We celebrated Gavin’s second birthday with a Pancakes and Pajamas party! After Landon’s epic Harry Potter birthday party, that took almost a full year to plan, I needed something a little simpler to wind down. But, like most moms with mom guilt, I, of course, still wanted to plan some thing that felt special. I’ve also found Gavin’s birthday parties to be a little bit harder to plan for, as he is a February baby, which automatically means everything is indoors. Although, this past winter has been so mild, that maybe that isn’t so much of a concern anymore? I digress.
Two of my favorite details? The adorable pancake invite and the decorated sugar cookies! I searched high and low for perfect invite and decided to reach out to an Etsy seller to see if I could create something custom — I had seen lots of donut invites during my search but nothing pancake related. Our collaboration turned out even better than expected and the pastry bags were such a cute touch. And how cute are these breakfast themed sugar cookies!?
For Gavin’s Pancakes & Pajamas birthday party, I knew there had to be an grand breakfast spread. My mom made a fabulous cake that looked exactly like a stack of pancakes and we surrounded it with real pancakes, chicken and waffles, a bagel board, and so much more. There were also lots of donuts and more chocolate milk than the kids can get their hands on. We also had a mimosa bar for the adults, of course!
We created series of tents that the kids could play inside while wearing their cozy jammies. I originally planned for them to eat inside of the tents, but then I realized with all the syrup floating around that that would be a sticky mess! Regardless, they had a blast playing with the tents… and I think they can totally be reused in the future for sleepovers!
We also had lots of activities planned for the kids. When they first arrived, each kid was able to make a fruitloop necklace. We also did a pancake relay and pancake toss with some adorable pancake bean bags I found on Etsy. Finally, there was a ‘donut on a string’ eating contest that proved to be more difficult than expected for the kids. My sweet niece was the only one to finish the challenge! Thankfully, we were blessed with unseasonably warm February day, so the kids were able to play outside after all the activities.
The Pancakes and Pajama birthday party may not be the most detailed party I ever planned to date, but it was a blast celebrating our now-two year old alongside all of the people we love most. And don’t worry… much to the dismay of my husband, I’m already brainstorming future events for both kids :-)