Today 23 little girls filled my house for a Fairy Tea Party to celebrate Kenna and Michal's 7th birthday. This is the first year that we've had a birthday party for just their classmates and that meant a lot of little girls since they're in two different classes at school.
When they arrived the girls had their choice of three activities; they could get their face painted, make a fairy house or make a fairy friend -- a teddy bear. Once they finished one of the three activities they could move on to the next activity. I very fortunately had Eric and two wonderful friends help me before and during the party. They each managed one of the crafts while I tried to make sure the girls were moving from one activity to the next.
It was cute to see some of the girls get their faces painted like tigers while others chose fancy butterflies.
I then had the girls all get the wrapped Barbie doll they'd brought to the party -- in lieu of gifts each girl brought a Barbie to exchange. They all then sat in a circle on the floor and I read a fairy book. Each time I read the word "fairy" they passed their wrapped package to the right. They really loved this game and giggled and laughed each time I said "fairy." When I finished the book I told them to open their package and that Barbie was theirs to take home.
The girls then got dressed in "fairy finery" -- tutus, wings and wreaths of flowers -- to go into the dining room for a fairy tea party. The tables were set with mismatched china plates and tea cups. A few of the tea cups were mine and the rest were thrift store finds. I have spent weeks scouring Good Will for tea cups and plates and have managed to amass a pretty good china collection. Each tea cup had a different handmade fairy sitting on it. The fairies were my very favorite part of the party and the girls absolutely loved them too. There was also a heart-shaped fairy wand at each place. I used fancy tea pots and the girls had their choice of pink lemonade, chocolate milk or hot chocolate, with flower marshmallows, to accompany their flower-and-butterfly-topped chocolate cupcakes.
here.) She had them singing, dancing and popping bubbles. It was the absolutely the cutest thing to see a room full of winged little girls dancing and singing.
She also let Michal and Kenna come up and sing in the microphone, which they absolutely loved.
In case you ever want to plan your own fairy tea party, here are some of my resources:
Fairies: Marilee Jane Designs
Fairy wands and flower wreaths: Fairy Princess
Tutus and wings: Halo Heaven
Pink flower topiaries: Home Goods
Silk flowers, tulle and ribbon to make chair sashes: Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabricks
Silk flower garland: Joann's (I embellished a purchased garland)
Birthday crown birds: Michael's (I added the ribbons and flowers)
Table cloth fabric: Hobby Lobby
Unfinished wood bird houses to make fairy houses: Hobby Lobby and Michael's
China tea cups and plates: Some were already mine and the rest were found at Good Will. The lady who works at Good Will got so used to seeing me that she would tell me what had come in that I might like. She also told me that she called her daughter to tell her what I was doing so she could start collecting dishes for her granddaughter's birthday party!
Tea pots: Home Goods
Cup cakes and flower cookies: Soirees and Sweets
Three-foot balloons and balloon "7" in the front yard : Unique Balloon Decorating