Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Woodland Fairy Birthday Party

It thrills me to share with you this Woodland Fairy Birthday Party designed by Kate Landers Events, LLC!

The party took place in the "enchanted" woods of the client's back yard (we had to move to a less "wooded" area due to too much poison ivy that had grown since the original party date--weeks back--which had to be pushed forward due to illness), and the weather could not have been more beautiful!

The color-scheme was a mix of natural browns and greens, soft creams and whites, with the birthday girl's favorite colors of pink and red.

The invitations were from Kori's and Lindsey's darling new line, Paper & Pigtails.

Kori graciously re-designed their original woodland fairy invitation into something custom for us, to match our pink, red, green and brown color scheme, and also to mimic the type of trees the girls would be surrounded by during the party.

Needless to say, they did an amazing job (check out these scallop-edged return address labels!), and we couldn't be more thrilled with such a perfect introduction to the party theme for the guests.

You will see other darling items (like name tags and custom fairy food signs) from Paper & Pigtail throughout this post, which will be linked directly to their shop if you wish to purchase any for your own woodland fairy party!

As with all of my events, I like the children to be encouraged to use their imaginations, and this party was no exception.

We wanted each guest to feel as if they were a woodland fairy themselves, so we had Henry & Grace Designs custom created fairy frocks, hair garlands and wands.

They girls would find these hanging from the trees, standing in a green bubble-glass jug, hiding behind a rock in the woods, or even laying on their plate at the table...finding each piece of their own fairy costume was an activity in and of itself!

Each fairy frock and garland was created using the same materials, all with the lovely green silk vines and pink flowers, but the colors of tulle and ribbon were all unique, so no two were ever exactly alike.

Ireland's fairy frock and garland was created using pale pink and ivory.

Violet's fairy frock and garland was created in a vivid red and rosy pink.

Ava's fairy frock and garland was created in a rich dark chocolate brown and soft pink.

Elle's fairy frock and garland (not shown because this birthday girl was already wearing when we were setting up!!!) was created using the reds and pinks and ivory, and a hint of brown as well. Stunning indeed!

Girls were also each given a pair of our whimsical fairy wings, and let me tell you once they were on, they didn't come off!

We wanted a very whimsical feel, so strands of red felt mini bunting were strung casually along the tree branches near the table.

The tablescape was created using a floor length chocolate brown table covering, custom made toad stools were used for seating (yes, red with white spotted pillow tops and ivory "stems" straight to the ground!), and tableware consisted of our favorite Rice melamine soft pink tumblers and plates, along with red flatware and green cloth napkins folded under each plate.

The most precious trio of toad stools was created by the lovely Miss Jane, which served as the centerpiece.

My personal favorite detail is the fairy door on the largest toadstool, and the pink butterfly on top.

Simply charming!

We created a darling wreath hung by beautiful double-faced pink satin ribbon to hang over the table, adding instant height and sort of pulling together the treetops and toad stools together!

Each girl found their name on a darling printed tag (would make a charming cupcake topper too, I think!), inside their fairy garland on top of their plate.

The girls enjoyed the most spectacular fairy feast on a table we designed to mimic the enchanted forest floor.

The table was covered with a green moss table runner, food was displayed on wooden "stumps" and personalized with wooden letters for the birthday girl, Elle.

You will notice tall grass, bundles of twigs and flowers, and a couple of sparkling green butterflies, that almost blend right if it weren't for their sparkled coating!

The menu was all sweets, but with an earthy, fairy theme of course!

Each girl was given a chocolate "bird's nest" to eat out of--incredibly realistic looking, and delicious!

The nests also served as "bowls" for the "create your own trail mix" station.

"Fairy Flakes"(coconut), "Chipmunk Chips" (banana), "Gnome-Made Granola", "Wrinkled Grapes" and "Chocolate Drops" were among the selection of goodies for the girls to use to make their special mix.

Other treats, such as pink "acorns" and "pink feather dust" were also available for the girls to nibble on during the party.

Darling "Ladybugs" were crafted carefully out of apples and chocolate frosting and were definitely a favorite to look at by all the guests.

"Snail Sandwiches" (created of strawberry cream cheese and jelly) and "Woodland Smores" (pre-melted smores served on a wooden "stump") were other delightful treats guests enjoyed (signs but food not shown).

Instead of a traditional birthday cake (originally a custom cake was designed but with the party being postponed, the birthday girl had time to change her mind!), the birthday girl opted for cupcakes that she saw at Whole Foods with her mom--pink frosted flowers, and deep raspberry-red "toadstools" with upside-down white chocolate chips.

