Shylah’s birthday is the 16th of August and Tyren’s is the 27th, so this year we combined their parties because the same people would be at both. A little cheeky but it worked out great so that’s how we have a Fairy first birthday with a little side of superhero’s.
The Inspiration – Tyren likes superhero’s so his side was easy! Shylah on the other hand is 1, her favourite thing at the moment is shoes, so I got to decide for her. Pinterest was my go to. Typed in fairy and hello ideas. Once I got a feel for the look I was after the ideas flowed in. I could have done so many things and kept going and going because who can stop when there is fairy’s and magic to be made.
The food table- I used pallets. Where did I find these gorgeous things? GUMTREE! That’s right they were all for free, some guy advertised them on the side of the road. I rang my dad and off he went to collect them. Bunnings will also give you a couple for free too so asking them in advance will be handy. All mine were the same size bar two which I used for the back drop.
Flowers- Who needs to spend a cent when you can go and pick your friendly neighbors flowers. That’s right I’m that girl. Got some from mum, Nanna, my sister in law and I may have advertised on gumtree and a plant page for anyone who was willing to share their beautiful flowers. You will be surprised at how many people offer. The purple flowers are Geraldton wax in a few shades, the vines; English ivy and the yellow beads are geisha girls. I did buy two packs of carnations for the cake. Only because I needed safe flowers to put on top.
Log Decors- we are lucky to live on a bit of land and so are mum and dad. Matt cut down a tree which was hanging out of place in our driveway and dad took a couple of branches from a tree in his yard and hello fairy logs! Matt and Dad just cut them into a range of different sizes so I could place around the table and teepee.
Teepee- again very lucky dad could grab some branches from his yard to build it for me. So, any four sticks and some rope will get you a teepee base. I then bought some old lace curtains from a lady off gumtree and sewed them together to go over the sticks. The matt underneath the teepee was one I had at home and the cushions also were from home.
Fairy Decorations – most of the fairy statues were from red dot but there are plenty of places around that sell them. The little handmade fairy houses, hanging faries and mushrooms were from Charmed Gardens. Each piece is hand made and designed and theire were a huge range to choose from. The little fairy toppers were from Earth Fairy in Kalamunda. Some of the pieces in the fairy garden were from Zanthoria Nursery and I made a few bits myself out of sticks.
Fairy Wands – With some old lace, a piece of card and sticks from the yard I made the wands. I hand drew some stars, glued the lace on and sticky taped the stick to the back. and added an extra little piece of twine to the base.
Other Table Decorations – All the clear vases were jars from home, plus two I bought from Kmart for $3 each. The silver teapot was an item I grab from some markets years ago and the pink candles again were left from Shylah’s baby shower but original bought from Kmart. Glitter rocks, a can of spray glitter and some rocks from the garden.
Balloons – Every party needs balloons, and I was lucky enough to find the most amazing store on Instagram just by searching “balloons” in the hashtag. I selected the rose gold/ blush pink bunch with an additional large rose gold ball balloon (which is still up two weeks later). The Balloon Fairy offers delivery in the Perth metro area so I chose that option and they were delivered first thing Sunday morning.
Centre Pieces – I had two center pieces in honor of Shylah, the most beautiful birth poster created by the Zeroprint. This has all her details of her birthday and is true to her length. Such a gorgeous piece which is now hanging in our home. We also have one of Tyren and I love the fact that is reminds me of their birth whenever I look at them. The other most divine center piece was a handmade initial S created by My Name Keep Sake. The S is framed and can be hung or placed on its stand. Inside the box frame is a gorgeous arrangement of paper flowers and a little butterfly. The gorgeous piece is now placed in her room.
Shylah’s Fairy Outfit- Searching for fairy items on Instagram I found Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe who handmake bespoke fairy wings, wands, head pieces and magical things. Located in Ellenbrook I took a drive with mum and could hand pick her wings and wand. Each piece is amazing and no two are the same. They are bendable with clear straps. Because Shylah is so tiny I safety pinned her wings to her leotard (which was from Kmart) so that they always sat perfectly in each photo. Her tutu was from Tutu and Tassel another beautiful handmade piece. Shylah’s head crown was from Thailand and her shoes best and less.
Entertainment – For the babies and there are ALOT in our group, we had the Mila and Chloe snow white ball pit and it was a HUGE success. A gorgeous hand made white lace and foam outer layer with all white balls. Super stylish. All the kids played in there so nicely, even the older kids jumped in. Because it was a joint birthday party, I decided for the older kids a Spider-man bouncy castle would be the perfect entertainment. I found a vendor off gumtree who was offering a winter special. It was a huge hit and a great surprise for Tyren. I had bought prizes for games but didn’t know what would grab the kids’ attention, so one of the other mums helped run musical statues and musical bobs to kids’ movie music. Finally, I had a piñata that doubled as the kids lolly bags.
Food – I’ve done a few parties and always over cater so this time I decided less food and basically anything easy. I bought 5 packs of mixed party pies and sausage rolls (30 per pack), one pack of 62 spring rolls and pack of quiches (30). Mum made 3-layer finger sandwiches consisting of ham and cheese, curried egg, turkey and salad. I can say that all of it got eaten bar one pack of party pies we didn’t cook. For drinks we had water bottles, soft drink, pink cordial and juice boxes and had a lot left over.
Desserts and Sweets – I had a lot of sweet foods as I find it is easy to make in advance and freeze, then decorate the day before. I made chocolate and vanilla cup cups, honey crackles, sugar cookies in stars and super hero faces, fairy bread, two-layer vanilla cake for Shylah and a two-layer chocolate cake for Tyren both with butter cream icing. The cupcakes and cakes I made in advance and froze, then decorated on the Saturday, I find preparing early makes it less stressful on the day. I did make jelly cups too BUT I forgot to bring them out (whoops). I also had a small selection of pink lollies just to add more texture to the table
Advice – Screen shot the style you want, then write a list of everything you need. Advertise on gumtree for things people may be able to share with you. Search on gumtree or buy and sell pages for second hand items. Spend money on a couple of feature pieces and get some help from family and friends on the day.
Favourite Thing – I loved that all the little girls were dressed up as fairies, it added to the atmosphere. I was also so pleased all the food was eaten. I’m also extremely grateful we had beautiful weather, no rain! The sun was out and it was the perfect temperature.
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* This post is in no way sponsored. There was a mutual collaboration with Mila and Chloe, The Zero Print and My name keep sake. All thoughts, words and ideas are completely my own*