Must See Pancake & Pajama Party ideas

Birthday Sign, Party Favors, and Baloons with Text - Must See Pancake & Pajama Party Ideas

I’m so excited to share with you a fun, cute, sweet, and easy birthday party theme for your favorite little boy or girl. Little Miss E recently turned 4! Of course, I wanted her to have a fabulous birthday, but I also wanted it to be low maintenance. One of the things we’ve started doing is going out for pancakes and letting the kids wear their PJs. It’s a favored family outing and was the inspiration for this Pancake & Pajama celebration!

You probably already know that I’m into hacks and am always striving to make the most of my time. If you haven’t read it already, check out my post “10 Birthday Party Planning Hacks Pinterest Addicts Need to know


I used Evite for our invitations. They had the perfect Pancake & Pajama theme but it was not included in their free options. It cost a few dollars, but I found a coupon code and got it for free!

Purple pajamas with a pancake and embroidered name on it.
Photo Credit: Cozy Kids Embroidery

Etsy is always a great place for personalized gifts. I ordered Little Miss E special pajamas with pancakes the number 4 and her name embroidered on it. Unfortunately, due to the holidays and international shipping, they arrived 2 days after her birthday.

Here’s the Etsy shop if you want to check out these and other options.


Dining room table covered with a twin bed sheet and plastic cover with a pillow at the head of the table to resemble a twin bed.

Pinterest gave me the idea to set the table like a bed. A white twin sheet was the first layer with a purple plastic tablecloth making the bed cover and a pillow at the head of the table. It was the perfect centerpiece to the morning’s events.


Party sign, party favors, and baloons.

Etsy also came to the rescue with a Happy Birthday Banner and PJ’s and Pancakes Poster that could be purchased and downloaded. I sent it to our local Staples and voila!  Link to this Etsy store here.

close up of a milk jug customized with party guests name.

As a finishing touch, I made custom milk bottles for each guest.  The milk bottles can be found at Party City and the Dollar Store.

Game Time

Birthday party coloring page with pancakes, candles, banners, and milk.

Kids need something to do every minute of the party or chaos will ensue! I had a few custom coloring pages for the event. You can download all three free printables at the end of the post. This was a great start to the event while we finished making the pancakes so they would be hot and fresh. My big mistake was the party horns placed at each child’s seat (see pic above). It took mere seconds for the kids to spot them and begin making the most of the noisemakers. (sigh) 🙈🙉🙊

Pancake flipping contest with two preschool girls

Next, we had breakfast. We kept it pretty simple…pancakes, bacon, eggs, and fruit. After breakfast, the kids engaged in games. We did a pancake relay race where the kids ran back and forth with a pancake on a spatula then passed the pancake on to the next person in line. (this was the tricky part as you can see above) Game #2 involved the kids trying to flip the pancake and catch it on the spatula. We put a splat mat down and all had fun. The games were a hit.

Decorate your own doughnut craft with stickers and glue

Doughnut crafts were next on the agenda. The kids made personalized sprinkle donuts by pasting on the “icing” and adorning it with stickers. I used my silhouette to cut the pieces in advance. The final activity before having cake was making doughnut necklaces using fruit loops as the doughnut beads.

Make your personal doughnut necklace with fruitloops and string.

The Cake & Gift Bags

The cake was the birthday girls favorite color- purple with plenty of icing since that’s pretty much all she’ll eat from the cake.

Purple birthday cake with a gold number four candle and birthday sign in the background

Gift bags were filled with games and trinkets appropriate for preschoolers along with PJ bottom + bunny slipper sugar cookies.

custom pajamas with bunny slippers sugar cookies as party favors for guests

The party lasted about 2 hours.  It was busy but went fairly smoothly.  The guests and the parents had fun.  It’s a theme I’d be willing to do over for Baby G when he gets a little older with just a few tweaks to make it more masculine.  If you want a fun, sweet, cute, and easy birthday party for your little. To recreate this party check out the links above and printables below.




Coloring page with pajams guests can decorate                        Design Your Own PJ’s Coloring Page

Coloring page printable with cat, pancake, and syrup      Pancake with Cat Coloring Page

Coloring page printable with pancake, banner, milk, and space for guests name      Place Mat Coloring Page with #4

Place Mat Coloring Page without number




  1. Melissa says

    This is such a great idea! I have thought of sleepovers for birthdays but not just a morning pancake or breakfast party. Thanks for sharing!

  2. MJ Cal says

    I love this concept. I think this can also be made into a “party” on these snowy days here in MA where the guests will be her dolls! Next snow day here I am definitely doing this!!

  3. Angela Hoyos says

    I love pancakes and I love pyjamas so naturally, I LOVE THIS IDEA! I think I’ll do something like this for me and my girlfriends LOL. Was the party hosted in the morning or lunchtime?? You really can have pancakes any time of the day!

  4. Jenna says

    So fun! I love your Pajama pancake party ideas. So cute! The bed table is such a funny idea. And I loooove the idea of packing the kiddos up in the car in their pjs to go out for pancakes. I might be borrowing this idea very soon. X

  5. Angela Tolsma says

    OMG I love the table bed! What an excellent birthday idea. Love the pancake game! Definitely have to remember this for when my niece is old enough!

  6. Tonya says

    Oh my gosh! How cute is this?! I want to have an adult sleepover like this! HAHA! Seriously, this looks so fun!

  7. Marjie Mare says

    I love the theme of this adorable party. I may borrow that idea from you for my younger daughter’s party.

  8. Kayleigh says

    Melissa, such cute ideas as always. We did a pancake party for our son’s birthday last year and or worked so well I’m thinking of doing the same thing this year. I may have to use some of these ideas!

  9. Stephanie says

    What an adorable idea for a party! My sons love pancakes, I bet they would get a kick out of a pancake party. We bought them a pancake game for Christmas but haven’t tried it out yet.

  10. Destany says

    How fun! That party looks great. I never would have thought to have a breakfast party – and my son’s favorite foods are breakfast foods!

  11. Glenda says

    Oh my gosh these are such cute sleep over ideas. I totally love the party theme you selected. Also, how you personalize the cups, etc.

  12. Danielle Faith says

    You really outdid yourself for that party. The kids look so cute and happy too! I might steal some of these ideas for my 30th birthday next year because there’s nothing like unleashing your inner child for your birthday!

  13. Sarah says

    This is such a cute idea! Who doesn’t love to be in their PJ’s?I love the glass milk bottles and the pancake race game. You are a brave woman!

  14. Candi Cylar says

    I have done this before and want to do it again. I have the milk bottles but how did you do the names on the bottles. Did you use a cricket?

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