Yesterday was my sweet #3 darlin's 3rd birthday. She is my only December child, and so I try to "pull out all the stops" for her special day because it's easy to be lost in the hysteria of the holidays. Each year I try to hone in on something they love and this year it was fairies. Usually I can tie the party into literature as well, and to my delight I was able to find Mary Cicely Barker's flower fairy books. If you haven't heard of this collection, it is really stunning. You can learn more about Ms. Barker here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicely_Mary_Barker
I began looking on ebay and amazon and I found a whole collection of activity books, paper dolls, stories, and craft books. This one was the best and you can click here to see it on amazon: Flower Fairies Book for Girls So after looking over this fantastic book brimming with ideas I was ready to make a magical land in the middle of darlin'ville. You know they say you are never too old for fairies so I recruited some adult fairy lovers to help me out. Luckily I know two people drippin' with creativity! My sister and grandma
Fairy Forest Lodge by Enchantmints
So late one night, these little blossoms in front of the fairy house were "born". As I pulled it out to wrap the gift for the party I was hoping and praying the baby raptor from last week's post there's a baby raptor in darlinville didn't mangle the new fairy people but hey, that's life, and at least I know how to make more-reference my post on quotes brevity is the soul of wit and how it's always faster the second time you do something! I am thrilled to say our fairies seemed to have a lovely time sipping frozen fruit punch and playing the fairy name game. The birthday girl turned out to be Pear Blossom Featherfoot. OK, so you are never too old for fairies. I turned out to be Apple Blossom Starlight. That's better than any nickname I had in high school!
Seriously, you have never seen anything sweeter than four girls dressed as fairies and sitting under ribbons, pinecones, and tulle and eating toothpick fruit and veggie cabobs and drinking pineapple-cherry-white grape punch giggling over new fairy names. I am sure the innocent play of my children will be fleeting since our culture will grow the girls (and boys) up before their time, hardening them up for "the real world". I savor the sweet femininity while it lasts and try as hard as I can to S L O W things down. If I could smash the clock for them I would but in the meantime, I intend to encourage the magic and wonder of childhood by giving as much freedom for play and exploration as is possible. From what I've learned, there's power enough in the pure heart of an innocent anyway.