Let Them Eat Pancakes! An Adorable DIY Birthday Party

Some people just have an amazing talent for throwing a good party! Melissa is one of those people. As a busy mom, wife, real estate agent and fellow Pi Phi alum club member, she does it all, including throwing the cutest parties and get-togethers.

This year, for her daughter Mari's 6th birthday, it was a morning of pancakes and pajamas for these little ladies. Guests were encouraged to roll out of bed in their pajamas for this 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM party.

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This was the ultimate PJ party! To create the look of a bed for the tablescape, Melissa used a long folding table she had an placed it on paint cans to elevate it just a bit. She then used the cushion for her dinnette table to create the headboard. If you don't have one of these on hand, you could create something with plywood and fabric. She adorned it with an adorable "let them eat pancakes banner" that she ordered from Bannerize on Etsy.

She picked up an inexpensive tablecloth, napkins, plates, silverware, and fun straws from Walmart. Melissa said she loves shopping the low prices for party items like this.

The menu included individual orange juices and milks, along with water bottles dressed up with duct tape! This is a trick Melissa has frequently used to quickly dress up beverages and tie in the theme colors. She said Mari was able to easily help put these together once Melissa cute the tap the right length. For breakfast, the girls each got a stack of five mini-pancakes (also from Walmart) that she warmed in the oven and then placed put on a wooden skewer for easy (and, can I say cute?) serving! She used party cups to put some fresh fruit in and used mini-plastic shot glasses to serve individual syrups. She also served up some mini-hotdogs. Always a crowd-pleaser among the kids, she said!

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Each place setting also included a pillowcase that Melissa filled with throw pillows from around the house to give them fluff. Before the party, she used a glow-in-the-dark fabric paint pen from Michaels to put each guest's monogram on them. She also added a little heart and "2016" for them to remember when they made the pillow. These pillows played double duty as place cards and party favors. Each party-goer got to embellish their pillow after breakfast using fabric markers and crayons. Melissa recommends having some cardboard pre-cut to give the kids a hard writing surface and to avoid any bleeding onto your nice surfaces. The markers and crayons were another bargain find at Walmart and Melissa said that they worked just as well as fancy craft store fabric markers.

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The girls also could make a fruit loop necklace, which just required a selection of ribbon, twine and plenty of fruit loops. They loved making these edible treats.

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After some cookie cake, the kiddos gathered around for "bedtime stories" from Grandma. It was the perfect ending to a morning of fun, family and friends!

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