I’m not going to lie—when I first decided to throw my daughter a DIY Peppa Pig birthday party, I thought it would be super easy. (Her first birthday was a full-out Frozen bash…a story for another time), so for her second, I figured I’d tone things down with a fun and casual party with a few Peppa themed goodies from a party store. I assumed Peppa Pig would be an easy-breezy theme. I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t adore the cheeky pig and her gaggle of adorable friends. It was supposed to be a basic party, but then something happened.
I’m a stylist by trade, so I just couldn’t help to make it a bit more… festive. (And, yes, I coordinated her Lilly Pulitzer dress to the cake. Please don’t judge.)Aves’ party became an exercise in Etsy / Pinterest / mummy-on-her-toes creative thinking—and I came across some really fun ideas!
So, if you’re looking to throw your Peppa-loving little one a pig-themed bash, I definitely have some fun ideas. Note: They do involve a lot of craft shopping, cutting, pasting, and late-night glue-gunning, but that’s nothing a little crafting with red wine won’t solve (proof in the behind the scenes at the bottom of this post!).
We started the day with family photos and some toddler-size Peppa printables on the front lawn. Avery just adored them! I purchased these from APROPerParty, then fixed them to garden stakes (try Bunnings).
You know that saying about how it takes a village to raise a child? Same is true for birthday parties! My family was a major help.
Ready, set, go! My brother-in-law gets to work putting together the foam crowns that look just like Peppa Pig fairy crowns that the kiddies would decorate before lunchtime.
Since true Peppa Pig licensed party goods can be expensive, we relied on some simple tissue balls to pull out the pink and yellow colour story to brighten up the local gym’s drop ceiling, and placed helium balloon bundles in the same shades on the tables.I bought cheery polka dot table cloths and lined the centre with a pink paper “runner” that eventually held all the supplies for the hat crafts.
All of our printables for the party were from thelilredwagon on Etsy. At left: Here is the template we later personalised for Avery’s invitation; at right, her adorable cupcake toppers and wrappers.I found the crowns and dinosaur foam hats on a whim and thought they bore an uncanny resemblance to the characters’ favourite toys—Peppa’s little Fairy Peppa and George’s Mr Dinosaur. The saleswoman thought I was bonkers for buying so many hats (though you would definitely need to be an avid show watcher to get that they were part of the theme)!
A friend made the most amazing Peppa Pig-themed cookies! In addition to a particularly scrumptious Peppa face cameo, she mixed in great Peppa houses, Peppas waving hello, and a series of “2s” to help drive home Avery’s second birthday theme. You could try Sweet ‘n’ Pretty or Petite Cookies for similar.
At left: thelilredwagon was responsible for creating all of our paper goods, including these dotted cupcake wrappers and toppers, and table tents. She was an amazing Etsy find; I can’t wait to call Kristin for next year’s party!
At right: Since the kiddie party was at 10:30 am, there were no “adult beverages,” but I found great sparkling elderflower lemonades that matched the colour theme. They looked gorgeous on the table, and have since been a staple in my house when we have mummies-to-be over for cocktail parties!
I wrapped the party favours in pink and yellow polka dot paper from Paper Source, and tied the custom hangtags (which read “Thank You for Coming to Avery’s Peppa Pig Party”) in yellow baker’s twine. The boys had George Pig themed favours, and the girls’ favours were Peppa themed. These boxes were one of two favours: Melissa & Doug rainbow footpath chalk, plus other favours detailed below.
At left: Also on the favour table, I had a custom sign made by thelilredwagon that suggested guests grab a Peppa cookie and a favour. (I am always chasing people down the street with favours I forget to formally give, so this was my solution so they wouldn’t be shy.)
At right: In addition to the hand wrapped favours, I had pink kraft bags with custom labels. Inside were Melissa & Doug Water Wow activity boards—I always stash these in my bag for restaurant outings, and my daughter LOVES them. (I also thought fellow mums would appreciate the mess-free crafts for their kiddos!)
If you’re a Peppa Pig watching mumma like me, you know Peppa loves to jump in muddy puddles—it’s sorta her thing. My daughter also now loves that! Since the kiddie party was at a local gym, I thought it would be fun to make a bunch of felt “puddles” and throw them around the floor for bubble time. The kids ADORED it. (For privacy purposes, I’m only showing my daughter, but I promise this was a major hit! You can see how we made the puddles below.)The snout cup craft was the simplest themed detail of the party! I just bought extra large pink cups and took my trusty Sharpie marker to draw a pig snout at the base of each cup. It was a cute surprise for guests!All of the above photos are by Sofia Negron Photography.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes party prep, plus additional tutorials:
The thing about printables: Yes, they’re custom printed, but all that cutting and collating was still up to me. (Nothing a little vino doesn’t solve, though.)
Multi-tasking mums can make their muddy puddles at breakfast. I bought a couple of metres of brown felt, drew some puddle shapes with white chalk, then cut them out with fabric scissors while Aves had her morning Cheerios!
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