Posts Tagged ‘Fairy’
Nicole from Tikkido is here today with an adorable (and easy) floral crown craft. My daughter will want me to make her one this instant!Having a woodland fairy party soon? Heading to a Renaissance Fair? Or maybe you just have a kid who loves to play dress up. There are dozens of good reasons to find an excuse to make these darling floral crowns.
Materials and Equipment Needed:
- Grapevine Floral Wire (available at any craft store)
- Silk flowers
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Crystal beads
All you need to do is wrap the grapevine wire in a circle big enough to sit on a head. It's better to make the circle a little on the big side, because it can always be pinched and bent a bit for smaller kids, but if you make the crown too small, it's going to be very difficult to keep it in place. Especially on wiggly little kids.
Embellish the crown by using a hot glue gun to attach a few silk flowers. I like to add a crystal bead to the center of each flower to make a sparkling center. It's fast, it's easy, but it makes the crown look all that much more magical!
To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.
Here are my 4 favorite parties from this week. They are all birthdays but so different... An outdoor garden fairy party that will make you believe in fairies, an under the sea birthday that looks like a ride at Disneyland, a cowgirl birthday with wonderful rustic details, and a vintage car party that looks like it came right out of a magazine!
Clockwise from top left:
- Leonie S's Ashlee's 6th Birthday
- Sweet Memories Party Designs Go Deep! Party!
- Rebecca G's Cowgirl Turns 2!
- Simply Surreal's Kash's 3rd Vintage Car Birthday
Fairy parties are so popular on our site, I had to show off some of my favorites! If you are planning a fairy party, wait until you see how inspiring and beautiful these ones are. Plus, scroll down for free fairy party printables!
To see the whole party, just click on the link or photo...
Event's by Nat's Enchanted Pastel Rainbow Fairy PartyCiara's Enchanted Garden Party Magic Woodland Party Fairy Party /Las Hadas de Agostina
Leilani R's Fairy Birthday PartyMilla's 3rd birthday Fairy Garden Party Enchanted Flowers & Fairies Party
Inspired Dream Events' Fairy Extravaganza
Gayle W's Fairy Good Party!Woodland Fairy Birthday Party
And here are our free fairy party printables ready for you to download, print out, cut out, and use to decorate!
Tulle Wrapped Chairs
The most popular idea is to wrap the chairs in tulle. This is a great way to add some softness and elegance to your party, plus it's simple to do. It took me 7 yards to wrap this kid-sized chair with a bow, and 5 yards to wrap it with a knot.
I love this view from the side.
Plus tulle is a very inexpensive fabric. Here you can buy a bolt of pink tulle for less than $0.50 a yard. I have a whole assortment at my house.
RIBBON TIED CHAIRS
Another simple idea is to tie ribbons to the backs of your chairs. Here I used an assortment of colors, widths and textures to give it a shabby chic look. I doubled the ribbons, and attached them using girth hitch knots to a white satin ribbon which I tied around the chair. I also used Glue Dots (my favorite party tool) to secure the satin ribbon to the chair.
Here's the front view of the satin ribbon.
Here are the ribbons I used.
BEAD DECORATED CHAIRS
If you want to add a little sparkle to your chairs, I recommend buying Mardi Gras beads in different colors and attaching them to the back of your chairs using Glue Dots. Again, what a simple idea but it adds so much. Plus your guests can go home with the beads at the end of the party!
Hope these ideas are helpful! Can't wait to see your party chairs..
I'm so delighted to be giving away this set of free fairy party printables designed by my friend Ana from Love Party Printables!
Now if you are planning a fairy party, you've got all you need to make it extra special and so beautiful!
The collection includes: invitations, welcome sign, tented cards, blank tented cards, favor tags, labels, napkin rings, water bottle labels, straw flags, 2" cupcake toppers, a large cake topper, and a "happy birthday" banner.
Thank you, Ana, for this lovely collection!!
