In no time at all my little girl has grown from a tiny baby into a big four year old! She is my youngest, and this is the first time I have ever had a real party for her. She picked her own theme and after careful consideration of a couple of favourite ideas she decided against the space party (doh!) and went for the more conventional and girly fairy idea. I decided to give it an Enchanted Forest twist because it seems so much more magical. In this post I'm sharing our invites, food, games, printable fairy garden and more ...
For the invites I made a simple fairy wand. My trick for making quick and easy invitations is to print them out on envelope sticker labels, the big A4 size stickers with one label per page. This way they stick down perfectly and easily to paper or card stock of your choice that might not go through an ordinary inkjet printer. I stuck them to craft rods with double sided tape and added a pretty bow and sprinkle of glitter for extra sparkle. They fit neatly inside a DL envelope.
We decorated the house with lots of pink and green floaty balloons because we own a helium tank that we use for our small business functions. Kids at this age get such a kick out of them and we always put some up on their birthdays. I didn't actually get any pictures of the balloons but I'm sure you've seen them before.
For the party dining table I bought a length of sparkly material for the table cloth and borrowed some cute kid-sized tables and chairs from my neighbour. They were just right! We set this out in our garden which is leafy and ferny and it created the right mood for an enchanted forest party.
We decorated the table with these pretty fairy crackers I made earlier in the week. You can find the easy tutorial here.
Incidentally, the party blower inside was Miss K's favourite part of the whole party.
Printable Fairy Garden
The weekend before the party we tidied up a little garden around a tree in the back yard and added a fairy statue (about $9 from the Reject Shop). I made up a printable fairy door, windows and toadstools to turn it into a fairy garden. I laminated them against the weather but unfortunately this creates a glare that makes them tricky to photograph. I stuck the door and windows on to the tree with rolled up packaging tape and the mushrooms are stuck to flat bamboo skewers with double sided tape and pushed into the dirt. They're all still holding up well. To print out click on the pdf icon below, download to your computer and then print out.
The food we kept simple. lolly cupcakes, magic fruit wands, savoury munchies and a BBQ lunch. For drinks I made some Fairy Berry Punch and we also had regular juice and bottled water.
As a centrepiece on the food table I made a "sugarplum tree", which was a bunch of sticks taken from the back yard and plastered into an empty milo tin. I covered the tin with fabric and a fake butterfly and spent the evening before the big bash decorating it with chocolates on strings like a big Christmas tree. It was a bit hard to photograph with the busy kitchen in the background but it looked effective and got plenty of comments on the day. Now that the party's over I think I'll put it in the garage and bring out in December for a crafty Christmas makeover!
The cake was a simple double-layer sponge topped with cream, berries and fake butterflies from the craft shop. The original cake I used as inspiration for this is to die for! Check it out on my Party Ideas inspiration board here.
Miss K loved the cake!
Activities and games
Instead of traditional party games I opted for a craft table, bubble blowing, dancing and a treasure hunt. The rest of the time the kids were all happy to just play and have fun.
Forest Fairy Crowns
As a party activity the girls made their own forest fairy crowns which doubled as the party hats. Because I was so busy running the party I didn't get any great process shots on the day but here are a few I took two weeks before hand when the girls and I did a practice run ;-) I first saw this idea here.
To make: Put 2-3 strips of double sided tape on to a 5cm wide cardboard strip. For ours I cut two 5cm strips lengthwise on an A4 sheet of card stock and stapled them together. Let the kids press fresh cut flowers and leaves onto the sticky part and then staple into a crown to fit their head.
You couldn't have a fairy party without bubbles! I bought a bulk pack of wedding bubbles and stuck my own sticker labels on the front and decorated with ribbon. If you're interested the pretty script font I used throughout this party is One Starry Night and you can download it free for personal use here.
Most kids LOVE bubbles don't they?
While the girls were all eating their lunch my husband hid little party toys packaged into a cello bag with a small chocolate around the back yard for a treasure hunt. I completely intended to put a pretty name tag for each child on the pink "treasure boxes" but alas ran out of time. The treasure hunt went down a treat (excuse the pun!) and most of the kids couldn't wait until they left to begin eating the chocolates and playing with the little toys.
For music we played The Fairies, Best Party Songs and the girls did some fairy dancing after all that chocolate! The Fairies is a favourite of my girls and you can download this album from itunes for $8.99. I had intended to make up a paper twirling ribbon like the one in this picture for every guest but spent too long decorating the chocolate tree and ran out of time! If you're more organised than I was and you like this idea you can find the quick and easy paper ribbon tutorial here.
Thank-you party favours
As an extra thank you for coming I made up these cookie cutters & sparkle dough packages to hand out at the end. You can find my recipe for sparkle dough here.
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