Friday, June 14, 2013

Bunny Themed Birthday Party - The Big Reveal

Some bunny is {still} 5.


And that was definitely a reason to celebrate.


We decided to throw Grace a bunny themed birthday party.


We had access to 3 bunnies so a bunny themed party with real bunnies could not be resisted.


On a Goodwill budget, the party was decorated using a thrifted desk, a DIY moss covered letter birthday garland, a free salvaged window and some barn wood bunnies.


I also exhausted my Easter Pinterest board for DIY ideas.


The table was filled with bunny themed foods.


I was happy to finally have a reason to make these carrot cupcakes.


And, since bunnies were the theme, a 'become a bunny station' seemed fitting.  The station was stocked with bunny ears and cotton ball bunny tails.


Our guests, Grace's entire preschool class {16 kids}, embraced becoming bunnies, eagerly waiting to be transformed into bunnies themselves.


After sixteen 5 year olds were transformed into bunnies party games ensued.

The first game was a Rabbit Hole Punch box.  'A Casarella has made it impossible for me not to have a punch box now.


Curious if the kids liked it?  Just look at the picture below.  They swarmed me, anxious to have a turn 'punching' and also watching as their friends had a chance to 'punch' and retrieve their prize.


Armed with punch box prizes, we played the bunny hop on repeat as each guest got to be the leader.  Had the Bunny Hop been the only thing we would have done, I think all the kids would have been very happy. 


After 20 minutes of hop, hop, hopping to the bunny hop, pin the tail on the bunny was the next activity.


I quickly realized, 5 year olds are unconcerned about personal space.  It's not nearly as challenging to pin a tail from 6 inches away with a group of kids propelling you forward.


My last game, a bunny version of bozo buckets, was sadly forgotten about and never played. 


After the games, the adorable cardboard house my talented sister made, enticed the little girls.  No detail was spared from the round door with a door knob to the flower boxes filled with pink blossoms.


Inside the cardboard house, was a box filled with dress up clothes where the bunnies transformed themselves into princesses.


The time came to lure our guests into the house.


As I got the cake and ice cream ready, the kids kept busy doing a craft.  It was supposed to be pipe cleaner bunny whiskers but ended up looking more like a spider on a stick with a pink pom pom.


As soon as the cake came out, everything else was forgotten about.  Singing happy birthday and diving into as much sugar as possible became the goal of sixteen 5 year olds.


High on sugar, the party came to an end and I sent sixteen 5 year olds home with bunny party favor bags.


The birthday girl was happy.


And I was left to appreciate the reason for this celebration..


that some bunny turned 5.

Is it too early to start planning 6?

32 comments:

  1. I couldn't wait to see this post. :) Your party treats look so delicious and so festive. I loved those little cupcakes. The games look like so much fun and you commentary on how they progressed made me laugh out loud. Grace is one lucky girl to have such a thoughtful mom who really makes each aspect of the party so creative.

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  2. I love the food vignette you created! Eye candy for the adults!

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  3. What a beautiful party. You were pretty brave to have that many little ones over at once.

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    1. Thank you so much Erin. My husband convinced me I was crazy for inviting her entire class BUT in the end, it worked out perfectly. They were all so used to being in class together and having to listen and follow rules together that they were a great group. Everyone got along really well. Of course, I was right...and my husband was wrong :)

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  4. Yay, I have been waiting for the big reveal! I don't know where to start...you thought of every little detail! Just fabulous! I adore the dress up house your sister made - creativity must run in your family :) and how cute are all the little bunnies hopping about. Well done, you certainly needed a break after throwing such an amazing party!