"Dandelion Milk" (Milk) was the beverage of choice, in chocolate, strawberry or plain, as all three matched the color-scheme of the party!

The toadstool cupcakes were also an activity.

The girls were given a leaf-shaped bowl full of raspberry pink/red icing, a mini chocolate cupcake and mini white chocolate chips, where they could craft their own toadstool cupcake to enjoy or take home. A messy but fun activity and tasty treat!

Special white-chocolate (colored pale pink) dipped strawberries added the birthday girl's favorite colors of red and pink to the fairy feast, and a nest of "Fairy Berries" added beauty and natural texture to the table.

This table was tremendous fun to set up, and as you can see, the felt toadstools, whimsical wands, and jars of fairy dust were all incorporated in the decor.

The whimsical wands were all personalized with tags tied to their streaming raw silk ribbons.

The fairy dust bottles were carefully displayed in a bell jar, to be handed out by an adult at the end of the party, for the girls to take home and use as a decoration in their room.

These personalized fairy dust jars were a tremendous hit, and the girls had all sorts of ideas of how to use them! (Yes, we do offer those darling custom fairy dust, wand, frock and garland tags for special order, just send us an e-mail with your request to info@katelandersevents.com!)

Activities included "musical toad stools" using the same toad stools the girls sat on while at the table, and a dance around a "Fairy May Pole" (a natural wooden rod stuck in the ground, with long streaming ribbons carefully adhered at the top).The girls more than anything just enjoyed prancing around in circles, weaving around each other--not really making any sort of pattern at this young age, of course!

In addition to decorating their "toadstool cupcakes" they also were given little birdhouses to take home to decorate.

Each guest was given a moss-covered basket in which they were to use to gather butterflies, acorns and flowers (faux flowers and butterflies, real acorns), most of which were hidden behind "fairy doors" at the bottom of trees.

This was a lot of fun, but we made sure to have bags full of pre-alloted decorations and goodies already to go, in the event one girl ended up with fewer decorations than another.

Along with being allowed to leave the parties in their fairy costumes, they were given a copy of an enchanting fairy pop-up book (which I have seen at the store "Anthropologie"), customized with a small bookplate inside to remember the event. I was even given one of these books, and love it!

As you know I am one for lots of details and photos in my posts!

I hope our woodland fairy party may inspire and enchant you! Please contact us at info@katelandersevents.com if you are interested in us helping you create your own woodland fairy party, or if you are interested in any of the products you see featured, as many are available as a custom order.

Also, a very special thank you to Paper & Pigtails for the spectacular invitations and toadstool and fairy-themed imprintables, they added so much more charm to so many aspects of the event!


Anonymous said...

WOW! What detail! Such a charming party!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such detail! What a charming party!

Candy and Cake Sugar Designs said...

That party is magical! So cute!

Tori said...

Kate-- STUNNING as always. This is by far the best Woodland Fairy party I have seen yet. You left no detail out-- wonderful job!

Unknown said...

over-the-top fantastic party! what classy detailing!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

jamie@giggledustparties said...

This party is spectacular. AMAZING job as always! I adore the chocolate nests...would love to incorporate them into my woodland fairy party :-) Do you have a recipe or did you purchase them?

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

Breath taking! It looks wonderful!

Lindsey {Bella Grace Party Designs} said...

Perfection! Can't wait to share it!

Rachel said...

I just came across your blog today from a http://alittleloveliness.blogspot.com/. I am a mother to three little girls and am so excited to find all of these beautiful birthday ideas. I became a follower and would love to win a "Violet Themed" party for my daughter named Violet who will turn ONE on June 15th. (We are planning the party for the 19th of June but could be persuaded to delay it until the 26th if it would be easier to get our package together if we were to win!)
Rachel (Mommy to Rose 5, Pearl 3 and Violet almost 1!)

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

Absolutely Magical!!

Tales of a Peanut said...

So adorable! I'm a new follower over from The Birthday Girl's blog and if I won the giveaway I would probably do a monogram party!

Sharnel said...

Oh Kate, this is just magical.
I'm in the middle of pulling together a Woodlands Fairy party for my daughter's 6th birthday. I seriously cannot believe the similar details we have.
Your work is sublime. Well done Kate.

hnols said...

I am a relatively new follower of BGirl and just began to follow Kate Landers. Love the Madeline party! would to do a butterfly/fairy party for my daughter's upcoming 2nd birthday!

Kori Clark Designs said...

Kate, the party looks amazing!! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of the design, but all of the details you used made this so unbelievable!

Unknown said...

the chocolate nests are just a mix of melted chocolate and shredded wheat--super easy to make, and they actually taste great too!

