Enchanted Woodland Birthday Party
My sweet little girl turned 4 this past February and to celebrate we hosted an Enchanted Woodland party for her. While she adores everything unicorn, I felt a mainly unicorn themed party would be limiting, so we went with an enchanted woodland which allowed me to work in unicorns and much more!
This was Sofie’s first real party (her last one was when she turned one and that was more for us than her) so I wanted it to be special – magical. I wanted the party to absolutely delight her and all of our guests, both kids and adults. Yes, if I do something I like to do it right. Every element needed to enhance the theme.
Let’s start with décor
I was going for magical, so first off, I wanted to make the room feel as much like a forest as I could. As soon as I had landed on the theme I knew I wanted to get forest themed wall decals to stick on our 2 sets of large sliding glass doors. I found exactly what I needed at Designed Designer on Etsy. Actually, he customized an order of trees for me since I only needed 5 and let me pick bunnies, an owl, grass and mushrooms from his other designs to add on. They were perfect! Actually, we left a couple birds on the doors because we love them so much.
I wanted something balloon like but did not want balloons. Etsy to the rescue again, the pom poms from Sevyn Designs were perfect. I customized the colors to be forest like, light blue for rivers, green for the forest and then red and yellow for flowers and brightness. Red also happens to be Sofie’s favorite color so I was sure to work it in wherever I could. We hung them around the party space and they definitely made it feel like a party – a sophisticated yet playful party. I also ordered their smaller flowers in red and yellow to attach to some branches I found in my driveway – they looked divine. So nice that they are still in our dining room. Their pom poms would really make a great addition to any party (birthday, wedding, baby shower…) or even as bedroom décor. How darling would they be hung over your child’s bed?
Sevyn Designs also makes banners, and they made me a “Happy 4th Birthday Sofie” banner which hung over her cake. It too as perfect. They even made sure to make “Sofie” in its own section so we could hang it in her room or playhouse afterwards.
While looking for supplies for the kid craft I found a shop that makes moss letters and had the shopkeeper, Teresa, make me “Sofie”. We didn’t really need them for the party, but I loved the idea so much I splurged.
Beyond that we added little touches were we could, like the tiny squirrels (place card holders from when we hosted Thanksgiving) adorning our kitchen island where we had all of the food.
The right birthday cake should fit right in…
Sofie had requested chocolate cupcakes for her party. I am pretty good at decorating cakes but am limited when it comes to cupcakes. So I went online to see how I might embellish our homemade cupcakes. I found a shop on Etsy (yes, this was an Etsy party!) that made My Little Pony fondant figures! I emailed to ask if she could do Princess Celestia, my daughter’s favorite pony. It would be the first one the artist, Laura, had ever made but she assured me I would love it – so while not cheap I went ahead. It was going to be very special. I was extra pleased when she said she would make it out of polymer so that my daughter could actually keep it forever after the party! It was suddenly much more worth it. To get the detailed required the sculpture would be too large to sit on a cupcake, so I made an 8 inch cake to be the top of the cupcake tower to place her on. Laura crafted a fondant cloud for Princess Celestia to sit on so she didn’t touch the food. She also crafted an amazing Happy Birthday plaque with rainbow for me and coordinated cupcake toppers with butterflies, ladybugs and flowers. Instead of describing how lovely everything was, let me just show you…
If you are in the market for cake décor, check out Laura’s shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KrazyKoolCakeDesigns
Besides feasting on the party décor as they walked through the door, kids were presented with a choice of fairy wings or elf vests as they arrived. I think a fun touch to help everyone get into the theme, whether they opted to wear anything or not.
They were then guided over to the kid craft, which helped break the ice between guests who didn’t know each other that well or kids who were a little shy to start.
Activity – Craft
Every kid party needs some kind of activity. Since Sofie is the crafting type, I landed on building Fairy & Elf Houses as the activity. It was a huge hit and resulted in engaged kids (and parents) and delightful little houses that each child could take home. It was worthy of its own write-up, so for more details, please read, Kid Craft – Constructing Fairy and Elf Houses.
Besides the craft the kids were allowed free play with Sofie’s toys, each other and even out had fun out in our small yard where they climbed on walls, drew with chalk, played with the cardboard castle Sofie had gotten for Christmas, and met our backyard chickens.
The ever important food & drinks
Food is always at the heart of any of our gatherings. We like to feed people and feed them well! It makes everyone happy and can add to the warmth of a party. Our menu consisted of tea party food (since fairies love tea parties), fairy sandwiches and anything else we could think of that one might eat living in an chanted forest. We also tried to make everything small, just one or two bites and not require utensils. Fairies eat small food and it was simpler for kid sand adults to just use their fingers.
This was our enchanted menu:
- Currant Scones
- Raspberry Bars
- Bagels & Lox
- Ham and Gruyere Croissants
- Mushroom Flatbread
- Elf Bread (Nutella and Sprinkles Sandwiches)
- Fairy Bread (Cream Cheese, Jam and Sprinkles Sandwiches)
- Fairy Pillows (Mochi. Flavors: Red Bean, Chocolate)
- Berries & Twigs (Blueberries, Strawberries and Pretzel Sticks)
- Forest Mash (Olive Tapenade, served with bread)
- Unicorn Delights (Veggie platter with hummus dip)
- Evergreen Tree Bark (Mini Chicken Fingers)
- Forest Snails (Cheese and Spinach Tortilla Rolls)
- Cheese platter with cornichons and crackers
Each item was labeled with the most adorable woodland place cards made by Deep Blue Sea on Etsy. If you need any type of party table décor or cards, please check out her shop. Her work is stellar and she is super easy to work with.
To drink we served hot tea, coffee, mimosas, juice, lemonade and water. Be sure to make your beverage station as self-serve as possible. You want to mingle not be stuck in the kitchen.
And lastly…favor bags
I had looked around online and found favor bags can be quite expensive. Then I stumbled upon the RubyLane Moments Etsy site and found I could get both muslin bags and mini-notebooks custom stamped with each child’s name on them for the same price as purchasing a cloth bag elsewhere. I was sold. I wanted to go with a reusable bag and was going to have to spend some money to do so…this way I got way more! And Anna was very accommodating and easy to work with.
- Muslin bags customized with child’s name and a unicorn or owl stamp from RubyLane Moments on Etsy
- Custom made mini-notebooks customized with child’s name and unicorn or owl stamp (From RubyLane Moments on Etsy
- A woodland creature finger puppet one of a Barn Owl, Spotted Owl or Hedgehog from Acme Party Box Company (these were pricy but so cute!
- A twig colored pencil from Acme Party Box Company
- A pack of 5 mini-seed bombs, customized with Black Eyed Susan seeds, red ribbon and flower by The Big Rock Paper Company on Etsy
- A woodland themed Thank You tag from Deep Blue Sea Designs on Etsy
We placed them in a basket near the door so everyone was sure to grab theirs on the way out, whether we were there or not. And it worked! Everyone left with their favor.
I hope you’ve been inspired by some of these ideas for your own party! I would love to hear if you do. This was sure was fun to throw and most importantly, Sofie loved it.