So the latest Wishworks catalog arrived in the mail as I was contemplating this post. Wishworks and its parent company, Chasing Fireflies, are out of my price range - I feel like I should state that right now - but the pictures! The ideas! The fantasy of it all! We get the catalogs, and the girls love to page through them and daydream. And this one arrived just after Little Sis declared that she wants a fairy-themed birthday party this year.
I'm down with that. I have a thing for fairies. I have a thing for fairy parties. I have a thing for parties. (See here and here.)
Her birthday isn't until November, so I think we'll go "fall fairy" for the color scheme. (We can fancy up her Halloween costume!) But I do love this Cicely Mary Barker-inspired Flower Fairies party in the Wishworks catalog.
|from Wishworks by Chasing Fireflies July 2013 catalog.|
Perhaps we can base our own party off the Flower Fairies of Autumn! I can get the book for inspiration...
I have two fairy craft books checked out from the library. The books are very different. One is full of fancier crafts, involving more store-bought materials and sometimes requiring a sewing machine. The other is geared more toward kids, and makes use of recycled and household objects (plastic wrap, bath scrubbies).
The fancy book is appropriately titled Fairy Crafts, and is by Heidi Boyd. Many of these crafts would make gorgeous party favors and decorations.
|Fairy Crafts by Heidi Boyd. North Light Books, 2003.|
These are just a few of my favorite crafts in this book. The lanterns are amazing. (See the flower fairy dolls? We made something like those once!) I love the plates and tableware. Perhaps with this much notice, I could make those. In fact, this whole book screams "special event."
For everyday fairy fun, I like Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross (illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch). The crafts are simpler, and even though the results are not as polished, they're rather perfect for a day stuck inside due to bad weather.
|Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross, illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch. Millbrook Press, 2008.|
I'll post pictures of our fairy house when we get it back into shape. Until then, I think I'm off to new subjects!
I've started a new pinboard just for Fairy Party Inspiration. And to visit my pinboard devoted to all things fairy, troll, gnome, dragon, unicorn, etc, check out A Little Magic.
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