Hop to it!
Celebrate Easter this year with probably the most famous bunny of all: Peter Rabbit. Invite guests both young and old to a garden-to-table spread and an afternoon of bunny-themed fun and games.
Invite all your guests to your holiday lunch with the cute Party Pieces Peter Rabbit cutout invitations complete with coordinating stripy envelopes.
“Welcome” guests to the occasion with a printable sign just like that of Mr McGregor’s garden. Simply print and stick to a wooden board and hang on your gate or wall at the entrance.
Bunting & Bulbs
Decorate the party area with Peter Rabbit Bunting. A great idea to stretch the bunting even further is to add additional pieces in between the paper flags: think ribbon bows, yellow paper flowers, orange paper carrots or fake floral bulbs hanging down.
A Little Coat
Taken from the pages of the classic tale, create a showstopper centrepiece by filling a wooden wheelbarrow with spring bulbs, add a wooden dowel stick “cross” in the centre and hang a pale blue cardigan over – just like the one that Peter loses in the garden. (We found ours in the baby section of a supermarket-clothing store).
Inspired by the vegetable garden of Mr McGregor instead of floral arrangements in vases, fill ceramic or metal watering cans with ornamental cabbages and Peter Rabbit themed food picks. Other great table ideas are to use Beatrix Potter themed ornaments, soft toys or play blocks in and around the flowers. We especially loved adding the mini felt vegetable toys we picked up from IKEA.
The Peter Rabbit range is just perfectly designed: the paper plates, cups and napkins feature all our favourite characters: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Tom Kitten together with famous phrases and little sketches straight from the pages of Potter’s books. Complete the story with custom printable Beatrix Potter place cards and menu cards.
Make cute paper cones to serve vegetable chips: print out the pages that feature Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations and letters and roll these up into cones, fasten with washi tape. Fill with crunchy chips and display in potted planters.
Little carrot cakes complete with mini marzipan carrot toppers make the perfect after lunch treat. Or make homemade cupcakes and decorate with cupcake toppers and place inside real (unused) mini terracotta garden pots.
Mazes and Colouring-in Pages
To keep kids entertained during the meal, print out the Beatrix Potter themed game sheets and colouring in pages.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
No Easter get together is complete without an Easter Egg Hunt and the official Beatrix Potter website has created a printable game just for you to add to the festivities. Print out the coloured signs, paper eggs and fill-in hunt sheets. The Party Pieces treat bags make the perfect “baskets” to hold all of the kiddies chocolate Easter Eggs and bunnies. GOOD TIP: If there are little ones, you may want to limit the sweet treats: so have half chocolate ones and the other Easter themed toys or stationery: Party Pieces have stickers, notebooks, puzzles, tattoos and little plush toys.
Grow a Garden
Another non-sweet favour is to gift guests little paper pots with different packets of flower and vegetable seeds and they can plant their own! Or fill old egg cartons with blank plastic Easter Eggs, and little pots of paint or packets of marbling glitter and kids can decorate their own Easter Eggs.
Rascal Rebel Rabbit – The Movie
Did you know the Beatrix Potter favourite is coming back to the big screen to cause more mischief and mayhem than ever? Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. Peter Rabbit is going to be released in cinemas across the UK from March 16.
All printables can be found here