I’m excited to share Audrey’s Pancakes and Pajamas Party with you today! This birthday feels different from any other birthday I’ve experienced with either of my children (we’ve celebrated 6 between the two of them.) I couldn’t figure out why it felt so different, but then it hit me. She acts so much bigger than she is. I’ve thought of her as 2 for probably about 6 months now. When I look back at just a year ago it amazes me the things that she learned so quickly. Last Christmas she was just learning to walk, but it feels like she’s been walking for much longer.
Last year between the time she turned a year old to 13 months old I remember being amazed at how many more words she had started to say. I look back in my journal from last year and it really is incredible how quickly she picks up on things and how she remembers things. She wants to be just like her big sister and I think that is probably 90% of the reason she was able to pick up on things so quickly. Because she talks as much as she does, is so independent and has such a quick and hilarious sense of humor, she has felt like she’s 2 for a while now. Oh, and lets not forget the temper. She is SO strong-willed and definitely has a 2-year-old temper! Most of the time she’s as sweet as can be, but she knows exactly what she wants and when she doesn’t get it, the temper comes out. We’ll just have to see what “terrible two’s” bring us!
Pancakes and Pajamas Birthday Party
On to her party! This year I decided to do a Pancakes and Pajamas Party. The party was at 10 am and we served breakfast foods. I have never done a party that early (we usually do 12 or 2) but I loved having it at 10 in the morning because we were able to have the party done and still have the rest of the day to play with new toys, rest, and go out for a birthday dinner with family. Also, 2:00 is our nap time, so when we wait until the afternoon they sometimes end up over-tired and fussy. Those of you who have been guests at morning parties, do you like having them early or do you prefer the afternoon?
Everyone was encouraged to wear pajamas (even adults!) and I loved seeing all the little ones in their jammies!
The theme was pancakes and pajamas but you will see lots and lots of sprinkles and polka dots! I didn’t intend for it to be that way initially, but that’s just the way it turned out. I LOVE all the bright colors, especially the hot pink and blue.
*Many of these ideas could also be used for a donut party or a sprinkles party as well!
The menu included:
– Mini pancakes with whipped cream and sprinkles
– Chocolate dipped donut holes with sprinkles
– Sausage and cream cheese casserole bites
– Donut tower (Daylight Donuts)
– Fruit and yogurt parfaits
– “Pancake” cake
– Chocolate, strawberry and white milk
– Orange juice
– Juice boxes for the kids
I was worried about how this cake would turn out, but it actually turned out pretty great! I followed this recipe using two boxes of Funfetti cake mix and scooped about 2/3 cup of batter into round cake pans. This didn’t seem like enough at first, but if you put more than that, the layers will be too thick and won’t have that thin pancake look.
I hand wrote this “pancakes and pajamas” sign to go on the drinks table, where we had coffee, three different kinds of milk, and orange juice.
Favors were simply a box of cereal and a spoon!
I think she enjoyed her cupcake!
It was nearly impossible to get a picture of the birthday girl. She is such a stinker…when she sees the camera she purposefully looks away. Half the time we have to trick her to get her to look up and smile. We ended up with a couple of good ones though.
Audrey’s Pancakes and Pajamas Photoshoot
THANK YOU to everyone who made Audrey’s birthday so special! She had a great day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET BABY GIRL!
Favor Tags – Aniet Illustration (This shop was great to work with as well. Her shop was on break but she was willing to correspond via email and Paypal to be sure I got the files I loved!)