I’ll admit it. I show my children love by throwing them fun, what my family would refer to as “over-the-top” parties. I consider it over-the-top when you break the bank, and I really didn’t (for this one). Heh.
We’re kicking it off with a fun birthday banner!
The paper pack is from Stampin’ Up, and I used Cricut Cartridges (Storybook for “birthday” and CTMH’s cartridge for “Happy”). What I was the most excited about is the background. I saw it used in a display at Michael’s and immediately asked if they sell it. They DO! It’s bulletin board background found in the education section for teachers. There are all kinds too.
On the table: a fairy planter used to hold napkins, tissue paper lined clear bowls for goldfish and pretzels, fairy terrarium, extra goodies, and favors
I made these fairy cookies with royal icing ahead of time using flower, crown, and wand shaped cookie cutters.
No, sorry. These aren’t cake pops. They’re just marshmallows dipped in melted pink candies and sprinkled with different kinds of sprinkles. I suggest covering your foam cone in aluminum foil and hot gluing it to a candle stand.
I used a cake stand to make a quick fairy terrarium with a little decorated wooden birdhouse my girls painted, a fairy figurine, and some clay mushrooms, all nestled on a nest of faux moss.
The drink station: pink lemonade of course with extra wide color coordinated straws and decorated little water bottles.
The fairy stamps are from CTMH- Believe in Your Dreams, and Birthday Princess(?)
As each guest arrived (wearing her own tutu by request), she was turned into a fairy by my 8 year-old helper fairies. Each guest received dollar store wings, and a tiny crown, the girls blew bubbles around her, sprinkled glitter on her, and gave her her fairy name (middle name + favorite flower).
My five year-old helpers were my “gift fairies.” They took the gifts from arriving guests and put them in the appropriate place.
Inside we had a dress up station
a doll house
a face paint station
and a fairy lounge where several fairy-themed books were collected. Note the painted toadstool where Madeline sat to open her presents.
After a little play time, the girls made fairy wands (dollar section at Michael’s) by decorating them with stick on jewels.
They needed their wands to play “What Time is it, Fairy Godmother?”
After several group shots and fairy dancing
The birthday girl blew out her candles.
Target does a really good job with birthday cakes in our opinion. For this one, I chose the Tinkerbell cake, but I asked them to use the topper and accessories from the Fairy Garden cake. Voila!
Each fairy went home with a package of sparkly purple play dough (see recipe) and rotini noodles I dyed pink. They’re just fun to use with the play dough. Each package was tied with a little bottle of bubbles and a fairy thank-you tag.
Lavender Sparkly Fairy Dough
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
2 TBS. cream of tartar
3 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 TBS. food coloring (optional)
several drops of essential oil like lavender
a generous shaking of glitter
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture forms into a ball. Remove and knead until dough is soft and has lost its stickiness. Keeps well in a sealed container for a good long time. This recipe makes enough for sharing.
The most adorable fairy of all was our 11 week old puppy, Sunshine!
Enjoy! : )