I recently posted about how Rory could hardly handle the anticipation of her impending third birthday. What we didn’t tell her was that her birthday party was happening about 2 1/2 weeks before her birthday.
She decided quickly that the only kind of party she wanted was a Tinkerbell party. Last year’s party was a loud, busy, and crazy book swap party which was a blast. This year, I wanted to have a smaller party for two reasons: First, Faith and Favor do much better in calmer, more controlled environments and second, I wanted to put a lot more detail and thought into this year’s party so I knew it would be easier with fewer kids. We ended up going with a cousins only party. It was still plenty crowded and lots of fun!
When Rory decided on Tinkerbell, the first thing we did was put the invitation together. Jonathan wrote a great limerick (another one of his superpowers that nobody knows about) and I designed the card using my Silhouette software (best Christmas present ever!!!).
All of the guests were given fairy costumes when they arrived.
The birthday girl, of course, was given an extra special fairy dress.
I sewed circle skirts for the girls following this tutorial, and I made a fairy “cloak” for our lone gentleman guest. I made the wings from kids’ wire hangers and white tulle.
I made Rory’s dress pattern from tracing a tank top…and just kind of guessed along the way. The scariest part was that I surprised her with the dress, so I couldn’t try it on her as I went. Thankfully, it fit just as I had hoped.
The day was full of fairy activities. We made fairy wands and fairy houses. The houses were definitely a hit and took a lot more time than I anticipated. I was amazed that all of the kids were really into it.
I initially planned to make a fairy house as an example for the kids. I never got around to it, and I am SO GLAD I didn’t do it. The creativity that comes out of kids is outstanding and I would have squelched it with my realistic and organized fairy house.
And then the food. I love themed party food!!!!!
The “cookie cake”was a hit. It was definitely a time intensive process, but totally worth it. I made vanilla French macaroons with a chocolate ganache filling.
We also made “toadstool mushrooms” (marshmallows dipped in colored white chocolate), Jonathan carved Rory’s name in a watermelon (yet another superpower), and no fairy party is complete without ants on a log.
We sang happy birthday, Rory was thrilled, the kids were entertained for the entire party, and nobody cried (that I can recall). It was a birthday miracle.
Happy 3rd Birthday little Rory!