A Fairy-Themed First Birthday Party
Cast a spell on your guests with a charming first birthday celebration that would impress even Tinker Bell herself.
Calling All Fairies
Given that you can’t have fairies delivering the invites, you can at least put them on the invites. Look around for ones like this HP downloadable invite—it’s not only enchanting, it’s free! Just print, fold, and pop in an envelope. Particularly lovable about invites like these: no need to pick up another box of 8 when all you need is one more—just print it out.
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart
A Magical Entrance
Welcome guests with easy tissue paper pom poms. Simply fan fold 10 layers of tissue paper, tie the middle with floral wire (or a pipe cleaner in a pinch), carefully separate the layers and fluff! Thread a little fishing line or bakers twine through the wire and hang from trees, your mailbox, or your porch railing. Or, if you’re not the crafty type, buy them ready-made!
Photo Credit: Frills, Fluff and Trucks
Pretty in Pink
Another oh-so-pretty idea: a perfectly pink beaded wreath, from Frills, Fluff and Trucks. Hang it on the door to greet guests or in the living room to add a little pink magic. Just wrap plastic beaded necklaces around a styrofoam wreath from a craft supply store, secure with hot glue, spray paint it pink, and add the bow.
Get Your Wings On
Have some wings ready to adorn the little creatures coming to celebrate with you. Almost any craft or discount store carries them year-round, and they come in multiple colors. Pop them on a hanger, and have them ready for guests’ arrival. When the party is done, send them home as a favor.
All fairies-in-training new a proper tutu. You can buy one at almost any baby boutique, but with a little time you can make one yourself. All you need are scissors, tulle ribbon, and 1-inch ribbon. For full instructions, click here on How to Make a Tutu.
For some fairy fun, put out some glitter play dough. Just buy pre-packaged dough (you already have enough to do!), roll out with your hands, sprinkle on glitter, fold, and knead until it’s mixed. Divide the dough into small plastic containers that are easy for guests to grab, and take home at the end of the party.
No fairy party is complete without wands—and they’re easy to make. First, buy a bunch of mini wands. Cut card stock into small rectangles, write guests’ name in metallic marker, punch a hole in one corner, and attach to the wand with silver ribbon. Just make sure fairies don’t wave them into other fairies’ eyes!
For fairy finger foods, using a cookie cutter, shape fruit and cheese into stars and spear them on kabob skewers (look for them in the deli section of any grocery store). You will be amazed at the picky eaters who will gobble up these foods when they look like this. Have pre-diced fruit and cheese on hand for the one-year-olds.
Sprinkling of Fairy Dust
An activity that’ll have the kids spellbound: Make whatever flavor of cupcake you wish, frost it in plain white frosting, then let guests decorate their cupcake by shaking “Fairy Dust”—aka edible glitter you can pick up at craft stores—from salt shakers. So much fun, you might even see adult guests channeling their inner Tinker Bell.
A fairy birthday wouldn’t be complete without special wishes for the birthday girl. This tree makes a great centerpiece and memento. First, place branches in a glass jar or vase. Cut colored pieces of card stock into stars, punch a hole, thread ribbon through and attach a paper clip hook. Leave a sign with instructions and pens for adult guests. They can write their wishes for your child on paper, and hang it back on the tree.
When guests are too young to sign a guest book, try fingerprints! Pick up a canvas and draw an outline of a magic wand. Then invite moms to help their kids leave their mark by placing their finger or thumbs into stamp pads and then onto the canvas. Make sure you grab the nontoxic kid safe stamp pads at the craft store—they are in the kid section not the paper crafts. Just have a pack of baby wipes handy for wiping ink of fingers.
Photo Credit: Fine Stationery
Thank you cards don’t get much cuter than these from Fine Stationary.com. To customize the card, let the birthday girl scribble on the inside with bright pink crayon.
Allison McDonald is the mom and former preschool teacher behind the popular early learning blog No Time For Flash Cards. She lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her son, daughter and husband Jason.
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