Can you believe that it’s almost that time of year: Yup, time to play the “I forgot to move the Elf” game! Although my boys are getting older, my youngest has already asked about Elfie coming back this year.

Yes, I’m THAT mom who uses our Elf to help keep the boys’ behavior in line around Christmas time. And yes, I use the line, “I will take something off your Christmas list” all the time. Hey, a Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do!

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast


Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

Last year I wanted to create a fun Elf on the Shelf Tablescape, but it just didn’t happen. This year, I have plans to do a lot of fun Christmas stuff with the boys. And we are planning on having a welcome breakfast for our Elves. Yes, we have two of them. What in the world was I thinking on trying to remember to move TWO elves? I can barely remember to move the first one, LOL.

I put together a fun and easy to do tablescape to welcome your Elf! Or, you can use it for a Kids’ Christmas Tablescape. However you decide to use it, I promise this is an idea that everyone can do!

So, let’s gather our supplies. I love shopping at Hobby Lobby. If you’re not familiar with Hobby Lobby, it is a craft/decor store. If you don’t have one, you may have a Michael’s or JoAnn’s and can find a lot of these items. Or shop online through Amazon to find a lot of these supplies!

Supply List:

And be sure to have an Elf on the Shelf. You can grab one here.


Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

So here’s how we put this Elf on the Shelf Tablescape idea together:

Since we’re talking about kids, I like to play it safe. Did you know that using wrapping paper on your table versus a table-cloth or a runner, is so much easier? Yes, I love using wrapping paper as a runner on my tablescapes, especially during the Holidays. Kids and Grownups are bound to make a mess. And instead of hearing the “oops, I’m sorry for spilling red punch on your white tablecloth,” you can just rip off the paper and toss it in the trash.

In this idea, I put down a plastic white table cover (don’t want to ruin my table), then red & white festive Christmas wrapping paper.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

For the center of the table, I am using two Sets of Strala City LED Decoration Lightning from Ikea. ( I LOVE that store). It’s hard to see them lit up in the daytime, but at night they are beautiful! In between each set of lights, I place two Metal Red & White Santa Cone Hats w/ Jingle Bell on top from Hobby Lobby.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

Next, set the table. In this idea, I’m setting the table for four people. Start by placing the red charges, followed by my American Atelier Bianca Dots Round Plates, and then the red & white chevron plates.

Red & White Christmas Mason Jars

To the right of each place setting, I add the red & white mason jars for decoration, followed by the snowflakes drinking glasses. In each mason jar, I place fun decorations, such as styrofoam peppermint balls (from Hobby Lobby).  You can learn how to make your own red & white mason jars here

And don’t forget to add your silverware!

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

If you have a buffet, you could use it to set up your candy lane area. Or, you can just add it to your table, as shown above.

I added an assortment of candy, including peppermint candy candy, red & white straws, bubble gum and more! You can get creative and add Elf on the Shelf Nutella Cupcakes, Christmas candy, or gingerbread cookies, biscottis and more!

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

I also added a red & white chevron blackboard (picked up from Hobby Lobby) and wrote, “Welcome Elfie & Jack” on it. This is also a way to keep the kids entertained by letting them write all over it.

I finished out my welcome Elfie Tablescape with a few more decorations and then placed Elfie and Jack in Santa’s Sleigh.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast


And that’s it! The kids will LOVE not only seeing all of the fun things to eat but delighted to see their Elf as well! And of course, you can add breakfast, lunch or dinner food (depending on the day your Elf arrives). Our Elves arrive the weekend of Thanksgiving, so a welcome breakfast is ideal!

We also added a hot chocolate tray filled with pumpkin hot chocolate, marshmallows, and chocolate!

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

Be sure to grab Elf’s favorite Elf on the Shelf Nutella Cupcakes recipe before you go! Elfie also loves some Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies, so be sure to grab that recipe too!

Super cute Elf on the Shelf idea to grab: Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth!

Do you make a special welcome for your Elf on the Shelf? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear what you have to say!


Join in on the Elf Fun with so many ideas posted below- Follow our Elfie on his journey and find other Elf on the Shelf ideas in our Elf on the Shelf section on my blog!

Find more great Elf on the Shelf ideas, including:

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