Saturday, June 15, 2013

Birthday Fairy

Sweet Millie turned four this summer!  She has truly graduated from toddler to little girl.  She remains the most affectionate and validating little person I've ever met; it is as though her default language is compliments, snuggles and "I love you"s.  Her trademark blonde bob is befitting her cheerful personality.  

Favorite books:  Princess Baby, Kiki's Blankie, Millie's Marvelous Hat, Rainbow Fish and anything by Mo Willems (but particularly That is NOT a Good Idea!).  Far and away, her favorite movie is "Babes in Toyland" with Annette Funicello.  It is so sweet.  Purple is her clear choice for anything with color -- clothing, crayons, game pieces, candy.  

She still sucks her thumb to sleep at night and snuggles with her blankies, though we've made a rule they must stay in her bedroom now.  We don't mind a few soothing tools but we don't need a Linus, after all.  Soon, these habits may change, as the doctor reported she needs a tonsillectomy.

She's so tall and leggy, she once reported her preschool teacher told her she should be a "baskee-ball girl" when she grows up, but with her femininity and sparkle, I think she's more likely to put those legs to use in ballet.  Still, who knows?  Millie is a child whose interests and strengths are still to be discovered.  I can't wait to watch her grow!  

This year, we opted for a short-and-sweet neighborhood playdate with the girls instead of a blowout birthday bash.  I committed to spend very little money and the fewest man-hours possible, and just make it about Millie.  From a stash of dress-up wings I picked up at the dollar store a while back, a fairy theme grew.  The day before I stumbled upon a few ridiculously inexpensive little whimsical woodland fairy village type pieces, so I added a little decor to the day, with plans to add them to our new garden in the future.  It was the simplest and most relaxed celebration to date -- and it was so great!

Pixie homes were tucked in our front planters, with little wooden ladders for fairy access.

Our front door, with banners made of images of flower fairies from a vintage children's book I found online and a wreath featuring the birthday girl.

Started off with coloring pages, as usual

We had a simple craft activity -- I nabbed some tree branches from our other property for woodland fairy wands.  Each girl affixed a tulle ball on top and tied a few ribbons for extra magic.
Then, the ladies used their wands for a fairy hunt Sophie coordinated all on her own.

Our supply/display table with more woodland fairy villages -- including a darling windmill and a garden bench!
She seems happy with her digs.
Multitasking fairy wings -- I hung them as a decorative overhead banner, then passed them out as favors. 
On our way to the bakery to pick up a cake, the girls excitedly asked if they could bake one instead.  You know what?  I just went with it.  I turned the car toward the grocery store to pick up a mix, pre-made purple frosting and a few random embellishments of Millie's choice.  It turned out the be such a fun experience to create this cake!  It was just what she wanted!
Make a wish!

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