Caroline’s Winter Fairy Birthday Party

 

Hello, welcome to our magical winter fairy birthday party wonderland! We’re so happy you’re here to celebrate Caroline’s second birthday. Our theme this time is winter fairies, who like the ice, snow, cold weather animals and of course, pine cones:

Fancy Chalkboard

Fancy Chalkboard

Winter Fairy Birthday

Fairy house and magic tree

Winter Fairy Birthday

Welcome to my cottage, friends!

Welcome to my cottage, friends!

Winter Fairy Birthday

Caroline’s yearly books, from her first day til this month

fairy tent over food table

Winter Fairy Birthday

Don’t forget proper fairy attire:

Fairy party wings

Wings, headbands & antlers!

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I spy some fairies!

Please have some food:

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Thumbprint cookies (so, so, so good. Insanely good. You won’t believe it good.)

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Candy Cane Chex Mix, Caramel/Chocolate/Candy Appples

Winter Fairy Birthday food

Sparkling Brie Bites (these are now a tradition, since we had them last year too)

Winter Fairy Birthday food

Gum drop fudge (I used those sparkly gummy fruit wedges – DELICIOUS)

Winter Fairy Birthday food

My mom made her traditional Christmas coffee cake

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Coconut snowballs, Pita Trees

Winter Fairy Birthday food

Pancake tree-tower, dusted with powdered sugar and surrounded by extra sparkling cranberries (I used the store brand complete mix, which was surprisingly good!)

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Caprese Pops (pin link, original pin goes nowhere)

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Reindeer Cookies –  E said these are his new favorite Christmas cookie

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Cucumber sandwiches – ALWAYS a hit

Winter Fairy Birthday food

Pinecone cheeseball – I ignored the recipe and mixed 1 block cream cheese with a tub of Rondele herb cheese and added a little dill and garlic powder. Then I ate ALL the leftovers for dinner.

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Snowman marshmallow pops

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Microwave popcorn in paper cones I made with scrapbook paper and a hole punch

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Olive wreath – This was the only thing that was TOTALLY gone at the end

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Fruit tree – thanks to my mom for doing all the work on this

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Cupcakes – white box cake mix with homemade frosting (1 stick butter, 1 block cream cheese, 1 2 lb bag of powdered sugar, the end)

winter animal cupcake toppers

Sparkly polar bears! Reindeer! Narwhals!!

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Extra cupcakes

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I forgot to take a picture of the buttermints, but they get 5 stars definitely will make again

Help yourself to a drink:

Winter Fairy Birthday hot cocoa bar

Winter Fairy Birthday drinks

Homemade gingerbread donuts on “milk bottles” (actually those store-bought frappuchinos) (idea from here)

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On the hot cocoa bar: candy cane dippers, peppermint sticks, mini M&M’s, mint marshmallows, regular marshmallows, whipped cream, 2 kind of creamer, whipped cream vodka (THIS IS A THING), peppermint schnapps, Bailey’s, sugar sprinkles, milk hot chocolate, dark hot chocolate, coffee, hot cider.

Decorate a tree to take home (or eat right now because they’re delicious):

Winter Fairy Birthday activities

Winter Fairy Birthday activities

Winter Fairy Birthday activities

Winter Fairy Birthday activities

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Caroline really enjoyed this part of the party

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MESS.

Don’t forget your party favors:

Winter Fairy Birthday favors

Red & white glitter play dough in mini mason jars with printable tags

Winter Fairy Birthday favors

Magic wands I made from dowels, tiny eye hooks, ribbon and jingle bells (I totally forgot to give them out!)

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Foam ornament decorating

The birthday girl had a wonderful time (even though her brother blew out her candles):

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Thank you friends for coming!

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I actually missed photographing a lot of details and people because I was too buy enjoying my own party (for once!) Despite a lot of things not going as planned – Caroline refused to wear EITHER of the “princess dresses” I planned for her, misplacing her beautiful hair bow (not that she’d wear that either), forgetting to give the kids their magic wands, not getting many photos in the photo booth – I think everyone had a really good time and that’s what is really important at a 2 year old’s birthday.

Sites and Sources:

My Pinterest Board

Tips for writing on chalkboards (dipping the chalk in water worked REALLY well)
I made the chalkboards using garage sale frames, spray paint (silver and chalkboard colored) and a piece of particle board
Wings are from both a local bargain store and The Hair Bow Company
Headbands and antlers from Oriental Trading
Tissue paper snowflakes from Oriental Trading
Branches, crystals, ice cubes, paper stars from Save on Crafts
I made the tent with Ikea curtains and an embroidery hoop (
tutorial here)
Balloons from Oriental Trading
The Fairy House is a the Discovery Kid’s Playhouse I bought on clearance after last Christmas for $10
Mini light strings, paper gingerbread house, red lanterns, various other Christmas decor from Ikea
Hot cocoa k-cups purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond
Deer cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, paper straws, sprinkles from Bake It Pretty
Super awesome tree stump stands were made by my dad
Winter animal cupcake toppers were custom made by PaperPartyParade
All banners, signs and labels were made by me using cardstock, my printer & free fonts found online

Pretty much everything else is from Target or Michael’s

That was really fun but I am SO glad it’s over and I can concentrate on wrapping Christmas gifts and not baking for 12 hours a day. I think my theme for next year is just going to be “Milk & Cookies” and I’ll spread out all the cookie-making over a month so my feet don’t feel like they’re going to fall off from standing in front of the stove. Mmm…cookies.

