Parties are great, as most people will agree, but sometimes you need something other than the usual wine night. Enter the Sunday pancake party.
It’s Thursday and my mind is already tuned into the weekend. So far I don’t have any special plans though I am thinking about heading to Amsterdam for the IJhallen flea market. Last weekend, however, we got together with a couple of friends from university. We decked the table with every pancake topping imaginable and threw an amazing pancake party. Here is why you should as well:
- They’re easy – you don’t need to prepare anything in advance, unless that’s your thing of course.
- They’re low-budget – a very important factor, especially if you are a student like I am!
- Who doesn’t love pancakes?
Of course there are a lot more reasons to throw a pancake party, but for us it was simply that we wanted to get together with friends. (and eat pancakes!) It was casual, it was fun, it was perfect.
What you need for a pancake party:
Not a whole lot! You will obviously need to get ingredients for pancakes (milk, eggs, sugar, flour and butter) and some of your favourite toppings. We had three kinds of jam, peanut butter, Nutella and whipped cream. Also – as we are in the Netherlands – we had some powder sugar, apple sauce, syrup and cheese and bacon. Allergic to nuts, I stayed away from the Nutella and the peanut butter but I was happy with my combination of strawberry jam and whipped cream.
If you feel like it, you can decorate the house a bit for the party. I kept it simple with some pink tulips, a table runner and candles. For me, ironing a table cloth and setting up the table before the guests arrive is a lovely little ritual that gets me in the party mood. Just a little something to separate the occasion from the mundane. However, if you want to keep it casual and hassle-free, go for it!
Finally, you will need some great people. Personally I prefer keeping the number small, but if you end up making enough pancakes for a whole village as we did, having some more people won’t hurt. Alternatively you could just make less pancakes but where’s the fun in that?
Once you have gathered all of the above, turn on some music, leave your belt unfastened and mentally prepare yourself for the food coma that is sure to follow. We had a great time eating way too many pancakes and taking our minds off from studying for a while. Though it will take me a week or two before I can eat an another pancake, we are already discussing the next edition of our little gathering.