Book-Themed Decorating

A Simple, Peter Rabbit Party

I can’t believe it! This past week, my little girl turned one! It seems like just yesterday we were coming home from the hospital with our tiny, sweet little. Now, she is active, walking, full of smiles and giggles, popping out teeth like crazy, curious, cuddly, and a total people person.

Photo by Annika Jean Photography

As most parents can attest, coming up with a party theme for a baby’s first birthday can be intimidating. For us, our daughter is the first grandbaby on both sides, therefore all of the parents and grandparents were coming to visit and celebrate. I wanted to pick a theme that was simple, sweet, unique, and wouldn’t break the bank.

Photo by Annika Jean Photography

I have always loved the sweet illustrations from Beatrix Potter books such as Peter Rabbit, and that’s when it hit me . . . a Peter Rabbit party would be perfect! For the decorations, I shopped my house first. Thankfully, my home is currently decorated in a slightly vintage, cottage theme. As a result, many of my home decorations paired perfectly with the Peter Rabbit illustrations.

As I prepared, I picked out cake stands, white vases, picture frames, table runners, wooden beads, and dried lavender from around my house. I purchased Peter Rabbit cupcake holders and toothpick toppers to match. Because I did not have enough dried lavender to fill both of my vases, I found simple sunflowers to add to the lavender and created a beautiful arrangement with fresh and dried flowers.

A month ago, my mother-in-law knit my daughter the softest, most beautiful blue sweater with a big wooden button! When I decided on the Peter Rabbit theme and began to put together my decorations, I immediately thought of this sweet blue sweater that could represent Peter’s blue coat. While thrifting, I found a white eyelet dress for Hazel and paired it with the blue sweater. My sister graciously did a mini photoshoot in this outfit to commemorate this occasion in our sweet girl’s life. The pictures were beautiful, and they added such a personal touch to the decorated tables at the party.

I also printed a couple of Peter Rabbit pictures and added them to frames I had from around the house. Mixing a little silver and gold elevated all of the decorations from just simple to simple and elegant.

During the actual party, I hung the blue sweater above the highchair along with wooden beads and fresh flowers. It made for a beautiful backdrop.

Overall, the party was simple . . . just a few friends and family in the backyard, grilling out and enjoying cupcakes made from a box. Don’t make it complicated. Do you have a favorite book? Let it inspire you to decorate for a party or HAVE a party or simply create a cozy space in your home.

Happy reading! And have a happy party!

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