Hi Mamas! A few months ago we celebrated my oldest daughter’s fifth birthday. While she is still in full princess mode, she requested a fairy garden party theme. I figured our new sunroom was the perfect spot (rain or shine) since she has an April birthday!
Pinterest is my new Google, and since I had a baby in February I had a LOT of late night feeding time to peruse Pinterest for fairy party inspiration. I often wonder how I got through night feedings with baby number 1 and 2??? I digress! Needless to say, I found a TON of party planner’s fancy fairy theme elements (the cake, tutus, decorations, etc).
Seeing as our budget would not permit a party planner (wouldn’t that be nice!) I challenged myself to do the “look for less” fairy party, and this is what I came up with.
For under $200 I put together a fun fairy party, and so can YOU! Here’s how I did it:
Feeling fairy inspired I headed out to our local Family Dollar store to find my supplies. I was looking for the fairy attire, a craft for the kids and table decorations. I purchased fairy wings, fairy wands, two 8 packs of headbands for the tutu waistbands, paper goods, lei necklaces and spools of ribbon (to create fairy halos) as well as tissue flower decorations all for under $40.
I began making fairy halos by using small choker sized lei necklaces from the dollar store and spools of curling ribbon. I tied about 8-10 long pink and lavender ribbons on each necklace to make the halo. They came out adorable and my girls still use them today for dress up.
I knew I wanted tutus for every guest and that can be very expensive at $20 and up for a boutique tutu. I decided to make my own using headbands from the dollar store and spools of tulle from Michael’s – it turned out to be a labor of love!
There is this awesome no-sew tutu tutorial over at the A Little Loveliness blog. I stayed up unitl 2am after the girls went to bed, poured a glass of wine and went to work a few nights to make these adorable tutus! They were approximately $5 each to make myself, and they came out looking much more expensive and gorgeous!
Michael’s is also where I found the pink and lavender 6 inch spools of tulle for the tutu’s, along with mini paper mache birdhouses and glitter pens for the fairy house craft. I cruised the clearance aisle and found a roll of burlap that would be perfect for the table runner, along with three adorable lavender and pink silk flowers in ceramic julep cups for centerpieces. They were a bonus since they now live in each of my daughter’s rooms! I also picked up tiny plastic heart shaped clear bottles on a necklace that would be perfect for “fairy dust”, and some gold glitter to fill them.
There are many party printables on Etsy where you can order personalized fairy signs, but I decided to put money elsewhere like the cake. I found these adorable FREE Fairy Printables to add special touches like “fairy juice” water bottles, ”fairy treats” signs for the cake table, and a “fairy dust” sign for the necklaces.
The fairy doll cake and cupcakes were made by our local talented “cake lady” and cost $40 – money well spent because I know if I attempted this it would not have looked this beautiful!
I love the way the cake table came out – I even got use my grandmother’s milk glass cake pedestals to add sentimental meaning to the day for me. Check out the butterfly lollipops I scored 6 packs of these in the $1 bins at Target! I also made fairy brownie bites with cute cupcake liners found at Home Goods, brownie bites were from BJ’s. The kids each had a slice of pizza and a fairy juicebox for lunch.
The kids table and chairs were rented from my local party supplier for around $35. A few pictures of the kids’ table and everything put together:
The girls loved the “Decorate Your Own Fairy House” craft. After cake they went outside and sprinkled dust on their fairy houses, followed by a dance party in the backyard. Everyone went home with their own wings, tutu, magic wand, fairy halo and fairy house. It was a FAIRY FUN party – complete with a baby sister fairy!
What has Pinterest inspired you to do lately?