Beatrix Potter Tea Party

 

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Over the past year Blossom and I have worked our way through The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, so for her 4th birthday celebration I tried to bring the world of Peter Rabbit to life a little. Mr McGregor’s garden was my inspiration and my favourite touch was the carrots in the floral arrangements!

I do love a good theme, but according to Blossom all parties should have 3 key things: Balloons, fresh flowers and of course, chocolate cake!

My chocolate cake wasn’t quite as perfect as a recovering perfectionist would hope, but Blossom told me at bedtime that the chocolate cake was her favourite part of the party. (Cue swooning Mama!)

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Woodland Bear Party

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We ended the year with a little bear themed tea party in honour of our sweet Bubbles turning two. She adores all bears but our inspiration was taken from her beloved brown snuggly Bear that she totes around the house with her.

I kept things simple, making use of lots of home decor items I already had on hand, bought some winter foliage, gathered a few pinecones and made some of my favourite home made goodies; snickerdoodles and chocolate fudge cake. The M&D doughnuts were also a big hit!

As always I was pretty rubbish at taking photos during the party, too busy chatting, eating cake and helping Bubbles open her birthday gifts, but it was a fun time with family and as always the girls loved playing with their cousins.

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Pooh Bear Tea Party

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Blossom turns three is a few days and to celebrate we invited family round for a party, but not just any party a Pooh Bear tea party!

This was an easy theme to pull off and as usual I made use of a lot of the home decor items I already had to hand. My trusty hessian table runner, cake stands, chalkboard and jam jars turned vases from Blossom’s first birthday party all made another appearance, with the simple addition of some balloons, flowers, party hats and a classic pooh bear (which was one of Blossom’s birthday presents).

As requested by the birthday girl I attempted to make the much anticipated “pink chocolate cake” as seen at the Hero Party in “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.” It is actually from this scene that we got our pink and blue colour theme from as the characters all wear these colour hats.

The cake was not as pink inside as I’d hoped (despite using an entire tube of pink paste) but Blossom happily ate it and seemed to really enjoy her little tea party, especially playing with her cousins in the garden.

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Twinkle Star Party

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Last week we had a little party in honour of Bubbles’ first birthday. It was a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme which seemed fitting not only because Bubbles’ real name actually means star but also because Blossom’s first birthday was a song theme too, a You Are My Sunshine party.

I do love decorating for these little parties at home and I do love a good theme. I find parties at home like this so easy to pull off as I already have all the home decor bits on hand to improvise with. It really is amazing what a chalkboard, some pretty cake stands and some flowers and hessian can do.

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Farmyard Party

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A farmyard party was an easy choice for Blossom’s 2nd birthday as she simply adores all things farm. We took our inspiration from her beloved ride-on “Moo” and went for a subtle cow print theme mixed in with some hessian fabric and red gingham. Apart from buying the balloons, ribbon and gypsophila we were then just able to utilise all the home decor bits we already had to hand. We got our invites from here and the cake was Blossom’s ultimate favourite, “Anna’s choc cake” as found in the cafe at our church but with the sweet addition of some chocolate fences and farmyard animals. As you can see Daddy was rather generous with his portions… she was delighted!

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You Are My Sunshine Party

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We had such a special day on Saturday celebrating our little Sunshine’s first birthday. We marked the occasion by hosting an afternoon tea for family and a few close friends and it was such a lovely day.

It was a really easy theme to pull off as the colour theme was subtle – just yellow, white and taupe – and enabled me to make use of lots of neutral tableware and display items I already had around the house.

I then only needed to get a little bit crafty to turn jam jars into vases and stamp out a few food labels. Some classic balloons and pretty flowers were then the perfect finishing touches and a few generous friends assisted with baking.

Blossom seemed to really enjoy spending her day with family and friends and as parents we were delighted to be able to celebrate it with pretty much zero stress – long may this continue!

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