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Sophia + Sienna’s Fairy Birthday Party

I’m so excited to finally be sharing the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party!
Sophia turned 6 and Sienna turned 4! This will probably be the last year we do a joint birthday party *tear* But it was a fun last shabang! They requested fairies and we gave them fairies! Lots of DIY details that made it extra special on that day and days after! We had a fun fairy land to have creative play in for weeks after! Life is extra busy with me having three littles and a company (HAPPY MOMMY BOX) But I LOVE throwing parties, it’s relaxing for me and I enjoy doing all the details and pulling it together. So even though I didn’t have a lot of time or money for the party, we made it happen! All of the treats were store bought to save on time and were budget friendly treat ideas from walmart to save on money! I did inexpensive DIY details that make a big bang for your buck. I used end of summer discounted flowers, cardboard boxes, past party decorations and inexpensive bulk tissue paper to create a fun fairy land! Check out all the details and photos below!
Photos taken by the talented and sweet Karen of
Hidden Pearl Photography + Courtney of Courtography.com. They were
amazing to work with and I can’t wait to work with them again!


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One of my favorite details for a party is the Dessert Table!
A Fairy Dessert Table?!? oh yes.. yesss please.
Had so much fun with this one and the girls were big helpers in
picking out their treats and the fairy houses we made!
The table had ALL STORE BOUGHT sugar cookies, cupcakes and colorful candies.
My girls don’t really like cake, so they picked out a cookie cake! I do not have the cake decorating gene. I once tried..and failed.. and have learned to accept that I just need to put that on my bucket list and one day learn to do that.. for now..I buy cakes and throw some cute flower poms on them. :) I used the birch stands I had made years ago for a Halloween Party Dessert Table.. along with my white cake stands, plates and ikea bowls.

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DIY FAIRY HOUSES
We used a grouping of cute bird houses from Michael’s and JoAnns to decorate across the table! I cut some of their doors wider then painted and hot glue gunned on some end-of-summer-clearanced flowers, moss, fake acorns, butterflies and sticks from the backyard.
I’m going to be doing a full post on the project! Super easy and now a cute little display in the girls’ room! Their tinker bell set fairies fit perfectly inside! I had every intention of making peg fairy dolls… nope. too busy. haha. and on a budget! These ended up being a cheaper option and I thought they were super cute.

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The Fairy Dessert Table Backdrop was made by taking strips of tissue paper and taping them up row on top of row..mixing in some gold fringe garlands I already had from a Grammy’s Party I threw. I’m all about using old party decor! I purchased my tissue paper from Papermart. SOO CHEAP and you can get HUGE sheets. I used them for the Flowers and the Backdrop.
I got Seven- 24 Packs of Tissue Paper – Size: 20×30—- for $26.45
Cerise, Dark Pink, Orange, Peach, Pistachio and Cool Mint.
I have SO MUCH leftover.. but its just cheaper to go that way and then use it for future projects. I LOVE tissue paper. It’s a weakness of mine. that… and dishes. :)
I snagged up some cute number candles from Target.. then made mini flowers using the scrap tissue paper and taping them to lollipop sticks I already had.
I made the cupcake toppers in photoshop, printed on card stock and taped to the lollipop sticks. I also put some of the party city gold coins in the cupcakes! (anything in a cupcake is a hit with kids.)

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We set up the dessert table in our dining room area…with the fairy house in
the family room area. It’s one big open space. When having a party in your house
it helps to move furniture around to make it work!

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I used our dining room table for more treats to eat and to display the fun dress up
items for the kids! We had Dollar General Fairy Wings, Target Dollar
Bin Eye patches and hats, Party City maps, compasses + swords.
I used fake flowers (leftover from Sophia’s nursery!) for the middle of the table and a cute birdcage from Michael’s filled with a cute succulent(got an awesome cheap set from walmart that I haven’t killed yet!) My girls love candy, pirate’s booty, chex mix, pretzels and lemonade.. so that was on the snack menu! ;) I used my cute tray from Target to hold the pitcher of lemonade, cups and paper straws(from walmart.) The flower and pirate plates were from target.


