Tuesday, January 10, 2012

RE-ceiving Guests: Peter Rabbit Pty & Easter Playdate

FIRST BIRTHDAY:  For our daughter's 1st birthday we chose a Peter Rabbit theme.   As a new parent, I wanted to make things easy on me but still cute for the guests so I ordered the cake from a local bakery.  I think they did a great job decorating the cake.  It was half carrot cake, half white cake.

HOW SWEET IT IS.  Our daughter ate cake with her hands and took some cute pics and that is all I hoped for. The First Birthday party is more about adult guests since children that young cannot do much and will not even remember the party.  Our entertainment was a bubble machine.  That's it.  I had a pinata for the older kids to hit, but the weather didn't cooperate.  It rained the whole day so the pinata was saved for another time.
The Theme came about because I saw a Peter Rabbit party book in a book store.  It had cut outs to tie to make a banner and make little party hats for the guests.  I decided to use some of the cut outs to tie with ribbon and hang from the chandelier over our dining room table that would have the buffet for the party.  I used other cut outs on the table. I also copied images online to make labels I put next to different dishes to claim them as part of a theme. For example, next to the veggie platter, I put a sign saying Vegetables from Mr. McGreggor's Garden.   I couldn't find the book I originally used for this post, but Amazon does have a similar Peter Rabbit book. HERE

THE INVITE. This was the biggest project I did for the party.  We took pictures of our daughter with a Peter Rabbit doll we bought and some veggies.  Then I used the picture to make the birthday party invitations.  My mom still had her party invitation saved so Reba scanned it for me to post.  The scan wasn't done level and  I know the picture is not the best quality but if  you can tell that the invitation has a vellum overlay and it is cut out in the shape of the number "1" then that is all that matters.  We also used our daughter's photo for her Madeline birthday invite, you can see HERE.
INVITATION CRAFT:  To make the party invitations, you will need white card stock, vellum paper, scissors, a hole punch, a scanner, ribbon and white envelopes.  First, I scanned in our daughter's portrait and printed out 2 images to a regular sheet of paper.  I printed out sheets until I had enough to make all the invitations.  Second, I free hand drew a large number "1" as you can see above.  I experimented to both center it and make it large enough so the number captured all the good parts of the photo.  When I did this, I then cut out the number to use as a template.  Third, I typed all the party info in a word document and printed it out on vellum paper.  Fourth, I used a sharpie and the template to draw 2 number "1" outlines on the vellum sheets over where the 2 photo images would be on the sheets I already printed.   Fifth, I worked altering the text centering and printing it on that same vellum page with the outline until the text was centered within the outlined numbers I had drawn on it.   Sixth, I printed out vellum sheets with the party info on them, drew the number "1" outlines and cut out them out.   Seventh, I attached the two sheets, cutting them out based upon the outline of the number "1". Last, I punched a hole in the 2 sheets (vellum and the photo) and tied a blue ribbon on top.  The process was a little bit of time and effort, but I got a lot of compliments on the invitation so it was worth it to me.  There may be an easier way to do it using the computer to draw the outline before printing, but with my limited techno-knowledge, that was how I did it.  


Vegetables from Mr. McGreggor's Garden (veggie tray with dips)
Mrs. Rabbit's Muffins & Breads (blueberry muffins & buns to make ham sandwiches)
Mopsy, Flopsy & Cottontail's berries (bowl of mixed berries)
Mrs. Rabbit's Ham (sliced ham with different mustards so people can make small sandwiches)

Mrs. Tittlemouse's cheese (platter with some gourmet cheese and sliced cheese for the sandwiches)
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's tea (iced)

If you notice, it is a cold menu. I didn't heat up anything to serve. I normally offer some hot dishes to guests, even when I want to keep things simple, but with a new baby, I put simplicity first.  I found some carrots at the grocery store that were uncut with stems and placed a few on the table as decorations. I placed Beatrix Potter dolls which my friend, Jana, lent me,  on doll chairs in the middle of the food table as a centerpiece.

BIG SMILES:   My husband and daughter pose for a picture in front of the mantel in our old house. You can see that I used more of  the large collection of Beatrix Potter dolls which my friend, Jana, lent me to set up a mantel display for the party.  I also bought a lot of blue, light blue and white balloons and relied upon the large Peter Rabbit Pinata for a festive party setting. My parents gave us the pinata.  They bought it from a man in our home town. They brought us one in the shape of the Eiffel Tower for our daughter's Madeline Birthday Party, too.  Unfortunately, it rained all during the party so we couldn't use it.  I had to save it for another time and my friend, Martha, suggested I use it for an Easter time playdate, which is what we did. 
FINALLY BREAKING THE PINATA:  My daughter is finally getting her chance to break open the pinata above.  I hosted a party in March (several months after my daughter's birthday) for the specific purpose of finally using the Peter Rabbit pinata.