To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.
Need more birthday inspiration? Check out all of our free birthday party printables.
Melissa N from My Party Passion is my go-to gal for beautiful parties on a budget. She knows how to stretch a dollar better than anyone. Well, she's done it again with the Woodland Fairy Party she threw for her daughter over the weekend, and she is here to tell you all about it.
Over the weekend our youngest daughter turned 3!
She loves to watch her older sister's DVD of Tinkerbell and asked me, back in February, if she could have a fairy party. Of course I can do that, I said. HOWEVER, our "Samantha" aka Sammie, is not a girly girl....so I needed to change it just a little, and went with a Woodland Fairy Party theme.
Right away I knew that I would be using elements from our yard/woods to help create the perfect setting for the party. If you are familiar with my parties, budget is very important to me, but so is quality. I challenge and pride myself on styling and executing a top notch party on a not so top notch budget. Once I got my wheels turning there was no holding me back on this one!
Starting Point: The first thing I do is always write down all my ides in a notebook and brainstorm before buying anything. Impulse buys can turn out expensive and sometimes a waste of time. A routine trip to our local Christmas Tree Shop gave me the idea for more natural colors for the party. Greens, yellows, oranges and reds. I found these beautiful huge butterflies and flowers there for $ 2.49 a piece (granted it was 3 months until her party).
Mushrooms: Another trip to the local Dollar Tree gave me the idea for these brown "natural" looking mushrooms. The idea came to me to use these moss planters for mushroom tops and also for snack bowls. I took two Dollar Tree plastic planters and hot glued them end to end, stuck another Dollar Tree Moss bowl on top and there you have it! The red mushrooms were the same "stems" but I painted our wooden salad bowl set (yeah not sure why I ever had these on our wedding registry) to look like mushroom tops!
Fairy Wings: My first intention was to buy Dollar Tree fairy wings and "glam them up" with flowers and ribbons. Since 15 girls were originally invited, cost was a factor. After scoping out more than 4 Dollar Tree stores with no luck, I turned to Ebay, Etsy and other sources. I finally found a good quality wing for a great price and then used Dollar Tree flowers and ribbon that I bought last Fall from Pick your Plum to make them more "woodsy"...They were $5 a pair but that was really the fairy goodie bags. The fairy "crowns" I made from pipe cleaners and flowers from Dollar Tree and left over curling ribbon from Christmas. These cost me less than $.25 each to make.
My mother made the little Woodsman Hats out of felt for the boys! (if you sew or have a friend that does, hats off to ya! I don't sew at all...) Less than $ 1 per hat!
Activities: Keeping little ones busy at a party is a tough job sometimes. You need a variety of options at any time. One of the activities was a Fairy Story being read by an older fairy (I hired three young girls from our Church to help out at the party - this way I can spend time with the birthday girl and soak all of it in) and I wanted that Mushroom Grotto feel to the story area. I looked all over for little red cushions to make toadstools and everything was out of my budget -- so at IKEA I found red round mouse pads and added my own "spots" to them...voila - toadstool pads for them to sit on in the mushroom grotto! $.99 a piece.
Woodland Crafts - for the girls - paint your own fairy house. Each house was $ 1.00 at Michael s and I bought plenty of them. The Woodsman - my hubby, cut and sanded wooden plaques for them to paint.
Food: Kept it simple. I always seem to have so much food left over and the kids never seem to want to eat while they are so busy playing. However this party was opposite. I put out fresh fruit, homemade salsa & chips, tomato, basil and moz. sandwiches, salads. It was enough and the kids all ate.
Misc Items: My husband made the cake stands from elements in our yard. Cost was nothing! I found the "fairy" house in the woods and added a few elements to it from around the yard. Cost nothing. Fairy Houses - I found two bird houses at Michaels Craft store that were on clearance and turned them into fairy houses "for rent."
This theme could get out of control easily as I had so many more ideas that I just had to stop somewhere! The birthday girl had a blast and so did all the other children. The fairies have all returned to the Enchanted Forest and the woods are quiet again!
Budget: decor $ 50 + food $ 25 + goodie bags/wings $65 + misc $30 = $170
Thank you, Melissa, I always love hearing your stories and how you come up with your amazing ideas!
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I love posting photos of the gorgeous cakes we get on our site. I'm continually blown away by the talent. Take a look and tell me which one is your favorite. I can't decide.
Brittany S's Casino 40th Birthday
Charynn O's Madelyn's 4th Birthday Party
Nicole W's A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair
Candace M's Janelle's Pixie Hollow Birthday
Brittany S's Super Mario Party
Frog Prince Paperie's Modern Dinosaur Birthday Adventure
Veronica B's Alice's Garden Party
Corrie S's Sophie's Everything Purple Baby Shower
Tonya S's Bears and Bees Birthday Party
Rebecca G's What are Little Boys Made Of?
We get so many fairy parties on our site, it's definitely a top theme. So when I saw these gorgeous fairy wands Candace M made for her daughter, Janelle's Pixie Hollow Party, I had to ask her how she made them.
She graciously put together this tutorial. Thank you Candace!
These fairy wands were a big hit at my daughter's pixie hollow party. They were used in the fairy tag game and then taken home as favors. Supplies Needed:
- 7/16 inch wooden dowels that are 12 inches long
- 5/8 inch ribbon in color of choice
- A bunch of artificial roses with leaves
- 1/8 inch ribbon in 3 or 4 different colors
- Glue gun
Take a wooden dowel and apply hot glue to the side of the dowel and wind the ribbon tightly around the dowel working your way down to where the glue stops. Continue adding glue and winding ribbon around the dowel.
Once the dowel is covered in ribbon, take a rose from rose bunch and cut the top close to the stem.
Hot glue the rose top to the top of the dowel holding for about a minute.
Using the rose leaves from the rose bunch, hot glue the leaves around the top of the dowel just under the rose.
Tie the 1/8 inch ribbon strips around the top of the dowel to finish off the fairy wand. You can add a tiny amount of hot glue to make sure the ribbons do not slide down the wand.
Let the magic begin!
(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to show it off!)
No one throws children's parties like Kate Landers, owner of Kate Landers Events, LLC.
So when I recently spoke to her, I asked her what makes for a great children's party. And I really liked her answer.
According to Kate, it's all about creating an "experience" where the children feel transported to another world.
So, for example, she likes to provide costumes for her guests, like these custom caplets and hairbows for her Madeline in Paris Inspired Birthday Party.
She serves foods that feel authentic to the theme, like this "make your own trail mix station" at her Enchanted Woodland Fairy Party.
She transforms the physical space, like placing the table for her Woodland Party outside, and providing the children with gorgeous toadstools to sit on.
And she designs theme-related activities, like this "design your own floral masterpiece" at her Madeline in Paris Party, that the children find exciting and engaging.
Now I know we all wish we could have Kate Landers design us a party, but for those of us who can't, I asked Kate how someone can add those special touches on their own, without a huge budget.
And here were her recommendations:
- Instead of using regular paper plates, invest in a set of nice white melamine or ceramic plates and some colorful fabric bunting to use over and over at all your parties.
- Repurpose what you have. For example, pull out your silver candlesticks and use them to dress up your table. Hang an an old chandelier above your buffet.
- Keep food to a minimum. Schedule your party from 2pm -4pm and serve easy foods (fruit, veggies, mini sandwiches, and cake). Forget making an elaborate dessert table.
- Be careful with making things yourself. A lot of times it can be a lot of work, and it might not save you as much as you think.
And if you have any interest in learning how to throw a party like Kate, she will be starting The Kate Landers Events, LLC, School of Children's Party Design, where she will offer webinars on everything you'll need to know to throw unforgettable parties for children.