Jennifer Birkhead said...

W O W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristy - Posh Pixels Design Studio said...

Wow! Phenomenal party! The details are truly stunning! Fabulous job!

Koozie Pricing said...

Gorgeous…everything is perfect. FUN FUN FUN

Melissa Lester said...

This woodland party was absolutely enchanting! All those little girls will forever look back on that party as a treasured and magical day in their childhood!

Life According to Sassy Pants said...

I am a new follower referred by the Birthday Girl. My daughters birthday is Dec. 23. I am open to birthday suggestions but her favorite right now is black and white with hot pink. I was thinking of a classic baking party where the girls decorate their own mini cakes with zebra print aprons.

CHS Creative Productions Blog said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! So well done and unexpected, beautiful children's party with grown up taste. A lot of hard work went into that and it shows! Great Job!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Stunning!!! What a wonderful party!!!

melissa said...

Such a darling party and so unique!! Fabulous, Kate!

Rachael said...

I am planning a woodland baby shower in September, and this was exactly the inspiration I was looking for! Thanks so much for your post.

Unknown said...

Awesome!!!!!! This is the best fairy birthday party I've ever seen. I'm doing an Alice in Wonderland party and can see pulling some ideas from this!


Valerie said...


This was spectacular!!! I've seen a few other "fairy" parties floating around out there in blogland, but this takes the cake for sure!

And thank you for dropping by my blog to say thank you for becoming a follower. I should be saying "thank you!"

BTW...if you have a chance you might drop by my blog to see the destruction that hit our tiny town a week ago today. Unfortunately, I had reserved the Zimmerman Barn for Mary Catherine's 6th birthday this August...it was to be her first birthday party with friends and we were doing a equestrian theme for my horse-loving daughter. Needless to say, she was beyond disappointed when she learned of the destruction that Mother Nature unleashed.

BUT, between you and Melissa Lester, I have begun to formulate a back-up plan for the August birthday. Might be easier to do a ballerina party at home anyway, since baby brother is due on or around her birthday! (Mary's other passion is dance.)

Take care,

Sandi said...

This is beautiful! My favorite are the toadstools! so cute!

Anonymous said...

The most beautiful childrens party I have ever seen. So clever.

Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

I'm almost lost for words! Everything about this party is PERFECT!!! So magical!! This would make any little girl over the moon with happiness!!! Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

The must stunning childrens party I have ever seen.

Unknown said...

Wow, everything looks absolutely magical!!!!
Stunning details!

Anonymous said...

Totally amazing. What I wouldn't give to be a 4 year old at that party!

Gloria McAllister
Roanoke, Virginia

Mande said...

What an amazing party! The details!! I am a recent follower & love this blog!

Banter&Frolic said...

I am in awe. What detail. Your creativity is astounding. Magical!

Setting the Mood said...

Absolutely magical. Every single element is just perfect!!

Shelley said...

This is incredible! Incredible, Incredible!!! I'm so glad I recently found your blog. Thanks for sharing. :) -Shelley @ HowDoesShe.com

amy & lisa said...

Oh...My....Goodness!! ADORABLE!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

Hi Kate!

I've looked at this post a dozen times (I'm planning a fairy party for my soon to be 3 year old). I love the fairy dust bottles, but can't tell what you put inside them. Do tell! (Or did I miss it?)

Minnesota Attorney said...

I love the toad stools! What an adorable idea!!

hbp said...

So much fun.... I'm planning a fairy party for my soon to 1. I love the food ideas for all the guests to enjoy!

Traci said...

What is that font that was used...not on the ones with the toadstools but the ones where there is just wording, like on the make your own house? THANKS!

judith said...

Really wonderful party idea. 1st birthday party

Carrie Ann said...


Anonymous said...

I love the look of the party, but am I the only one who thinks the address and contact details of those people should not have been put online??

Cheri said...

Breathtaking!!! You're creating magical memories that your daughter will always cherish.

event party planner said...

Awesome!!!!!! This is the best fairy wedding I've ever seen. I'm doing an Alice in Wonderland celebration and can see taking some thoughts from this!

Caroline@Creative Party Themes said...

This is one of the most gorgeous parties I have yet to see. The woodland setting with all the flowers and the toadstools is absolutely amazing! Who wouldn't want to be a fairy in this enchanted setting? Thanks for all the inspiration.

Ledingham said...

I love the woodland fairy theme, it is really popular, and not so much pink which I am not a huge fan of. My girls love it

Mad Hatter Tea Party said...

Really cute theme. Decorations are really lovely..and I liked that apple bug..