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Pancake Tuesday Party

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations, invite, and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet with topping ideas.
Pancake Party

It’s almost Pancake Tuesday, and time to start thinking about a special pancake party.  No matter how old you are, who doesn’t love the idea of pancakes for dinner once a year?  This is such a fun tradition, and one that my family loves!

We’ve set up our party for celebrating pancake Tuesday, but these ideas for the menu and decorations, along with the free printables would also be also be so great for any pancake themed party.  If you’re hosting a pancakes and pajama party, or a pancake themed birthday party for a little girl or boy, you’ll find lots of fun inspiration here too.

Pancake Tuesday Party

Entertaining on a weeknight for pancake Tuesday can be a bit tricky, but this easy party is perfect for family and friends.  I’ve made it a little easier with some beautiful free printables you can print, cut out and hang up for a festive atmosphere.  Do all your set up the day ahead, if you can, and then all you’ll have to do the night of is cook your pancakes.

Pancake party ideas

Free Printable Pancake Party Banner

For the backdrop to the pancake buffet, I used inexpensive tissue paper and twine to create some pretty tissue paper tassels. These are really simple to make, and have a big impact.

shrove Tuesday pancake party decorations

The cute little watercolor pancakes were made by my youngest daughter Maddie.  I love them.  You can download them for free in our Free Resource Library.  Just subscribe below for instant access.

pancake party ideas and free printables

What’s cuter than a pancake?  A smiling pancake.

Free Printable Pancake Party Invitation

We also created a Pancake Party invite.  You can print it out and send it to friends for your own little get together.  Download it from our Free Resource Library.  Subscribe below for instant access.

Syrup Can Flower Vases

For the table, we used maple syrup cans for vases.

Pancake Tuesday party

I love that they have painted on labels, and such pretty pictures of little maple sugar shacks, and lots of forest trees.  The blue in the cans inspired the color scheme of light blue for the party.  Look for these at the grocery store, and just pour the syrup into a bottle or pitcher, was the can and use for your flowers.  I’ve saved mine to use year after year for Pancake Tuesday.  It’s such a fun party detail.  We kept the rest neutral with natural brown kraft paper and lots of white.

pancake party decor

Baby’s breath makes the perfect centerpiece of simple flower arrangements.

what to do on Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Party Table

For the place settings, I used some cute denim napkins and the sweetest printable pancake jokes.

Pancake Tuesday dinner ideas

Free Printable Pancake Jokes

The printables help take this get together from a simple dinner to a party.  Even if you’re just making pancakes for your kids, I guarantee they’ll love the pancake joke printables we came up with.  You can find them in our Free Resource Library.  Subscribe below for instant access.  Then just download, and print on cardstock on your home printer or at an office supply store.

Along with the jokes, I made some mini tissue paper tassels with some tissue paper from the dollar store, to tie the whole look together.

pancake jokes

Pancake Sugar Cookies

I also made a batch of Pancake Sugar Cookies.  We used our favourite sugar recipe and round cookie cutter to make them.  They turned out so cute -find the recipe for the pancake sugar cookies here. They’re easy to make, and such a fun detail.  I added one to each place setting, and one of the little girls who loves sugar cookies was asking us “where are the sugar cookies?”  she thought they were actual pancakes, so I guess that was a good sign, lol.  These would also be a really fun addition to a party favors if you were hosting a pancakes and pajamas party birthday party.

Pancakes and pajamas Party

Pancake Buffet

The highlight of the whole party was of course the pancakes!  We set up a whole pancake bar where guests could help themselves to their own pancakes and all the fixings.  The topping bar was a huge hit with party guests.  Everyone loved being about to add their favorite things and make the perfect pancake.

  • buttermilk pancakes
  • blueberry pancakes
  • chocolate chip pancakes
  • maple syrup
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • sliced bananas
  • sprinkles
  • whipped cream
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • pancake sugar cookies
  • strawberry pancake shortcakes

We set up the easy, help-yourself, pancake buffet for dinner, complete with lots of fun and delicious pancake toppings.  We love this set-up for a party, since guests can help themselves to their favorite toppings and you can enjoy yourself too, without having to serve all evening.  This is such a great way to serve food at a party.

Pancake buffet

The menu was simple -pancakes!

pancake party buffet

My husband makes fluffy pancakes from scratch buttermilk pancakes -find the best recipe here.  For this special occasion he made a double batch.

Pancake party ideas

We had a few different kinds of pancakes.  He made some plain original pancakes, and some made with blueberries, and some made with chocolate chips- YUM!

how to throw a pancake party

We also made some sweet strawberry shortcake stacks of mini pancakes.  I love how these look, and they were delicious too.

Pancake  Party

Pancake Toppings

We offered lots of fun toppings for the pancakes, and they were really easy to put together.

pancake party buffet

We used simple mason jars for the toppings.  I love this party idea because it look great, and was easy for guests to access.  We offered different fresh berries, along with some sprinkles, since it was a party.  I also made a little whipped cream.  And of course, we had to have lots of real maple syrup -we are Canadian after all.

pancake cookies

I also had some more of the cute pancake sugar cookies -see the recipe here, on the pancake buffet.

Pancake Party

Since it was dinner, we also fried up some bacon and sausages.  The perfect savoury accompaniment to lots and lots of pancakes on our breakfast bar.

Pancake Tuesday Party

Orange Juice and Mimosas

For drinks, I offered guests some orange juice, since it seems like the perfect accompaniment to pancakes.  And for the grown-ups, I picked up a bottle of sparkling wine, so we could turn our orange juice into mimosas.  Special Tuesday night treat, haha.

Pancake Party

This little party was so much fun and we had a great time.  Whether you set up something like this, or just print out our pancake jokes and make your kids pancakes for dinner, I hope you’re feeling inspired!  We had so much fun celebrating pancake Tuesday, but these would also be great ideas for a pancakes and pajamas birthday party too.

Pancake Tuesday Party

With a special Pancake Tuesday Party, life really is a party!

More Pancake Ideas

You might also like our Pancake Sugar Cookies recipe here.

pancake party

Also check out our Jelly Donut Pancake recipe here.

Jelly Donut Pancakes: Your two favourite treats combined! Cut into a delicious pancake with a surprise inside -your favourite jam!



  1. I wanna be at your party so bad!!!!!!! It looks amazing. You nailed every single detail!! I love the jokes hahaha. You’re amazing!!!

  2. It is sometimes very difficult to arrange a great birthday party without spending too much money. We fail to keep balance between our expenses and our the quality of the party. The ideas that you have shared here are a great to way to spend less and have a party full of fun. Printable are looking so good and cost effective too. Thanks for sharing

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