The party took place in my backyard. With lots of tulle, ribbon, butterflies and fairies.
My friends made most of the food and my friend Beth kindly donated her lovely silver serving dishes for the day. It all turned out beautifully and tasted wonderful.
I made a lavender Ombre cake, blueberry cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream and strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I wanted to keep all of the desserts berry themed and kind of go with out color scheme. My blueberry cupcakes were a bit scary. They looked more black than blue, but they tasted pretty good. Now I know to use blueberries sparingly.
This was my first attempt at an Ombre cake so I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I think I just need to work on my coloring inside the cake, but it was a lot of fun. I will definitely do this one again.
We had cucumber sandwiches of course.
My friend Beth brought vegetable crudites with a warm blue cheese vinaigrette dip…
and these adorable little coconut marshmallow pops. The Blackberry Lime bar recipe came from a cute blog called Improv Kitchen. They were delicious.
The chocolate filled raspberries were made by my sweet friend Connie. The recipe came from another cute blog called Saucy Sprinkles. These are really just chocolate chips placed inside the raspberries but the day was a hot one and the chocolate inside magically melted and made these so wonderful.
I worked on these little confections for a week. I have wanted to make French Macarons for a long time now and was determined to have them at this party. They are nutty and light and decadent all at the same time. Mine are not beautiful but they were my best out of four attempts.
My friend Laura brought these cute little rosette sugar cookies.
There were fairies everywhere. Fairies and butterflies topped the cupcakes which were wrapped with my flower petal cupcake wrappers.
More of Karolyn’s cute little cages. I promise no fairies were harmed in the making of this party.
There were gifts waiting for the fairies…
At each place setting we had a flower crown, a flower wand, wings, a fairy skirt and fairy dust. My friend Connie made the crowns, wands, wings and fairy dust with faith, trust and a lot of hard work.
The fairy wings were all hand made by Connie, out of wire and tights. Children’s tights worked the best and then she painted them and embellished with glitter and ribbon. Then she attached one of my felt flowers to the back.
My friend Beth and I made the fairy skirts out of tons and tons of tulle and ribbon. I found a great tutorial for making no sew tulle skirts at Teach Mama. She recommended getting help to make the skirts and she was right. It took Beth and I about 5 hours to make all 9 skirts. Well Beth did most of the work but I did loop a few pieces of tulle. We used about 3 yards of ribbon for each waist, and 35 to 40 pieces of tulle for each skirt. The tulle pieces were 6 inches wide and 36 inches (3ft) long.
My friend Elizabeth with the teeniest fairy of all and the sweetest.
Connie also created a full size fairy house with lots of organza curtains draped over our swing set. A master piece really considering she used hair ties, butterfly clips and string to hold it all together. I swear Connie is like a crafty McGyver. I wish we could have left it there for the entire summer.
All of our little fairies, wands held high, ready to fly.
We had some crafts for the fairies as well.
The fairy doors were completely Karolyn’s idea. I’m so glad she came up with it. We looked into buying actual wooden doll house doors to decorate, but they would have cost too much for the amount of doors we needed. Sooo we used some small wooden slats that Karolyn found at the craft store and we mod podged pretty card stock onto them. The windows were made from more card stock and the door handles were beads.
We gathered together a bunch of odds and ends to decorate with and had plenty of craft glue, glue dots and hot glue on hand. The fairy Mom’s helped with the glue guns but the fairy girls did most everything else themselves. You’d be surprised what you can do with glue dots.
The girls took this very seriously and came up with so many unique and beautiful ways of decorating their doors.
Karolyn also made some homemade bubble wands and created a little bubble station for the kids. This was a huge hit. We had about 18 children and only 8 of them were girls so bubbles was something everyone could enjoy. The idea for these came from a cute blog called Kleas. They worked perfectly.
Karolyn also made these adorable little hats for the boys. She has two boys of her own so she really helped me make the party fun for them too. The cute peter pan hat idea came from a blog called Make it and Love it. They had a step by step tutorial for the hats as well as an entire Peter Pan costume all out of felt. Cute, cute, cute.
Our very last craft was a button bracelet. These were very easy to make. Just two pieces of twine and one or two buttons. I just threaded one piece of twine through each side and then looped it and tied them together. The picture pretty much sums it up.
So that concludes our day of fun and merriment. I hope your summer is filled with lots magic and a little bit of fairy dust.
|Visit my Etsy shop for the Fairy Garden party Printables seen in this party.|