pajamas + pancakes: first birthday party


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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.


Pinwheels, lots and lots of pinwheels

Doilies for all the signage

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!)

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!)
scrambled eggs
hashbrown casserole
orange julius
fruit juices

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!


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    1. Jennifer, isn’t it great??? I LOVE it too! 🙂 What that girl can do without any craft stores around is amazing! 🙂

    1. Thanks Delia! And yes, Miss Natalie will be turning one before you even know it- love that (and LOVING your updates and pictures lately, btw!). 🙂

    1. Thanks Kristen! Y’all always put together such great parties (actually, it was your paper pinwheel tutorial that I used!)- what a compliment! 🙂

  1. I loved the party. Every bit of it! You are so clever, and your girls are super blessed to have you as their mama. Happy birthday sweet Evie!

    1. Thanks Jamie! This is Kirstin responding, so I can brag on Jord a little- can you believe she pulled this off without any sort of craft store (or even Walmart, etc.?). Genius that girl! 🙂

  2. What a fantastic idea! Love it! And you pulled it off with no hobby lobby?!? What?!?! 5 stars to you 😉

  3. This looks like it was a fabulous party for Ev’s! I LOVE the vanilla pancake recipe. I think that we may adapt it to a waffle recipe. I’ll let you know how this goes 🙂

  4. Great job on this party, I was just wondering, did you make the “pancake” cakes in the oven or did you drop them into a frying pan like pancakes?

  5. Such a great ideas! I’m wondering how can I make those labels printed out and cut in to circles, did u made it ur self? How? Thnx so much, would like to do one for my friend’s BD party on my own with out hire an organizer.

    1. Thanks!
      Yep, we did make the labels- just printed them out and then cut with a circle punch.
      Hope that helps!

  6. Oh my gosh! Amazing! Where do you get your signage from or how do you make it? It always looks incredible.

    1. Thanks Marisa! Jord is a graphic designer and makes most of our party signage (she did for this party)… doesn’t she do a great job? 🙂

  7. Love this! I might use it for my little one turning one in nov! I was wondering if you had the templates for the topping cards?!

    1. Hey Katie, this is one of those rare parties that we didn’t save the templates for the printables (UGH!). Sorry!

  8. I love so much about this party! I am wanting to do something similar for my daughter. I know this party was a while ago, but do you remember where you got the fabrics for the blanket on the bed/table and the pillows? Thanks!

    1. Lara- I actually live in the Middle East and the blanket on the bed/table and the pillows were purchased at my local grocery store. Sorry that’s not much help! As for the font, I believe it is called Znikomit (bold) and I probably downloaded it from I hope that helps. Have so much fun planning yours for your daughter.

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