For a gal that’s no party planner, I sure am proud of the fairy wonderland I created for my daughter’s third birthday. With the help of friends and my super savvy and crafty mother-in-law, and all the fairy pins I could find on Pinterest, I transformed our humble little yard into a 3 year old’s Pixie Hollow.
There’s No Place Like Home
Planning and executing the “perfect” party can get pretty expensive, so I knew I had to be resourceful when it came down to this fairy business. We saved money right from the start by having the party in our home. Having it at home spared us park rental fees, kept our cars parked in the driveway, and saved us lots of time in prep work. Moving and transporting goods from one place to another, setting up in a different location, the chance of rain – all good reasons to keep it simple and keep it in the backyard. It just keeps it easy, and with youngins, who fights easy?
Keep It Small
Another element of easy-flow party planning was keeping the guest list small. There’s an age-old saying that says there should only be as many guests as your child’s age. I really like that etiquette as it keeps things easy and intimate; not to mention, it saves money (and catfights) too!
Upcycle to Save!
With the guest list figured out and location down pat, it was then time to scour websites and old cabinets for decoration ideas. I scored quite a deal from “partygobox” on eBay as they sold me 6 sets of fairy dress up clothes complete with wands, tutus, headbands, and wings for under $20! Can’t beat that, and free shipping too. I borrowed a few goods from friends like table linens and small vases, and I collected old jelly and pickle jars to use for flowers. Upcycling and not buying new are great ways to be resourceful, and it afforded me the ability to purchase a couple of cute items from MagicCabin.com that I had been eyeing for a while. Magic Cabin has some of the cutest décor and items for children’s imaginative play, so I scooped up a couple of things to use for the special day that can also get lots of use in the future.
Make the Menu Fun
With birthdays and other special occasions, the menu is always the most important part to me. It doesn’t have to be lavish by any means because that’s just not my style, but I do like it to be thoughtful and homemade. I guess it’s just in my blood coming from a long line of fantastic home cooks, and although I’m no pro, I certainly can get in the kitchen and make something delicious! I cheated a few times just to save myself time, but the end results were perfect. We had an all-natural yogurt bar with all the fixins (thank you Pinterest!), cupcakes with homemade strawberry icing (store bought boxed cake mix), and fresh-squeezed strawberry lemonade. We kept it simple, and it was a hit with our little fairies!
The day of the party, my girlfriends joked with me, because after seeing the set up they thought I went above and beyond! The beauty is I didn’t! It was fun, cost-efficient, and easy! Party planning just isn’t my thing – heck, it’s why my husband and I eloped – but I do know one thing: I wanted Naomi’s day to be special and memorable. And it was. It was so special that she keeps asking about having another one!
Now that’s a party worthwhile!
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am
Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm