Invitations: I created invitations with a flower garden border and added fairy stickers and said “Come visit our fairy garden that has many beautiful things. You just have to walk through it to earn your wings.”
Decorations: I placed large paper green leaves with silk flowers on our door with a sign that said “Welcome to the Enchanted Forest where we will have the most magical time! I had balloons in colors of pink, lavender, yellow and spring green. I hung silk flowers and some pretty plastic birds that I found at a good price at a local crafts store. I made butterflies from foam sheets and added pipe cleaners for the antennas. I hung fairy figurines from low-hanging tree branches / on the ceiling / wall from fishing line to look like they were flying in the air. I made a few extra of these for an activity that we played later on. I placed tulle on the backs of the chairs and around vases and jars that I stuck flowers in on the table with pictures of different fairies that I taped to pretty straws. I used the same colors as the balloons to decorate the table.
As the girls arrived we threw fairy dust on them with glitter. My friend’s teenage daughter helped out with face painting when the children arrived.
I created fairy wings out of pink foam sheets for the girls to wear and decorated them with glitter. Then I made two slits at the top and bottom of the wings, and pulled ribbon through the slits so I could tie the wings around the girls’ shoulders and torso. I also made wands with coffee filters glued to popsicle sticks that they colored with markers.
In order for them to earn their wings, I gave them a fairy test. I told them that in order to truly become a fairy, they had to pass a fairy test. I took photos of my daughter’s fairy figurines, printed them out and taped them to lollipops. I took the extra fairy garlands I made and tied them to chairs so the kids could find their matching fairy. I gave them each a lollipop and told them they had to find the matching fairy on their lollipops with the matching fairy on the garlands. Each fairy had instructions on what test they had to pass. They had to do what the message said to earn their wings. The tests that were given were: Hop on each toadstool on one foot (I had pictures of toadstools lined up), name three fairy magical powers, dance or sing like a fairy, pop all the bubbles that I blew in the air. Once they passed their tests, they were very happy to get their wings!
I played Celtic music for a game of musical statues because I thought it related well with the theme and of course, when the music stopped, they had to freeze in their spot. For a game of musical toadstools, I created toadstools by sewing red fabric to newspaper that I rolled up and shaped into pillow forms and painted white dots on the red fabric. As a craft, I purchased small corked vials that had metal loops on top that I strung ribbon through to make necklaces. I handed out pixie dust glitter and let them fill their vials. There was a Pixie Dust Treasure Hunt with rainbow rice. I used rice that I colored with food coloring and called it Pixie Dust. The last game was a Flower Pot Toss, where they tossed beanbags into a large flower pot.
Food: We had turkey and ham and sandwiches cut with flower cookie cutters and popcorn and ice cream for snacks, lemonade and strawberry milk.
Cake: I made a cake with gumdrops formed into flowers, marshmallow toadstools using mini marshmallows for the stems and cutting regular size marshmallows in half horizontally and using one half for the tops and gluing the tops and stems together with frosting. I added red icing to the tops and piped on white dots. The rest of the cake was pink since my daughter loves that color.
Their goody bags contained their wings and wands, their necklaces, fairy figurines and lollipops.