Man, if every day could be as amazing as this one I'd be a happy stylin' girl! I've been planning and planning for this wonderful day with April Combs Mann, singer and songwriter of delightful children's music April Eight. As with all projects, progress was slow at times and then picked up with lightning speed toward the end. It was so good to know that with the help of everyone involved; the beautiful children who enjoyed their day frolicking in the nature-loving fairy atmosphere, Gina Weathersby from Kiwi Street Studios who takes photos to steal your breath away, and of course April who is such a charming and talented performer, all our efforts were rewarded!
The April Eight winter CD will be released this November, so I'll keep you updated on that. We will also be collaborating on the party printables for this event so you can have a beautiful fairy party for your own wee people!
This was the photo booth area for the party. It was created with burlap for the swag, with lots of fantastical flowers made from tissue poms and adorned with papers, felt, ribbons sequins and everything else I had in my craft box. They were VERY fun to make. The kids joined in and had a ball. They were attached to the swag with clothespins, which also made them easy to move around or give away at the end as party favors. **Do not miss that adorable oversized mushroom that April made. Seriously, we thought it was the best decoration of the whole gig!
The food was light and wholesome but not without some sugary cupcakes! The cupcake toppers were made from colored fondant cut out with beautiful butterfly and flower shapes. I added some edible glitter and dusting sugar to make them more magical. We also served "fairy puffed corn" (aka popcorn) in colorful paper cones, "berries and sticks" (a mixture of dried fruits, berries and pretzels) and harvest apple cider.
The music...well, I'm obviously a fan so I'll give you my unbiased opinion ;o). April's songs are light-hearted, lyrical stories about fairies going to ice skating balls, goblins dancing, and finding the magic in everything around us. April's genuine love for musical entertainment and delighting children is a joy to watch. I can't wait for the CD to come out for myself!
A good craft idea to keep kids engaged in the party was the making of these "badges". Again, I pulled out all my ribbons, felt scraps, buttons, sequins, feathers and papers to let the kids go wild. Every one is more special and beautiful than the next. We attached a clothespin to the back so they could pin them anywhere...on their clothes, in their hair or just holding them as they ran through the yard to see the streamers float in the breeze. Charming!
Don't you want to see more? Many more beautiful photos of the event are on Kiwi Street Studio's blog here. If you are excited to have April sing at your next fairy party, you can contact her through her website. I'll have invitations available in the next week so you can have your own perfect fairy party too! If you'd like to see all the inspiration we used for this party, you might be interested in looking through the pin board we created on Pinterest here.