(graphics: my modified versions of designs by Lisa Warren–formerly of Little Dreamer Designs, font: blackadder)
Their adventures began at the “Transformation Station“ where each child (who was willing to wear their costume) was magically transformed into a fairy or a gnome.
CHEAP TRICK ALERT: I found the wings at the DOLLAR STORE (score!) with their Halloween stuff. We made the tutus as inexpensively as possible with large rolls of tulle from Walmart. Tessa’s tutu is a nice quality one that I won through an on-line giveaway! (Score again!)
CHEAP TRICK ALERT: The gnome hats are regular party hats spray-painted a glossy red. Beards were cut from inexpensive felt and tied on with elastic.
The feast was laid out underneath a gossamer canopy held up by friendly butterflies and dragonflies like this one.
Guest enjoyed a Feast fit for fairies, gnomes or other mythical woodland creatures. On the menu:
Our forest friends sat on tree stumps and ate off green leaves on a wooden table hewn for the occasion.
And feasted on their favorite fairy foods…
After the feast, it was time for more Fairy Fun!
Each friend was given a small silken pouch in which to collect treasures scattered through out the merry meadow. They searched for magic rocks, and musical bells, as well as sweet pixie sticks. (Yes. the candy.)
PARTY SECRETS: This was almost an afterthought, but the kids LOVED this treasure hunt. Most of them needed some guidance on eating the pixie sticks, but they were almost more excited about the shiny rocks and bells. It was pretty much like an Easter egg hunt, but the treasures were smaller and so were their bags. Mostly dollar store finds again.
Before leaving, Tessa’s guests stopped to rest in the shade of a large leaf near some colorful toadstools.
PARTY SECRET: The bases of the toadstools are made from an 8″ concrete form sawed in pieces and spray painted white. The tops are just round decorative pillows with white felt circles.
TRUE STORY: I didn’t want to do anything too permanent with the pillows so I just set the circles on. The toadstools did get knocked down a time or two, spilling their dots, which is why the short one is bare in this photo.