1.28.2010

Woodland Fairy Party


















































































I love planning birthday parties with my kids. I really do :) It can take awhile to come up with a meaningful theme together, but it's always worth the effort. My daughter was really into fairies this year, thanks to a sweet grandma and auntie gifting her some beautiful fairy books; but when this same grandma sent toadstool candles from Belgium for Christmas, I knew it couldn't be just a Fairy Party, but rather a Woodland Fairy Party :) They really are the cutest little things ever (Love that Dille & Kamille). You could really go crazy with this theme, especially if the outdoors were an option; but I kept things as simple as possible, using things from around my home as props. Plus, it kept costs down :)

I spotted these invitations on Etsy but found them too late :( I procrastinated on sending out invitations so there was no time for them to travel from Australia. I asked the seller if I could purchase the pdf of the invitation given the issue of time and she was gracious enough to say "yes". I hit Roberts and bought wooden spools, rounded tops, some red spray paint and a small container of white acrylic paint. Using a glue gun I adhered the spool and rounded top together and once those dried, I applied one coat of spray paint. Then, using the end of a paint brush we put little dots on the toadstools. The toadstools were so much fun to make I could've easily made 20 without blinking!

During the party we played simple old-fashioned games like "pass the pine cone" and spoon relays (while balancing a pine cone on the spoon). Since these were 8-year-old-craft-loving-girls we decorated star paper mache wands with glitter, jewel stickers, markers and ribbons. Besides eating the above-pictured treats, I also served a plate of veggie sticks. I'm always surprised at how many takers there are when it comes to eating healthy options too.

As far as party favors go, I am a big fan of gifting something meaningful and simple that doesn't cost more than $2. In the past I've found little wooden toys in the dollar aisle at Target, but this time I was able to put together a necklace for just $2 thanks to OTC and Ebay. After my daughter and I put the necklaces together I wrapped them in tissue paper and placed inside a muslin bag. The girls seemed pretty excited about them!

Sources: Fairy Charms - OTC; Ball Chains - Ebay; Wooden Mushrooms - Pentagram, Paris; Fairy Muslin Favor Bags - made by a local artist (email me for deets); Toadstool Candles - Dille & Kamille; Kraft Brown Baking Cups - If You Care; Fairy Invitations - RubyLuisa; Vintage Swedish Fairy Cut-outs for napkins - Sweet and Candy

Update:  I've recently put together a few new birthday party ideas based on beautiful postage stamps if you care to look!

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51 comments:

Anna Marie said...

Wow. Absolutely beautiful. All the right simple touches to make it stunning.

Rachel said...

I love the candles, oh how I wish they were available in the US!

Where The Wilds Things Are said...

You need to become a party planner. Adorable!

Julia E said...

It's a little eerie...last year I was planning a Matroyshka party for my daughter and saw that you did it. This year I was planning on doing a woodlands party and you've done that! Can't wait to see what *we* come up with next year! ;)

country girl said...

You did a wonderful job here, what a lucky little woodland-fairy you have! :)
Save the little mushrooms for a Buch de Noèl at Christmas-time...
xo country girl

Jennifer said...

That is a gorgeous party. I love woodland fairy things and everything is just gorgeous.

KJ said...

perfection. sweet, simple, and no gimmicks.

jen jafarzadeh said...

wow, this is amazing! I'm definitely saving this one and praying that one day I have a little girl who would let me in indulge in throwing her a woodland fairy party! (I used to love fairies as a kid.)

Lisa said...

You are so good at parties!

Erin said...

Your parties are always so awesome and the necklace idea seemed perfect!

Girlfrog said...

What a lovely party. We had a woodland fairy party for my daughter last year and it was one of my favorite parties. It's so magical, simple and sweet. Thanks for sharing!

trudy...{and jamo} said...

cutest party ever! adorable!

Ginny said...

What a magical party! I think I might use this idea for my little girl's fifth birthday. Thank you for the inspiration...

Laura said...

OH MY GOSH. This is so lovely and gimmick-free. It looks like such a wonderful time.

Heather said...

I love it Steph! We recently finished a bedroom in our basement for the girls in a woodland fairy theme. These party ideas give me even more ideas for decorating down there. Thanks! Also, I'll have to steal this party idea in the future, it's darling.

Elsa May said...

