I always start with the main colours from a theme which in this case are pink, green, blue and yellow. I then wander round the house pulling out any bits and pieces in those colours, bits of ribbon, a photo frame, table cloths, any crockery or party items such as treat cups or balloons left over from other parties etc so I can see what I have and what might be of use before buying anything. I also find any of the kids’ toys in that theme which could be used on the party table or to decorate the cake.
I had lots of pink, blue, yellow and green pompoms, honeycomb decorations, balloons and helium weights so just ordered a large foil number ‘3’ balloon and a foil Peppa pig shape balloon plus a helium canister (Argos deliver same day or next day and you select the timed slot which makes life easy).
I had plenty of pale pink and yellow small paper plates and napkins in stock so I simply needed to add in a few Peppa licenced plates and cups to set the theme.
Once the basics were in place I could start to have some fun with the theming.
Peppa Pig images are licenced so aren’t something that as a business I would be able to reproduce and sell however numerous people seem to have created Peppa inspired artwork for their own use and made it available free of charge to download. Searching “free peppa pig party printables” in Pinterest should bring up some results. I found invites then mixed and matched from a few sources to print off confetti, gift tags, an invite and water bottle wraps which I printed and cut out. Although these were all free it did take a couple of evenings to find everything I needed and cut it out, you will also need a guillotine, a 1” circle craft punch, a hole punch and a decent printer plus approx. 120gsm paper. I began to realise why The Humble Hostess had a business case as it was fairly time consuming!
As Peppa always seems to have ducks turn up at her picnics I filled a large glass dish with water and drop of blue food colouring and added some plastic ducks as a centrepiece. It stood on the table runner made out of an off cut of fake grass plus a few paper flowers.
Food and drink
As the guests ranged in age from 2.5-3.5 I kept it fairly simple, cheese and ham sandwiches cut out with a dinosaur shaped cutter to make ‘Mr Dinosaur’ sandwiches. Pom Bear crisps bear a passing resemblance to Peppa’s teddy so they were added to the table and ‘Miss Rabbit’s carrot sticks’ made an appearance plus some humous and cucumber sticks.
For dessert I made ‘muddy puddle’ chocolate dessert by decanting chocolate Petit Fillous into little cups and crumbling chocolate Oreos on the top and also offered Peppa Pig branded fromage frais.
My kids seem to constantly tip over cups and soak the table so I always use water bottles for parties and dress them up with water bottle wraps to match the theme.
As I’m not a fan of party bags and all the plastic tat and sweets they often contain I tried to keep them simple.
Guests had a pack of Peppa pig raisins, a mini pack of Buttons, a Peppa shaped plain biscuit (in a clear cello bag), one of the bath toy ducks from the table display, a wand which I added coordinating ribbon to and a threading toy which is great for hand eye coordinating and fine motor skills. The party bags themselves are regular cardboard food boxes with a printout image of Peppa’s house attached to one side with double sided tape.
We had a Peppa entertainer and played Pass the Parcel, the Peppa wrapping paper from Tesco helped theme it and the gift inside was a carryalong colouring book from Poundland.
Other games found online included a Peppa Pig piñata, Peppa Pig photo cut outs, ‘jumping in muddy puddles’, ‘Pin the tail on Peppa’ etc. If you had space and slightly older children you could run a craft corner where they painted their own ceramic piggy bank or set of wellies.
It was a fun party to theme and the kids especially loved all the little touches that were the most inexpensive, the ducks, astroturf table runner, paper flowers and the bowl of blue water were a huge hit. They worked well together to theme the table, it came in at only a few pounds and the ducks were reused as a party favour.