Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bunny Birthday Party

Our now 8 year old daughter decided to have a bunny themed party this year because we bought our new born rabbits this month a year ago. They would celebrate birthdays together. Here’s the birthday girl and her sister:


When we found this dress at H&M, this started the ball rolling on how to work out the theme. She also liked an invitation we’d seen that had bunnies and chevron stripes, so stripes stuck as well as pink. I was able to come up with a similar-ish invitation with my Silhouette Studio program.

Silhouette Invite Capture

I used the same rabbit silhouette shapes for décor and cupcake toppers


and the same paper for a miniature pennant banner.


This was my first cake to attempt to decorate since my cake decorating extraordinaire friend is not in Portugal now. Thankfully the bunny cake idea we tried came with thorough directions and step-by-step pictures.

For activities, we brought in the bunnies for the girls to have their pictures made with them and hold them if they wanted to.


We made a carrot piñata simply with a cone of poster board reinforced with duct tape and a newspaper-filled tissue-paper-covered ball for the stem. The birthday girl had the first few hits and then got to be the first to hit it again after everyone else had a chance {and break it open!}.















I had stamped some paper sacks with a rabbit stamp for treat bags. They came in handy after the loot was dropped from the piñata!


We also had some sack races so the girls could hop like bunnies. The girls kept wanting to go again and again!


We got to introduce several of the Portuguese girls to Shrinky Dinks. We had printed two bunny outlines on printable Shrinky paper, cut them out, and had the girls color them with markers. These would become the charms for the necklaces they were making. It was a joy to see these girls get excited about the shrinking in the oven!













It might be helpful to discourage kids from using dark colors that will only darken with shrinkage. Yet it is difficult to curb how they want to color it as they see fit!


Here are my two girls’ necklaces. We forgot to coat the charms with a glaze, and my eldest has already seen hers’ smear when it got wet. We’re going to try to fix it with some permanent markers.


Girls, necklaces, charms, candy, a bunny cake with sparklers and candles, lots of pink--it was a great party!



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