How wonderful! Fairies have to be the best thing :) I just love how you themed the party! Have a lovely day.

Heather J said...

how perfect. it looks adorable.

Tish said...

I love the parties you plan. They're always super creative without being over the top.

Emily Hill said...

Love this party idea and I love those toadstools--so cute! You really should become a professional party planner; you're a natural!

Joslyn said...

Oh Stephanie this turned out great! it's perfect. i love every detail!

+ i totally agree the kiddos go nuts for veggies when i set them out...i think we underestimate kid's eating habits sometimes, no?

Autumn said...

What a darling party! So lovely and simple.

Sam and Josh said...

You are so creative. I would love to have a little of your talent in my bones. You are a mix of simplicity and perfection.

.caroline armelle. said...

darling!
great details!
especially love the mushrooms!

also, i was wondering where you got your light above your table. i love it!
and, would you mind emailing me the details on the local artist who made the bags?
i was thinking about similar bags for an upcoming party!

thanks!
great job again!

Julia said...

This is darling.

Kris said...

Ah! Steph, this is amazing! I know a few adults who would swoon over this party, let alone sweet E. and her friends! Wish I could have been there to help.

Alissa said...

What a wonderful mom you must be!! Such a sweet party...

Cher said...

So lovely. She is the luckiest girl!!

Deborah said...

Absolutely beautiful. I completely agree about giving something small and meaningful. There are too many small plastic toys in the world. I made necklaces for my daughter's birthday with crystal beads and ribbon I purchased at a bead show. The kids loved them because they were sparkly.

liz stanley said...

Brilliant once again, Steph!

barrett, danielle, and baby stephen said...

so darling!!

nicole said...

fantastic party idea and details...i hope my daughter gets interested in fairies one of these days...the toadstools are a lovely touch.

sevenalstons said...

So completely gorgeous! I wish you were here to help me plan my 11year olds upcoming birthday party... something tells me it would be the best ever :)

mooneyequalsmc2 said...

oh wow. Some people just have creativity flowing through their veins and you, my dear, are oozing. These photos are just amazing...I am stunned at how lovely this turned out. Wow.

Miss-tearious said...

Oh! How cute!!!

jessica said...

SO classy! I think the "fairy" theme is common, but sometimes the execution is a little cheesy (in my opinion). This is beautiful! Every detail in place!

Laura said...

I just wondered where you purchased--or how you made--the fairy muslin bags! Pretty party! Thank you!

s g said...

these pics are wonderful, sounds like a fabulous party for the girls, I bet they loved it!

ailidh briar said...

ooh, would you share your cupcake recipe? were they as delish as they look?

Andrea said...

Sweet, simple, and absolutely delightful. What a darling idea!

It's Always Sunny in Portland said...

girlfriend, are you for real?! this is darling, amazing, fabulous. i want to come to sweet e's bday party next year...haha. you make me happy to have a baby girl...must start planning her first bday party - its only 10.5 months away! xoxoxo

handmade charlotte said...

sweetest party ever! every detail is amazing! great job! i bet she loved it!

Design Mom said...

It turned out so beautifully, Stephanie! I'll bet the children loved it.

stephmodo said...

Alidh: I used a Magnolia Bakery recipe for the cupcakes and an adapted ganache frosting from canelle and vanille...didn't love either enough to remake.

Laura: Email me...I'll send you the artists' info

Caroline: I bought the light at Restoration Hardware.

kelli said...

yes! you are so good at this.

the cupcakes are my favorite part.

strawberryoes said...

I recognize the image on the gift bags! It was one of the many in an old fairy book that I got from my grand mother when I was young (that is, the book was old before I got it!).

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

very sweet party!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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rubyluisa.etsy.com said...

Thanks so much for your lovely mention of my fairy invites. Glad I could help. The table looks fantastic!

Anna said...

Have mercy! I am so copying this party for one of my girls. Brilliant.

atie j said...

this is awesome. simple but awesome! :D

LRmom said...

Planning a party like this in the spring...would love the pattern used for the bags and also the person to contact on ETSy for the invites?

Thanks, Kim S

Stacie said...

I love the fairy graphic for invites! I checked the etsy store but she is closed right now. :( Any way I can split the .pdf file with you? My daughter's woodland fairy party is coming soon!

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