BETSY’S BUNNY BIRTHDAY
There seems to be a never-ending supply of ideas and themes for little girl’s birthday parties but this one has to be a favourite of ours! With her first birthday falling around Easter, the adorable Betsy was treated to a bunny themed birthday party by creative mama Lisa, and the results are just the cutest. I mean, it has actual real bunnies you guys!!
It’s so hard to know what to do for a baby’s first birthday. They are too little to really know what is going on, but at the same time, you want to do something to mark the occasion. Planning events for a living, I was always going to throw a little party for Betsy, but it wasn’t until Christmas time that I really started to think about the details.
We settled on a bunny theme, not least because bunny rabbits seem to have featured quite heavily in Betsy’s life so far…toys, clothes, blankets, cards, pet names…too many rabbits to mention! It was also close to Easter so it seemed quite fitting. I started a secret board on Pinterest and slowly everything started to come together.
The party was held at our home and we hired the brilliant Jo Hughes to take pictures throughout the day which really capture the atmosphere!
After several trips to local farms, Betsy has seen a fair few animals and so I thought it would be cool to get some bunnies along on the day for the children to pet. This proved to be such a great activity for everyone big and small, and we ended up with a whole array of animals from rabbits and meerkats to an owl and even Tony the Tiny Pony all taking refuge on our drive for the afternoon! I’m not quite sure where they would have gone if it had of rained…!
Fellow BLOVED contributor Jen at Hip Hip Hooray created some great bunny-themed invitations in a pink, purple and grey colour palette which got mailed to guests a couple of months in advance, and these set the tone for the party.
We used a local caterer, Mustard, to provide all of the adult food on the day – everything from pulled pork and rice to sausage rolls and gourmet sandwiches – whilst me and my mum made food for the children. I wanted it to feel stylish but still like a children’s party – and it had to be easy –so we spent money on high quality plastic cutlery and sugar cane plates, as well as linen napkins on a roll which were amazing!
On the day itself, guests were guided up the garden path by bunny signs which I found very last-minute at Lakeland via BLOVED, and were welcomed at the door by a large bunny-shaped wreath created by talented florist Chantal Flores. Inside, we had kept the main spaces undecorated (albeit for a mountain of toys to entertain the children), and instead decorated the hallway to create a cool bunny-themed children’s food table and party bag table.
We incorporated some cute bunny-themed ideas from paper carrots on sticks which contained crisps, through to bunny-shaped sandwiches and mini plant pots containing humus and carrots. We also had the most amazing cake from Fondant Fox and the Meringue Girls complete with meringue kisses, iced bunnies and edible flowers – it was a real show-stopper! As the children left, they were all given a little goody box to take home complete with some bunny-shaped chocolates and Easter eggs.