PB’s birthday falls just a few days into the new year, an inevitably busy, post-holiday blitzed out time of year. And each year, I’ve felt like a celebration was an afterthought, something thrown together at the last-minute, just as the Christmas tree was starting to get crispy. Oh yes, it’s birthday time.
This has resulted in over-inviting, over indulging, and generally overdoing it. I would usually feel like the point of the day was being overlooked in a rush to make things just-so, and the day would end with any number of babies or adults in tears. This year we chose to keep it small and simple (thank you, Trader Joe’s), and it was a relaxing day. With the exception of the party favors…
I had so much fun going over the top with these!
We had a very loosely themed Fairy Party where guests were encouraged to dress up. Then at the end of the party, each kiddo got to choose a wand and a vial of glittery pixie dust. Not to worry: I glued the lids on!
I spent a lot more time on these than I thought I would, but once you start it’s hard to stop. And I have to admit: it was fun to get so immersed in a creative project that wasn’t knitting. It’s good to mix things up once in a while.
Flower Fairy Wand Materials:
- 1/4 inch wooden dowel, cut to 18 inches long
- green glitter paint
- styrofoam ball
- bouquets of silk flowers, leaves, butterflies
- hot glue
- Paint the dowels with green glitter paint and let dry.
- Separate flower heads and leaves from bouquets. I had a pile of larger flowers, one of smaller flowers, and a pile of leaves and add ons like butterflies and more elongated pieces.
- Put a dab of hot glue on each flower before pressing it into the styrofoam ball until it is covered (there was some styrofoam showing if you looked closely).
- When the dowels are dry, put a dab of glue on one end and attach a 6-10 inch length of ribbon. I put 3 ribbons of varying lengths on each wand.
- Press the dowel about halfway into the ball, remove it, and fill the hole with hot glue. Then put the dowel back in and press firmly until glue sets.
- Put in a pretty jar or vase to let dry and display!
We also had a craft area for the little ones to decorate cardboard crowns. I put out some glitter glue, foam stickers, markers and crayons and they were entertained for quite some time. It’s pretty exciting to be out of the imminent choking-hazard age and into the age of semi-independent crafting!
PB loved it, and charged herself with decorating all of the extra crowns, and now we’re all royalty.
All in all it was a very fun little celebration. I’m thankful I was able to make time to create something interactive that I knew PB would enjoy. In a busy season, and a busy life, taking time to create with PB is one of the things that truly helps fill my bliss-cup.
My only problem now: what to do with all those naked bouquets of flowers.