Welcome to the fairy pond.
It was a simple party. Fairy food, cake, and swimming. The details were what I wanted special for these girls--I wanted it to feel like they had truly entered a wooded pond scene. They would be the fairies and their surroundings would compliment them.
Our forest friends (from our fairy walk) cut the beautiful logs from fallen trees on their land. (It was like my birthday receiving them since I've always wanted these for my girls' play!) Some of the log discs I stacked to create tiers, others acted as platters. How absolutely beautiful they were.
Fairy food was simple. Fairy popcorn (our Valentine popcorn with pink chocolate), raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and pistachios. Caroline's choice of a fairy candy from our candy shop was pastel colored Sixlets. Those went as fast as the raspberries.
It was exciting to see the collection of things from nature we had gathered over the past month: pinecones, our own flowers I clipped that morning, live moss we've been nurturing, acorns, bark, leaves, ferns (my favorite), and an enormous orange mushroom that looked like coral. It was quite a living, breathing, table for an enchanted fairy woodland.
A simple favor Caroline and I made for her friends: silver fairy dust gel. I found the ceramic jars for $1 a piece and covered the logo on the top with what would hopefully be a memory of the beautiful things from the fairy party. Everything looked like it had just grown right there on the table.
Caroline was sure to let all the guests know you rub it on, especially your feet, so you can fly. So everyone did with great expectations. That was exciting to watch.
(The only male representation at the party: my little pixie.)
I wanted Caroline's woodland cake to just add to all of the nature around us.
I put a lot of time and love into it and learned a lot in the process. I made Smitten Kitchen's Heavenly Chocolate Cake Roll recipe which, surprisingly, was flourless. It was quite delicate to work with too. I filled it with chocolate buttercream and made chocolate bark with this technique. It was incredible adding the chocolate bark piece by piece to the log--it really came alive, especially with a sprinkling of cocoa powder.
(The heat began to melt the bark onto the cake so the bark didn't stand and bent as nicely as they did at home. The heat wasn't too good for the log, sadly.)
I ingeniously (or was it efficiently?) used leftover royal icing from this for my ferns and mushrooms and dusted the mushrooms with cocoa as well. Each of the girls requested a mushroom with their cake which made me happy to see them go to good use.
The only fairies we used to decorate with at the party were the ones we made--positioned on their own log and moss below the cake--like all of Caroline's sisters gathered around her. And there was Caroline's beautiful pink fairy positioned right next to her cake, wishing her wonderful birthday wishes.
And one special corner of the yard was designated for dressing up and photo-taking. With the cooler weather, the littlest fairies gave up swimming to stay in their fairy clothes.
It was a calm, happy celebration in a quiet little corner of the world. My little girl was so happy with it all. We missed Bobby being there (let's just say another kitchen plumbing problem--how I missed him!) but saved him a piece of cake after all the guests had gone. Both of Caroline's grandmothers were there to help decorate, hold Rowan, and support me.
I feel so blessed to have had such an enchanting afternoon spent with people I love.
We love fairies and here are more of our links:
flower fairy invitations
homemade flower fairies
homemade fairy dust gel
a fairy day...
where fairies live
the sleepy time gal