08 Oct Audrey’s Third Birthday ~ Fairy woodland party
We had so much fun celebrating Audrey’s third birthday this weekend! She had asked for a fairy party with a sprinkle cake – random combo but you know how three-year-olds are! I have been so busy this year I had decided to downsize her party, but then I started Pinteresting and it was all downhill from there! My friend Nicole helped me with a lot of the crafts, which took so much stress off and Clare from Cakes of Wanaka made the beautiful cake which was chocolate mud and raspberry flavour. Outsourcing the cake also took a big weight off my shoulders as far as party planning and Clares cakes are so delicious – she made Richie McCaws wedding cake so I knew she’d do an epic job!
We had cut tree stumps decorating the tables, moss green rocks from Look Sharp, and we used spray paint from Mitre 10 to paint rocks then hand painted on the spots using paint also from Mitre 10 to represent little toadstools – We hid toadstools all around the garden and did a treasure hunt which the kids loved and were so proud how many special toadstools they had collected- this was a way to cut back on sugar and they had so much fun finding the toadstools. The flower backdrop was made using crepe paper using this tutorial then they were sewn onto thread using a needle and hung off our curtain rails – I can’t take credit for this my talented friend Nicole ended up doing it for me. We used grapes and a star cookie cutter to make fruit fairy wands, homemade sushi, club sandwiches. Most of the kids drunk water (Audrey doesn’t have juice) but for the adults I made my signature non-alcoholic punch which is Tropical Just Juice, ginger beer and cut up fruit (strawberries, oranges), ice and mint leaves.
I don’t know where Audrey got this idea of a “sprinkle cake” but it was all she had talked about for 6 months so I told Clare and she came up with this beauty with buttercream frosting!
I made little cheese and pineapple sticks, we had our usual mini pies and savouries too. I found these little bottles at Look Sharp and filled them full of fairy dust. You can buy these already made at Pop Roc Parties too, which is probably an easier option. The kids thought the fairy dust bottles were super cool! I also managed to find make your own wands at the party store, which were supposed to be for the kids to do with Audrey, but she was so insistent all week she wanted to make them so her and I sat one night and made them together and it was a super special and she was so proud she had made the wooden wands!
There was a magic walkway up to the front and back door and the kids loved jumping from stump to stump! This party was so much fun and Audrey was so proud telling all her friends about her birthday! It was pretty special this year that she knew what was happening and that it was her special day! Next year I think it maybe a more low-key party – but I say that every year and then end up going all out! 😛