Sunday, February 24, 2013

a woodland fairy adventure

My youngest, who recently turned six requested
a woodland fairy hiking party.

You all may not know me that well yet, but I love
making parties happen for my kids.  I love themes,
and I love when they come up with something we can have fun putting together.
I treasure the chance to revel in the magic of childhood.
I also know my window of time where they really
are into these cute girly themes is probably drawing to
a close in the next few years.  So I'll eat it up as long as I can.

This year something evolved with both of their parties.
I decided why worry about the decorations and too many activities.

Instead, let the beauty of God's creation be the focus.
And again, He blessed us with amazing clear skies and warm temperatures on this February day.

But first, let me back up.
As a friend pointed out, you can't
really find a woodland fairy hiking party plan at party city.

So I did some brain storming and let my mind wander.
A trip to Michael's and Target's dollar bin helped too.
Oh and I can't forget the lovely Stephanie Fizer Coleman of
 the fox and the teacup for her lovely stickers. 
And so was born the girl's woodland adventure kit.
Thanks to Target's dollar bin I found this cool bug catching locket with a magnifying glass.
It carried a flower lip gloss, just until a bug was found.
For a short time, they studied this butterfly, but don't worry it was set free.
I wanted to give the girls something that would look very woodland fairy-ish that they could wear.
The wired feather looking base for the headbands were sold in sets, on clearance
in the flower arranging section.  Most chose to keep them safe, so not to lose them on the hike.
But that meant I could borrow one, cause well, I wanted to feel fairy-ish to you know.
The one planned activity would be a hunt to find items in nature that
match each color.  The fact that we've been saving cartons for when our chickens begin laying eggs
was handy.  I remembered this activity from a guided nature hike back when my son was much younger.  You'll see below, they were really into it.  And I loved seeing them looking for matching treasures.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.   Do you know what else has evolved?  I have little helpers who are truly helpful.  They're productive and fast and just as excited about party planning as me.  
So I decided to make fondant mushrooms for the cupcakes.  I didn't want to cover the top with red food dye.  So fondant mushrooms it was.  Only I've never touched fondant and have very little confidence when it comes to baking.  But I decided we'd try.
And again, the assembly line began.
The polka dots, they were a bit time consuming and I was up a tad
late into the night finishing them off.  But it was worth it.
I carefully packed them in their lunch sacks in these protective containers found here, with prime shipping on amazon.  Love prime shipping!  I was determined to try to pack everything we'd need.
These were just the right size, back packs from Oriental Trading Company.
And the day, it couldn't have been more perfect.
And the girls couldn't have been any more adorable.
I said they could dress as fairies if they wished.  My own decided the wings weren't comfortable.
But I love this one sweet winged girl who kept them on the whole day.
No one complained, and they were all ready for the adventure.
We hiked to the tallest peak to stop for lunch, overlooking all sides of the city.
Just as our birthday girl wished.
And it was just so much fun celebrating her, in exactly the way she wanted.
The best part was, the adventure continued all the way back.
With a game of follow the leader.
And she said, it was the best day.
Complete with the chocolate frosting smile to prove it.

1 comment:

Kim said...

You are gifted girl! what a perfect day and a perfect party for your girl. Great job!

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