Lately my girls have been a bit obsessed with Tinkerbell and fairies. And my almost-four-year-old T is still infatuated with flowers and dirt. So when T asked me for “flowers and grass” decorations for her 4th birthday party in September, I seized the chance to do the garden fairy party I’ve dreamed of!
But this fairy party is not a Tinkerbell party. Sorry Disney. This party is set in a Victorian garden with colorful flowers, stone statues, fresh berries, moss, leaves, rocks and even dirt. I was aiming for a real, natural setting, where real fairies might be found.
Fairy Party Food
The birthday cake was inspired by this stunning cake which I absolutely love and had to try to replicate.
But this one has a shortcut – I stacked two bakery cakes (one raspberry vanilla and one lemon) with a layer of coconut pudding between and on top.
The key to this cake is piles of fresh berries, fresh flowers and leaves all piled on and sticking out.
And oh my, I cannot even tell you how delicious it was with the coconut pudding and berries!
The chocolate cupcakes are topped with a layer of chocolate buttercream, plus green coconut and chocolate acorns on these ones:
and these ones have ground up chocolate Oreos for the dirt, and real flowers:
These chocolate acorns are heaven!
To make these, just take a butterscotch baking chip, a Hershey Kiss chocolate, and half of a mini peanut butter cracker sandwich, and “glue” them together with chocolate frosting.
The rich chocolate, the sweet butterscotch and the salty peanut butter cracker come together for a decadent treat. I don’t know who invented these because I saw them in a few different places, but whomever it was, thank you!
The ‘twigs’ are pretzel sticks. The ‘seeds’ are lime-white-chocolate-covered almonds. I randomly came across them in the bulk section while shopping for the party and thought they would look like seeds to a fairy.
I also made caramel apples since it was September, popcorn because that’s T’s favorite snack, and set out bowls of fresh berries.
The ‘morning dew’ is apple juice, and the ‘nectar’ is grape-cranberry juice.
Fairy Party Decorations
The garden edging fence, planter pot (cake stand) and toad were all dollar store finds.
This lovely fairy came from a little gift shop. I bought it for T and surprised her at the party. T LOVES to swing and has curly hair so this fairy reminds me of her.
The rest of the decorations – flowers, trunk, statue, pot – I already owned. I’m a big fan of using what I already have for party decorations because it’s thrifty, green, and unique. Try it on your next party!
Fairy Party Activities and Favors
When the party guests arrived, I gave each little fairy a set of white wings and a scavenger hunt card (link to download this cute free printable).
The fairies fluttered around the trees in search of flowers, leaves, pine cones, acorns, twigs and more.
Then they brought their treasures back to decorate their little fairy houses. These are wood bird houses from Michaels, and my husband sawed the circle into a door for a fairy to fit (and little hands).
The wings and the fairy houses were the party favors, plus a small Tinkerbell key chain for each girl.
So, is your heart aflutter for your dreamy fairy party?
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