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How to Host an Epic Pancake Bar Party

Break out the syrup, sprinkles, and whipped cream, because we’re throwing an epic pancake bar party!

Looking for a fun Christmas morning breakfast or holiday party idea? Try a Pancake Bar!

There’s no better party than a pancake party, where the toppings are plentiful and PJs are 100% acceptable attire. I’ve thrown together a couple pancake bars over the years, and it’s one of my favorite ways to celebrate pretty much anything. Birthdays, showers, girl’s brunch, Christmas…there’s always a good reason to throw a pancake party.

This is a party you can easily prep ahead and customize to your family’s needs. The toppings options are endless, but the best pancake parties start with the best pancakes. I’ve been making these Perfect Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes for years now, and they never disappoint. They’re always thick, always light and fluffy, and always get that perfect golden ring around the outside. I don’t claim to have the best recipe very often, but this is one of them. I like to make a big batch of pancakes ahead of time using an electric skillet. Let the pancakes cool, then stack them between sheets of parchment paper and either refrigerate or freeze them for later.

The morning of, you can reheat the pancakes in the oven or the microwave. No more standing over a hot stove dishing out a few pancakes at a time while hangry souls clamor at your feet. Everyone gets hot and fresh pancakes at our pancake party!

Everyone loves a pancake bar, and this easy party idea can be made almost entirely in advance.

Once you’ve got your pancakes in order, pick out some fun toppings. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Don’t feel like you need to have all of these! A few from each category will give you a good mix.


  • Room temperature butter, obviously
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella
  • Cookie Butter (my personal fav…it adds that gingery spice that screams holidays!)


  • Fruits (My personal must-haves are blueberries, strawberries, and sliced bananas, but sauteed apples and peaches are also lovely).
  • Toasted nuts
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream
  • Maple syrup, warm, because I’m not a monster

Once you’ve picked out all your toppings and spreads, put them in some fun bowls (or just leave them in the jars. Let’s be honest, no one will care because YOU’RE THROWING THEM AN EPIC PANCAKE PARTY). I like to make some sausage or bacon to have on the side, along with some yogurt. Lay out your pancake buffet, and watch the kids’ eyes light up when they see they’re having sprinkles for breakfast. I’m convinced there is no greater joy.

The toppings combos here are endless, but my absolute favorite (especially around the holidays) is cookie butter, sliced bananas, pecans, and maple syrup. Hoooo-weeee, y’all. That is the stuff Christmas morning dreams are made of.

With loads of fun toppings, a Pancake Bar Party is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion.

Now, any great pancake party is going to be…well…a little sticky by the end. If you haven’t dripped syrup or scattered a few (dozen) sprinkles, you aren’t doing it right. That’s when I turn to my A-team of cleaning supplies to make short work of the mess. A couple Bounty paper towels and a quick Swiffer is all it takes to get things (mostly) back in order, so I can go on enjoying the party (or taking that much needed post-pancake breakfast nap).

While I love throwing a great party, hosting around the holidays can be overwhelming. All that shopping and cleaning and prepping? It’s not my spiritual gift, y’all. I’m not about adding more stress to my life this time of year, which is why I’m LOVING using Meijer’s Home Delivery service, shopped by Shipt, for all my grocery + cleaning products. With an easy ordering system, I can get everything I need for entertaining–from buttermilk to toilet paper to laundry detergent–delivered to my door the very same day. (Can I get a Hallelujah??) If you want to experience some real Christmas magic, have groceries delivered to your door. It is marvelous. 

To learn more about Shipt and the #BeMerrywithMeijer campaign visit  Here’s to a happier party season, with less stress and more pancakes. Good luck!


This easy Pancake Bar Party is always a crowd pleaser and great for celebrating holidays, birthdays, or showers!

Pancake Bar Party

Prep Time 30 minutesPrep Time
Cook Time 25 minutesCook Time
Total Time 55 mins Total Time
Serves 6

Use this guide to create an epic pancake bar everyone will love!


    For the pancakes

    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 4 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • 8 Tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • Canola or coconut oil, for frying

    For the bar

    • Softened butter
    • Peanut Butter
    • Nutella
    • Cookie Butter
    • Fruits (Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, or sauteed apples and peaches)
    • Toasted nuts
    • Shredded coconut
    • Sprinkles
    • Whipped Cream
    • Warm maple syrup


    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, soda, and baking powder.
    2. In another medium bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks, then whisk in the butter, buttermilk, and milk.
    3. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and stir gently until barely combined.
    4. Add lightly beaten egg whites to the mixture and gently stir until a thick, lumpy bumpy batter forms. Stop before the batter smooths out. Lumpy batter is good!
    5. Heat a griddle over medium heat and cover with a thin layer of neutral oil. Drop quarter cups of batter onto the preheated pan. Cook until bubbles start to appear on the exposed surface of the pancake. When bubbles appear, flip pancake and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until browned. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool. Repeat with remaining batter. SEE NOTES FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON MAKING AHEAD AND FREEZING.
    6. To make the bar, place all of your toppings in bowls. Place them on your counter top or kitchen table and allow your guests to make their own creations!


