Pebble is FOUR! Seriously. How did that even happen? She’s grown to be a wonderfully confident, curious, thoughtful and caring preschooler, who has an insatiable love for learning new things (like most preschoolers!). She makes us laugh every day. She makes us want to pull our hair out nearly every day. Pebble is a protective and loving big sister, always looking out for danger for her baby brother and giving him long, soft kisses on his “smudgy cheeks”. She also gives him plenty of pokes, squeezes and screams of alarm when he gets near her precious toy-of-the-moment. Watching them grow into their brother-sister relationship makes my heart swell big and tears come to my eyes.
But enough to that mushy stuff! On to the party! Pebble asked for a fairies and elves party this year, inspired by her love of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. We all love Ben and Holly in this house, it’s one of those rare kids TV shows that can we can all have a giggle at. I got a lot of inspiration from the craft and clever Kate at The Craft Train, who has been down the fairy party road before me. Thank goodness for blogs, where else would I have found all these wonderful ideas?!
As usual I was far too busy to get many photos, especially during the party. Before every party I think, “sure! I’ll be able to take lots of pictures myself”, then after every party I wish I’d designated a photographer. Dear Future Self – ask someone to be in charge of taking pictures!!!!!
Fairie’s and Elves Birthday Party
I went to town with the streamers and tissue paper this year. How awesome are tissue paper poms? I had planned to make loads of these gorgeous, fluffy things, but ended up with only a few clutches of them. They were still stunning, if I do say so myself. I followed this tutorial and it worked a treat. There are loads of tutorials on You Tube too.
The streamer wall was simple and effective. I just bunched same colours together and tied them to a piece of string which usually holds Pebble’s art on our dining room wall. Done!
On the tables I placed some little vases of flowers (thanks Aunty Julie for the vases!), fairy crackers (also inspired by The Craft Train and which Pebble made) and lots of pink and red lollies in little fairy cups on top of a pink table runner.
I made some Toadstool Cupcakes using red icing and white chocolate chips, put out loads of pink and red lollies and pink iced biscuits (VoVos and 100s and 1000s, for the Aussies reading). The legendary Aunty Julie made fruit kebabs and fairy bread, and big cousin Naomi made her delicious coconut ice. I didn’t get a photo of any of that because it was hoovered up by the kiddos lickety split! Aside from that it was the usual pastries and chips – you can’t have a kids party without a packet of Cheezels on the table, right?
Games and Activities
This is the first year that we’ve had games at one of Pebble’s parties and we went for traditional games with a little fairy twist. We had Pass the Parcel and Pin the Wand on the Fairy. Pebble painted the fairy herself :)
We were very lucky to have Pebble’s super clever cousin as our face painter, which the kids loved. Thank you Naomi! x
The Elf Tree was a lovely little attraction in the garden, the kids loved going up to it and knocking on the door, trying to get the elves to come out. That was another awesome idea from The Craft Train (free printable). Late in the party, when some people had gone home, Pebble and her friends started an impromptu disco in the lounge room and danced for ages. It looked like the best fun ever!
Oh, the cake! Pebble doesn’t like cake but loves vanilla ice cream and white chocolate – so I set out to make her a White Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream Cake. I invented my own, no recipe required. Surely this couldn’t go wrong, right? Haha!
To make the cake, I melted a layer of white chocolate into a tin, lined with glad wrap, let it set, then added in a layer of vanilla ice cream, a layer of crushed white chocolate Tim Tams mixed with vanilla ice cream and finally another layer of vanilla ice cream. I let it set for over 24 hours and pulled it out in time to serve.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, that sucker had the glad wrap firmly set in between little creases of hard-as-a-rock white chocolate. I tried and tried to pull it out but it just kept ripping. All I could do was laugh! I knew my make-it-up-as-you-go cake had potential for disaster, so I just laughed and improvised! I hacked off all the plastic-ridden white chocolate, smoothed out the now melting vanilla ice cream, threw a heap of white chocolate chips on top (thanks to the genius that gave me that idea – Mel?!) and sprinkled it liberally with edible gold glitter. It looked beautiful!
It got lots of ooooohs and aaaaaahs as it came out for the Happy Birthday song and everyone thought it was awesome. I’d even go so far as to say that I’d make it again, just using chocolate chips this time instead of fiddling about with a properly set chocolate layer. I wish logic had told me to try that in the first place… .
When most of the guests had gone we pulled out Pebble’s new Slip’n Slide and the few kids still hanging around had an AWESOME time until it was almost dark. We bathed the kids, put them in PJs and put on a DVD, then enjoyed some pizza and a few well earned drinks ourselves. It really was a lovely day, and best of all Pebble had a FABULOUS time. Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make it a truly special day.
Happy Birthday Pebble!