I have been thinking about creating this blog since Alastair was a newborn, but finally am sharing my first post with you. It seemed fitting that this post be about Alastair rather than a recipe, since he means the world to me.
Alastair turned one year old on June 10, 2015. The first year of mommyhood has flown by. Alastair is absolutely wonderful. He makes me smile and laugh every day.
I had been planning his birthday party since he was six months old since I’m that kind of mom. When my friend suggested a Peter Rabbit theme because “some bunny is one,” I knew it was perfect! I got lots of ideas from Pinterest and Etsy. I thought it would be nice to share everything with you in case you want to hear more about it or are planning a Peter Rabbit themed birthday party yourself.
I ordered Alastair’s Peter Rabbit first birthday party invitations from PartyMonkey on Etsy. They turned out so cute! I just loved them.
I got Alastair a custom Peter Rabbit birthday onesie from StrongStitch on Etsy. The birthday boy had to have his own special outfit! This onesie was perfect for Alastair’s one year photos and for his birthday party.
I decorated the party area with baby blue and orange streamers, baby blue and orange balloons, and baby blue and white tablecloths. I set up a welcome table with a basket of party favors, guest book, Peter Rabbit plush, and Alastair’s custom one year chalkboard sign.
For the party favors, I filled carrot-shaped cellophane bags with Annie’s bunny graham crackers and tied it off with curling ribbon. They were super cute in my basket. I got a Peter Rabbit plush for Alastair a few months before his party, and placed it on the welcome table with a blue balloon.
For the guest book, I got a small hardcover copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and asked everybody to sign it. I loved reading everyone’s notes to Alastair after his party. It’ll make a nice keepsake.
My favorite part of the welcome table was the custom Peter Rabbit chalkboard birthday sign from ChalkFullOfGrace on Etsy. I ordered it a couple weeks in advance, had it printed at Costco, used a frame from Michaels that I already had at home, and got a stand from Michaels to display it. The sign was just perfect.
The fun thing about a birthday party for a one year old is that many of my friends have children around the same age. There were eight babies or toddlers there. With the children being that young, I wanted to cater the entertainment for them. So I brought bubble wands, a colorful tunnel for them to crawl through, and, my favorite activity — a ball pit!
I brought Alastair’s pack ‘n play playard to the park and filled it with 300 little balls. It was the perfect ball pit for all the toddlers! I originally got Alastair a little blow-up swimming pool and just 100 balls to play with at home, but then realized how quickly the balls came out of the swimming pool. The playpen was perfect for the balls…only then I had to get 200 more balls because 100 balls barely covered the bottom of it.
The toddler-sized ball pit was a huge success! It fit two or three kids at a time, but they all got a turn. The toddlers spent so much time playing in it, laughing and having fun. Please excuse the fact that Alastair doesn’t look impressed. The sun was bright! Right after taking this picture, we moved it into the shade of the gazebo. I definitely recommend making your own ball pit if you can!
Now let’s talk about the food! First of all, to label the food I got tiles from Home Depot, placed Peter Rabbit stickers on them, and wrote on them with Sharpie markers. I used one of these tiles at the welcome table as well.
I got Meri Meri Peter Rabbit large plates, small plates, napkins, and cups from Amazon. They were super cute! I used little rocks to keep things from blowing away as it was a windy day.
There was so much food for lunch! Although I’m a vegetarian, nobody else at the party was, so I offered turkey sandwiches on focaccia bread. They were made by Golden Bagel, a local restaurant that makes delicious foccacia bread sandwiches and bagels.
I made homemade creamy garlic hummus and served it with a veggie tray of sugar snap peas, baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I think Peter Rabbit would approve of all those veggies!
I made a fruit salad with blackberries (since Peter Rabbit’s sisters picked delicious blackberries), strawberries, blueberries, golden raisins, and feta cheese. The tartness of the feta cheese really complimented the sweet organic berries.
I served a sweet kale salad made using the mix from Costco and feta cheese. Normally I would try to make everything from scratch, including the salad and dressing, but I figured I would compromise on it so I could focus on everything else. I must admit, the salad was delicious.
I offered Peter Rabbit baby food pouches for the babies and toddlers, as well as Annie’s cheddar bunnies.
I have to say, my favorite part of the meal was the dessert! I made homemade carrot cake cupcakes for everybody, since Peter Rabbit loves carrots and cupcakes work great for parties at the park. I topped the cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting, and it was amazing. I got a cake stand from Target, which was great for displaying the smash cake, cupcakes, and macarons. I also used a cupcake stand that I’ve had for awhile, just waiting to be put to good use.
Of course, Alastair’s first birthday cake was also a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I was so happy with how the smash cake turned out! I baked some of the carrot cake batter into two 4-cup glass Pyrex dishes, put cream cheese frosting in the middle, and of course cream cheese frosting all around it. The frosting was applied using a fork, and I thought the texture it made was great. I put a cute baby blue polka dot one year candle on top of the smash cake.
My close friend Sarah owns her own cake business, Whisk Me Away (isn’t that the cutest business name?). She makes incredible cakes, cupcakes, and macarons. Seriously, she’s amazing! Check out her website here: Whisk Me Away. She made vanilla macarons for Alastair’s party and decorated them with Peter Rabbit, carrots, and sprinkles. I loved them, and so did my family and friends.
After a delicious lunch, Alastair opened his birthday gifts with a little help from his mommy.
…and by a little help from his mommy, I mean a lot of help, since Alastair was more interested in eating the boxes, playing with the wrapping paper, and crawling away.
Finally, it was time for Alastair to eat his first birthday cake. I ordered his Peter Rabbit birthday party hat from PropShopBoutique on Etsy. I put the hat on him, but he was not impressed. So instead we attached it on top of his high chair. It was adorable.
Sarah is amazingly talented. Not only did she make the Peter Rabbit vanilla macarons, she also made Alastair a Peter Rabbit high chair banner to match his party colors. It was so nice! She sells Peter Rabbit high chair banners in her Etsy shop, WillowLaneShoppe (which has the cutest high chair banners and party hats).
We sang happy birthday to Alastair and gave him his cake to eat.
…and by eat, I mean finger-paint with the frosting!
Alastair sure made a mess, so I was glad we saved the smash cake for the very end.
Alastair’s first birthday party was wonderful. Thanks to everybody who was there celebrating his first birthday with us, and thanks to everybody who is reading this post and there in spirit.