Back to School Breakfast 2012 – Make Your Own Pancakes

Saturday morning I hosted what has become our annual Back to School Breakfast.  Since I no longer have children living at home that will be starting school, they are all away at college, I invite my neighbor kids.

Tomorrow is the first day of school here in Portland.
PicMonkeyBack to School Collage
For this year’s breakfast I decided to do my own home version of a fun restaurant here in Portland called Slappy Cakes.  You sit around a table that has a griddle built into it and you make your own pancakes.  It is so fun!

Since I don’t have a table with a griddle built into it (maybe I could get Jim to build me one?!)  I just used  electric griddles.  I set up the table with all kinds of fun toppings to add into your pancakes.
Back to School BreakfastWe had three different types of pancake batter  – Buttermilk, Peanut Butter and Whole Grain.  Buttermilk is already on the blog and I’ll be sharing the other two in the coming weeks.
Back to School Breakfast
We had a fun array of toppings which included  mini M & M’s, mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sprinkles, lemon curd, whip cream, almonds, pecans, bacon, blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, honey and maple syrup.
Back to School Breakfast
Back to School BreakfastThe kids filled a little bowl with the different toppings they wanted.

Back to School Breakfast
Then they went over to the griddles and picked their pancake batter and made their pancakes.  They came up with some pretty fun combinations!
Back to School Breakfast
Back to School Breakfast

Even the grownups had fun with it.  Here is Jim’s combination  – bluberries, pecans and bacon!
Back to School BreakfastWe had chocolate milk (always the favorite) juice and some yummy flavored water one of my neighbors brought.
Back to School Breakfast

We drank out of my fun little milk bottles with a straw.
Back to School Breakfast
We also had bacon and little sausages as well as a delicious baked french toast from Pioneer Women that another neighbor brought.

I decorated the table with some of my collection of stuff – a couple of chalk boards with some school themed quotes as well as piles of books, apples and my globe I recently made thanks to the idea from No Biggie.
Back to School Breakfast
Back to School Breakfast
Back to School Breakfast

After breakfast we had to have our Back to School Photos taken.  Here’s the group shot of my cute neighbors kids.  I have known several of them since the day they were born!
Back to School Breakfast
And here are the Cul de Sac moms!
Back to School BreakfastHere’s to a great start to a new school year for all you kiddos starting school!!

You can view past Back to School Breakfasts here:

Back to School Breakfast 2011

Back to School Breakfast 2010

Send the kids off to the first day of a school with a Make Your Own Pancake Back to School Breakfast!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I saw Portland and wondered which one. I then saw your Silver Falls post… awesome! We lived in the Northwest for 15 years! What a wonderful neighbor you are to those kids! Good for you!

  2. Dawn says

    What fun! I saw the globe at your house the other day. One of my favorite quotes. Did you use a cricut or similar machine to make it?
    Also, where did you get the huge crayons? I love them!

    • says

      Dawn, The vinyl was cut on a Silhouette Cameo. I just got one and love it. Can’t wait to really spend some time with it. The huge crayons came from the Dollar Store!

  3. says

    I have to tell you that you saved me. I am the president of the spouses’ club at the Army post up north of you and we are having our first luncheon this week. Our theme is back to school. Unfortunately, we don’t have a decorations chair yet, so we were all trying to get creative on centerpieces etc. After seeing this post, I immediately went to the Dolla Tree, found simple vases and went next door and found the old school #2 pencils ( a bunch of 20 for 1.00 ) and tomorrow morning I’m getting together with friends to put them together. We are using your other ideas on our sign in table, etc. Thanks so much for sharing!


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