Winter Fairy Birthday Invitation

p.s. I forgot to include the beautiful invitations my friend Denae designed for me! She did Evan’s dino invites too & is so talented.

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28 Responses to “Caroline’s Winter Fairy Birthday Party”

  1. Leah says:

    You are some sort of super lady. I can’t wait to see your face!
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  2. emily bilbrey says:

    i was just waiting and waiting for this post to pop up, after you only posted a teaser pic on IG! haha! lady, you’ve absolutely outdone yourself. what a magical party. completely gorgeous. i’m amazed!!! wow!!!

  3. Shari says:

    A wonderland indeed! Happy Birthday, Caroline! :)
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  4. This post had to have taken you AGES to write, upload, etc…not to mention all.the.food. You’re superwoman!

    Thanks for trying my buttermints recipe and for making them (wish I could have seen a photo!) & if you do ever re-make them, LMK. Glad you liked my recipe & thanks for the link.

    And wow – I want to make like 10 things from this post!

    And Happy Bday to her! My lil girl is turning 6 here in a month! Time flies!

    • bebehblog says:

      Mine weren’t nearly as photogenic as yours (I used too much red food coloring and was too impatient to cut them) but they were SO delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  5. Tricia says:

    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! This is the most amazing party I’ve ever seen. I want to live in Caroline’s second birthday party. You’re some kind of super-human, otherworldly mama extraordinaire.

  6. SHUT UP this is awesome. Will you be my mom?
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  7. If I ever throw David a birthday party, I will totally have to copy this. I tried to invite people over for this Thursday night (his bday) but I don’t think anyone is even coming. Poor kid. I’m very impressed with you considering how close it is to Christmas!
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  8. Joanna says:

    So, so amazing Suzanne!
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  9. PinkieBling says:

    Wow, Suzanne! I’m in awe.

  10. Seriously, this blew my mind. Amazing. And Happy Birthday C!
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  11. Honestly. Amazing.

    When are you starting a party planning business? Cause I’ll totally fly you to Minnesota to do my next birthday party :)
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  12. Amy says:

    This is amazing! I remember when we talked about whether winter fairies were a thing or not. Well, Suzanne, you totally made them a thing!! SO, SO COOL. One of these days, I am flying Spencer and I out for a party. (I did just invite myself. Whatever.)
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  13. Brigid Keely says:

    Your pinecone cheese ball looks like a hedgehog. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING. Everything is adorable and it looks like everyone had a super fun and awesome time. :)
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  14. Olivia says:

    This is the most amazing party ever!!! So beautiful, so thoughtful, what an amazing memory for your family!
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  15. Liz says:

    I’m pretty sure you are secretly Martha Stewart … or maybe her granddaughter? Is that how you got her to speak at BlogHer? lol. Awesome-looking party!
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  16. Kristi says:

    Okay, do you do consulting or brainstorming for a fee? Simply amazing and simply gorgeous… you outdid yourself! It looked amazing!
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    • bebehblog says:

      If you’re serious about consulting/brainstorming I would be HAPPY to put together Pinterest boards for you. Just give me a theme – I would LOVE to do it. (Free, obviously, that’s not worth paying for!)

  17. Audrey says:

    Fabulous. Simply fabulous.
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  18. INCREDIBLE! You seriously need to go into business. I’d hire you.
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  19. TheNextMartha says:

    WOW. Like LOTS OF WOW. Great job.

  20. Tottums says:

    HOLY CRAP WOMAN! Ah-may-zing. The food table alone blew my mind – you did good, mom!
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  21. This. Is. Amazing. Totally awesome, Suzanne! Happy birthday to Caroline!
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  22. emily e says:

    amazing!! your presentation is spot on. i just cant for some reason..i try and itjust doesnt come through. my daughters birthday follows carolines by just a couple of months (she will be 2 first week of march), i used some of your food ideas last year. thank you so much for sharing

  23. Suz says:

    You are the party queen once again! I’m so impressed!
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  24. Amanda says:

    So twinkly and magical! You out do yourself each time! If you go for milk and cookies next year I highly suggest the magic milk straws! The girls are obsessed with them (and the only way I could get Z to ween down to one nursing session a day!)

  25. Carrie says:

    Oh, wow! Amazing!
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