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4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Oct. 20th

Here's what I'm showing off this week as my favorite parties added to our site... A gorgeous Wonder Woman dessert table that takes me back to my childhood, an All Hallow's Eve tea party that feels like you've stepped out of Victorian era England, a mermaid birthday on the beach where you can almost feel the mist, and a woodland vintage 3rd birthday with great shabby chic touches.

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Clockwise from top left:

See you this week!!

How to Make a Beautiful Floral Crown

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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

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I absolutely love grapevine floral wire. Such versatile stuff! It's easy to cut and bend, but is nice and sturdy, and is perfect for this craft.

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Start by cutting a length of wire long enough to wrap around a head two or three times. For this example, I cut my wire approximately 36" long. No need to be precise, though; this is a very forgiving craft.

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.

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Once I've made my first ring, I like to take the remaining length of wire and wrap it around the first in a haphazard, organic fashion. The messier and more random and twisted you are, the better the crown looks. Really.

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!

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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.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Woodland Fairy Party for $170

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.

A fairy parade was so much fun for them using instruments and "flying" around the yard to wake up the enchanted forest.

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!

Do check out Melissa’s other fantastic parties on our site, her new blog, My Party Passion and her Facebook page.

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