Monday, September 15, 2014
A Fairy Lovely Affair
If this impish little sprite were your granddaughter, would you agree to team with mommy to give her the fourth birthday party of her dreams?
Well, I would.....
Not a thing painted pink and pretty, flowery or fluffy nor lavender and lovely was excluded from careful consideration for this event. Fairy princesses thrive in such environments, you know, which made it necessary to recreate the daintiness they are accustomed to in Brielle's back yard a few weeks ago.
In progress - table for five!
Guests were four little friends, classmates from pre-school, joining Bree at noon on a sultry summer's day to nibble a ladylike luncheon beneath the shelter of a filmy, fairy-colored canopy.
As charming as the table was, it didn't truly blossom until each surrounding chair welcomed its own pretty little pixie!
Wispy wings adorned each one of them. These Dollar Tree treasures are simply accented with silk petals and a flourish of sparkling tulle ribbon.
Headpieces are crowns of florist wire, wrapped with additional flowers and bows of tulle.
From top to bottom tier, there were petite paper cups brimming with veggie slices and tangy, tasty dip, freshly frosted rosebud cupcakes, cheese topped crackers and butterfly shaped sandwiches to graze upon.
Each place setting offered a fairy wand of green grapes topped with a melon slice star. There was pink lemonade to sip too, while plates were polished to perfection!
Brielle's Fairy Grandmother waved her magic wand and proclaimed an announcement! It seems that wee tiny fairies had been spotted frolicking in the garden that very morning! They're shy and playful, though, and might coyly disguise themselves upon approach.
Would five little girls love to stroll among the foliage to look for them?
I won't keep you guessing. Fairy magic works! Our little ladies carefully inspected every one of a dozen blossoms, discovering fairies in number enough for each to pluck and take home!
Fairy dolls are actually Manhattan Toy Company finger puppets. I found them - along with the net canopy tent - at Hearthsong, an online toy retailer.
We planted fairy gardens too. Bree's mommy offered an appealing array of supplies and invited the girls to choose from among them.
There were fairy dolls destined to live in their own little wonderland, glow-in-the-dark "moon stones" to light a meandering path through it, bright blue gravel for defining a refreshing stream of "water" and personalized trowels for each young gardener.
Little girls just have an instinct for designing to perfection. They chose handfuls of moss, mini "Hens and Chicks," flowering ground covers and bright red begonias for landscaping. Their mommies, who were invited to stay, guided their daughters in the process.
Smiles all around!......in heartfelt appreciation for an afternoon of great weather, fanciful food and fun, good friends, thoughtful birthday presents and a loving, creative mommy who knows that sometimes a newly four-year-old's wishes just need to come true - exactly in the way she dreams them!
If you can't get enough of the enchanted world that fairies live in, you'll enjoy this blog post - one of my all time favorites on any site. It's written by a grandmother who has become a good friend of mine. Judy is an avid grower - a Master Gardener, in fact - who photographed many charming entries at the 2012 Portsmouth New Hampshire Fairy House Tour. Wouldn't it be fun to find inspiration there and engage your grandchildren in planning and building a fairy house of their own? For us, over here, that's next!
Update 9-22-14: Judy has paid Bree the compliment of designing and entering a charming fairy house in her name at last weekend's 2014 Fairy House Tour. This post on her New England Garden and Thread blog documents it all! Love it!!!!