    Hugs, Estelle xx

    P.s it's never to soon to start planning the next one ;)

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  5. with all the little details, this was one amazing party!! and i don't know how you will top this, but i'm sure the wheels are turning and you've got some tricks up your sleeve! enjoy your weekend. x

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  6. AMAZING! I was so excited to see the big party post today. It all looks so precious. Being a momma of boys and never having girly stuff this is to die for!
    You truly are very creative. Thanks for sharing your talents.
    Any shoes left this year? :)

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  7. Love!! Everything turned out gorgeous! I especially love the vintage desk/window/moss set-up. And five year olds and personal space? Lol! No kidding! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. I wonder if 6 year olds are better with personal space :)

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  8. OH MY GOODNESS Amy!!! I am sooooooo impressed!! This has got to be one my favorite party themes ever... and you did an AH-mazing job with all the details!! I LOVE LOVE every single detail. You did an absolutely fabulous job with the dessert table and all the dessert items... see I knew you had it in you!! Pinning this and even if I haven't been active in blog land... I definitely will be sharing this on my FB page. You have no idea how in love I am with this party. :P In my absence I've obviously missed a lot so I have a lot of catching up to do!

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  9. Loved the series of posts detailing each proud DIY for the party. The table was LOVELY with the carrot popcorn holders and cute carrot cupcakes. Great place to showcase the moss letters too. And the bunny in the drawer, so whimsical :). So the 3 bunnies are yours? So cute that all the kids really enjoyed turning into bunnies and doing the bunny hop. 16 5-yr olds came? Grace must be one popular girl :). Cool playhouse and craft! Even a craft. Amazing! LOL on planning for birthday #6. I know you're serious too.

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  10. What an adorable party! It looks like they had a fabulous time. I loved seeing the pictures. You are an amazing Mom! You are making such wonderful memories for and with Grace! I can't wait to see what you do for next year!

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  11. Amy, I just read through all your birthday posts! So totally adorable! And I just love that you created your decor yourself. It all went together do well - loved the moss-covered banner and all the bunny themed stuff. And yet it was all so 'martha stewart' and sweet! Great job once again - you get the mom-of-the-year award this year too!

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  12. I love every.single.detail!! But I especially love the vintage desk w/ the window. I think you need to start planning six now if you're going to top this one! Nice job :)

    Also, I hope you submit this to some party sites. It will be a huge hit :)

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  13. Oh my! You thought of everything! Such a cute celebration, and such a cute little birthday bunny! :)

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  14. Just so beautiful, you did an amazing job! I'm sure everyone hopped home happy and had a wonderful time. I have promised myself every Easter since Pinterest that I would make those carrot cupcakes, glad to see someone has :) Very cute party never too early to start planning.

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  15. luv it all - so glad the big reveal came! y'all are such amazing parents - u can see how happy y'all are! and it's never too soon to start planning, lol!

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  16. What an adorable party! It's all so cute! Great job!

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  17. Oh my gosh, you went all out with your decorations! Best. Party. Ever!

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    1. Aw...thank you so much Amy. You just made me blush :)

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  18. Oh, Amy - this is too sweet! You've outdone yourself! I love that you had real bunnies at the party - who did they belong to? And the crafts and the punch box... I'm getting all sorts of fabulous ideas from you, lady!

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  19. Best party ever!!!....so far! I loved everything about it but the last picture is just priceless Amy!

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  20. Soooo sweet! I love all the details, especially the moss covered letters!

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  21. Amy - this is absolutely incredible. Can you please come to California and plan our next party :-). I love every single detail. And why am I not surprised that you have a very creative and crafty sister. I absolutely love that you used the thrifted desk to display the treats. I'm seriously at a loss for words right now because this is one of the most creative parties I've seen. Grace looks so darling. She's so lucky to have you as her mama. P.S. Now I know why you needed to take a vacation after this party :-)!!

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  22. this is incredible! all the care and time and detail you gave the party - just lovely! you are in a league of your own and I just admire you!

    great job momma!

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    1. Thank you so much Janiene. I am truly humbled by your comment.

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  23. Do you get tired of me telling you what a great momma you are? You do? Ok so how about asking if any of the adults used the become a bunny station?
    Bliss

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  24. I love it! My favorites are all the cute snacks and "become a bunny". Where did you find all the bunny ears this time of year? The punch box looks like fun too. I think I may try something like that for my Sunday school kids.

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  25. Yay! I've been waiting to see the big reveal. You're parties are always so inspiring. What an adorable party!! (And the three of you make a pretty adorable family too :) Happy Birthday Grace!

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  26. Happy Birthday Grace!! I love your all party decorations and arrangements. Can you please help me and tell me best birthday party bar in nyc?

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