It is always a thrill when someone mentions our shop in their Blog. As an Easter treat I thought I would share with you some excerpts from the Blog by the very lovely Belfast Mummy. It's full of ideas and inspiration for a Peter Rabbit Party and can easily be adapted for any Easter or spring-time celebration. I especially love the idea of using baking cups for individual servings of crudities and the bunches of carrots in vases is genius! For the full post please visit Belfast Mummy
"Smaller boy has turned 2 and to celebrate we threw a Peter Rabbit party (the fact time is racing by so quickly is quite frankly frightening, how can my baby be turning 2, he was only born yesterday after all). I of course turned to Pinterest for inspiration and this was the first time I saw the value of secret boards so I could pin away without giving away any party surprises.
We are so extraordinarily lucky to have the talent that is Cakes by James in Belfast, James and Dawn thank you so much for leaving London and coming back to Belfast, I for one will be eternally grateful. James is a baker and cake designer extraordinaire who deserves a whole post on his own, the most wonderful thing about James is you email a rather random idea and he produces a cake beyond your wildest dreams, in this case Mr McGregor’s Garden.
The decorations and tableware
There is a plethora of Peter Rabbit themed party accessories available but I decided to take inspiration from Peter Rabbit’s trademark blue cardigan and go with a blue theme for decorations and tableware. I was thrilled to come across a new retailer, Pretty Little Party Shop who helpfully organise their website by colour (amongst other things) making it super easy to mix and match. Its range is just gorgeous, I had the super cute milk bottles and straws added to my shopping trolley and then removed numerous times, finally coming to my senses and realising it was a 2 year old’s birthday party but they are duly pinned for the future.
I choose a mixture of stripes and polka dots in various shades of blue.
My best find by far was the blue stripe baking cups, these looked fabulous, were really durable and so handy for serving food (namely crudites and strawberries) in mess free.
I stuck a few bunches of carrots in vases and adorned with radishes, as well as adding a few Peter Rabbit stuffed toys and books from the playroom. I had intended to do little jam jars of wild flowers but time ran away. Instead of balloons I went with a mixture of paper decorations pom poms, accordion lanterns and honeycomb balls (from another favourite for party supplies, Little Baby Company), so much easier than balloons and much less faff and, in my opinion, much prettier.
I particularly loved the pom poms and have recycled them so they now hang in our family room, while small and smaller demanded the honeycomb balls found a home in their room.
I can never thank Sarah at Little Spree enough for her top toddler party tip of finger sandwich platters from Marks and Spencer, I ordered the no mayo (no toddler mess) finger sandwich platter as well as a more grown up version for the adults. I also popped in a couple of packs of crudites and hummus (as per the Peter Rabbit theme), the crudites worked wonderfully in the baking cups. It was all delivered to my local Marks and Spencer on the morning of the party and it made for the most stress free birthday party ever. The surprise hit was strawberries and cream (again using the brilliant baking cups) which went down a storm, the only other sweet option were some top hats lovingly prepared by small and smaller the day before. It was the first birthday party I haven’t massively over catered for and it was such a lovely change to not have a heap of leftovers.
For more from Belfast Mummy please pay her lovely blog a visit.