Get ready to hop with delight over this Little Rabbit Inspired Spring Play Date Party by Emma Hostetter of Darling Loves!
Showcasing a bright and cheerful Spring color palette of yellow and white, plus the cutest Little Rabbit book details, this event is seriously hopping!
So, as turn the page and read along be sure to add these adorable details to your story:
- The Little Rabbit-illustrated image Sugar Cookies
- Yellow + White Party Table with Ghost Chiavari Chairs
- Gingham Table Settings featuring Rabbit Ear Napkin Rings
- Nod to The Little Rabbit Cake
- Yellow Butterfly Cupcakes
- Ceramic Bunny Centerpieces
- Daisy Bunting
- The Little Rabbit Themed Dessert Table + Playhouse
- And The Cutest Little Rabbit around!
The Little Rabbit Inspired Spring Play Date Party
This is what Emma shared about planning/styling the party:
“I love browsing through children’s books. Drop me off at Barnes and Noble, and I’m happy to plop down on the children’s story time stage with a stack of books for hours. In fact, that’s how this fun play date came to be! I grabbed Nicola Killen’s The Little Rabbit from the table featuring spring stories, and fell in love with the illustrations. The simplicity of the yellow, white, green and gold pulled me in. Besides, who doesn’t love the story about a little girl and her bunny? I knew my daughter and her friends would want to jump right into the story with yellow rain boots and umbrella in hand. So, our spring play date theme was set! Then came the fun part… pulling it all together.
Since I was throwing this party together rather quickly, I decided to make my own invitations and poster on Canva. So quick and easy for those of us without a background in graphic design!
Set-Up & Decor:
A party at home is always my favorite for toddlers and kindergartners because it allows for free play outside of the actual party set up. It also gives me a chance to clean up as we go and have a a few minutes to transition from one part of the party to another. I moved all of the furniture out of my front sitting room and transformed it into Little Rabbit’s playhouse. With a blank canvas, I was able to pull in a green rug and white table along with some cute child-sized chairs. A simple Martha Stewart paper flower garland from Michael’s added the perfect touch behind the table. I also found some white and gold bunny figures, wooden bunny garland, and bunny ear napkin rings from the $3 section at Target.
Wardrobe styling is kind of my thing as the owner of The Borrowed Boutique and Darling Loves. I pulled together some adorable items from our shop and a few of our other favorite brands like Oeuf, Nellystella, STEM, and Zara. My daughter fell in love with a yellow and white striped dress by STEM that we found at Nordstrom. For the rest of our party guests we had them pick from an assortment of white party dresses when they arrived. Yellow Hunter boots were a must-have, along with some yellow children’s umbrellas that I grabbed from Bonpoint and Amazon.
Since we were in Little Rabbit’s playhouse, we needed to have some evidence that he actually played there. So I snagged an adorable bunny outfit from Oeuf with ears and tail included to hang on the wall. And, it just so happens that it was in my baby boy’s size so we had to invite him to the play date as well.
For the food, I decided to keep it simple since the party was after school on a Friday. I didn’t want to serve a meal, but I was fine with spoiling their dinner with cupcakes, cake, chocolate, and cookies. I wanted the cake to reflect the Little Rabbit story, but not in such an illustrated way since the cookies were already playing that role. We asked The Gallery Pastry Shop to work their magic and create something that nodded to the story without being overwhelming. Throughout the story, a golden petal breeze is whooshing by. So, the Gallery created a small cake featuring the golden petal breeze. As we read, the girls immediately pointed out the resemblance. Our lemon cupcakes were from Gigi’s adorned with Martha Stewart butterfly toppers. A cute golden house bookshelf held the cupcakes and was the centerpiece of our treat table, so that the cake could center on the girl’s table.
Play House & Photo Area:
A toy chest served as a seating and photo area for the girls. I quickly transformed it with some white fabric and a cute yellow pillow from Target.
We also moved our wooden playhouse inside for the party. The girls could have played in it all evening… and after her friends left, my daughter did and she hasn’t given me back my dining room. They decided that it should be a flower shop and then a princess castle, and then Little Rabbit’s cottage. Creative play is the best! I grabbed some fresh flowers from a local flower shop and using small milk glasses as vases created some small arrangements for the flower box. My Ollie Ella flower basket added just the right touch by the playhouse front door. Since the door in our story was yellow, I draped a yellow blanket over the window opening to give it that little pop of color. I also scored some yellow rain boot vases last minute from Target (again from the $3 section). The girls thought they were adorable.
Since the play date was inspired by The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen, I wanted the cookies to feature illustrations from the book. We set one at each girl’s place so that when we got to that part of the story she could get excited. It worked like a charm. The girls couldn’t wait until their vignette showed up. It helped them be much more engaged as we read the book. Tara, from Bambella Cookies, is always such a magician for me.
Craft time is a MUST at this age. I sent the girls to play in Little Rabbit’s playhouse as I transformed the food table into a craft zone with glitter, glue sticks, paper grass, stickers, and tissue paper. Each girl was given a large piece of white paper and encouraged to create her own masterpiece inspired from the story. Yellow paper doilies could be the sun or a flower. Pipe cleaners could be stems or twisted into a butterfly. I helped the girls each create a tissue paper and pipe cleaner butterfly that they could attach to their scene. They then did the rest with markers, glue, and their amazing childlike imaginations.
For favors, I kept it simple. I placed one tiny chocolate bunny inside yellow gingham gift boxes and secured them with a yellow ribbon. We taped the bunnies upright so that when opened, a little rabbit was waiting inside. The girls opened these at the end of our story time and each squealed with glee at the sight of “The Little Rabbit”! It actually created a much sweeter response than I had anticipated. Each one said they saw him wiggle his nose just a twitch! You’ll have to read the story to see how adorable that is.
The biggest problem at the end was that no one wanted to leave! Always the sign of a great play date.”
Vendors & Credits:
Party Planning and Styling: Emma Hostetter of Darling Loves and The Borrowed Boutique
Photography: Chasey Bardach
Cake: The Gallery Pastry Shop
Cookies: Bambella Cookies
Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Bunny outfit: Oeuf
Bow wall hooks: Crate and Kids
Play House: DIY Make Over of cedar play house from Target
Paper Products: Martha Stewart
Invite and poster: DIY on Canva
Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Cake: Gallery Pastry Shop Indianapolis
Cookies: Bambella Cookies
Book: Barnes and Noble (because we kind of love shopping in an actual book store!)
Table: Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
Chairs and Rug: Wayfair
Napkin Rings/Bunny Garland and Bunny Figurines: Target
Gold House Bookcase: Pottery Barn Kids (used as cupcake stand)
Wardrobe Styling by Emma Hostetter of Darling Loves and The Borrowed Boutique featuring the following brands: Dress Brands by STEM, Nellystella, Zara, Dollcake, Old Navy. Boots: Hunter, Bunny outfit by Oeuf NY.
Yellow Pillow and blanket: Target
Flower Basket: Ollie Ella
Rain boot vases: Target $3 section
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