The Fairy Party – the idea

Big girl is about to turn 4 (OMG!).  Up until now we haven’t done parties, mainly because I don’t see the point with such little ones who have no idea what’s going on, and also because we live interstate and her birthday falls during our school holidays.  So for most of them we’ve been staying with relatives anyway.  But last year she really seemed to twig what birthdays were about, probably because she got 3 parties with 3 sets of people, so this year we are venturing into the wonderful world of children’s parties.  I thought I would write a mini-series of blogs about it.

We’ve been tossing a few ideas around about who and when.  Two things you have to realise are that we live in the desert, and our house is a converted shed.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice shed with walls and insulation and everything, but it’s a big square box.  While the living area is relatively big it’s pretty much filled by our furniture and it’s not somewhere you would have little kids partying, especially when we have an enormous undercover area and spend most of our time outside (maybe we just need less furniture).  But then there’s the problem with the desert – we are outside until about 11am then go back out after 6pm, and neither of them are really good times for a kid’s party.

And who to invite? Most of the older kids at playgroup have started school and stopped coming, and the younger ones are less than 2.  That would be fine for running around and playing, but doesn’t really fit with the time and weather problems.  There are 3 little girls she’s friends with, but you can’t just invite 3 to a party, can you?  Then I had a brainwave.

Make it a craft party.  She was given a book designed for 10 year olds full of crafts that she desparately wants to do but they are just too complicated.  But with a bit of set up time I can modify them for 4 little girls.  And with a fairy theme we can spend the next couple of weeks making invitations, thinking of games, choosing activities and testing out foods.  Then the 4 of them can dress up in fairy clothes, play in her castle and make fairy things.  We’ve already put together a little calendar for her to mark off the days and tomorrow we’ll be finishing invitations, so I’ll let you see them after that.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by faylie on September 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    What a great blog. I’ve never subscribed to one before but this one I will be. Once I’ve finished the GDUNH 😛


  2. Posted by mummytiff on September 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    What a terrific idea Deb! I think you can have any number of kids to a party and even more special if they’re doing activities that they’re going to love and it is a big fun day! My birthday always fell in school holidays and every year we would optimistically send out 20 or so invites and more years that not NO ONE would come ‘cos they’d all be away 😦

    Look forward to the next installment!


  3. I’m a new subscriber, so I hope that you don’t mind me responding!

    I’ve heard that a good rule of thumb for birthday parties (especially before school) is the idea of 1 friend per year old they are…so with this equation in mind 3 girls is perfect!

    I totally agree with not going overboard with guests etc when they won’t even remember it! I’m not sure whether to do one this year for my 3 year old or wait until next year when he’s at pre-school…


  4. Sorry, I replied and it disappeared into cyberspace 😦 Here it is.

    Absolutely! We love replies!

    I’ve heard that rule since deciding 🙂 I suppose up until now she hasn’t actually had ‘friends,’ just played with whoever was there at playgroup. It’s been really funny this year to see her developing that connection, although playdates still seem to consist of 2 little girls pulling everything out to see and not actually playing together.

    We’ve been working hard, there’ll be another update coming!


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