The sun was shining, the drinks were flowing and the celebrations for our little boy’s first birthday were well underway this weekend. It feels like it’s been months in the making, but I’m pleased it came and went without a hitch.
It was so lovely to have all of our friends and family together to celebrate Archie turning one, and the fact that the sun was shining made it even better. We had the garden party that we’d planned (very different to the snow we had for Chris’ 30th last month) and it made it so much easier to be able to get outdoors instead of everyone cramming into our small(ish) home.
I’ve been collecting decorations for his party for a number of months now, mainly to make the overall cost a little lighter and spread throughout the year. A great bonus was the fact that it was a Peter Rabbit themed party and we had Easter only two weeks earlier, so I managed to pick up a few bargains in the sales afterwards. We also used a lot of things we already had around the house as Peter Rabbit has always been a firm favourite choice of presents for Archie since he was born.
We’re very fortunate to have some very talented family members so I had a lot of help when it came to the catering side of things. My mam and nannie created the most beautiful birthday cake for Archie, complete with Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher figurines made from icing.
If you know me, you’ll know that I absolutely love to phfaff with decorations. Everything has to be done my way, and I have to go overboard with the styling till it’s just right. But that’s the way I like things. Of course, Pinterest was a massive help when it came to searching for ideas for ‘rabbit’ themed parties as I’ve never attempted a Easter-style party before. I took inspiration from some of the ideas I found and then completely went to town on designing Archie’s very own Peter Rabbit garden party.
I rediscovered a love of crafting and had so much fun making these little bunny sweet jars as gifts for people to take away with them. I gathered empty jars, painted the lids and glued little bunny figurines to the top to fit in with the theme.
To entertain the children, I put on a little easter egg hunt with prizes for them all at the end. They seemed to love having a purpose at the party which was great – and of course they LOVED the little chocolate egg. But one thing I would totally recommend buying is a bubble machine. They had so much fun playing with it that we almost ran out of bubble mixture!
The birthday boy of course looked absolutely gorgeous in this traditional suspender-style romper I bought him from JoJo Maman Bebe. It was simple, but smart and went perfectly with the Peter Rabbit theme of the party. He wore it all day long and it was such beautiful quality – I would most definitely recommend it.
Even though I most definitely recall saying I never want to plan another party again as my stress levels couldn’t take it, I already can’t wait to plan his second birthday. But what will the theme be?…