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!!!).
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!