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For Max's first birthday we chose a classic Peter Rabbit theme, one of my favourite children's books, combined with blue & white polka dots. The Peter Rabbit theme allowed us to centre the food around healthy fruit & veg options, rather than the usual high sugar/salt/fat party foods. The weather was not kind to us, deflating the balloons and paper lanterns, but we had a lovely afternoon regardless
Singing happy birthday to Max and cutting the cake
Watching my 13 year old brother fail miserably at pin the tail on Peter Rabbit
The birthday boy in his Peter Rabbit outfit
What People Ate
I tried to tie the food in with the story as much as possible, we ate crudites, boiled eggs in the shape of bunnies, fruit kebabs, currant buns & cookies, yoghurt orange & lemon cupcakes, cheesy potato skins with salsa & sour cream, greek lamb & fetta meatballs, chicken & veggie sausage rolls, chicken & avocado wholegrain tortilla cones, hommus, tzatziki. Everything was fresh and homemade with the exception of the currant buns.
What People Drank
Carrot juice, chamomile tea as per the story and water with personalised labels
The bunny birthday cake was the same one I had on my first birthday, from the cult Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake book so it had special meaning. It was a low sugar carrot cake, with a cream cheese icing.
Activities / Games
We played pin the tail on Peter Rabbit, with participant prizes of gorgeous little wooden bird whistles (I ran out of small bunny gift ideas) that I tied in to the theme with excerpts from the story about the sparrows helping Peter, we read the story to the kids and had a carrot hunt around the garden, with the kids finding hollow plastic carrots with stickers inside