How to Plan a Christmas Themed Family Dinner and Holiday Movie Night - Buddy the Elf

Plush elf and edible decorated elf hats

“The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud For All to Hear!”

Where are all my “Elf” fans out there?!? 🙋🏻

Seriously, Will Ferrell is one of my faves, and Elf just might top the list as my favorite Christmas movie.

**Fun Side Note** - My hubby played in one of Will’s golf charity events here in San Diego and got to meet him! Pretty cool, huh??

So of course Elf has to be one of our Holiday-themed “Dinner & a Movie” family features!

When I tell my friends that I’ve been planning these themed dinners for my family, many of them get a look of terror on their faces because most of us moms have difficulty just getting hot food on the table let alone create a thematic meal…

Honetsly, I feel the same way, especially if I go on Pinterest and see all of the amazing, over- the-top ideas, I start to feel a bit overwhelmed.

But here’s the deal…your kids will love WHATEVER you plan, even if it’s something super simple….they will just be excited that it’s something different and festive, so don’t get "Pinterest Paralysis"…just do what you can and don’t get too caught up in the details of it being perfect!

Seriously, make some spaghetti, and voila’’s an “Elf” dinner! K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Sister!!

Since it's still in the middle of the Covid pandemic, I happen to have a bit more time on my hands, so I added a few extra touches to make our event a little more “Elfie”.

First, we started with some Elf cereal for breakfast that I found at my local grocery store…a total win for the theme, but not so much a win in the health category... but hey, you gotta live a little sometimes!

Elf Christmas cereal

For lunch, I was hoping to make these cute Buddy the Elf Sandwiches (idea & photo from Party Pinching), but it just didn’t come together…I guess there’s always next year!

Buddy the Elf Sandwiches

In case you are wanting to make them, you can find the directions here.

Before we started the evening activities we each figured out our "Elf Name" and decided we should call each other our new name for the remainder of the night which was pretty fun and silly...this Elf Name Generator came from Diddles and Dumplings, but there are hundreds of variations online, you can use!

"Jolly Snowflake" here at your service!

Elf Name Generator

Dinner was super simple…we really couldn’t stomach the true Elf meal of spaghetti, candy, candy canes, and maple syrup...yuck!

Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Ingredients

so we opted for another pasta meal that my family enjoys that actually contains some V-E-G-G-I-E-S (definitely NOT on Buddy's normal menu!)

Spaghetti Pasta and vegetables dinner in a bowl

To make it a bit more festive, I did make some Buddy Elf Drinks…I saw the idea online and just eyeballed the dimensions using construction paper and glue to pull them together!

Buddy the Elf Bottle Drinks

For dessert, we (and when I say “we” I mean my 15-year-old daughter, but I did “supervise” and chimed in with moral support ) made Elf Hats.

Edible elf hats made of Bugles and white chocolate

To make the elf hats, you only need 3 ingredients - just dip Bugles in melted white vanilla Candi-Quik and add holiday sprinkles. Super Easy!

Edible Elf hat ingredients

Lastly, it was showtime, so we settled in our cozy PJs and enjoyed some Buddy Popcorn that I found at Walmart. Seriously, how perfect, right!?!

Buddy the Elf Tin of Popcorn

All in all, it was another memorable family night during a very challenging time of history (thank goodness pandemics normally only come once in a lifetime). I’m just trying my best to keep the fun of the holidays intact and to bring a smile to my kids' faces.

So until next time, cheers to “smiling, smiling is my favorite”, and cheers to you!🥂