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Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party (44 photos)
Inspired by the Peter Rabbit BabyGAP clothing line during my pregnancy, I decided my daughter Rose's first birthday would be a garden party featuring our favourite Beatrix Potter characters. All the Peter Rabbit parties I found online were mostly for boys with a lot of blue and green colour themes to them, which is perfect to match Peter's jacket and the garden, but not so perfect for a little girl's birthday. Using black and white graphics really let me incorporate pinks, gold, white, blue, and some browns. I wanted the party to be elegant but still have a garden feel to it, so I used burlap runners and vegetables as decor on all the tables.
I had large scale images of the characters printed at Staples in their black and white architectural style (which can be a bit streaky, but I filled in a light areas with a black marker) and mounted them on foam core I bought at the dollar store. I cut them out by hand with a box cutter, and voila, the characters have come to life! They made a great back drop and accent pieces around the party. I repurposed a tall lantern into a terrarium using some moss, a few fake mushrooms, and a Peter Rabbit cut out. Behind the drinks, I had Jemima Puddleduck and a few birds holding a string of twine dangling some of our weekly pregnancy shots and Rose's monthly photos.
I collected new and vintage Beatrix Potter books for quite some time and used them in piles as accent pieces around the party. I found a couple of pop up books which made for great decor as well! Rose and I love to read so we were both really happy to have our favourite books around us.
I made a heck of a lot of tissue paper poofs to string up across our ceiling along with paper bag flowers, and we wrapped the chandeliers in faux vines I found at the dollar store.
In the kitchen we strung bunting I made after our wedding 3 years ago from fabric leftover from our guest favours. I had sewn it with our kid's birthdays in mind, so it was really special for me to use it for Rose's first birthday.
I made "carrots" using orange napkins and green plastic utensils and put them in a basket. My mom kindly donated a lot of gardening tools to decorate the tables as well.
My sister made the stunning Peter Rabbit sugar cookies, and my dear friend Christina at Truffle Toronto created the absolutely show stopping 3 tiered cake and cupcakes for us.
Part of what I loved most about putting together this party was that even though it looked very elegant, all the details and decor I did with a small budget. Tissue paper, paper bags, vines, foam core, utensils, cups, all came from the dollar store. The burlap runners were $2 at a local store, and a lot of the linens and serving trays I had kept from our wedding! The Peter Rabbit decor pieces like the paper plates, character napkins, carousel, and cupcake holders I bought on sale on Zulily, and the table runner and personalized basket liner I bought after Easter last year on sale. I'm really happy that our party had such a big wow factor at such a low cost.