As the guests arrived, they entered Pixie Hollow. I hung a green sheets, a flower and a butterfly garland, tissue pom-pom balls, tulle, etc to try to create that fairy garden feel. We also included the table for eating as part of Pixie Hollow. There, the girls decorated a butterfly clip, while the boys made pirate spyglasses.
After the craft, I dressed everyone: boys got bandannas and pirate eyepatches, and the girls got a fairy halo and fairy wings.
We made our way to the Mermaid Lagoon (our kiddie pool filled with blue and green balloons- no way was I doing water with 12 kids running around! I also hung streamers like a waterfall and cut out some pictures of Disney mermaids to hang up). There we played "Musical Fish"- like musical chairs. Each child got a Pixie stick for playing, and the winner got some mermaid jewels (Ring Pop).
Then we went to the Pirate Cove (a blue tarp with fish taped on). There they had to walk the plank- if they made it across they got some pirate booty- a gold chocolate coin. After everyone had a turn, we put on pirate tattoos.
After that, they jumped around the Lost Boys Cave (trampoline) until lunch was ready.
For lunch we had Hooks Hamburgers, Tinks Links (hot dogs), grapes, potato chips, strawberries (which were supposed to be cut up and decorated to look like ladybugs, but I ran out of time!), and magic pretzel wands (pretzel rods dipped in vanilla candy coating and covered in sprinkles). I served Pixie Punch (pink lemondade) for a drink.
After eating and popping all the balloons in Mermaid Lagoon, my husband was the hit of the party by spinning the kids around on our swing. They loved it!
Next, we opened presents! Emma loved everything from her sweet friends.
We finished up by enjoying some cupcakes, and then the kids ran around until moms and dads picked them up!
I cut the cake toppers with my Silhouette from a jpg image I found online. I love my Silhouette!
On the way out, they got their goodie bags. I made the tags using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette. The girls got a pencil, an eraser, Tinkerbell stickers, more Pixie sticks, and a ribbon butterfly wand. The boys got a pirate hook, pirate stickers, a compass, and more Pixie sticks. Plus, everyone got to keep their dress up gear from the beginning of the party.
I think it went well- everyone seemed to have fun. It was fun to get to know some of my daughter's new friends from school, as well as enjoy time with some friends we've known for years! At one point in Musical Fish it was just her and two of her friends (all friends from church). I realized those three had known each other since they were babies- I remember all of us moms being in THAT STAGE at church, where you can't make it through a class with your squirmy baby, and end up sitting out in the foyer most of the time, talking about who was walking, and how they were growing, etc. It's fun to see how much they've all grown up! I'm glad they are still friends.
I am exhausted. No more parties ever! And if you believe that.....