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Happy birthday to your little bunny!

Little rabbit’s first birthday party

Your child is turning 1 year old! This is a joyous occasion – not only is it the first birthday party you will get to throw for your child, but it is also a celebration of your first year as a parent. Throwing a birthday party is one of the last big projects you will have as a parent this year, so celebrate your girl or boy by hosting a bunny-themed birthday party.

Bunny mail
Start the party off right by sending out invitations. Choose an invitation that celebrates you and your child’s first year together with Pear Tree Greetings’ Framed Moments in Pink Collage birthday invitations. This tri-fold card allows you to insert multiple photos of your 1 year old, and if you have one, a picture of your child in rabbit ears. Personalize the card to suit your party theme all the more by announcing at the top of the card “Some bunny is 1!”

Hoppy decor and dining
Bring the bunny theme into your party decorations by getting out any Easter decorations that will fit the theme of the party and placing any rabbits you have around the party space. For instance, you can decorate the dessert table with adorable bunnies and simple white confections. If you don’t happen to have any bunny decor on hand, bake a number of rabbit-shaped and decorated cookies to display at various places in the room.

Keep to the theme with the rest of the food by serving rabbit meals. This means focusing on vegetables with dishes like carrots and dip, or even cream cheese with herbs and crackers.

Another bunny decoration might include a rabbit garland that features the name of your child. This is very simple to make – using a stencil, cut out an assortment of paper bunnies and the letters of your child’s name. Make sure you have two more paper bunnies than letters. Glue the letters onto the bunnies’ bellies and tape your garland string to the back of each bunny’s ear with one plain rabbit on either end.

Rabbit play
As a party activity, host a bunny book-reading session. Bring out the classics like “Pat the Bunny” and “Happy Birthday Bunny.” These will entertain children of any age that attend your child’s birthday party. As a special addition to reading time, get your very own Pear Tree My Snuggle Bunny Personalized Book. This book features a bunny counting 10 intimate ways it loves your little boy or girl. This publication is personalized with the birthday boy’s or girl’s name, making it a true keepsake.

Check the birthday card etiquette list before sending out the invitations.

Birthday invitation etiquette

All successful birthday parties start with the invitation. Before any pinata bursting and candle blowing can occur, your guests will receive a little note asking them to attend your child’s birthday party. The invitation is highly important – not only will it let guests know when to show up at the party site, but it will also inform them of formality, theme and rules regarding presents. Follow proper card etiquette rules with these tips:

The format
Email invitations are more than popular these days, but though they offer speed and simplicity, they are not the best choice. Emails can be sent to spam, opened and deleted by accident, or even read and forgotten. A physical card carries more weight for a child’s birthday party. Friends will receive the notes in the mail or at school and enjoy the opportunity to open the envelope to gaze at the wonderful design. Parents can then take the card and tack it to the refrigerator, setting themselves and their child a daily reminder of when and where the party will be held.

By mail or by hand
Handing out birthday invitations by hand can be fun for your child. Getting the opportunity to see his or her friends’ faces light up as they read the note is one of the best ways to prepare for a party, but there are times when hand-delivery is the wrong choice. Send your cards by mail if your child is not inviting everyone from his or her class. Kids who don’t receive a hand-delivered card could feel left out. Plus it could lead to parents calling to ask about the situation, forcing you to expand your birthday party to include those left out.

You also do not want to hand the invites out at school if the children are younger than the second grade. More often than not, the guests will forget the card at school or lose it while reading it on the bus. You may have to call all of the parents to check if everyone got a card, and that can waste time.

Birthday message
Young children may not be able to read the invitations or have difficulty understanding clever phrases. Your cards need to be age appropriate, so choose a sentiment that will appeal to a range of ages. If the guests are at an age where they can’t read yet, choose an invite that is simply stated, with a picture standing at the forefront. For example, take a look at Pear Tree Greetings’ Monster Mix in Purple birthday invitations. This card is brightly colored and features two spaces for a cute picture of the birthday boy or girl. If the kids are a little older, feel free to choose a card that focuses more on the words. Pear Tree’s Searching for Superheroes cards use clever phrases like “report to duty” and “r.s.v.p. to headquarters.” These are words a child can get excited about.

After checking you have your invite count down to a tee, make sure that all of the spelling and information is correct on the cards.

Send out movie night invitations for a cinematic birthday.

Throw your little girl a movie star birthday party

Many young children develop the optimistic view that they’ll one day be famous. Watching all of her favorite movie stars walk the red carpets at premiers and the Oscars could drive her to take acting lessons or dress in dramatic outfits. Whether your daughter is starring in school plays, or just starring in your life, she deserves the fame and recognition a movie-star birthday party will give her. Here are some ways to host a bash perfect for your budding celebrity.

Play acting
Discuss your daughter’s favorite films and movie stars with her. Try and take inspiration from these famous faces and films for the party. It is best to organize the activities with her best-loved stars and films in mind so they will be all the more enjoyable. Lay out a list of the characters from these movies and use this list to play a game of charades. This way, the kids can get a chance to do a little acting.

Also, set aside costume details like sunglasses, feather boas or top hats at the party entrance that each guests can use for a dress up event, like walking down the red carpet. Don’t forget to play your child’s favorite film later in the evening.

Set design
When it comes to the decorations, look no further than these ideas. The essentials for creating that Hollywood look include a red carpet, which can be made with actual red carpet or even a red gymnastics mat. If neither of these are available, try using red yoga mats. Along the sides of the red carpet, you should set up a mock red velvet rope. You can make a rope with a velvet effect out of crepe paper. Hang this from the ceiling with string, or attach it to nearby walls. Add another great decoration by hanging a red paper fringe from the doorways to the party room for a classy entranceway.

Every girl is famous
If you are a do-it-yourself mom, go ahead and build your own walk of stars. The simple format is to take squares of construction paper, any color, and glue another piece in the shape of a star on top. On each star, write the names of every guest, and have the stars laminated. These stars will be party favors at the end of the night.

Don’t forget your concession stand. Every movie theater has one, and your home can too. Design your dessert table as the concession stand, and give each guest coupons with which they can pay for treats. Keep the treats movie-oriented. Oreo’s look similar to movie reels, popcorn is always acceptable, and your cake might feature the Hollywood sign.

Gather the stars
When it comes to birthday invitations, Pear Tree Greetings has the perfect option, the Admit One Movie Night Invitations. These cards tell the guests that your party night will include a movie showing. Instead of putting a movie title here, write that the feature will be your daughter’s birthday party. Don’t forget to include her age. These cards will make sure that your child and all her friends know that she is the star of the show.