Best Kids Parties: Woodland

My Party

Name: Taylor (5)
Location: San Mateo, California

My daughter Taylor had been talking about having a fairy party for her 5th Birthday. I was a bit hesitant because I knew we'd be adding little boys to the mix, and some boys (not all) aren't as willing to participate in the more "girly" activities. My husband and I settled on throwing a woodland themed party, which would include the fairies, woodland animals and gnomes.

We knew we wanted to make this extra special. One, it was a BIG milestone birthday! She starts kinder in the fall, so we wanted to make it memorable. and two, she didn't have a 4th birthday party; we went to Disneyland instead last year, so in a way, we were making up for it. :)

I ordered the invitations through Etsy, from the OhCreativeOne shop. They turned out super cute! We also decided to add woodland names to all of our food we had for the kids: Snail Rolls (Turkey and cheese rolls), Mushrooms (Cheese sticks cut into pieces with tomato halves stuck on with a toothpick), Wild Mushrooms (Chocolate Crackers), Wild Berries (Raspberries and Blueberries with edible glitter on them), Twigs (Pretzel sticks), and Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes. The Cupcake toppers were printables from Etsy as well. (gotta love Etsy!) Shop: Gwynn Wasson Designs

My husband hung white and red lanterns from the tree that overlooked the kid's table, and it really just added some color and tied everything together. We hired a fairy entertainer to play with the children, and she was a hit! She engaged the children for the entire hour! We were amazed that they stuck with her the entire time! definitely worth it! She did a magic show, face painting and was running (flying?) around with the kids. Great fun!

For favors, I ordered a bunch of glittery fairy wings (from Amazon) and I made cute little gnome hats out of felt. The fairy wings and hats were displayed by hanging them on the backs of the children's chairs.

Additional waxed paper bags filled with pastel colored taffy, tattoos and dollar store play doh were given out when everyone left. I used lime green raffia and bought cute little tags from cost plus to tie it all together.

Surprisingly, the little boys we had invited had no problem wearing the fairy wings, and had so much fun exploring the magical world we had created. It was really neat to see. The Gnome hats were worn by the fathers, (Ha!) and they kept them on the entire party, which just added to the whimsical feeling. Such great sports they were!

I had a ton of fun creating this party for my daughter! It was all worth it to see her enjoying herself with her friends. and I can't wait to out-do myself again next year! :)

What fun - thanks Gloria! Readers, visit Gloria at Glory Girl Art Blog.

(Images: Glory Girl Art Blog)

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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.