I have always loved birthdays, not only mine, although I will openly admit to being that person who reminds everyone months in advance that my birthday is approaching, but more so I especially love making those close to me feel extra special on their day. It wasn’t however until I had our little Annie that I realized how truly magical a new life is and that birthdays took on a whole new meaning to me. I remember the day she was born better than any other day in my life, the anticipation of finally being a mom, the excitement when we woke up at 5 am to get ready for our scheduled C-Section. I remember listening to the music playing in theatre with tears streaming down my face as I turned to my fertility specialist and said don’t worry these are happy tears, and then the moment that took our breath away, that first cry, oh how I will never forget that very special moment, it was as if her first breath awakened something inside of me, something so fierce and protective but equally loving and kind. The day I became a mom, singularly the most important day of my life. I want her to always know how important she is to us, how much the day she was born means to me and how grateful I am to be able to call her my daughter and her birthday is just one of the many ways I can show her that, though at 2 she doesn’t understand the concept just yet, she will one day.
There is also a good chance I have a serious party planning addiction and I might even have another baby just so that I can do this twice a year! I just love the attention to detail, I love researching ideas on Pinterest and social media, searching through Etsy for party printables, shopping and crafting. It’s a creative outlet for me and I just love the joy it brings to my daughter and her little friends.
Annie loves Peppa Pig, in fact one of her first words were Peppa and I have genuinely picked up a hint of an English accent in some of her words, like the way she says Okkaayy just like Peppa does, so it was easy to choose her theme a few months in advance. I was also lucky that Peppa was coming to town the weekend after her birthday. So once I had the theme chosen the fun began.
When planning a party my Go-To is always Etsy which has a diverse range of party invitations and printables for every theme imaginable. I chose a custom invite from PartyHooray and sent these out digitally to all our family and friends.
I also have an obsession with photos and Annie’s 2nd Birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity for a family photoshoot with our very talented friend Sheena Henry, the photos she took were nothing short of amazing, little moments of time captured and treasured for the rest of our lives. Tessa had bought Annie the most beautiful pink floral dress when she was only a few months old and sent me the inspiration for her birthday shoot one evening, a picture of a little girl standing next to a huge floral number 2. I ordered a 1 m tall polystyrene number 2 from Hot Wired and found tissue pom poms at China Town. I spent a good day and a half ruffling the pom poms and hot glueing them to the number 2. I underestimated the amount of pom poms it would take to make this (a whopping 50) and had to make a return trip to China Town, but in the end I was super proud that it came out looking so beautiful. I used the number 2 on the photoshoot, the morning of her birthday as well as on the dessert table.
Keeping up with trends we made a Number 2 Cookie Cream cake for her “smash cake”.
A month before I started crafting some items for Annie’s Birthday Party. We had bought a Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine a few months before and I couldn’t wait to put it to use. I started by making Peppa Pig headbands for each of the little guests. I found pink headbands at China Town for only R3.00 and bought two shades of pink felt from PNA. After cutting out the shapes for the ears, I used my hot glue gun to glue the felt ears to the headband. These ended up being super cheap to make and I loved seeing the little ones (and a few moms) wearing them.
I made the Peppa Pig party boxes myself using my cutting machine. This took up the most time and effort but the boxes were really cute in the end. I filled them with all the usual party pack goodness and added a Peppa Pig Bubble Wand which I found at China Town and a small pack of colourful pens for the colouring book I got on Etsy.
I had initially bought a template for a Peppa Pig favour box, but the boxes ended up being too small to use as a party pack. I still used the little boxes nonetheless and filled them with some sweets.
Finally party day arrived! I set up most of the dessert table the night before, bar the cheesecakes which needed to be in the fridge as we were heading off to the show early in the morning. Annie absolutely loved the show. A few of her friends joined her as well and it was amazing to see them interacting with Peppa and jumping in muddy puddles.
I reused the fake grass from our Easter photoshoot as well as the picket fence border. I used my floral number 2 on the table and put up the backdrop (rather skew I must say) behind the table. I used an old wooden crate I had and repurposed Annie’s muddy boots from last year as a flower container and used some of her Peppa plush toys and duck bath toys for decor. I had a red polka dot runner which I used as well and then laid out all the incredible cakes and treats from our bakery:
This amazing two tier Peppa Pig Cake was certainly the show stopper.
Our talented team made some incredible cookies, from George’s Dinosaur on a stick to Mrs Duck in her pond as well as Peppa playing in Muddy puddles. We also couldn’t help but add some cakesicles to the table which was a massive hit with the little guests.
Before her party we had noticed a delicious new trend called Grazing Tables (do yourself a favour and go look it up). We attempted to recreate one and I must say it was beyond amazing and really such a hit with our family and friends. We packed our kitchen table from corner to corner with a selection of cheese, biscuits, dips, dried fruit, nuts, savoury snacks from the bakery like mini quiches, mini pies, spanakopitas and bought some phenomenal mini rootis, samosas and pitas from a friend’s aunt and then our guests did exactly as the title said, grazed all day on all this goodness.
Annie spent the day playing with her friends in the garden and in her Play House and we really all had such a wonderful day but sadly I have to pack away my party planning cap until next year.
If you are planning a Peppa Pig Party I hope you have as much fun as I did! I’ve put together a file you can download here with some of the Peppa Pig Party Printables I used.
Now go jump in muddy puddles!
Love, Des (AKA Tessa in Training AKA Tessa’s Daughter in Law)