I used a pink, lavender, green, white and red color theme (as you can see above), and I thought it worked really well outdoors. So, onto the party pictures! First, all the decor.
|A little "Welcome Table" that led from the backyard up to the deck where all the food was|
|One of my beloved succulent gardens was overtaken by fairies!|
|Just a little side table on the deck with more fairy gardens and succulents|
|The fairy gardens were so fun to make with the girls|
|Some of my favorite flowers, hydrangeas! Their pot became a fairy playground. :)|
|More succulents overtaken by fairies :)|
|Don't fairies need a treehouse? Of course they do!|
|I made the bunting out of oilcloth so I could leave it out all the time!|
|I displayed Brantley and Grayson's One Year Photos in the Playhouse too. This is Grayson...|
I had seen the "Fairies in a Jar" idea on Pinterest, and thought about making them as favors, but when I made a "test" one, I realized they faded relatively quickly, and couldn't really make them in advance. So I thought they'd be a fun craft! All you do is cut open a glow stick and pour all the contents into a jar (I used baby food jars, and painted and glittered-up the lids!), add some fine glitter and shake. It makes the jar glow and glimmer! Fairies in a jar!
The other craft was for our little fairies and gnomes to "Paint a Fairy House." This was a very popular station! I wish I had gotten a picture, but we had a lovely little collection of brightly painted and glittered fairy houses by the end of the party! Best thing I did with both of these crafts was to lay down craft paper over the little tables. While I really did it just to protect the tables, it made for very easy cleanup with what could've been two very messy projects.
|Another little fairy garden, but inhabited by a nice little gnome. :)|
|I've gotten great use out of this chalkboard!|
My dad is an amazing woodworker, and though it's not on display as it should be in the party pictures, he made this table for Brantley and Grayson for their birthdays. When my mom and dad asked me what the girls wanted for their birthdays, I told them that since they both love to draw and color and create, I thought an art table would be a great idea. They have a little table and chairs in their playroom, but they use it in their kitchen, and it's usually covered with "dinner" or being used for their own tea parties. And I looked and looked on Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod, but a lot of their furniture is just really expensive for kids. So my dad made this for the girls, and they love it. And how special will it be for them down the road to
fight over have a table that their grandfather made for them?! Actually, I may have to just keep it. :)
I used an antique quilt for a tablecloth, and a tree stump as the centerpiece. I found this sweet petite antique tea set at the same little shop I found the quilt. That was a good antiquing day. :) I added some glass bottles that I wrapped with scrapbook paper and tied with twine, and just filled them with sticks and the leftover flower sprigs from the dress up canopy. I thought the table looked darling.
I made a little backdrop that sat up on the food table, with Brantley and Grayson's things that they love for this year. I also added little food label cards beside each item.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Sweet Cake Tea Sandwiches (Pound Cake with Raspberry Jam)
Garden Snails (Pigs in a Blanket)
Garden Roughage (Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Tomatoes and a Pickle in a Cup with Ranch Dressing)
Fruit Fairy Wands (Grapes and a Watermelon Star on a Skewer)
Gnome Lunch Kabobs (ham, cheese and tomato on a stick)
Fairy Cakes (Cupcakes)
|See? I used the same sign template for the food labels and just shrunk them to "wallet size" for printing!|
For drinks, in the beverage dispensers, we had Citrus Water and "Fairy Punch," which was Pink Lemonade, Raspberry Sherbet and Ginger Ale. The Fairy Punch also served as the "tea" at the Tea Party! We also had waters, soft drinks and "adult beverages" in coolers.
Now, onto the good stuff! The party!! But first, my beautiful birthday fairies!
|My Brantley Girl :)|
|My Darling Gracie :)|
Though I make children's clothes, I didn't want the added pressure of making the girls' outfits for their party. So I bought these darling tutu dresses from Katrina of Two Moms on Etsy, and she did not disappoint! Add a pair of fairy wings, a flower hairclip (I did make those) and some jellies, and I had my two birthday fairies. :)
|Pop and Ben :)|
|Daddy got in the gnome spirit! :)|
|And so did Ben! :) I did make his little outfit. :)|
|Brantley and cousin Banks ruled the Fairy House Painting Table!|
|Banks put a lot of concentration into his work!|
|Cousin Raleigh loved walking her baby!|
|Little Fairy Laney!|
|Bammy and Baby Fairy Sally Kate! :)|
|Gracie was giving Sally Kate some fairy cousin kisses!|
|Pop and Ben got some good quality time in. :)|
|Gracie was telling Uncle Ramsey some fairy secrets.|
|Lauren and her precious little red-headed gnome, Matt!|
|Gracie was serious about her tea drinking!!|
|They were all so sweet and just ate their little cupcakes and drank their tea so nicely!|
|Love this pic of two of the Luton Ladies!|
|One tired fairy!!!|
|PaDaddy and his flower crown :) :)|
|Swinging with Bammy|
|Another tired fairy!|
|Pretty mamas and darling babies on the blanket|
|Grayson couldn't get enough painting!|
|Ben was smitten with one of the pretty fairies! :)|
|I put this on our front door and closed the garage door so guests would come around to the front and somebody didn't have to stay inside to answer the door!|
|Thank You Notes|
|This is the Blank Sign Template. You can either open it in a photo editing software/site and add your own text, or print it off as-is and write in anything you'd like!|