I am blessed to have had the opportunity to attend a Co-op preschool with both of my daughters. For those unfamiliar with the co-op experience, parents in the program are required to work as "teachers", rotating in a variety of roles, at the preschool for one day each week. What results is a wonderful bonding and sense of community with both the children and the parents in the program. There are two credentialed teachers who are present all week to oversee and administrate, but all the parent "teachers" bring with them a rich and diverse variety of skills, talents, and expertise that benefit everyone.
The Princess & the Pirate were the
sample dolls featured at the silent auction
The parent that bid on and one the party package is an amazingly talented and creative mom in her own right. I know we were all very excited to be working with her and to have the opportunity to make some magic for her daughter's birthday. Her daughter asked for a "Fairy Party" and the co-op community did not disappoint. There were silk blossoms swaying in the breeze in the tree canopied garden, fairy themed treats, sparkling pink cupcakes, a make-your-own-fairy-house craft station, "pin the wings on the fairy" game, and incredible fairy face painting.
Below you'll find a free downloadable PDF with complete instructions on how to make your own little cupcake topper dolls. I've included resources and links for where to find some of the more specialized items. Please enjoy, feel free to share, and make your own magic. I'd love to see your creations!
From Wood Peg to Fairy Magic...
Here are links to where you can get some of the specialty items used in this project, and lots more great craft stuff:
Wood Doll Bodies: Factory Direct Craft ~ They have an incredible blog with lots of great projects to check out HERE
Cotton Chenille Stems & Millinery Flower Bunches: Blumchen
Millinery Flowers: 32 Degrees North
Darice 2-ended Tracing Stylus (my favorite tool for making fine dots with paint)
Here are some highlights from the party, to perhaps inspire some fairy magic of your own...
The hostess brought this amazing artisinal goat cheese back from a farm (Harley Farms) her family had visited the day before the party. The outside was covered with edible flowers from the farm's garden, and the inside was filled with fresh herbs and pine nuts.
Havarti & Cheddar cutouts for the little folk
Moms and dads were treated to a delicious Raspberry Rum Lemonade
The crudite got a magic touch with toadstool radishes
The kids enjoyed lemonade chilled with pink heart ice cubes
Enchanted Fairy Cakes
Decorating fairy houses with moss, flowers, and butterflies at the craft station
silk flowers hung from gossamer ribbons and blew in the breeze
TO FLY OR TO SNACK? Good choice birthday girl!
My daughter, who wore her signature seersucker suit and a skeleton tie to the fete, chose a spotted puppy dog face.
Pin the Wings on the Fairy