When Fluff-n-stuff requested a Fairy birthday party, I thought, “I’ll buy those wings and skirts packets online, bunch of pink, bunch of glitter, fine.” But then she said she was too old for that kind of a fairy party and she wanted a woodland fairy theme. And to her that meant natural materials and NO Tinkerbell! Even better. We went the mossy, fauxmade fairy house route.
Burlap. Too trendy? Jenn and I have been working for years on using up the left over ribbon from her wedding. I decided to use ribbons instead of balloons this year, and honestly, it was gorgeous. My favorite part. And for once in seven years, the wind at CoxFarms actually made it look better instead of ripping it apart like my balloon arch last year.
Fluffs and I picked these polka dot plates and straws because they reminded us of Super Mario Bros. toadstools except in pink.
For the swag bags, I had a few criteria. First, no candy. It’s like 3 days after Halloween. I’m not giving the kids another bag of candy. I did put one brownie in each, but that is a baked good. Different thing entirely. Second, no junk from Oriental Trading Co. Not that I haven’t gone that route in the past or that I won’t go there again, just this year, we were doing the handmade thing. And besides, I read this article about how kids come home with all this cheap plastic garbage from birthday parties that they neither like nor play with and it made me self-conscious. Third, not too expensive. Swag quickly becomes more expensive than any other aspect of the birthday party. Kent and I went to a big dinner with his friends from work and we were all swapping stories about how our kid came home from a birthday party with individually monogrammed towels and so forth. The half of me that isn’t disgusted thinks that is completely awesome, but I’m not paying for it. Fourth, I wanted something in the giftbag to make it easier for me to see the girls and them to see each other. It’s a big park.
In the end, we settled on charm bracelets with three charms, the aforementioned brownie, a nice laminated card of the girl’s initial flower fairy, and some fauxmade barrettes for the identifier. I totally made the barettes myself! By hot gluing the premade flowers onto clips. Peasy.
I did print out and laminate the fairy cards.
Better than a little maze-ball game? I think so. We have a long history (here, here, here, and here) of making Fluffy’s outfit part of the decor, and this year was no exception. Bought it at Unique when I was picking up Salty’s rimmed glasses for his Harry S. Truman costume. Am I biased, or is Fluffy the most beautiful child you’ve ever seen?
I decided early on that I was definitely not wasting time and effort cooking for the girls. Instead, Fluffy requested cheese pizza and cupcakes. I even decided to go extra easy on myself by ordering the cupcakes from Wegmans. BIG MISTAKE!! I ordered light and dark pink cupcakes with yellow centers, and this is what I got:
Hahahahaha! Hideous orange an purple? The two colors I excise from the rainbow whenever I get the chance? THIS, people, is why I usually do everything myself–so that when I inevitably screw it up, I can be doubly exasperated because I have only myself to blame. The bakery crew were really sorry about their mistake though, and charged me only half the price. And I was really nice about it, too. I was in a sparkling, stellar mood before I went in, so the cupcake fiasco didn’t phase me as much as it might have otherwise.
And that’s basically the end of my pictures. This was one of the hardest parties since the very first one because we promised to take good care of 11 young girls in a huge, crowded amusement park without their parent’s help. Fortunately, a couple of moms and a grandma came, otherwise we would have been toast. Even with their help, I was so laser focused on counting 11 barrettes over and over and over to make sure no one got lost that I didn’t get to enjoy it very much. It was exhausting. Of course, Salty who did not have a hair clip wandered off and terrified me beyond all reason. I found him after about 5 horror movie adrenaline minutes. Gah!
A bunch of stuff went wrong because I was understaffed and scatterbrained/sleep deprived. Trying to buy the balloons and cupcakes at Wegman’s, I found out I had left my wallet in my gym bag! I asked really, really, really nicely and somehow managed to get Wegman’s to accept a check without photo ID or my Wegman’s card. Phew! And then I locked my keys in the trunk. As soon as I did it, I realized what I had done, but there was not a darned thing I could do about it right then. I just shrugged and headed off to set up. At least I got everything out of the trunk before I locked those keys in. After the party, I had to call a locksmith. Horribly expensive mistake.
The most important part is that Fluffy loved everything about it and had an amazing time with her friends. Happy Birthday, my darling girl. Stop growing up. I hate it!
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