To celebrate the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter we held a special tea party at Kensal Library . I had really been looking forward to this day as I am quite a fan of Beatrix Potter and her characters!
To start with we made origami rabbit bookmarks which sit neatly on the corner pages of any book. I was impressed with the skill of the children and their parents in folding and decorating the bookmarks.
We then moved on to making small polystyrene white mice complete with string tail which was in honour of Mrs Tittlemouse.
Lastly we made some party hats decorated with Beatrix Potter characters, I had some in blue paper and yellow paper but nearly everyone opted for blue! The Tale of Peter Rabbit was read to the children as they finished completing their party hats.
Every child was given a special Peter Rabbit Passport with a list of the crafts and once these crafts were completed the passport was stamped.
Then finally it was time to sit at the table where a completely edible Mr McGregor’s garden awaited the hungry guests. The garden contained small tomatoes called Tomberries, strawberries, cress and radishes, Peter’s favourite of course! Even the soil was edible – crushed chocolate biscuits! There were sandwiches, carrot cake slices, fairy cakes, biscuits, palmiers and a selection of juice.
The party ware was decorated with Beatrix Potter characters and there was Peter Rabbit bunting too.
After the guests had finished eating and it was time to go each child was presented with a special Peter rabbit party bag which contained some colouring in sheets, a maze, The Tale of Peter Rabbit printed booklet and a copy of either The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter or Peter Rabbit Doodle Book. Also included were some chocolates. The bag also had a rather wonderful drawing of Peter Rabbit.
There were some lovely comments from the guests and I would just like to say thank you to the local Costcutters, Rainbow Newsagents, Lisboa and Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove for their donations to this party: also special thanks to Nadira Chaoui for her help in the preparations of the party including the hand drawn party bags and everything else too!