This year marks an incredible 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. Beatrix Potter has captured the imagination of many generations of children with her beautifully illustrated tales. To celebrate, we have put together some a Peter Rabbit party themed party, complete with party games and a delicious recipe! So don’t delay, join Peter Rabbit & friends for a party, just watch out for Mr McGregor!
Layering the Table
This party theme is perfect for an outdoor celebration. Add some rustic touches to the table by adding different layers to it, starting with a stronger colour table cover and finishing with neutrals colours on top.
With leafy garden centrepieces, carrot and vegetable snacks and strawberry cupcakes, your table will look great and healthy at the same time.
- Marshmallows as ‘ bunny tails’
- Orange ice-cream popsticles
- Carrot and apple juice
- Vegetables arranged in carrot shaped
CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Prep Time: 30 minutes ;Cook Time: 20 minutes; Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the Carrot Cake:
- 2 cups all purpose flour (or pastry flour if you have it) (190g)
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 eggs (150g)
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar (330g)
- 1 ¼ cup vegetable oil (255g)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup shredded carrots, packed (250g)
- ½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped (90g)
For the Cream Cheese Frosting & Finishing:
- 20 oz cream cheese (not light, not whipped), room temperature
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar (220g)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (20g)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- toasted walnuts, chopped, for garnish, optional
- 50g marzipan, optional
For the Carrot Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F and line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Add the lemon juice to the vegetable oil and set aside.
- Squeeze out the excess juice from your carrot; discard or drink it! So healthy!
- In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip together the eggs and sugar to the ribbon stage. This is when the batter will hold a ribbon on its surface before slowly disappearing.
CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING _ part 2
- With the mixer running on high, slowly pour in the vegetable oil mixture and whisk until completely emulsified (i.e. you can’t see any oil)
- Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and fold in the dry ingredients all at once just until streaky.
- Fold in the walnuts and carrots until there are no more lumps of flour and the batter is just combined. Please don’t over mix. If you think it’s done, it is.
- Scoop into prepared tins no higher than ¾ full. You will have just enough batter to fill 24 cups.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes back clean.
- Cool 5 minutes in pan then turn out onto wire rack and cool upside-down. Yes, upside-down! Let cool completely before frosting.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar on medium low speed until soft and smooth, 10-12 minutes. It is very important your ingredients are at room temperature or you will have lumps of butter and you will have to soften over a water bath and your frosting will be runnier (Like mine. Don’t let impatience happen to you.)
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Pipe onto frosting using your favourite tip. I used a Wilton 1A.
- Gently scoop some toasted, chopped walnuts into the palm of one hand and pat them around the edges of each cupcake.
- You can finish your cupcake s with a marzipan carrots (you can find those in most cooking stores) or with a Peter Rabbit character pick
‘Now run along and don’t get into mischief’
Here are some fun Beatrix Potter inspired activities to keep the children entertained:
Bunny Balloon Making
Create your own balloon bunny with this cute balloon kit. It comes with balloons and wands with lots of paper decorations so you don’t have to worry about anything
Pass the Carrot Game
These surprises come in the shape of carrots fresh from a bunny’s garden. Unwrap the layers of crepe paper and inside you’ll find a fluffy chick, 2 temporary tattoos and a joke.
Pin The Tail On The Bunny
Draw the outline of a bunny on a A3 paper.
Stick some double sided sticky tape to some cotton wool and you are ready to go. All you need is a scarf to cover their eyes and a marker to put the initials of the child to know who’s tail is who’s.
Party Bags Idea
I would suggest to give the children a watering can and some gardening tools as a ‘thank you for coming to my party’. I like the idea of adding some seeds too so they can play being gardeners and watch all veggies grow.
If you have some time and want to be a bit more creative you could make some bunny pots. Simply glue ears and a pom-pom nose to them and voilà: bunny pots!
By Natalia Celemin, Little Lulubel