This weekend we celebrated my little lady's 5th (!!!) Birthday party. It was a fairly easy one to plan considering that she wanted the same theme as last year - Fairy Party! hah, whew! A relief not just because I spent quite a bit of time and moola crafting decorations last year but - it was so darn cute that I was happy to relive it again with her. :)
Now, not all of Stella's friends are fairy enthusiasts, so to make the magical day more inclusive we called it her "Garden Party" and asked that her buds come dressed as any critter they'd like (magical or otherwise). Seeing the kids dressed up is a highlight of the day, to be certain. So, want to plan your own Garden Party? Well, who needs Pintrest when you have my handy-dandy post here filled with links. ;)
First up, I am a sucker for the classic red toadstool. So, I whipped some together for sitting pillows that were quite easy to make.
|you can tell they've been well-loved this past year. :)|
• red & white felt
• White and red embroidery cotton
• Hot Glue Gun
The How Toozies:
1. Cut out two large red circles (mine were about 10 inches across) from your felt
2. Cut out different sized smaller white circles
3. Blanket stitch the 2 red circles together, make sure to leaving a hole for the batting
4. Stuff with batting & finish stitching the pillow.
5. Arrange the white circles (about 3-5) on the top of one side of each red Circle.
4. Stitch the circles on (or just use your hot glue gun)
These make cool "take homes" for the guests or reading corner pillows to jazz up your own child's space.
My daughter wanted everyone to 'enter into fairyland' so we came up with hanging steamers before the entrance and making a cute little chalkboard sign to guide our critters towards the enchanted forest. To make the sign: I simply bought a chalkboard at our local craft store, hot glued ribbon to the back, painted the front green, and then hot glued these shiny leaf decals & butterflies on top that I also found at the store.
|in case they took a wrong turn at a toadstool...|
My kid's and their friends are nuts about pinatas. It is truly a site to see when they all freak out and come rushing, arms extended, toward the trinkets & candy exploding from the sky.
|Fairy Gal Aria with her WHACKIN' stick!|
|warning - they are totally addicting once you start to make them!|
And, for the finale, the cake has to be amazing, right? Last year's was a little garden scene with red toadstool cupcakes, but this year my Fairy Fey requested a castle cake.
|Cake Boss, eat your heart out|
|Check out this bad-ass girl Knight I found to top the cake with! My daughter has named her: Fiona the Dragon Slayer|
I hope this helps you on your way to creating a Magical Garden Party of your very own.
|Did I also mention that it was my birthday too this weekend?|