    Recipe Notes

    To make ahead: Once the pancakes are cooled, stack them between sheets of parchment paper and place them in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate or freeze for up to 2 months. 

    When you're ready to party, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wrap the pancake stacks in foil or lay them on a sheet pan and wrap the sheet pan in foil. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until hot. There is no need to defrost the pancakes. Alternatively, place stacks of 2-5 pancakes in the microwave and microwave for 1 minute. 

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    Learn how to throw an epic Pancake Bar Party with this easy guide for make ahead buttermilk pancakes and loads of fun toppings!

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    • Catherine Lee December 13, 2017, 1:25 PM

      Shipt would really save me and the hubs from driving all over to different stores in our RV and save gas. We could just order all our supplies and pick it up with one easy stop, Cool! Saving time and money is most excellent in my book! Awesomeness!

    • Kayla December 13, 2017, 3:30 PM

      So crazy- I was just thinking yesterday that I want to host a fun brunch for friends, and who doesn’t love pancakes?! If I had Shipt, it would cut down my time on grocery shopping to give me more time to decorate and party plan! Love your post 🙂

    • Robin Corsey December 13, 2017, 3:33 PM

      Hmmmm… So drool worthy! I would use the time saved with Shiptd to sleep-in more often!

    • Alina antonyuk December 13, 2017, 3:52 PM

      Shipt will help me save time shopping so I can spend more time with my friends during the holiday season

    • Erin December 13, 2017, 3:56 PM

      Oh man I’m so swamped these days with planning a wedding, let alone the holidays, that the time I’d save would be for some relaxation at home!

    • Hannah Lewis December 13, 2017, 4:27 PM

      Holy amazing! This is my kind of bar. Definitely making this for brunch soon! I would be using shipt to save so much time and make even yummier recipes at home and to spend more time with my daughter ❤️❤️❤️

    • Tanya petrenko December 13, 2017, 4:34 PM

      Shipt would help me save time and money by not having to take my daughter out in the cold weather every time I need to grocery shop! Also being able to see your total as you check out helps stay on budget! And make sure you don’t forget anything when you see a list of what’s in your cart!

    • Mary December 13, 2017, 4:50 PM

      I would totally use the extra free time to NAP. Girl is seriously sleep deprived right now!!

      • Courtney December 18, 2017, 2:22 PM

        HAHA! That’s LEGIT!

    • Megan {Country Cleaver} December 13, 2017, 4:52 PM

      This is my kinda party!! AWESOME!

    • Lydia December 13, 2017, 5:27 PM

      I would spend time playing with my 1 year old, instead of having to drag her to the store! She’s a trooper, but we would much rather go to the park or play cafe 🙂

      • Courtney December 13, 2017, 11:19 PM

        I totally feel you on this one! Getting the little one to the store, especially when it’s snowy, is a challenge!

    • Liz December 13, 2017, 5:34 PM

      Having a pancake bar for breakfast would be great for a big family gathering over the holidays!! And what a great giveaway. I’m going to Meijer a lot more now that there’s one not so far away! I’d spend the extra time organizing my closets—they’re in desperate need!

    • Kaitlin December 13, 2017, 8:34 PM

      I’m due at the end of March with our second daughter so, hands down, that extra time would be spent with them! 🙂

      • Courtney December 13, 2017, 11:18 PM

        Congratulations! That is always time well spent!

    • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking December 13, 2017, 8:56 PM

      I so wish I was your neighbor and got an invitation to your pancake bar party! I’d even offer to do ALL of the clean-up for you! 🙂 Love how easy & effortless P&G products make it! With how much of a mess I make in my own kitchen on a daily basis, I could use a big stockpile of their cleaning supplies! 😉

    • JulieD December 13, 2017, 11:58 PM

      What a great idea…I love pancakes…a party centered around them would be so fun!!

    • Megan Ruder December 14, 2017, 6:19 AM

      I’ve been wanting to try something like this! If I had Shipt, it would give me more time at home, take some stress out of the everyday. And the pancake bar looks pretty amazing too!

      • Courtney December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM

        It’s so awesome! We don’t use it every week, but on the week’s that are especially crazy (kiddo is sick, it’s freezing, we don’t have time!) it helps so much!

    • Julie Miller December 14, 2017, 10:37 AM

      What a great prize!! I would spend my extra free time doing something fun with my boys! 🙂 Fingers crossed!

