Over the weekend, we brought the North Pole to St. Leonard for Nell and Guy’s first-ever North Pole Christmas party. It was something I had wanted to do for years, and this year I decided both kids (and their friends) were finally old enough to enjoy it. On Sunday night, more than a dozen toddlers and their families joined us for dinner and activities — cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, a reindeer food bar, wooden toy painting in Santa’s workshop, a North Pole photo station, an outdoor scavenger hunt for Santa’s lost things, and a hot cocoa bar to end the night with to-go cups so everyone could take their cocoa creations with them.
It was a wonderful night full of happy, busy kids, holiday fun, and champagne. I was way too busy to take pictures throughout the night, so I am posting some of the photos generously shared from our friends who got some great shots through the night. I hope we can make this party an annual tradition — Nell and Guy had such a great time!
Entrance to the party!
Reindeer food bar and cookie decorating table!
Santa phone and mailbox to the North Pole!
Mom helping with the photo props and a sneak peek of the hot cocoa bar in the background!
There was a lot of skipping cookies and going straight to icing and sprinkles…
Guy ran around like a maniac and had a blast with his buddies (and juice)!
Time for the Santa scavenger hunt! Santa called to let us know he had lost some things in the yard and around the deck. Each kid got a flashlight and headed out to collect Santa’s items. Definitely a party highlight for the kids!
Santa’s belt and reindeer bells, Check!
Mrs. Claus’s slipper, Check!
Meanwhile, while the other kids were outside, Guy decided to clean up the place…
Mrs. Claus’s Christmas necklace, Check!
A few post-party shots of the hot cocoa bar after clean-up — it was too cute not to take a few pictures of!
An excited Nell before the party (and before her party dress)…
I have a lot of other pre-holiday pictures to share — hopefully before the holiday itself. In the meantime, we’re watching Christmas movies and listening to the absolutely torrential rain pouring down outside. 40 degrees cooler, and it might even be snow… just like in the North Pole!