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Pancakes and Pajamas – Light Effort Celebration

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!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Monday 28th of January 2019

Just found your web page, and love your ideas and tips. I never heard of blumebox and wondering if you have a templete for making it? Thanks!

Paula Biggs

Monday 28th of January 2019

Oooh! This is a pretty old post! Blumebox has since been sold to another company...I don't have a template YET to make your own, but that is a really great idea!!


Friday 24th of August 2012

love this! We are having a pink and orange party for my daughters 3rd birthday coming up. Do you have a link to the printables you used?


Friday 24th of August 2012

Sure thing! You can find them here:


Friday 10th of August 2012

So cute. I've never heard of bloom boxes, thanks for the tip. Were the tassles made out of crepe paper or tissue? Really creative.

Paula @ frog prince paperie

Friday 10th of August 2012

Yes, they are made of tissue paper!

Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams

Tuesday 7th of August 2012

Loooove blumeboxes!! This is a great party!


Tuesday 7th of August 2012

I love that this cute party was put together with minimal effort and tons of creativity. I'm not familiar with Blumeboxes, what are they?

Paula @ frog prince paperie

Wednesday 8th of August 2012

They are fabulous multi-use boxes. You can find them here: