For those who don’t know, July marked an incredible 150 years since the birth of the much-loved author, Beatrix Potter! Her series is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated collections of children’s books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit being a firm favourite – and has enthralled generation after generation. We’ve even got an entire range dedicated to her famous blue-coated rabbit with our personalised Peter Rabbit books!
In honour of the Beatrix Potter books, the author’s life, her loveable little characters and this momentous anniversary, why not incorporate all of the above and throw a Peter Rabbit or Beatrix Potter-inspired party? We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite Peter Rabbit party ideas for the occasions you want to celebrate, including party games, delicious recipes, cakes and more. Just watch out for Mr. McGregor…
1. Peter Rabbit Cake
We’re loving this Beatrix Potter cake featuring edible decorations, hand-painted rabbits around the bottom tier as well as a sugar Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and vegetable garden! Not only would it be ideal for a 1st birthday party, but also for a Peter Rabbit baby shower. We’re pretty sure Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail would’ve gorged themselves on the delicious cabbages and carrots.
2. Peter Rabbit Toys: Carrot Bubble Wands
These bubble wands make adorable ideas for a Peter Rabbit birthday party. Most little ones love playing with bubbles, blowing them, chasing them, popping them (and trying to catch them without popping them!). They’re the ultimate children’s party accessories, sure to keep any child entertained for hours.
3. Food for a Peter Rabbit Party
Rabbits might not be allowed in Mr. McGregor’s garden, but you (and the kids) will most likely find yourself nibbling on these party food ideas, inspired by the famed Peter Rabbit books. Why not go for marshmallows as “bunny tails”, some chip sticks / long, thin crisps as “carrot snacks” and chocolate covered raisins as “bunny droppings”? We think the last one will be particularly popular! Pop all the contents into glass jars (you should be able to pick them up quite cheaply from places like Ikea), or even use pretty pastel metal containers on the table. You could even create carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (as pictured above).
4. Peter Rabbit Bunny Pots
If you have some time and want to be really creative, you could make bunny pots then give them to the little ones as a ‘thank you for coming to my party’. You could even add some seeds too so they can play being gardeners and watch all the veggies grow. Simply glue ears and a pom-pom nose to some standard garden pots and hey presto: bunny pots!
5. Birthday Party Food Ideas: Marshmallow Bunny Ears
You can pop these irresistibly adorable bunny ears onto your homemade/shop-bought cupcakes as a delicious (and delightful) finishing touch. All you have to do is slice a marshmallow diagonally and then dip the sticky sides into some pink sprinkles. Arrange in pairs like ears on the tops of the cupcakes – the icing will act as glue.
6. Pin the Tail on the Bunny Peter Rabbit Games
Other fun birthday party ideas for kids include the game ‘pin the tail on the bunny’: Draw the outline of a rabbit on A3 paper. Stick some double-sided sticky tape to some cotton wool, and voila – you’re all set to go. You’ll need a scarf to cover the kids’ eyes and a marker to put the child’s initials onto the paper so you know whose tail is whose.
7. DIY Bunny Treat Bags Filled with Blackberries
“Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries: But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate! First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes; And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.” The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
These treat bags definitely aren’t too tricky to make and are lovely additions at any Peter Rabbit-themed party. They can be made by you (the adult) or an older child and are endearing little bunny holders to carry their blackberry treats in.