, remember when Papa touched him and we had to write a letter to Santa?" I wonder if Papa has forgotten that story?
Pictures from our very first North Pole Party in 2012. This little party tops my highest page views of any blog post, thanks to the 21,000 repins on Pinterest! I have a feeling people are disappointed when it directs them to this, as Elf on the Shelf has exploded in the past five years.
Every year, my North Pole Party comes together with help from the Target dollar section at the entrance of the store. I love a good wrapping paper table runner, a fun centerpiece, and something festive for serving. This year, I added two miniature Santa mugs to add to our cocoa bar, and some Christmas-themed place mats the kids color on. Everything else comes together with things I've collected over the years, and I love how every year it looks different.
The menu this year included North Pole cupcakes (thanks, Scratch), sno-gurt with Santa hats for dipping, and one of our favorite party staples, snow covered donuts. Cupcakes for breakfast was a treat in and of itself and the Greek yogurt balanced it out a little. A little. :)
I put this together late last Saturday night after the kids went to bed. I put on a Hallmark movie, poured a glass of wine, and brought our table to life (and Boone out of his box in the basement). And as our own little prequel to that joy and surprise on Christmas morning, the kids were quite excited the next morning. We woke up a little late, so went to church and promised to celebrate our North Pole "Brunch" soon after.
And we celebrated all right. With cupcakes and read alouds about Boone, gifts of a new Christmas movie to watch and a new ornament to add to the tree, and predictions of what Boone would have up his sleeve this season. So far, we've been pretty impressed. From dressing up our family picture by giving us all Santa hats, to holding Baby Jesus in Mila's Little People nativity, to sharing a picnic with a group of beautiful Disney Princesses, Boone has made himself quite at home here so far. Just 19 nights to go. :)