Anthony Bourdain is many things: chef, author, TV star, and silver fox. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com He is also an amazing dad. Here's the adorable pancake bar he made for his daughter's sleepover. Anthony Bourdain @Bourdain Satisfied clients of "Dada's Bespoke Pancake Bar" #SlumberParty 02:30 PM - 16 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Check out the badass griddle he has set up for easy batch cooking. Note that Tony's got all of his ingredients ready to go before he starts cooking: His banana chopped, his bacon crisped, and his butter portioned. Anthony Bourdain @Bourdain My morning after #SlumberParty mis en place ready for the kids # PancakeBar 01:59 PM - 16 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite He knows that prepping ingredients ahead of time ("mise en place" — chef speak for "everything in its place") means no stress during cooking. While we're patiently waiting for an invite to the next "bespoke pancake bar" chez Anthony, here are a few more tips for your own pancake bar or pancake party. 1. First step — use a proven recipe and don't overmix when you're combining ingredients. Ashley Rodriguez / Via buzzfeed.com Here's a killer recipe for buttermilk pancakes if you want stacks from scratch. The secret to this recipe is that when you add the dry ingredients to the wet, you only need to mix JUST UNTIL they're combined, don't whisk and whisk and whisk or you take away the fluffiness.Before you start making your batter, quickly test your baking soda or baking powder. Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder or soda to 1/2 cup of hot tap water. If you're testing soda, also add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. If you see fizzing you're good to go. If not, buy a new box. 2. You can also prep ahead by DIY-ing your own Bisquick Pancake Mix. homeinthefingerlakes.com / Via Betty Crocker Get the recipe here. 3. Squeeze bottles make it easy to draw shaped pancakes with your batter. onecreativemommy.com Any shape will do this. Pancake art isn't that hard to do as long as it's something you can draw, like a flower or Mickey Mouse. More details on how to make shapes here. 4. Get creative with the flavors, like peanut butter or whole grain. Then, separate and label them in squeeze bottles. yourhomebasedmom.com Get the whole grain and peanut butter batter recipes, plus more inspiration here. 5. For a pancakes-for-dinner bar, include a chocolate batter. cookingclassy.com Get the recipe for Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries, and Bananas here. 6. You can also stir sprinkles into your basic batter for Funfetti-style pancakes. sallysbakingaddiction.com Get the recipe for Funfetti Buttermilk Pancakes here. 7. If you're adding fillings, let a base layer cook on the griddle, then add the ingredients, then top with a LITTLE more batter. John Gara / Via BuzzFeed Otherwise your filling ingredients will sink to the bottom of the pancakes and stick to the pan, making it harder to flip and cook. That way, you can even use something like Nutella as a "topping" (or rather, as a filling). Or, get crazy and make these S'Mores pancakes with chocolate chips and fluff in the middle. 8. Obviously you have to warm your maple syrup. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This is a given if you're diehard for Vermont maple syrup or an Aunt Jemima's fanatic. Drowning a steaming stack of pancakes in cold syrup is a shame. 9. Include other toppings like caramel sauce, strawberry jam, and peanut butter all work well. Obviously, you should include Nutella. hellrazor-art.blogspot.com Keep cooked pancakes on a wire rack in a 200 degree oven until you're ready to serve. 10. Use craft or butcher paper to line your pancake bar. You can write on it with a permanent marker to label each ingredient, and it makes for easy clean up. themasseyspot.blogspot.com Recipes and a tutorial here. 11. If you have it in you, you can make these miniature pancake pops. tatertotsandjello.com Okay, Anthony Bourdain probably won't be making these, but aren't they cute? Recipe here. 12. Bacon is a must. Serve alongside or just add strips to the pancake like this. marthastewart.com Pro tip: Save the drippings to fold into the batter or your maple syrup. Get the recipe for these bacon pancakes here. 13. Serve these bacon pancake dippers with jars of maple syrup for easy dunking. ladybehindthecurtain.com Recipe here. 14. Add something healthy to the bar. Fruit skewers are a healthy and pretty addition. thecomfortofcooking.com Recipe here. 15. Really, there are no rules, except that you can never have too many pancakes. cookingclassy.com Get the recipe for these Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes here. H/T to Eater for bringing the Bourdain bar to our attention.