Monday, February 17, 2014

Fairy Party and My first In-the-Hoop Project

Every year in February, I tell myself that I should keep things simple for S's birthday, but then every year I get carried away and end up driving myself crazy making party favors and decorations.  Well, this year is no exception.  Once again, I went way overboard, staying up till all hours of the night and subsisting on 4 hours of sleep for a week before the party.  But you know, it was worth it; the creating made me happy, and the party made my girl happy, and that's all that counts, right?

This year, we went with a fairy theme.  And since baking is beyond my skill set, we ordered all the food from Megan of Sweet 'n Sassy Custom Cakes, who came and set up the dessert table for the party, even brought the table, linens, plates, and decorations for the dessert table.  Check out the fairy house cake and the mushroom cupcakes. 

It's not a party without handmade party favors, right?  I made these dolls from a pattern by Dolls and Daydreams.  The most thrilling part of this is that the dolls were made "in the hoop," which means that all the seams and stitches were made using my embroidery machine.  These dolls came together so fast and easily.  I was thrilled with the result!

 I ordered the doll wings from Halo Heaven and attached them to the back with a safety pin.  The pattern also had little ballerina slippers for the dolls; I ran out of time so they are barefoot fairies.

 You can't really see it in the pictures but I also embroidered each child's name on the front of the doll.  All except for B's; hers was the first one I made and I hadn't quite figured out how to add the name as yet.

Here's a ridiculously cute close-up of the doll.  I love them so much.  I'm already planning my next dozen.

 I quickly pulled together the centerpieces and decorations for the party using what I had around the house and a few of the party favors that I had bought from Halo Heaven, which included the wings, fairy headbands, and butterfly hairclips, which I used as napkin decorations.
The kids made fairy houses using wooden birdhouses decorated with moss, feathers, broken seashells, silk flowers, and whatever else I could find at Joann's that seemed earthy and natural.

And then it was time to eat their fairy treats.  They drank sparkly juice from champagne glasses that I had left over from a new year's get together. 
And one last look at our six year old.


  1. Looks like S's party rocked! Miss all you ladies and kiddos... and especially our sewing nights!

  2. WOw...what a party! Did you make that cake as well?

  3. Aw fun! Great party! Happy birthday, S!!

  4. you are totally the queen of amazing party favors, every single year! looks like such a great party. happy birthday to S, i seriously can't believe she's SIX!

  5. Looks like a fabulous party! Happy Birthday, S!


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