Lilac Enchanted Fairy Garden Party
Since Emmie wanted a ballet party (see her Swan Lake Soiree here) for her 3rd birthday it was no surprise that this year she also wanted to dance around for her 4th birthday, but this time as a fairy for a Lilac Enchanted Fairy Garden Party!
We chose to have her party at home this year and thank goodness the sun shone as it meant our little fairies could fly around their enchanted fairy garden to their hearts content! There were of course DIY elements and I can’t wait to share all of the details with you…
I really wanted to create a canopy for them to sit under rather than focus on a backdrop, which we did by tying an old football net to anchor points around the garden. Because of the holes in the net we could easily fix tulle netting and our iridescent curtain (also used in our Creepy Crawly Chic Halloween Party and Ice Cream and Slime Party) which looked so beautiful as it shimmered in the sunlight. Also hanging from the net were the cutest little handmade fairies by Amanda of Gift Frippery in Bristol who runs creative gift wrapping workshops.
The simple backdrop was a white sequin tablecloth (as used in our Swan Lake Soiree) which we carefully nailed to the fencing and the table was a wooden pallet (also used in our Mermaid Party) covered in blush and lilac linen fabric which we placed on the silver and turquoise rug from Emmie’s lilac clouds and rainbows bedroom and surrounded by gold knitted cushions from our Pastel Easter Tablescape.
No enchanted fairy garden party would be complete without items from the garden right?! Logs from our Mint and Pink Playhouse in the garden were dotted across the backdrop and in between were blue, pink and lilac hydrangea which we dried for about 3 weeks in advance by placing on a shelving unit in the living room out of direct sunlight (I was so surprised that most of them kept their colour and only a few shrivelled).
I was inspired by the work of Early Hours Floral Design in London and loved the idea of adding a unique unexpected element to the enchanted garden design which we did by placing glitterballs and gold terrarium from Wayfair UK in amongst the natural logs and flowers.
A plant pot filled with branches, from which hung plastic baubles featured in our Pink Winter Wonderland Party and feather butterflies, took pride of place in the corner alongside tiaras and wands from Talking Tables in the luggy basket borrowed from Emmie’s bedroom.
Enchanted fairy disposable plates, cups (that came with the cutest butterflies for the rim!) and serviettes from Talking Tables looked beautiful on the blush and lilac linen. To personalise each place setting we added a feather butterfly and a slice of agate which had their names on.
The centrepiece was one of four gold terrarium from Wayfair UK, which we filled with moss, toadstools, fairies, glitter balls and butterflies to make into a fairy garden.
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PARTY FOOD AND CAKE
Our little fairies were treated to butterfly bread (buttered bread cut with a butterfly cookie cutter and topped with sprinkles), fruit wands (strawberries, cut grapes and marshmallows on a skewer) and of course iced party rings and gold chocolate coins because every enchanted garden has hidden treasure!
The absolute showstopper was the most beautiful cake you’ve ever seen, don’t you agree? It was created by Tasha’s Sugar Art in Cheltenham and the amount of detail and workmanship was mindblowing, from the fairy door, to the lilac ombre ruffles on the bottom tier, to the icing flowers and toadstools topped with edible gold leaf. The middle and top tiers had the most delicious sponge you’ve ever tasted, particular the top tier which my family has described as the nicest chocolate cake they’ve ever had.
On arrival our little fairies were given lilac fairy wings to run around in (from eBay, which we hung from the washing line fixed to the net canopy) and Isla, who was self-named ‘Party Host’, applied pink face glitter, gave out the wands and tiaras and offered painted nails using a child friendly non-toxic nail varnish by Piggy Paint UK.
To make their fairy gardens the girls added woodland animals and flower stickers to white mugs then we half-filled them with garden chippings and using sweet scoops from our wedding they added gem coloured stones left over from our Mermaid Party. Mini toadstools on wire and a ceramic fairy (from eBay) added the finishing touches and they were all pretty darn proud of their creations!
No children’s party is complete without pass the parcel and musical statues is it?! Party Host Isla was in charge and in each parcel layer was a necklace with fairy dust pendant by Fairyland which we bought from eBay.
Our little fairies got to wear their party favours in the form of wings, wands and tiaras but they also took home the fairy gardens they’d made, sweets wrapped in beautiful vintage fairy seed envelopes by Amanda at Gift Frippery, a pot of bubbles (from Primark) and of course – cake!
A big thank you to all collaborators for gifting their beautiful products and talents which allowed us to create Emmie’s magical lilac enchanted fairy garden party.
Event Design & Styling: Oh So Kel
Cake: Tasha’s Sugar Art
Paper partyware, tiaras & wands: Talking Tables
Gold terrarium: Wayfair UK
Vintage fairy seed envelopes and paper fairies: Gift Frippery
Nail Varnish: Piggy Paint UK
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