10 Ideas for Throwing a North Pole Party
Each year, we bring the magic of Christmas home with a North Pole Party. Think reindeer, elves, holiday stories—and little ones padding around in their pajamas. Here's how to create your own party that kids of all ages will enjoy ...
Set the Stage
Welcome your guests Santa-style with a few simple details. Unravel a roll of peppermint stripe wrapping paper at your door step to create a “red carpet,” pipe some Christmas tunes outside, and hang a few homemade posters (“Welcome to the North Pole!”, “Caution: Reindeer Fly Zone”, etc.).
Do It After Dark
Plan your party for the evening and invite little friends to come in their pajamas. Lights will twinkle brighter at night, and the sight of a huddle of little ones, all dressed in their pajamas, will certainly add to the magic of a North Pole Party.
Serve Simple Treats
Keep the menu simple—milk and cookies are just fine. To add an extra touch, serve milk in glass bottles (these are repurposed Starbucks coffee drinks, labels removed) with paper straws. Add a festive yet inexpensive touch to your food table with candles and village Christmas trees.
Set Up a Reindeer Bar
Our kids’ favorite activity at our party is the Reindeer Food Bar. Lay out an assortment of reindeer treats (oats, cocoa, raisins, bread crumbs, glitter, flying powder—er, flour, etc.) and serving scoops in disposable bread pans. Allow each child to create their own concoction to take home.
Make Goodies to Take Home
Small jam jars decorated with a label and tied with baker’s twine make a great take-home container for reindeer treats. Small paper bags sealed with stickers would also work great.
Plan a Scavender Hunt
Another great activity for your North Pole Party is a scavenger hunt. Leave a letter from Santa stating things he left last Christmas that he needs the kids to find such as his pocket watch, his cocoa mug, a hat, etc. Let kids use flashlights to hunt for the items outside.
Read a Christmas Story
A reading of a Christmas book is a great way to bring kids together and calm them down after elf excitement. Create an inviting corner around the Christmas tree or fireplace and invite a grandparent or an elderly neighbor to read The Night Before Christmas. They’ll love the opportunity.
Use Festive Decorations
How do you decorate for a North Pole Party? Use the Christmas decorations you already have, hang paper snowflakes from the ceiling, dangle white lights and play Christmas tunes. The magic will fall into place once the kids arrive.
Set Out Santa Hats
Santa hats make a great take-home gift and double as both a table decoration (attach them to chairs with clothespins) and a festive addition to all your party photos.
Kelle Hampton is a mom, photographer, blogger, and author who lives in sunny Florida. To learn more about her, visit Enjoying the Small Things.
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