Woodland Fairy Party

• 28 January 2010


















































































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!


51 comments:

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

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

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  3. You need to become a party planner. Adorable!

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  4. 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! ;)

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  5. 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

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

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  7. perfection. sweet, simple, and no gimmicks.

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  8. 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.)

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

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  10. 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!

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

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

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  13. 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.

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

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

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

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  17. 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?

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  18. What a darling party! So lovely and simple.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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!

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  21. 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.

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

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  23. So lovely. She is the luckiest girl!!

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  24. 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.

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

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  26. 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 :)

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  33. 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

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

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

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  36. 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.

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  37. yes! you are so good at this.

    the cupcakes are my favorite part.

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  38. 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!).

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  39. very sweet party!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  40. rubyluisa.etsy.comApril 20, 2010 at 6:08 AM

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

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

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  42. this is awesome. simple but awesome! :D

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  43. 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

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  44. 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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