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The goody bags (from target) were filled with a pack of fruit snacks,
a pack of crayons and some gold treasure! The girls helped me fill them up!
We might have eaten a few fruit snacks while we did it… :)


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FAIRY HOUSE AND PAPER FLOWERS
The Fairy House + Flowers were something I KNEW I had to try and pull off. I had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to look and I’m so happy with how it came together!
I mentioned above about how I used Papermart tissue paper to create the flowers. I taped them to the wall using shipping tape (leaves no damage to the walls whatsoever!)
I’ll do a full video tutorial on the Paper Flowers soon.
You can see the Video Tutorial on the Cardboard Fairy House I made HERE.
It’s a super easy and affordable DIY that can make anything extra special!
This baby saved my sanity plenty of rainy days after the party!
I suggest that you throw a fairy party right around the end of summer clearance sales at your craft stores!! I hit the jackpot. I mean.. it got ridiculous how cheap the flowers and flower garlands were. And I loved how it turned out.. With a utility knife, cardboard boxes and paint you can make a fun little house for your kids’ imagination to go wild with! I made a flower garden connected to it so the fairies could tend to their garden ;)

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The girls’ dresses are from target.. and I made the flower crowns using floral wire and the discounted flowers from JoAnns! I’m a fan of the signs that say 70% off + 20% off!!


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Sophia and Sienna in all their fairy glory.


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It was such a fun day! a hot.. but fun day! :)
Micah was happy that most of our new friends here in Charlotte are boys,
because that meant Pirate gear at a fairy party! He was loving having his sword!
(My dress is from wet seal! Inexpensive and comfy!)

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Back when I was in the hospital for a couple weeks, a blog reader sent
my girls this tassel garland.. I ended up using it for the party.. it was the perfect touch across our windows! Thanks Project Paper for being so sweet to my girls.
They loved it during that scary emotional time and loved it even more on their birthday!
I ordered the gold balloons from Viva Rosa on Etsy. I loved how they looked…
but we joked that it kept looking like the girls were turning 46 or 64.

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CAKE TIME
My girls love cookie cake. Like their mama.
This baby disappeared. mmm cookie cakeee.


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CRAFT TIME!
My girls love a good craft. And jewelry! So we made fruit loop necklaces and it was a hit.
They all actually sat and did this for a good amount of time..super into it.
Micah mainly crushed the fruit loops but I had to vacuum anyways ;)


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PARK FUN!
We are lucky to have a playground down the street from us.
So since our place is smaller, we all strolled over to run around!
My nephew in the knight costume seriously cracks me up. He came ready to party.


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It was fun having everyone all together for their birthday!
Lots of family and new charlotte friends helped us celebrate the girls. We moved here not too long ago but loving the community we have found. Thankful for these friendships and for having my family so close! For the first time since college I am near
my family and they are able to come to the kids’ parties!


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Above is my sister and I with our girls.. and below a shot of my sister in law Mary, sister Valerie, (missing Shanna!) and my Mom.


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Love my sweet girls and making these fun memories with them :)
The fairy decor has since been moved to their room… tissue paper flowers all over the walls!
And the fairy house was turned on its side into a rocket ship yesterday…
they used markers to draw buttons on it and blasted off!


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Thanks for checking out their birthday fun! I hope you feel inspired to take on some of these fun DIY details to make your next party or rainy day extra fun!

Back to School Printables- Discount CODE!

It is back to school time! We start on monday!
Sophia is going to be in first grade… I can’t believe it.
Sienna starts pre-k the first week of september.
We are all really excited. They have been asking if
it’s “new school time” since about a day into summer. ;)


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To celebrate, I’m having a sale in my printable shop!
Use CODE: BACKTOSCHOOL
to get 25% OFF your entire printable order

All of my printables are currently immediate downloads
so you can start on your crafting gifting
and decorating right away!

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I did a fun Back to School Play Date at an IKEA event last year.. check it out!

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You can check out all of my back to school printables HERE.

DIY Cardboard Fairy House Tutorial

We threw our girls’ a Fairy Birthday Party this past weekend!
One of my favorite details of the party was the Cardboard Fairy House I made for them!

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I can’t wait to share more details of the party, but I thought it would be fun to do a video tutorial on the Cardboard Fairy House first! I have made different cardboard creations over the years..and they are a hit every time! I’m sure your littles will have fun with this too!


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Two cute fairies flapping away!!
(dresses from target)

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It’s an easy, fun and affordable DIY project that’s perfect at making
a play date, party or rainy day extra special!

