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About 4 months ago Keadryn and I started talking about Evie’s birthday party. She is going to be a party planner, I can feel it. She loves the brainstorming phase (which happens to be my favorite part as well, so we really bond over it). She had a lot of ideas for what our theme should be: princesses, kung fu panda, tangled…all things Keadryn loves. I told her “Keadryn, it should be something that Evie loves” and straight faced she said “Well, Evie really loves boobs…and pancakes.” SO- I decided not to go with her first recommendation, but I ran with the second and Pajamas+Pancakes was born.
Here is something I have learned about living in the land of no Hobby Lobby: I really can’t be picky about color palettes. I had a delicious muted coral, purple,teal and gray palette all planned. See? Isn’t it gorgeous?
But then I went shopping, and realized I didn’t have access to any of these colors…*sigh* so I scratched that plan and looked at what colors I had available and decided on orange, purple and pink as the palette. I think it fits our bold little girl a bit better anyway.
The kids favorite element was the “bed” table. We used a box spring we had laying around (since that’s normal…) and made the kids table look like a bed. It was a great focal point and a super functional place to have all 10 kids sit (they just kneeled around it and it worked great!)
FOOD & DRINKS
I should say that I have not always been a huge pancake person. I am more of a waffle girl myself, but since I found this pancake recipe, I could eat them once a week (which is good because the whole fam love them). This recipe is amazing and makes perfectly fluffy and oh-so-tastey pancakes!
The menu was simple enough:
pancakes (with awesome toppings!)
Instead of regular cupcakes for dessert, I made “pancake” cake. I used a vanilla cake mix and made the batter according to the instructions on the box, then added 1 cup pancake mix to thicken the batter a bit. I made silver dollar pancakes and stacked them in stacks of four. and used a skewer to keep them from toppling over. For the icing I added a little bit of milk to make it a thinner and then drizzled it on the pancake-cake. They were so cute and delicious!
The real treat with these pancakes was the variety of toppings: chocolate chips, peanut butter, nutella, bananas, strawberries, whip cream, homemade peach and raspberry syrup, maple syrup and powdered sugar. YUM!
The guest list was pretty small for this party so I got to have a little bit of fun with the favors, which is my favorite element of any party.As I mentioned, I love my new-found pancake recipe, so I gave everyone their own mix of the dry ingredients and the recipe. I paired the pancake mix with homemade peach and raspberry syrups. So easy to make and so so delicious.
What a great way to celebrate our sweet one year old. She had a great time (and ate her weight in pancakes) and it was wonderful to see friends and make new memories. Happy One, Evie Kate!