Polar Express Party, Recipes & Free Printables

I hosted a little Polar Express inspired breakfast party yesterday for some moms & babies.¬† I had so much fun putting it all together that I thought I’d share some pictures (and printables) with you.¬†The Polar Express¬†is one of my favorite Christmas books so I took my queue for food and decor right from the story.

Mornings are crazy around here so I knew the only way I’d be able to pull off a morning get together was by selecting only food and decor that I could do in advance.¬† The last thing you want to be doing at 8 am is feeding a toddler AND hanging snowflakes!¬† SOOO not happening.¬† I was able to do everything here the day before so I could just relax and brew the coffee the morning of.

Polar Express Party, Recipes & Free Printables {DECOR}
I threaded some snowflakes from¬†Michael‘s ($1.99 for a pack of 12!) onto fishing line and suspended them over our kitchen island where all the food was set up.¬† Ta-da!¬† Snowy decor!

Knox’s¬†silver train coin bank¬†was the perfect small reference to the Polar Express theme.¬† I set it on one of my cake pedestals with some evergreen trimmings from our tree underneath.¬† The snowflakes are just printer paper that I punched¬†my snowflake punch.

I am a tad obsessed with my glass pedestal cloches from Sur la Table and am always looking for a way to use them.  They look great filled with random ornaments at Christmas time. Polar Express Party, Recipes & Free Printables {FOOD}
I had coffee with caramel sugar swizzle sticks and a yummy spinach, bacon and Swiss cheese quiche.

In the book¬†The Polar Express, the little boy describes how all the children on the train are enjoying nougat candies and “hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate.”¬† I knew only the mommies would be enjoying the cocoa so super rich was just fine and I have the most incredible recipe for hot cocoa.¬† One cup will satisfy your sweet tooth for days, I swear!¬†I posted the recipe for the hot chocolate¬†here.

But what’s hot cocoa without marshmallows?¬† I’ve always wanted to try making marshmallows and I figured this was the perfect occasion.¬† It’s a little intimidating because of the exacting nature of the boiled sugar part but it came together so easily and the result was AMAZING.¬† I’m never eating store bought marshmallows ever again!¬†¬†All the recipes for these items are listed at the end of this post.

Polar Express Party, Recipes & Free Printables

The jingle bell is the star of¬†The Polar Express¬†story.¬† Luckily it’s something even a small child can enjoy.¬† Plus don’t you love the sweet sound of jingle bells this time of year?¬† I threaded some¬†jumbo sized bells¬†onto white ribbon and sent all the babies home with one.

Moms got a coconut cupcake iced with cream cheese frosting with a dusting of “snowy” coconut on top.¬† I finished each cupcake with the MOST ADORABLE sugar jingle bell from¬†Parker’s Flour Patch.¬† Each cupcake went into a cellophane bag with a cupcake insert that I got from¬†Garnish.¬† I tied them off with a cute tag (see printables) and a small jingle bell.¬† Sadly I forgot to snap a picture of this adorable little package before my friends left with them! But either way it was a really fun, low stress get together.¬† Babies were running around in their pjs while moms enjoyed some yummy treats and celebrated the season. What could be better?!

I created a bunch of signs/flags/favor tags for the party in a festive plaid pattern.  You can download the complete set here or by clicking the image below.
Polar Express Party, Recipes & Free Printables

RECIPES:
Coconut Cupcakes
Spinach & Bacon Quiche (tip:  to keep your quiche crust from getting soggy, blind bake it, then add your filling)
Polar Express Nougat Bars
Vanilla Marshmallows