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DIY CARDBOARD FAIRY HOUSE
SUPPLIES:
Cardboard Boxes (I used 4 large from lowes and one small from home..along with part of another box I had for the roof! – use the corner/bend for the roof)
Zip Ties
Paint (I found a small can in the as is section at Lowes)
Utility Knife
Packing Tape
Scissors or screw driver (to poke holes for zip ties)
Flowers/Flower Garlands (I got mine during the end of summer clearance at joanns.)
Hula Table Skirt (I got mine during the end of summer clearance at party city)

DIY CARDBOARD FAIRY HOUSE
STEPS:
Build and Cut Boxes.. attaching with zip ties.
Paint.
Tape Flowers/Grass Roof

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I grabbed up a couple cute butterflies at Michael’s during their end of summer sale!
They are made to hang from the ceiling.

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The fairy house has moved to the other wall of our family room…
and will probably be there a while ;) It’s awesome at keeping them entertained!

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Sophia and Sienna are 15 days from being exactly 2 years apart so
they have always had a joint birthday party. I know it won’t always be like this,
but for now they love it… and so do we!!


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The next tutorial will be the tissue paper flowers!
I have a gazillion requests via social media for a tutorial..so..it’s coming!
SO EASY and fun to make… it’ll be one you won’t want to miss!

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Full Fairy Birthday Party Post coming soon!!!
Check out my DIY Cardboard CastleCardboard Mailbox
and Cardboard Sweetopia Village!

Ben’s Surprise 30th Birthday – Mustache Bash



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Ben turned 30 last week! woohoo! Two days before, I decided hmm maybe it isn’t that
crazy to try and throw a party even though we just moved here.
I REALLY wanted to make it happen for him…
so event though I didn’t have much time, I was determined to throw
this party together—without him knowing!

I called his boss and had him get in on the sneakiness. He had ben out while everyone arrived. I sent a couple ‘frustrated exhausted mom’ texts to keep things completely normal. haha. I even took a call from him with the bath tub going saying I was doing bath and then putting the kids to bed.

Thanks goodness the party came together in a couple days because I wouldn’t have been able to handle the sneakiness much longer than that. STRESSFUL! I had to sneak numbers from his phone when he was in the shower haha. I got family and a handful of our new friends to come join in celebrating ben and eat dessert with us!

These were the ONLY photos I took the whole time. A few phone shots and that was it.
Thank goodness for the amazing Charis who I had discovered via instagram!
She came and took care of capturing all the fun for me. I’m so excited to team up with her on some more projects. She has a great eye! I can’t rave about her enough!
Check her work out HERE.


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Ben had joked last week saying how all he wanted for his birthday was a mustache.
So of course.. a mustache party was a must. Grabbed up a few mustache themed items and chose some colors.. black and green!
I only had time to go to a couple stores. I had already gotten the mustache plates at target.. but I was able to go to party city and the grocery store the day before and pick up the final party details.

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Ben loves cheesecake! And I had to get the mint oreo’s with the green
filling  to match the decor ;) I used paper containers from party city to hold store bought caramel corn and puppy chow. Store bought cupcakes were jazzed up with some party city mustache toppers! For a couple bucks..it was worth my time to buy the toppers instead of make them! I also had already grabbed up a cute banner from target. It’s still up.. I love it. haha.

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Here’s a run down of the dessert table. Even with no time and no budget you can make a fun party table come together! You don’t have to go overboard with items.. having the color and theme working throughout the table will make it look planned and really pop!

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These kiddos. They were all about the “snacks” ;)

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We just moved to Charlotte a few months ago…so it was really nice seeing the friendships we’ve made be all in one place! Our town house isn’t the biggest so we couldn’t invite more than this but It was cool to see how great this community has been already!

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It’s not a party without a balloon war.


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We all gathered around the table waiting for ben to come up the steps…
He was COMPLETELY Surprised. Mission accomplished.
anddd sweaty from work haha. So he ran up and changed and then was ready to par-tay.


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Lately Micah’s been covering his eyes and counting.
he sees the girls play hide and seek. It’s prettyyy much the cutest thing ever.
“one-tee-tuu”
Also… next time you need to make punch:
7 UP + Raspberry Sherbet.
amazingness

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Next time DON’T buy the sparkling candles.
They are scarier than it sounds. haha.


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I grabbed some stick on mustaches at party city.
It was hilarious how much the kids wore them.. and the adults. ;)

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I’m in total party planning mode now…
Loved doing this for ben and excited for the girls’ birthday in august!! eek!
We are currently set on a garden fairy party.
With all things bugs for the boys. should be fun ;)
Thanks for checking out Ben’s party!

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