We are huge fans of fairies. I’ve written about them, spoken on tv about them and built houses for them. If there’s a fairy event, venue or attraction, we’ll probably be there or we’ve already been there. After attending Faeries, Lights & Sprites at Minnetrista last summer, I KNEW I wanted my children to have a fairy themed party. I also knew it wouldn’t take much convincing.
I had a very specific vision and very specific budget. I made some money saving decisions to do things a certain way so that I could splurge in other areas.
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Budget Tip: Instead of printing and mailing the invitations, I used the digital copy designed by Lyon’s Prints to invite my friends through social media and email. Printing them and mailing them would have been a few hundred dollars for the number of people we wanted to invite. So, I took my savings and put the money towards entertainment!
Budget Tip: I have some friends who are very talented bakers and cake decorators, you’ve seen us feature their cakes in the past. For this event I wanted a cupcake bar and since my mom was in town, she helped me make 200 cupcakes. I bought the frosting already colored and flavored. I already owned most of the sprinkles from cookie decorating parties. Total cost for cupcake supplies not already on hand: $24. This was our Fairy Dust Cupcake Bar.
Budget Tip: I purchased a bunch of fairy wands from Oriental Trading Company. They came pre-glittered so that made it a little difficult to affix the sticky gems I also purchased but it was still fun! Then I bought ribbon at the dollar store and set up this station. I even found adorable fairy wings for the children that didn’t have their own. This was our Fairy Wand Workshop.
Shauna from Once Upon a Party is a fabulous party designer, hostess and on of the most talented face painters I’ve ever come across. She brought everything she needed and even let me leave some glitter hair spray (one can was more than enough) to put on our little fairies as they visited the Fairy Beauty Salon. It was her idea to set up close to the Fairy Wand Workshop so that the kids had something to do while waiting their turn.
Prancing Ponies has become a Wednesday favorite of ours over the past two summers. When I found out that they did birthday parties, I was so excited! They bring their ponies to YOUR house and their staff leads children around on the ponies anywhere in your yard. They don’t need a ton of space and there’s no other fencing or equipment needed. I wish I had a recording of the squeals that came from all of the little fairies when the ponies arrived. MINIATURE PONIES AT MY HOUSE! I have no idea how ponies relate to fairies, but I’m certain they do. This was our Pony Rides activity.
The Bubble Forest was a ton of fun. We purchased two bubble machines and used both of them mounted the roof overhang of our detached garage. There were very few affordable bubble machines that had stellar reviews so I purchased two different brands. The Fun Fog brand bubble machine created so many bubbles and it was such a beautiful effect, exactly what I wanted, but it burned through bubble mixture in minutes. The second machine, the 1byone Professional Bubble Machine created a fair amount of bubbles but was nowhere near as beautiful as the first machine, however because of it, we had a constant stream of bubbles if someone tall wasn’t around to refill them.
We also broke into our Christmas decoration totes and hung all of our white twinkle lights, stringing them from the roof to the trees. I bought a bunch of tea lights and put them into every jar, candle holder and vase I could find around the house. I spread these out throughout the yard in the gardens and flower pots.
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