Published on January 26, 2022 | Last Updated on January 27, 2022
7 months ago, Piper came to me and said she wanted a fairy birthday party. It was June and her birthday is in December so I had plenty of time to plan out the perfect party. Because her and Lila’s birthday are only a month apart, and over the holidays, we decided to throw them a combined birthday party: Lila’s 1st and Piper’s 4th! I was determined to make the fairy theme cute and creative and put my own spin on the traditional fairy elements. It wasn’t until I found a napkin (out of all things) that I felt inspired to plan the party. From the color scheme to the details, it was the perfect starting point for my inspiration board.
For my inspiration boards, I like to go simple so I just use Microsoft PowerPoint. You can check out my board below. I personally love to go back after a party and look at the inspiration board and see how so much transpired from it.
So with a little fairy dust here is what is planned:
To have a fairy birthday party, the girls needed the perfect fairy outfit. Each year, I’ve gotten Piper a Cuteheads dress for her birthday and wanted to start the tradition with Lila as well. I found this adorable big sister dress and little sister bubble romper duo that matched the colors perfectly from their confetti collection. And every fairy needs her magic wand and crown, so I found I ordered these wands and crowns from MeriMeri.
I decided to order special wings for Piper and Lila off of Etsy to coordinate with their purple confetti outfits. But also made sure all of the partygoers felt included by ordering this 12-pack of wings. It was adorable to see all the girls running around with their wings and wands feeling like little fairies.
For the kiddos, we hired Unicorn Snow HTX to set up a stand and serve “fairy hot chocolate” and cotton candy. It was a huge hit! I love that they go above and beyond to make the drinks extra fun for the kids with the sprinkles, dipped marshmallows, and fun straws.
For the adults, we used the Traveling Spirits Bar which was amazing. I renamed two of their signature cocktails to match the fairy birthday party and they were a huge hit. It was my first time to use a mobile bartender and I think it’s a must for future parties. Not having to worry about if everyone is taken care of and refilling the stations allowed me to actually enjoy the party and our company.
For food, I created little charcuterie cups using what are actually French fry holders from Amazon. For the adults, I filled the cups with cheeses, meats, and crackers, and then created a more kid friendly one with cheese sticks, pepperonis, and fruit. I attached little butterflies to the cups to go with the theme as well as these adorable cocktail picks. I ordered a couple different packs off Etsy which I’ll link here and here. The butterflies were really used throughout the party on the balloons, backdrops, food tables, etc.
For desserts, we did cookies, cupcakes, and of course a birthday cake! For cookies, I always use the Beared Baker! I love their cookies so much. From the detailed designs to the taste, I haven’t found a better cookie. The cake was from Bella Bakery which a local Houston small business. For cupcakes I just grabbed a pack from our local grocery store then added a little edible butterfly to the top. For the cupcake display, I used the acrylic cake stand that I’ve used a million times in the past but added a sheet of moss to the layers. I love how simple and cute this turned out for the fairy birthday party!
I had been wanting a fun photo backdrop for a while now. With the parties that we host and the work I do for my blog, I thought it would be a good investment to purchase one, rather than keep renting them so I finally found one on Facebook Marketplace and took the plunge. I love the dimensions and the arches! I think someone who’s handy and has the time could recreate this pretty easily with plywood!
We had Revelry Goods do all of the balloons for the party including the ones on the backdrop. I simply sent them my inspiration board and let them get creative on what balloons to bring. They always do an amazing job matching the themes!
For each of the stations I had the prettiest acrylic signs hand made by Meghan Marie Calligraphy. I ordered these 11×14 acrylic signs off Amazon as well as these larger 16×20 acrylic signs. To keep the theme consistent, I provided her both the napkin and my inspiration board. From the florals to the lettering, they’re absolutely perfect. I had to keep a few of them for memories because they’re too pretty not to save.
For a fun touch sprinkled throughout the party, I created little fairy-themed cloches. I just used twigs from my backyard, added the same butterflies mentioned above, and moss. The cloches themselves I snagged from the Target Dollar Spot a while ago.
My mom is such a saint and helped me create the giant toad stools and flowers that we had around the playset. She built them with paper mache from a tutorial I found online. I’ll link the tutorial for the toad stools here and the link for the flowers here. We love how they turned out!
I kind of last minute decided to create a little wisteria “pergola” to host the face painting station. To build the frame, I used PVC pipes and used netting for the “roofing”. Arnes, our local party supply store, has the prettiest faux wisteria that I hung throughout the netting. I also purchased some vines to wrap around the PVC base to try to disguise it a bit. I love how it turned out! It was the perfect little fairy setup!
There were plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. We had a real-life fairy, a fairy house painting station, a bounce house, and a soft play area for the little ones.
The girls FAVORITE part of the party was Tinker Bell. We used Fairest of All Parties and she was amazing with the kids. She read a book to the kids and had them all sit around in a circle to listen. She also did face painting, had a treasure chest of prizes, and a hosted a little fairy send-off ceremony at the end of the party. The kids kind of followed her around the whole time which was adorable.
I found these little wooden houses from Michaels and set them each out on a plastic plate for the kids to paint their very own fairy house. I set out a bunch of different colored paints and brushes for them all to share. Yes, it was a little bit of a mess, but we were outdoors and the kids loved it! It also made for a cute parting gift for all the kids to go home with and remember their fun day at the party.
For the older kids, we rented an all-white bounce house from a local bounce house vendor. Revelry Goods also attached balloons to the bounce house to give it some color and make it fit the fairy theme. For the younger kids around Lila’s age, we rented a soft play set from My Little Dream Land.
Piper and Lila had such an amazing time. We loved celebrating our girls and catching up with friends and family. What do you think? Would you ever throw a fairy birthday party?
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