If your little girl wants to have a fairy party, here’s a few ideas to get you started.
1. Fairy Name Drop – Cut green paper into simple leaf shapes. On each one write a nature-inspired word like sky, rainbow, rain, snowflake, daisy, petal, etc. After all the girls arrive tell them you are going to find out their fairy names. Throw the paper leaves into the air over the girls and tell them to try to catch two leaves as they fall. When we did this at my daughter’s party, the girls loved running around the living room trying to catch the leaves. Then put the words on each girl’s leaves together to make up their fairy name. For example, Rainbow Sky.
2. Fairy Scavenger Hunt - When my daughter wanted a fairy party, I went looking for inexpensive fairy items to use during the party that could also be used as favors. I found fairy shoes (pink slippers with curled up toes) at the dollar store and $3 fairy wings online. I also bought some plastic ivy and ribbon from a craft store to make fairy crowns. I simply made a circle of plastic ivy that would sit like a crown on each girl’s head and then wrapped ribbons around the ivy to make it fancy. Then I hid these items around the house and gave the girls clues on where to find them. As they found each item they put it on and by the end of the hunt they were all dressed like fairies!
3. Make a Fairy House – Little girls will love to make their own fairy house. First collect items from nature, like bark, moss, leaves, feathers, sticks, shells, acorns, rocks, pine cones, etc. Give it girl a shallow container or tray filled with sand (Styrofoam take-out containers cut in half work well). Then let the girls build their fairy house any way they want. The sand at the bottom of the container will help hold sticks and bark into place so they can create a structure. You’ll be amazed at what they create! Then let the girls take their houses home to put in their own backyards. A great idea for a craft and party favor.
4. Make a Fairy Garden – For a simpler activity, you can have the girls make a fairy garden. Simply buy small flowerpots and have the girls decorate the outside with paints, stickers, glitter, buttons, shells, etc. Then have them scoop some dirt into the pot and plant a few seeds. Provide craft sticks and paper so they can make a sign to stick in the dirt such as “Fairies Welcome.” This makes a great craft and take home favor.
5. A Fairy Hunt - If you have a backyard garden and nice weather, this is a wonderful activity. Make small fairy dolls using a clothes pin with tissue paper wings. (Or you can buy small fairy figures if you wish). Then before the party begins, hide the fairies in different places around the yard. Put them in interesting places like hanging from the branch of a tree, holding onto a flower stem, sitting on a rock, floating in a birdbath, etc. Then give the girls clues on where the fairies can be found. For example, “this fairy loves to fly really high” or “this fairy loves soft leaves” or “this fairy loves water.”
My daughter’s birthday is in March so it wasn’t warm enough to have her party in the yard. So to give her party the feel of nature, I bought an inexpensive canopy netting (I found one on eBay for $12) and then safety-pinned plastic flowers all over it. I pulled the netting out on the sides and arranged pillows inside to create a “fairy house” for the girls to play in. It was also a great place to take pictures of the girls during the party.
I also purchased cardboard flowers (or you could make your own out of construction paper) and hung them from the living room ceiling with green crepe paper stems hanging down, to give the girls the feeling of being really small like fairies. Finally, I got out our white Christmas lights and strung them around the room for a little extra twinkle.
For my daughter’s party, the guests were able to take home their fairy gardens and fairy wings, shoes and headpieces. At the door, I also had made small bouquets of flower-shaped lollipops, which my daughter gave out as she was saying her good-byes.