Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There Were Fairies~ Woodland Fairy Birthday Party Round-Up

There was a flurry of fairy making in the week before Amelia's little birthday celebration. I was going for woodland fairy, and I'll admit I loved the process and the end result as much as she did. I found a great book at the library called Felt Wee Folk, which guided my process for making little fairy dolls from pipe cleaners, felt, wool roving, floss, wooden beads, and flower petals. The acorn top hats were just the perfect addition. (Thanks, Liz)Hadley ended up going crazy with the simple version for kids and made one for each little girl at the party. After the girls were in bed I put the fairy tree on the table and perched each fairy in the tree.
I also saw a wonderful idea for making fairy houses out of peat pots on another blog, so we set up a little house making station for each little fairy. The girls glued pom poms, flower petals, and stickers to their "houses". Then they each got to take a fairy from the tree and play while I set up the fairy tea party complete with tiny sized finger foods. I used simple lilly of the valley floral stems to make fairy crowns,
and a crepe paper butterfly kit I've had since Hadley was a baby to make about 25 butterflies, which were flying all over the living room.
I love birthday parties and celebrations. I tend to get a little stressed out, and I remember being so exhausted after each of Hadley's parties. I learned from that experience to keep things small and simple and also to plan ahead. We've set a rule that the number of guests equals the age of the birthday girl, and we only have formal parties for the even number years. Amelia has yet to have had an actual birthday party, so we broke that rule this year, and it was so perfect. We had three little fairy guests plus Hadley and Amelia. Amelia is pretty easily overwhelmed and she only got nervous when it came time for singing Happy Birthday, which she did not want.
When Daddy came home from work we all loaded up and went to Wahooz to play, then out to dinner with Papa J., and home for the real birthday cake, and opening presents. Then the thing I had been most looking forward to happened. If you have seen the book One Yard Wonders you will recognize this little fabric house.The moment Amelia opened the house she was transfixed. I was over the moon with excitement to present it to her, and I was praying that she would love it. She didn't even want to eat cake because she was so busy playing.
It hasn't left her side since. She even sleeps with this thing.
The Mail Man contributed the tiny walnut tree furniture, so it was a perfect collaboration. Her adoration is a relief because this project took a large number of man/woman hours to create. Between the house, the furniture and the dolls (the little boy is missing from this picture) I would say a whole day's worth of time was devoted. Plenty of time to think about my little fairy and how much I love her. Last night she said "Mom, I really want to have another fairy party the next time a party comes around."
Mission accomplished.

14 comments:

  1. Yay! What a magical day for Miss Amelia, and for the rest of you! Your fairy house is incredible - I would have died for that as a kid (I was enchanted with fairies too!). The mail man's furniture is just icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing her very special day. Three!!!! Oy ...

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  2. What a wonderful day! That house is so cute - I've toyed with making that but it kinda scared me a wee bit - ha!

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  3. Heather - what a fabulous party for your super sweet little girl! I think I want a fairy party for my next birthday! And I LOVE the dollhouse you made! I may have to try and tackle that one sometime! I just love the homemade gifts you give you children. It's so inspirational to those of us who are anti-plastic store bought crap!

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  4. What a fantastic, magical party! Well done, Mom -- on the butterflies, the fairies, the cake, the house, and most of all, the smiling little girl.

    Happy Birthday to Amelia!

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  5. Wow, there is so much goodness in this post. What an incredible special day you have created here

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  6. Can I be your friend and be invited to your birthday party?? I want to go to a cool birthday party like that! Good job!

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  7. OMG. I mean, wow!! I love the little fabric house, and the furniture, and the fairies, and everything - Happy Belated Birthday, Amelia! What a lucky little lady. :)

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  8. What an amazing birthday party!!! That house is stunning and I'm sure it will be played with for hours on end. I do think that Amelia will look back fondly on this birthday party for a long time :)

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  9. I know I keep asking this, but is there any chance you want to adopt a 35-year old daughter into your family?!?!?! Seriously, what an amazing birthday. I loved Fairies when I was a kid and I still cannot mow over a Fairy Ring (if I had a yard and a Fairy Ring). The house is amazing and I love the little fairies everywhere! Really delightful!!!!

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  10. Thanks for mentioning my book, Felt Wee Folk. I'm so glad that you thought to have the girls make fairies at the party. What Fun!

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  11. You are the best mom EVER!!!! What an adorable party. I love the little fabric house you made. So so so so so adorable!!! I can't believe how grown up Amelia looks!

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  12. Ummm....yeah. I just got CHILLS reading this post. CHILLS. What a beautiful day!!! I just love all the decorations, and the fairy houses, and the gift you made for her -- AMAZING! Way to go, you crafty mama you.

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  13. Hi Heather, I look at your blog often. Not sure why I never take the time to comment. You and my sister Kamille always have so many comments on your blogs and maybe I figure you don't need anymore. You both are very social people with lots of friends. I just have to comment on this though. What a sweet little doll house! I love it and the furniture is so adorable. You and Phil are super creative. Hope you guys are doing well!

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  14. i had my daughters 7th birthday party here and it was fantastic! it was the perfect party for this age. ALL of the girls had a wonderful time and all want to now have there party at faires and dragons!Stephanie
    http://fairiesanddragonsparties.com/

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