SPRING AFTERNOON SNACKS.  I wanted to do something a bit fun for the Spring playdate so I set up my outdoor table with a nice, crisp white linen table cloth, used pink depression glass serving pieces I have and some Pottery Barn Easter Egg plates to set up a sweet table.  The moss standing Rabbit is something I bought at a local gift store and decided to use as the table centerpiece.By this time, stores were selling plastic Easter eggs, so I bought some iridescent ones and just threw them around the table and the yard.
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE TABLE. I bought cupcakes, cookies, a fruit tart and pink French lemonade for the play date.
FRESH STRAWBERRIES,ROQUEFORT GRAPES AND FINGER CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES ON DISPLAY.   I cut up strawberries and made chicken salad sandwiches and Roquetfort grapes.  You can find a chicken salad recipe for the sandwiches HERE.  The Roquefort grapes were for the moms. The kids wouldn't have liked them.  I like how Roquefort grapes mix the sweet taste of the chilled grapes and the strong flavors of the cheese and nuts.   If you have never tried them,  I am sharing how to make them here.  


1 package chopped walnuts
1 package light cream cheese 8 oz. 
1/8 lb. Roquefort cheese
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 package red grapes (seedless)

Before opening up the walnut package,  I usually hit it a few times to smush up the pieces even more. Then, I open the bag and put all the nuts in a bowl.  Also, I set up a platter or plate nearby to place the finished grapes. Let the cream cheese and the Roquefort cheese become room temperature.  You are going to combine them with the whipping cream, and the cream cheese blends more easily the longer it is out.  You add in the cream to help the cheese become moist enough to coat the grapes.  I normally just use a spoon to mix the cheese with the cream, but you could also use a food processor for this.  Once you have mixed the cheeses and the whipping cream, then you will take a clean, dry grape and put it in your hands.  You will grab some of the cheese mixture, too, and roll the grape into the cheese mixture until it is thoroughly coated. Then you will roll the cheese-covered grape in the bowl with the nuts to coat it.  Placed the now nut coated grapes on the platter/plate you set up nearby and after you fill the platter, put it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 45 minutes before serving.


ENTERTAINMENT. For the playdate, I once again pulled out the bubble machine.  Seriously, the Bubble machine I bought was such a good investment. It kept the kids entertained long enough for the moms to sit down.
One more, because aren't they precious? Sigh. They grow up so fast.


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  1. Really cute and clever ideas. So enjoyed looking at the decor and the food sounds good. Thanks.

  2. There is nothing better than a Peter Rabbit theme! I just happened on your site and enjoyed the party!

  3. Anonymous,
    Glad you liked the party ideas. We had a nice time. Thank you for visiting our blog and leaving a comment.


  4. Jeanne,

    Awww. Thank you for the compliment. I thought the party turned out well. Thank you for visiting our blog and for leaving a comment. I hope you will come back again or consider following us.


  5. So many cute ideas for the little ones! Love Peter rabbit. Looks like a very sweet Birthday for your precious daughter.

  6. Everything looks so cute! What an adorable idea! I'm sure everyone enjoyed the party!

  7. Such a very precious little girl...and a wonderful theme for her first birthday! Beautiful!

  8. I really enjoyed seeing your photos and reading about the events! Both sounded lovely and very well planned around your theme. You kept things simple, and the parties were charming!

  9. Hi lovely lady.
    I love looking at your photos of your family and reading about the party so sweet.
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescapes. Im one of your new followers on your blog on. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  10. What lovely ideas!! feel free to share on my party blog here: http://atozebracelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/01/totally-cute-crafts-tuesday.html I am visiting for the first time :) ~nancy~

  11. Martha,

    Awww. Thank you. Yes, Peter Rabbit is pretty wonderful. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.


  12. A hint of Home,

    Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I hope everyone enjoyed the party. It was a sweet theme perfect for young kids so I think the adults enjoyed being with the kids and the kids enjoyed each other.


  13. Really great ideas. It was fun to see all your photos and your little one is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your party inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  14. So cute! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  15. What a sweet post and great idea! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  16. What an awesome party idea. I love all the photos. Thanks for sharing at the Bunny Blog Hop.