Best Kids Parties: Woodland Fairy

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Name: Aanya (3)
Location: Atlanta, GA

My inspiration for Aanya's party came a few months after her Very Hungry Caterpillar Party. She was all into pink, so I wanted to have a pink party and I had recently finished her woodlands theme room, so I decide to have a Woodland Fairy party in pink.

I got several ideas just browsing the web and incorporated my own ideas. The party was at the end of December and I started planning around August and started gathering materials in October. Needless to say, I made several trips to JoAnn, Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

So, for the invitations, I made scroll invitations - printed the details with a fairy clip art in Word, then I antiqued the paper with tea. I glued the ends to dowel rods that were cut in half and tied them with a pink toadstool (made them with miniature bowl and semi circle wood pieces, painted the top in hot pink and white polka dots).

On the party day, I had two fairies, my older daughter and her friend. I got their outfits after Halloween in the same color scheme as the girls' tutus. I made tutus for all the girls and made wands from star shaped ornaments and hair pieces from ribbon and flowers. The wings for the fairies and the capes for the boys (wizards) were ordered from HaloHeaven.

I made the boys wands Harry Potter style and absolutely loved how they turned out. Once the boys and girls were transformed my older daughter did their makeup and we had a photo shoot. It was a sunny day, so we moved it outside. I made a toadstool stool which the girls could sit on.

I also had a scavenger hunt in my backyard for the girls (items for their fairy house) and the boys had to find items for their magic potion. I had a basic science experiment with vineger and baking soda with food coloring in a few glasses and the boys had to use their wands to perform the experiment (magic).

Once they were done, the boys got a personalised "Book of Magic Potions and Spells". I found some silly potions and spells online that I printed on paper and antiqued them with tea bags. I made several pages for each boy and attached them with twine.

I also had a face painter come in, so all the kids got beautiful face painting done, by the time they were all done it was time to cut the cake.

I loved a picture of a pink mushroom cake, so I asked my friend to make it. She did an awesome job as you can see. I made the tree stands and bought the tree stump for displaying the cake. I also made the lollipop topiaries and river rock lables (from tradewindtiaras) and little flower fairies (I made a flower fairy kit for the girls to take home). The dessert table also had personalized fairy dust for all the girls, handmade chocloate nest bowls filled with berries and magic wands (pretzel rods) to name a few.
I also served snail sandwiches (pinwheel sandwiches), gnome-made granola, toadstool mushrooms(cherry tomatoes and mozerella sticks), fairy bread (bread, butter and tons of sprinkles), fruit wands (fruits and marshmellow kebabs), chipmunk chips (Vegetable chips), Flower snadwiches (miniature sandwiches shaped like flowers), Dew drops (water) and Woodland Punch (Berry Punch).

The children's goody bags included their outfits, wands, spell books, flower fairy kit, fairy house (dollar bird houses) fairy dust, pretzel wands, star shaped cookies and lollipop topiary. Although it was tiring to make 20 tutus and 28 wands it was worth the effort once I saw the happy faces. My daughter already wants me to start planning her next "Princess Birthday Party" :)

Thanks Sunitha!

(Images: reader Sunitha)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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