Does anybody remember exploring Mr. McGregor’s garden along with the mischievous Peter Rabbit?
I cherished my Beatrix Potter book collection – most children would scribble their name with crayons inside the covers or rip out a page or two, but not me. I kept mine neatly on my bookshelf, complete with dust jackets and presentation boxes.
The classic story The Tale of Peter Rabbit was my favourite. I jumped at the chance of designing and styling an adorable Peter Rabbit baby shower.
The bunny-hopping theme is a perfect idea for a first birthday party, a christening, and I found out it worked wonderfully as a baby shower too.
I think the stories Beatrix Potter wrote are timeless and in particular her drawings. The release of the animated Peter Rabbit movie has reignited a lot of love. However, for this baby shower, I pay homage to her traditional artwork.
This cute welcome sign purchased from Adorn My Wall on Etsy sets the tone of the baby shower with a classic print and pale blue wooden frame.
The shower was in a large conservatory at The Diplomat Hotel – a stunning room with modern white gloss tiles and large windows overlooking the historic hotel gardens.
The room featured beautiful exposed brickwork, giving it some character. The room was neutral and had plenty of light. It is what I look for when choosing a venue. I do not want the room to clash with the theme – so busy wallpaper and garish carpet are out!
I used a pale blue and white colour palette to create a traditional, sophisticated look for a baby boy shower. I tried to bring the outdoors indoors. I added splashes of green and brown to give a rustic countryside effect. I put final additions throughout the room using decorative log slices, pinecones, artificial flowers, dried nutshells and bark, and leafy green foliage.
I pulled the whole room together by hanging gingham and floral fabric bunting. Blodau Elli arranged the fresh floral displays on the welcome and dining table.
For their welcome drink, guests sipped on light blue lemonade served in nostalgic mason jars.
I styled them with gingham ribbon, a Peter Rabbit label, and finished with a stripy paper straw.
I wanted to put a twist on the traditional custom of a guest book. I used a large wishing tree where guests wrote messages and wishes onto tags and hung them onto branches. It was a different way to provide lasting memories instead of writing in a book – and it linked perfectly to the baby shower theme.
I created a mini version of Mr. McGregor’s garden using the wishing tree as the focus. I placed tags in a wooden wheelbarrow to make a garden setup.
I was lucky enough to come across a piece of metal wall art in a local charity shop. It had three trees attached to a wooden fence – perfect as a backdrop. I hand-painted the metal and stained the wood.
I completed the garden by making my very own Peter Rabbit scarecrow, a nod to the classic story.
If you want to know how to create a Peter Rabbit scarecrow, I have written a step-by-step guide on how to do this. It is easy, and no sewing is involved! Follow the link to the instructions here.
Natacha Yummy Cakes created a mouth-watering two-tier cake with matching cupcakes. The traditional design complemented the theme perfectly.
Two balloon towers stood on either side of the dessert table.
To decorate the table, I stacked themed suitcases on top of one another. I placed a vintage water jug full of garden flowers on top. I filled a hurricane vase full of leafy carrots and tied a blue ribbon into a bow.
I placed a wood effect rabbit figure that looked like solid milk chocolate, good enough to eat! I tied a blue ribbon around its neck and added foliage, pinecones, nuts, and bark.
What’s In The Bag?
For this game, I sealed letters onto craft bags spelling out the word baby shower. I accessorised the paper bags with pastel blue tissue and blue bows. This game doubled up as a decoration too.
I placed laminated pictures inside each bag. Guests had to work out what baby-related item was inside according to the letter on the front.
To link the game to the party décor, I used a wooden crate to hold the answer sheets and a blue plant pot to hold the pens. I finished off with a plush Peter Rabbit toy, pinecones, and leaves.
I varnished a wooden frame and wrapped a leafy garland around it to give a rustic effect. I attached hooks and string to create a washing line. I hung up pictures of celebrities as babies with mini pegs. Guests then had the chance to guess who each baby was.
Similar to the previous game, I accessorised it to link with the décor. I used a wooden crate to hold the answer sheets and a blue plant pot to hold the pens. I positioned a wood effect rabbit statue onto a log slice with carrots and pinecones.
You could personalise this game by asking your guests to bring a picture of themselves as babies instead. I should mention that this could be difficult to play if guests do not know each other.
I wanted the vintage ladder to be the main feature of the baby shower. I had already painted the ladder in chalk paint; it gave it a rustic effect and fitted in well with the theme.
I stained 3D letters that spelled out boy. In hindsight, I would have preferred to cover them with pastel blue decoupage.
I added a leafy garland and filled various size vases with carrots.
I had great difficulty buying carrots with leafy greens! I am going to let you in on a secret. I added parsley to the top of the carrots, which looks no different.
I placed a wicker picnic basket, box crate, water jug, watering can, and some plant pots next to the ladder. I finished off by adding garden tools, pebbles, and foliage.
I was fortunate that the room had some beautiful exposed brickwork. I used this to my advantage, as the wall became the backdrop to a vintage-style photo booth.
The gingham fabric bunting, wicker picnic basket, and chalkboard sign helped me create a vintage style.
I filled the basket with blue and white props as I like things coordinated. I hate to see a mixture of random props that have no link to the theme or colour scheme. I like things to flow visually. Especially where people will be taking selfies!
It includes the sweet cart. It can be hard when using an external company, as they may not get your vision.
Sweet Things seemed to grasp the theme perfectly. They used sweets, pom poms, and paper bags to tie in with the colour scheme. They had a gingham canopy and used traditional artwork on the bunting.
Bow Tie Station
An arts and crafts station is always a popular activity. As a fun activity for guests, I created a dickie bow tie-making station.
To prevent overcrowding, I sat four seats around the table. I tried to minimise the chaos because of the hot glue guns, scissors, and sewing kits hanging around.
I used miniature wooden wheelbarrows to display squares of fabric. I set out a variety of colour coordinated buttons and embellishments.
I found bunny-shaped teabag holders on sale for a bargain price of 30p each. They were ideal for holding crocodile clips.
Guests hung their finished dickie bow ties to a washing line using mini pegs. I displayed the framed washing line on a wooden easel.
At the centre of the dining tables was a hot air balloon display created by CJ’s Balloons. It added height to the room and looked amazing. A plush Peter Rabbit toy sat inside the wicker basket.
Vintage crockery and Peter Rabbit themed napkins were at each place setting. Each guest had a dainty teacup to enjoy specialty tea or freshly brewed filter coffee.
Guests nibbled on a classic afternoon tea hosted by the hotel. They enjoyed a selection of homemade sandwiches, including cucumber and cream cheese, home-cooked ham with English mustard, and egg mayonnaise with cress.
There was plenty of cake and pastries to choose from, including custard slices and chocolate brownies. It finished with my favourite; warm scones with clotted cream and jam.
Lucky winners of games took home a themed party bag filled with mini chocolates and a Peter Rabbit keyring.
I always think it is great to send your guests home with a thank you gift that matches your theme and something they will use. For me, having such a sweet tooth usually means SWEETS!
Guests took home delicious homemade Peter Rabbit sweet cones. They matched the colour scheme and the traditional artwork.
Party favours are the last things your guests will remember as they leave your baby shower, so choose wisely.
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