Last week, I put everything aside, including this mentioned here, to prepare a fairy birthday party for my 6-year-old Nico; while her actual birthday was on April 18th, we only found time to celebrate it with her friends this last weekend -- our weekends have been so busy of late.... I also wanted to make sure that I had enough time to prepare something special for her; she's my last to turn 6 (sniff...) and is very much into all things "make-believe"; of all my children, she is the one who most loves to dress up and role-play and, without a doubt, she is my only fashionista! It's also been a while since I last went over the top with a birthday party; I used to go bezerk preparing themed parties for my kids, but I guess too many late nights with my glue gun eventually did me in, and low-prep, out-of-house parties have become my idea of a successful party!
The party was actually a Peter Pan party, not just a fairy party. The children dressed up as fairies, pirates and fairy pirates (some didn't know which way to swing...) and looked for treasures following a Peter Pan-inspired treasure hunt I set up (now, that was fun!). I didn't spend too much time on the pirate costumes; we have a fair amount of pirate paraphernalia lying around from Halloweens past and I was, quite honestly, mostly in the mood to work on the fairy stuff, knowing that Nico and all the little girls her age would opt for the fairy getup! After a few trips to the dollar store, I made some fairy crowns using stretchy headbands as a base onto which I hot-glued fake flowers and, my absolute favorite items at dollar stores, those colorful feathery butterflies! (Where would we be without hot glue guns!) As a finishing touch, I tied lengths of assorted ribbonnerie and ricrac to the back of the crowns. I then made some quickie elasticized fairy skirts using all the metallic and shiny fabric I've been saving for a special occasion like this one. With purchased (cheap) fairy wings, thrifted shiny bangles and a sprinkling of pixie dust, the stage was set.
My photos from the actual party were disappointing due to a dirty lens (unbeknownst to me), but I did take some photos before the party of all the fairy gear I made, and Nico agreed to become a fairy again yesterday so that I could take some more pictures (not a hard sell!). Here's a sampling --