Fairy and Unicorn Party - Featuring REAL UNICORNS!


Lile and Sábha chose a Fairy and Unicorn theme for their fifth birthday party. As you can imagine, I was pretty happy with this decision. I mean Fairies AND Unicorns? It's the perfect theme! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, I guess.

I immediately came up with a million ideas for the party... and then remembered that my children are only five and simple is better when entertaining a gang of young children. Also, there was the small issue of budget... as in, the budget was very small. So I followed my own advice (for once!) and pared back the ideas, focusing on the three key elements of any party - Decor, Activities, Food. 

One other element of this party, that made the day as successful as it was, was the choice of location. We hired a room in a little wooden chalet in one of my favourite places in the world - Festina Lente - otherwise known as my Secret Garden. It's the first time I've hosted a birthday party outside of my own (tiny) home and I was so thrilled to have the space and the support of the amazing staff there to realise all of my crazy notions for my little girls' birthday. 

Decoration: 

The venue dictated the decor somewhat. As in - we didn't really need much! The wooden room was already charming and had fairy lights strung outside. I hung some bunting, and brought our unicorn hobby-horses and some unicorn soft toys for the smallest guests to enjoy and that was that! I had planned on bringing balloons - but we were asked not to, as apparently, our surprise guests are not fans of balloons - who knew?

Activities:

I always like to have a craft activity at birthday parties (surprise, surprise). It helps settle the children in and gives the party a nice calm beginning. I had a selection of on-theme, colouring sheets ready to do during the 'everyone arriving' bit which was also proved a great opportunity to introduce the children to each other. 


We also made some Flying Fairies. I'll do a tutorial for these at some stage and link to it from here - but in a nutshell - we made some simple fairies from tissue paper, pipecleaners, foam shapes and a few stick-on jewels. We tied them, with gold thread, to sticks so that they could 'fly'. They were a huge hit with all of the children - boys and girls.


After we had finished making the fairies we brought them out into the gardens on a Flying Fairy Treasure Hunt. I had taken photographs around the garden earlier in the week, printed them out and hidden them in coloured envelopes as clues. I used photographs rather than written clues because most of the guests can't read yet. There were seven clues in total that took them on a big run around the grounds and finished off under the fairy wishing tree -where they found a bag of gold coins to share, as a prize.

I was about to hand each child a ribbon to tie to the tree while they made a wish when there was a sudden, loud gasp from one of the little girls. We all turned around and saw twin, baby UNICORNS coming our way!


The kids nearly lost their minds with excitement. So did all the adults, in fairness.

From very early on I was determined to have at least one big surprise at the party - a visit from a REAL LIVE UNICORN. I know. I don't ask for much. But, one of the (many) reasons I chose Festina Lente as the location was that there are stables on site and I had heard a rumour that there might be some unicorns living there. Imagine my delight when I discovered that there were twin unicorns - just the right size for my own sweet twins?!


The unicorns even came to the party room and each child got a chance to meet them both, give them a gentle pet and have their photo taken with them.


Sábha and Lile were beyond thrilled. Their visit really made the day.



Food:

After all that excitement it was time for food! The keep costs down I put together a treat box for each child. This made sure that each child got exactly the same amount of treats but also meant that each child could eat at their own pace, or even save some to bring home. There was also rice krispie cakes, 'top-hats', cookies and the birthday cake, of course, which was topped with Fairy and Unicorn Playmobil figures we already owned.


Favours:

Lile and Sábha helped me make the favours this year. We made 'Unicorn horns' filled with jellybeans. These were so easy to make. We used waffle cones, dipped them in melted white chocolate and covered them with sprinkles and edible glitter. I then used disposable piping bags to present them and added a label which the girls had drawn fairies on. Simple, cheap and really effective!


The entire cost for the party, including the venue hire, the food and the visit from the unicorns came in at under €150. Which I would consider good value for the sheer magic the day brought and the looks on my girls faces throughout. I think it also proves that you don't need a huge budget to have a party with wow factor - just a bit of imagination, some willing accomplices and maybe a touch of madness.

Big thanks to Andrea and Síofra at Festina Lente, for indulging my madness, and to all our family and friends for making the day especially fabulous for Lile and Sábha.

21 comments

  1. Oh WOW... amazing. I love it all. The unicorns are adorable and the party favours are pure genius! Well done!

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  2. Best. Mom. Ever. What an amazing party, two lucky little girls! :) Love everything, and the unicorns are just the sweetest thing. Happy birthday to your twins!

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    1. Probably more like craziest. mom. ever... but I'll take it ;) Thanks Laura!

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  3. Wow! That's the best party I've ever seen. Please become a party planner and do a party for my soon to be six year old? Thanks :)
    Seriously, you're amazing. So impressed!

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    1. Thanks so much! I feel like adopting the unicorns and doing this over and over again ;)

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  4. Amazing! You really should be planning parties professionally :) Your girls and their pals must have been thrilled!
    Nicola

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    1. Thanks Nicola! I was an event planner in a former life - does it show?!?! ;) ;) I love an excuse to work with a good theme and birthdays are my favourite :)

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  5. What a great party! I love the Unicorns ;)

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  6. Wow what a great party for your little ones, who wouldn't want a unicorn to attend their birthday I know I would (at 39 and male lol).

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  7. What a fab party & great ideas. Very true that you don't need to spend a lot to make a memorable day

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  8. What a fab party & great ideas. Very true that you don't need to spend a lot to make a memorable day

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  9. Oh Sadhbh. You just won at birthdays. I actually cried a little bit when I saw the unicorns! So magical.

    I actually read a genius post by a child about unicorns. It's a case that nowadays, elephants with small tusks are dominant because the elephants with large tusks are being hunted. Before long, elephants will breed to have no tusks at all. So maybe that's what happened to all the unicorns and now we're left with horses.

    MIND = BLOWN.

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    1. I almost did too, so you're not alone. They were painfully cute.

      Also, GIVE THAT CHILD AN AWARD! What a genius! I'd love a link if you could find one.

      Thanks so much Alex xx

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    2. Just spent about 15 minutes trying to find the comic Sadhbh! And to no avail! UGHGH! If I see it again, I will let you know asap. It was delightfully clever. Soz xx

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  10. You planned everything really well and I kids are looking really happy. I also had a summer holiday party at my home and I planned it around the pool. My daughter loved it and that made me really happy.

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