Hey party peeps! Okay, okay….first of all, I must admit that I am just now getting around to posting my daughter RILEY’S FAIRY GARDEN BIRTHDAY PARTY! This is her 7th birthday party and she’s now 9! OOPS…I know…I know…but better late than never right? Come on guys…being a Mommypreneur is HARD! The struggle is real. Now that we’ve got the admission of my mommy fail behind us, let’s enjoy this Fairy Garden Party along with my signature “Girlfriend Tips” that I hope will help you host your next party with less stress.
SET THE SCENE FOR A FAIRY GARDEN BIRTHDAY PARTY!
For this party, I wanted to put a different twist on a Fairy theme by adding black elements to the brightly colored party decor. Typically you wouldn’t see black used in a fairy party, but I think it looks AMAZING. Especially these wood cutout fairies by Ten23 Designs that I spray painted in a black glitter spray paint.
The showstopper was this AMAZING custom centerpiece by Ellery Designs. I mean, really?! How stinkin’ cute is this? Riley loved it so much it is now in her room.
How cute are these black tower vases with black and bright colored butterfly wands and simple bling flower bouquets? I hot glued flat-backed rhinestones to the middles of the flowers for a bit of sparkle.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: You don’t always have to have an expensive dessert table at your parties to have a wow factor like this. You can simply create a double-duty table by creating a dessert table and party favor/dress up station on one table like I did here.
THE GARDEN FAIRY CAME FOR A VISTI!
My older daughter, Faith is AMAZING at cosplay and came up with the idea to surprise the girls and attend and host the party as the Garden Fairy. She was so AWESOME at staying in character and truly memorized the girls when she fluttered into the room.
FAIRY SCAVENGER HUNT!
Once they were all official fairies, she sent them on a Fairy Scavenger Hunt to look for magical golden eggs. Once all the eggs were found, she gave each of the girls their very own interactive Little Live Pets Butterfly toy to take home.
FAIRY PARTY CRAFTS!
The Garden Fairy then guided the girls to the Fairy Garden Craft Table full of fun fairy garden crafts. Oriental Trading has lots of craft projects and supplies that match a fairy party theme like these 3D butterfly ornaments, fairy bottles, colorful sand with funnels and color-your-own coin purses with fabric markers.
The kids then followed the Garden Fairy over to the Fairy Garden Dining Table where they had fun decorating fairy bottles and filling them with sparkly “fairy dust” (colored sand) and coloring their own “fairy wish” purses to hold all their imaginary fairy wishes! It was super cute how Faith stayed in character the whole time which added a whimsical touch to craft time!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: When decorating your party space, use one table for dual purposes. Here I set up a Fairy Garden Dining Table that also doubled as the table for the girls to do all their crafts. Just have one set of paper plates for crafts and replace them with another set of paper plates for eating.
STORY TIME WITH THE GARDEN FAIRY!
SERVE FAIRY GARDEN THEMED DESSERTS!
I enlisted the help of my friend Bethany of Auntie Bea’s Bakery to design cookies to match the party theme. She hit it out of the park with these sparkly black butterfly cookie pops and she spelled out Riley’s name in cookie pops! How cute are these!
She also made these super cute Tic-Tac-Toe Cookie Sets that the kids could play with AND eat! They ALL had a blast with these. You could also individually wrap the sets for each guest to take home, but I loved seeing the faces of the kids when they realized they could actually PLAY and EAT these!
I also had some butterfly chocolate lollipops, sparkly cake pops and chocolate covered OREOS made by the amazing Sparkling Sweets Boutique. I displayed the butterfly pops in a lollipop holder so they looked like they were flying around the table.
DRESS UP A STORE-BOUGHT CAKE WITH A CUSTOM FONDANT TOPPER!
Okay, THIS is a tip that I use all the time. When hosting my kids’ parties, I almost always order them a store-bought cake. I order it plain (no writing) and ask the bakery to simply use icing in the colors that match my party. THEN…the magic happens! I top it with a custom fondant topper and additional fondant flower decorations that match the party to give the cake a custom look. My friend Brittany at Edible Details has made my kid’s toppers for their birthdays the past few years. She also ships them, so you can get a custom fondant topper for your next cake.
One thing I LOVE to do at my kid’s birthday parties is to let them open up their gifts with their friends on their own. It was fun to watch the girls get so excited to give their presents to Riley and gather close to see her reaction when she opened them.
I forgot to mention that Riley’s birthday is in March and we are in the midwest, so it is always still winter around here on her birthday every year. So when she said she wanted a Fairy Garden Party, I was up to the challenge! It was a joy to be able to decorate the party with a garden theme that made us forget about the cold weather outside. The smile when she walked into the room was PRICELESS and I’ll never forget the look of joy and wonder on her face as she watched her big sister transform into a real live garden fairy!
I hope this has given you some ideas for your next Fairy Garden Party. Be sure to check out my other FAIRY PARTIES – Rainbow Fairy and Twilight Fairy.
Here’s a list of some of the fabulous vendors I used so you can recreate this yourself.
WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
– Styling & Photography: Soiree Event Design
– Iced butterfly, letters and tic-tac-toe cookies: Auntie Bea’s Bakery
– Chocolate covered OREOS, butterfly lollipops and cake pops: Sparkling Sweets Boutique
– Fairy wings, wood bracelets, all crafts and supplies: Oriental Trading
– Fondant cake topper and fondant flowers: Edible Details
– Riley’s Hollow Centerpiece: Ellery Designs
– Fairy Wood Cutouts: Ten23 Designs
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