One of our goals in creating Festivities Magazine was to provide some inspiration for parties that don’t go all the way over the top and only take a few hours to craft. And will fit into about any budget! For our breakfast-based “Pancake and Pajamas” birthday party, I started with a pretty blank canvas — white walls and furniture. I added in some stands and Blumeboxes I had topped with plates, balloons, and some quick printables and we had a party!
I made a box cake and a batch of buttercream frosting. No fancy decorating, just spread the icing over the cake, and topped it with a 4 inch circle on a stick, embellished with a tiny tassel and bow.
Balloons and birthdays go together–and these were so pretty tied off with little tissue tassels. If you want to recreate this look, you’ll need two regular sized balloons to hold up one tassel unless you make your tassels with a little less tissue. The other option is to buy an oversized balloon.
In our breakfast theme, we served cinnamon rolls instead of cupcakes. I purchased these baked good and popped them into cupcake wrappers and used cupcake toppers to dress them up.
Melon was served out of little compote cups for a fancy presentation–I picked the glassware up for 50 cents a glass at a thrift store and will reuse them again and again they were so perfect for small servings!
Cereal is a breakfast staple, so several selections were available in popcorn boxes for the guests to choose from.
Sugar cookies from a pro can be a big budget buster and almost always require weeks of lead time. When I have time and budget, I love using these gals, as they add a lot of polish to a presentation, but when I don’t, I make due with other thing. In this case, store bought cookies were topped with pre-made fondant, which I cut into monograms.
Since this was all about pancakes and pajamas, we served up a big platter full of pancakes for the guests to grab from.
Place settings for the party were super simple, but made an impact! I lined the table with a fun wrapping paper in our theme and topped with a pink placemat I had, a plastic orange plate, polka dot napking and tied together silverware with a ribbon to make it look special.
I literally put together this whole shoot the evening before, including shopping. The store-bought goodies, printables and easy menu made this pancake and pajama party a real snap to put together easily with a minimum of prep work!
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