Sunday, August 13, 2017

Little Princess Party

At the shop last weekend, we celebrated the sweetest little princess, Miss Elizabeth. She had decided that for her 4th birthday, she wanted to go all out princess. Her mother, Emily, came by and Rachel (LOC Event Coordinator) helped her pick from our adorable new princess supplies - so many fun things. She wanted simple, sophisticated, and pretty. Once we pulled everything together, I think her goal was accomplished...

Light pink and gold became the color scheme, and they pulled adorable supplies to use. For the table settings, we mixed gold polka dot plates with shimmery light pink, ruffle plates. Emily had custom napkins made and we topped them off with fancy, gold plastic flatware. In the center, we spread confetti and added some cute paper crowns and castles. The little castles can work as favor boxes or decor, and worked great as an easy princess centerpiece. For the backdrop, we put up paper fans that matched the tables. Paper fans are great for easy impact on a backdrop. I recommend closing them with paper clips, so you can easily pack them back up (instead of using the sticky backing that keeps them open).

The cake was an adorable pink rosette mini masterpiece and we topped it off with one of the glittery, paper crowns. Perfect pop of pink! Food wise, since it was close to lunchtime, Emily served chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-a (a party favorite for kids!), veggie tray, pasta salad and other easy snacks. I decided it would be fun to add a shiny gold "E" crest for the birthday princess above the food table. We then added the glittery crown garland from our new princess collection.

For the activities, Emily had the party guests decorate tiaras and knight hats. She brought lots of fun stickers, markers and glitter glue for them to use. They got very creative! We used some of the castle boxes to hold the markers - perfect for princess craft stations. The next activity was a giant crown pinata that Emily found in an Etsy shop called The Perfect Pinata. Emily filled it to the brim with fun goodies, and each of the party goers took their turn trying to bust it open. When all the goodies spilled out, kids hurried in and filled up their cute party bags.

It was a magical morning and Princess Elizabeth seemed to enjoy her little party! We had fun playing with our new princess supplies and we loved doing the setup. Always fun when you can make little princess's birthday dreams come true. Thank you Emily for hosting with us! 

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fairy Garden Party

For a summer store event, we decided it would be fun to throw a garden party with fairies and gnomes. Fairy gardens have gained a lot of popularity lately, so we wanted to come up with a unique way to bring kids together to create their own. Rachel (LOC's Event Coordinator) and I started pulling fun supplies, and decided to base the inspiration off of the gorgeous The House that Lars Built floral wrapping paper we had just gotten in. We wanted it to be a fun, magical morning for kids to enjoy. Brainstorming and product sourcing began and we love how it all came together!

We pulled bright floral paper plates and paper tea cups to coordinate with the paper (which we laid on the tables), and some gold floral napkins as a more neutral to match. On the back of each chair, we added a pair of sparkly fairy wings we found at The Dollar Tree. Perfect party favor for a fairy party (if boys signed up, we were planning on having gnome hats for them to wear - an idea if you are having boys and girls to your garden party). We wanted the party to be whimsical, and bringing that floral paper to life was the ticket. For the backdrop, Rachel cut out paper flowers inspired by the Lars design. We then hung them up on turf to pull in the garden feel of the event. It was definitely a statement piece and brought the magical fairy world to life in our party space!

Fairy Garden making was the main activity of our event. Finding affordable fairy garden supplies can be difficult, but done! I had fun sourcing the little trinkets, stickers, toadstools and houses for the girls to use, and their gardens turned out adorable:
Buckets - I recommend finding something like these tubs from the Dollar Tree. They are colorful, have handles (so the kids can easily carry them home), and are affordable!
Wooden Fairy Houses - I found these small wood birdhouses at Michael's. They have multiple options that are only $1.00. Kids are able to decorate with stickers and gemstones, making them unique for their garden.
Mini Fairy Accessories - I found a large set on Amazon that worked well; they have multiple sets, so choose the one with the most accessories you like. I also ordered these adorable toadstools on Amazon.
Marbles, Moss Rocks, Butterflies and Stickers - The Dollar Tree is a great source for these! They have lots of options in the floral and craft aisles.
Dirt and Flowers - Source from a local flower nursery.
Miniature Gnomes - They are actually candles and we sell them at the shop.

To add to their magical, fairy experience, each party guest received a pair of wings (as mentioned above) and a wand. To top off the fairy look, we brought in Just Face It for face painting. Kids made requests and the incredibly talented face painter whipped up everything from flowers, to butterflies to tiaras. We even had some tigers and snakes running around. Highly recommend them if you are local!

Food wise, we worked with some of our favorite local bakers and put together some snacks of our own. The whimsical cupcakes were done by September Moon Cupcakery (those fairy wings!). Wendi, from Sweet Sugarlicious, made the colorful cookie wands that were topped off with gold paint and mini star sprinkles.  They both are party favorites of ours and we highly recommend! Rachel showed off her baking skills and made the amazing naked cake for the event and we added fresh flowers and fruit to match the garden theme. She also helped punch out the fun garden shapes in the cheese that we paired with my party snack favorite, butterfly butter crackers (by Pepperidge Farm). We made fruit cups and added fruit loops to ziploc bags that we tied off with pipe cleaners to make butterflies. I also set out the adorable butterfly gummies made by Sugarfina (a line we carry in the shop). Drinks we kept simple with pink lemonade and water.

The event was one of our favorites to date! Everyone seemed to have a good time and they all went home with adorable fairy gardens. If you need a fun party idea, this one seemed to be a hit. Feel free to reach out if you need help with putting together! Thank you to Rachel and Faith (who recently moved to Europe - we miss you!) for helping me pull this off, couldn't have done it without you! Also, thank you to all the moms, dads, godmothers and other guardians that brought their children to the event! We had so much fun celebrating the morning with you.

Photography done by the talented Hayley Lunn (owner of Design and Lynn Photography) - recommend for family, home & event photography!

Lots of Love,