Crafting with Katie: A Peter Rabbit First Birthday

By Katie Osterhout
Peter Rabbit birthday set up

That first birthday celebration is extra special. Your little one hits so many milestones over their first 12 months, some super sweet and others very challenging, but you’ve grown together and it’s a celebration of both baby and parents! Whether you do something intimate or invite the whole town, I hope you feel great joy in celebrating the little human you have created, loved and helped to grow. If your little one’s birthday falls around Easter, a Peter Rabbit birthday might be perfect for you.

My husband and I selected a Peter Rabbit theme for our youngest son, Harrison’s, first birthday party. The decor was so fun and we set up lots of play stations for little buddies to enjoy; blocks, water beads, coloring pages and cars were all a hit! There was nothing quite like seeing his excited little face when I brought over his cake. The choir of singing adults behind the candle flame lit up our birthday boy. It’s a moment I will never forget.

Below are some tips and ideas if you’re thinking of planning a rabbit party as well. Have fun!


The bakery is easy and quick but I’ve always attempted to make the first cake myself, whether that was a smart idea or not! If you are feeling ambitious, a homemade garden cake for a Peter Rabbit birthday is easier than you’d think. You can find mini bunnies and pots in the fairy garden area of a craft store; popsicle sticks and ribbon around the edge make the fencing; chocolate frosting with crumbled cookies and/ or brown sugar make the dirt rows and a little fondant colored orange and green allow you to shape carrots and cabbage. Make the fondant pieces a few days in advance and add them to the cake or cupcakes.


  • Load up your food table with all the veggies and dips to make it look garden fresh
  • Marshmallows: Bunny tails
  • Cheetos: Bunny snacks
  • Chocolate covered raisins: Bunny droppings


Turn your food and cake table into a garden wonderland with lots of greenery. Use existing house pants, silk flowers and wreaths then grab some watering cans and terracotta pots from Home Depot and stack a few among your serving dishes. You can even tuck little rabbit plush toys among the garden. I found a cute wagon at Hobby Lobby. Display a photo of your guest of honor, the party invitation or make a board showing all their milestones and favorites.


Stick with the Peter Rabbit birthday theme and print some bunny or garden coloring pages to keep little guests entertained. “Bunny hop” around the room to a special song, set up a block, car or doll station for kids to explore. We placed small tables around the house to give them an activity in each living area. If the weather is nice, try filling the sand table with water beads. You could make it extra playful and order some bunny ears for each kiddo to wear.


We sent our guests off with a homemade carrot sugar cookies.

We’d love to see your first birthday celebrations! Share with us and tag @creative_household or post #creativehouseholdfl to show off your fun!

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