Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

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!

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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:

And if you’re looking for Adult Elf on the Shelf ideas, I have you covered as well:

Do you know what to say to your kids when you forgot to move the Elf? I’ve got you covered with 15 clever things to say when you forgot to move the Elf!

Did you forget to move your Elf on the Shelf? Here’s 10 Quick Last Minute ideas to try!


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  1. November 26, 2015

    Such a fun idea for your kids! Love it. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  2. December 1, 2015

    This is such a cute idea! We love our Elf on the Shelf and I love the theme of this party. My girls would love this!

  3. I think this is the most adorable Elf on the Shelf idea ever. People always have elf on the shelf getting into mischief. I’ve never seen a table set for them.

  4. Ron
    December 1, 2015

    Beautiful pictures, I love the combination of red and white, so bright and festive!

  5. December 1, 2015

    What a fun way to kick off the holidays and the Elf on the Shelf antics. Your table setup looks amazing. I love those red and white patterns.

  6. December 1, 2015

    This is awesome. Maybe next year we can do this. I chose not to do our Elf this year after 2 years of it because I would keep forgetting it and my kids would get so upset, lol. I love this though.

  7. December 1, 2015

    Awww…this is a great idea for the Elf on the Shelf!! I don’t have kids so I just live vicariously thru people who do it!

  8. December 2, 2015

    I’m not a fan of Elf on the Shelf-I think because the doll creeps me out a bit, but I love your party! Beautiful photos.

  9. December 2, 2015

    What a way to welcome the elf. What a festive breakfast you have prepared.

  10. December 2, 2015

    This idea is perfect and I love how you included a breakdown of everything you used. My boys have been anxiously awaiting for our elves to arrive! It has really added to our Christmas tradition!

  11. December 2, 2015

    I am LOVE with this tablescape. What a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday season!

  12. December 2, 2015

    Your table looks amazing. This is a great Welcome the Elf Breakfast idea. I will have to share this with my friend.

  13. Tonya C
    December 2, 2015

    These are great ideas. I think I’m going to do the Elf on a Shelf with my kids this year.

  14. December 3, 2015

    That is one awesome breakfast! We love Elf on the Shelf!

  15. Goodness me…. I just love this idea. I wish my kids were little again so we could do this. I think that this is such a fun tradition and you certainly brought it up a notch. So fun!

  16. December 4, 2015

    What a cute breakfast. We do hide and hug Olaf, now this gives me some ideas to invite him.

  17. I am coming over to steal ahem I mean borrow all the nutella cupcakes! LOL This is a cute idea for the elf instead of hijinx! 🙂

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