The first thing I did when it came to planning my daughter’s first birthday was choose the perfect theme for the day. With my eldest daughter (who is now three), we went with a Fairy theme. This time I was after something a little less girly, but equally as fun. I had just been to see the new Peter Rabbit movie with both girls, and I was sold.
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Of course, as with all party planning, we need to get the basics down pat, which meant a fabulous theme, a fabulous venue and a fabulous date.
- Peter Rabbit
- Our home (which we have recently moved into so this was doubling as a house warming as well).
- Two days before the actual birthday.
Peter Rabbit Birthday Banner
Having gone through the process of planning a first birthday before, I had a few tricks of the trade up my sleeve this time around and knew exactly how to go about things.
The first thing I wanted was a backdrop. After all, I knew an amazing backdrop behind the party table could actually make the party, without much else needed. I also wanted to base the rest of the design on this backdrop, so I went on the hunt.
Not meaning to boast, but I am pretty sure I found the perfect one. The amount of compliments we got was crazy, and I won’t lie, this one is still hanging pride of place as I can’t bring myself to take it down. So now it is sitting as a main feature in our playroom – and why not! And, it was such a great price. You can check it out here>>>
Peter Rabbit Birthday Ideas
Of course, the next thing to look at was the design of the party. I needed:
- Drink labels
I wanted all of this designed by the same person, just to ensure consistency, and because of my own laziness (or lack of time as I like to call it), I knew that person couldn’t be me. So straight away I contacted a friend I knew and she got onto it for me. All I had to do was send her the image of the back drop, and she went from there and worked her magic.
If you are looking for a little helping hand at your next event, I highly recommend Danica from Danica’s Invites and Designs. She went above and beyond helping me with everything I needed, laminating it, and then express posting it all to me to ensure I had it on time. She made any changes I wanted, and when one of the posters arrived and I wasn’t happy, she simply just sent a new one. I was amazed by her customer service. And the results clearly speak for themselves.
And no first birthday is complete without entertainment. Yes, we had alcohol for the adults so we knew they were sorted, but we wanted something special for the kids to enjoy, so looked into getting a ball pit for the littlies.
You wouldn’t believe how expensive it actually is, just to hire out a ball pit for the day, so naturally, I went on the hunt for one instead – and I am so glad that I did. I found this stunning playpen from Jullu Baby & Kid, and it was perfect. Actually I got so many compliments on the day about the space and how great it was.
Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake
Another essential contribution to the day is of course the all important cake. We wanted to do a cake smash with Vivi, which meant we actually needed two cakes – one we didn’t mind her digging her hands into (yes, we went with a Woolworth’s cake) and a second one for display and later eating.
I find the cake the most important feature of the party table, so we go all out for it. Luckily, Vivi’s Godmother happens to also be an expert at cake decorating, and she put together this amazing number. It looked incredible in the middle of our party table, with the mini Jemima Puddleduck and Peter Rabbit on top.
If you are looking for an easy fix, there are plenty of gorgeous cake toppers out there, like these ones here. Bake or buy some cupcakes and stick these on top and job done! They also look super cute. Shop them here>>>
Peter Rabbit Party Outfit
The final piece of the puzzle was the perfect birthday outfit. I am a big fan of Etsy, so naturally went on there and searched for Peter Rabbit themed outfits.
I was thrilled to find this gorgeous number from Designed By Norma – she customised it to Vivi’s size and express posted it for the day.
Plus, I also got some amazing headbands made by Beth & Fred by Paula. Paula worked with me from the start and met all my ideas and brought them to fruition. I fell in love with her gorgeous headbands, and we had one for me, Vivi (birthday girl) and her big sister Cassie on the day.
And finally the gorgeous crown from Tino, that just completed her cake smash outfit (yes, we had to change outfits for the mess!).
The Big Day
The day itself was fantastic and we all had a great time. I got some help in the kitchen, which allowed me to spend time out with our guests, and all the kids loved the ball pit and other entertainment we had set up. A fun-filled Peter Rabbit first birthday with LOTS of presents.
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