The Brief: To design a Peter Rabbit themed family birthday party suitable for a lively three year old and his friends.
Our client chose a Peter Rabbit theme for her son's birthday party after seeing how much he enjoyed the Beatrix Potter stories and how he loved his Peter Rabbit soft toy.
We read all the books again to provide inspiration for the party, which was set to take place in our client's conservatory or garden, weather permitting.
We chose food that related to the stories, was toddler friendly and a suitable choice for health-conscious parents. We had rabbit-inspired carrot and celery sticks and we labelled our food items based on features in the stories, such as 'Bunny Tails' marshmallow bites, 'Mrs Rabbit's buns' and 'Jeremy Fisher's butterfly sandwiches'. Each label was designed to mimic allotment garden labels.
The main display item was a Vegetable Patch Cupcake Garden, complete with a white picket fence and furry free-range chicks. We created chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with chocolate icing and shaped icing vegetables then placed them in uniformed rows as if they had been freshly grown in Mr. McGregor's Garden.
We decorated the table with pale blue cutlery, crockery and cloths and completed the look with red spotty napkins as used by Benjamin Bunny. We also added pretty teapots and Beatrix Potter themed tea caddies.
As the weather proved in our favour we set the party in our client's garden. We decorated her fence with home-made carrot bunting and displayed drawings of Peter Rabbit everywhere, set with pale blue and white balloons. We purchased Beatrix Potter bunting from the official store to hang along the conservatory and we decorated each outdoor table with lavender (aka "Rabbit Tobacco").
The birthday boy wore a Peter Rabbit T shirt and blue shorts and his mother and aunt wore bunny ears and tails. We played traditional party games such as "Pass the Parcel" and "Musical Statues" where prizes included a Peter Rabbit storybook. As the children are young and lack concentration they enjoyed musical bumps on the trampoline and playing hide and seek amongst themselves. We also played a "Pin the Tail" on Peter Rabbit, which was set appropriately against the garden shed.
At the end of the party we had our toddler blow out his birthday candles and we divided the cake to share with the guests before watching him open presents. All the children received red, spotty party bags containing sweets, party bubbles, Peter Rabbit colouring-in sheets and a slice of birthday cake. Delicious!