Tuesday night is not traditionally a great night for a party. Your invitees have recovered from the weekend, and who wants to go out on a school night?
It is not my fault, though, that Shrove Tuesday falls midweek. Known in the UK as Pancake Day, and around the world variously as Mardi Gras or Carnival, Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the start of Lent. In the Christian tradition, it is an occasion for using up luxuries in preparation for the self-denial of Lent.
Anyway, pancakes are tasty, so here is a plan for how to organise a midweek pancake party with minimal hassle.
Order your ingredients from your favourite online supplier, to prevent grappling over the last remaining box of eggs in the local supermarket on the way home on Tuesday evening.
I rely on Delia Smith for my pancake recipe.
Fortunately, I held a pancake party last year and already know how to cook pancakes, as one of my invitees suggested this instructional video:
Pancakes, Swedish style
An hour before your guests arrive, start making the batter. Or, persuade a friend to make the batter, whilst you
panic clean the flat hide the detritus of daily living behind closed doors and push the vacuum round.
Instruct your guests to bring toppings. Offer then some guidelines, so you do not end up, as we did, with four jars of jam and half a dozen jars of Nutella.
Making pancakes is fun! So get your guests to make their own. I encouraged my guests to toss their pancakes
but they seemed more interested in flambeing them.
No-one drinks much alcohol at a pancake party. Partly because they have to get up for work the next day, and partly, I am told, because after three banana-and-Nutella crepes, any food or beverage looses its appeal. This means that your guests are sober enough to help you with the washing up, pack up the leftover Nutella in their bags, and roll home, replete.
See you next year.