Monday, October 11, 2010

A Very Fairy Birthday

I love my son. Right now my son loves fairies. So, logically, when he told me he wanted a fairy themed birthday party, I agreed. (Two years ago he asked for a mermaid party. Blogged here and here.)


It all started when he saw this little cake topper at Wal-Mart back in August. When he saw it he immediately told his Papa that he wanted it on his birthday cake. Papa bought the cake, we enjoyed it for desert that night, packed her away in a safe place, and this little fairy became the inspiration for the birthday celebration.

Since fairies always make me think of flowers, we had yellow flowers everywhere; from the centerpiece, to the napkin rings...

to the cake. I made it and frosted it (yes, with some of that leftover frosting), but our good friend, Miranda, made the flowers. I can't believe how perfectly she got the yellow ones to match!

Of course, what Fairy Party would be complete without a dash of Tinkerbell? I was planning on making something for the wall, but I just couldn't leave this banner Wal-Mart when it was on clearance for $3.00. I certainly couldn't have made something for that price.

I didn't manage to get a photo of the fairy wings, but I did remember to get one of the tutu. (I used tutorials from here, and here.) He loved it. Thank goodness his sister had no interest in hers, because she let him wear it after his got covered in milk. At first he was disappointed that he didn't get a crown this year. But after I reminded him that he did get wings and a tutu, he decided that was really better than just a crown.

Of course, no birthday in these parts is complete without a new birthday shirt. (I used my raw edge technique.) When my son looks at it, he sees a fairy, but the rest of the world sees a dragonfly. (Which is a good thing when lots of the people in your small rural town just don't "get" how a little boy can like fairies; after all, they're supposed to like trucks.)


I'm glad he hasn't given into the "supposed tos." I adore him just the way he is: my doll and book loving, fairy party wanting, Sound of Music singing, snake catching, roughhousing, so skinny it's hard to get pants to fit him, little man. I wouldn't have him any other way...

8 comments:

kate said...

Ah Liz, thank you for letting him love fairies.

Have you read Waterbabies? One of my favourite fairy books growing up, and my son and I read it together a few years ago. The pictures in it are wonderful.

Erin said...

I think it is only in very modern times that it has been deemed "strange" or "abnormal" for a boy to like/believe in fairies. They are not inherently girly (or weren't until Disney got a hold of them). People need to relax. It looks like it was a really beautiful party.

Allie said...

Grown men still see fairies in Ireland, why not northern Michigan? And it's not just because of drink, lol - it's a part of the culture. Sounds like the party was wonderful, that cake is gorgeous!

Diane said...

What a fun time your son had for his wonderful fairy themed birthday party! Such a cute cake topper to go on your yummy looking cake. Happy Birthday to your little 6 year old guy ( Love that shirt!) and a Happy Tuesday to you!!

Marcia said...

Good for you - not forcing him to choose another theme. They grow up so quickly. Enjoy!

dutchgirl (Ellen) said...

I love it! He's lucky to have such wonderful parents :) Belated Happy Birthday, little guy!

Deanna said...

Happy "belated" 6th b'day to Liz's little fella! That cake looked yummy! :)
Have a good weekend.

susan said...

what a fun day you guys had. it is sad that people still are do ignorant. if he likes fairies and dolls and bikes and bugs who cares as long as he is healthy and happy. i think kids are becoming an endangered species. it is scarry to see programs about 500# preteens...could it have anything to do with no physical ed in schools these days and endless hours of tv and video games. i remember hardly ever being in the house unless it was dark or too cold to be outside. wake up america, kids are kids are kids are will hopefully grow up to be wonderful caring adults.