    • Eryn December 14, 2017, 11:01 AM

      This looks amazing! I would love to try Shipt and we love Meijer!! I would spend the time i would save enjoying Winter Break with my family – probably doing a lot of crafts 🙂

    • Helen December 14, 2017, 11:05 AM

      First of all, those Pancakes look delicious! And secondly, using shipt would save me so much time and stress with dealing with three kids in a grocery store!

    • Jackie December 14, 2017, 12:44 PM

      I want to go to your house for breakfast!

    • Lydia Guillory December 14, 2017, 2:36 PM

      Oh goodness! With it being the winter season, I would spend that saved time snuggling with my toddler and playing. And planning great meals for the family! I need to get better at meal planning so being able to order online and have it delivered to me will help me stay on track!!

    • Melanie Eccles December 14, 2017, 2:54 PM

      Oh my gosh! Delivery from Meijer?! This is awesome! I hope I win!

      • Courtney December 17, 2017, 3:01 PM

        Right?! Game changer. Especially in the winter!

    • Alyssa December 14, 2017, 3:00 PM

      I would use my saved time dancing in the living room with my two kids while they wear short sleeved shirts and have no socks on! My kids hate getting ready to go outside in the cold. They would be so much happier with me if I kept them warm and cozy inside 🙂

      • Courtney December 17, 2017, 3:01 PM

        Love this so much!

    • Melissa December 14, 2017, 6:48 PM

      I would use that time to clean my house!

    • Mary December 14, 2017, 7:42 PM

      I have tried other grocery ordering services, but not Meijer’s. This is an awesome time saver for sport moms taxiing kids to and from events.

    • Sues December 14, 2017, 11:18 PM

      Adorable!! I love the idea of a pancake party 🙂

    • Tanya Schroeder December 16, 2017, 7:57 AM

      It never occurred to me to do a pancake party, but I think it is pure genius and incredibly fun! Those pancakes look perfect!

    • Anna Pry December 16, 2017, 2:27 PM

      I would use the extra time saved to take a long hot bath and relax!

    • Amber December 16, 2017, 5:11 PM

      That looks like so much fun, and delicious too! This service sound amazing and like a true time saver. With my extra time I would make more time for my art, and actually get the chance to work on some crafts and gifts and decorations for the holidays. Ah, the simple pleasures 🙂

    • Koran Chapa December 17, 2017, 3:03 PM

      I would spend my time unpacking and making our new house our home!

    • Crystal Miller December 17, 2017, 8:07 PM

      Shipt! I have really wanted to try it- it would really save me the hassle of dragging through the grocery store after a long day! Cheers!

    • Alexis December 17, 2017, 9:05 PM

      I hate grocery shopping more than anything! Plus it takes me forever…so many choices. A free Shipt membership would be amazing! I would spend the extra time hanging out with my husband and kiddo even more on the weekends.

    • Jamie December 17, 2017, 9:27 PM

      Totally going to through together a pancake bar at our big Christmas breakfast after staring at this post for so long. 🙂

    • Ashley B December 17, 2017, 9:32 PM

      Shoot would save our little family so much time–leaving more time for family time with my 2 littles!

    • Jeannette B December 17, 2017, 9:36 PM

      Mmmm pancakes! I’ve never thought to try cookie butter on top. We’ve been thinking about using Shipt- lots of friends in the area use it and/or work for them actually. I haven’t tried it yet, my 3 year old helps me shop. But baby #2 is due soon, and I know we’re going to need help shopping, especially in the winter.

    • Erin J. December 17, 2017, 9:50 PM

      All the paper towels ? So many messes in the house. Awesome giveaway!! ??????

    • Brooke Jackson December 17, 2017, 9:52 PM

      Who doesn’t love pancakes?! These are some of our favorite things, especially when breakfast is for dinner!

    • Olivia Welch December 17, 2017, 9:58 PM

      Shipt has saved us so many grocery trips. We get to actually spend time together and not have to worry about the 5 million trips to the store during the week. So having more time with family is definitely a plus! Awesome giveaway!

    • Nancy December 17, 2017, 9:59 PM

      I will have more time to bake cookies to share with the people on my block. . . So staying home is a priority, especially at this time of year when traffic is crazy!

    • Kirsten Yutzy December 17, 2017, 10:45 PM

      Such a fun and yummy idea!! I am excited to try this party idea. And Shipt…..what a bonus that would be. Time spent NOT buying all the unnecessary snacks that I find while I am grumpily searching the store for what I actually came for. And not lugging the grocery items up my apartment stairs sounds blissful 🙂

    • Rhoda Helmuth December 17, 2017, 11:29 PM


    • Kelly Mahan December 18, 2017, 3:32 PM

      A pancake bar party, wow, that sounds awesome! Loved the idea!

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