I've adored Beatrix Potter and her charming tales as long as I can remember. With Easter around the corner and my own three year old boy equivalent to the ornery Peter Rabbit, I decided to run with the sweet theme for a play date. The vintage garden details (complete with seed packet bunting) and colorful fresh produce (think: what rabbits would favor), plus touches of Spring flowers and branches made for a whimsical setting.
The basics somehow came together quite easily by repurposing things from around the house. The "table cloth" is a linen quilt from my son's room layered with vintage table squares and runners. I even pulled in the Hunter wellies from my closet, the chippy green gardening stool my husband uses to bathe our children and my youngest son's worn, beloved bunny. Subtle nods to the story included serving blackberries, adding brass buttons to the jacket of a $10 Marshalls Peter Rabbit find, and placing a copy of the book at each child's place setting. The lovely calligraphy details from Design Roots (including the simplistic yet gorgeous menu, place cards, perfect tags and darling wooden spoons with hand-stamped carrots) completed the look.
My boys had a wonderful time with their precious friend, Grady, and his mama, Mrs Ashley. We all enjoyed a bunny themed brunch and my oldest, Gunner, "read" the story of Peter and Mr McGregor to us on the lawn. Of course, it wouldn't be a play date centered around little boys without a few grass stains and ending up soaked after splashing in our fountain. Gunner thought it to be such a fun occasion that he requested "fire on a wittle tiny stick" in his cupcake (aka birthday candle). It just so happened that Grady celebrated his first just a few days ago, so we sang happy birthday, savored our carrot cake and ended the afternoon on a high note.