CHARLOTTE, N.C. – I don’t know what I did before Pinterest came along. It has made my life so much easier. I work full-time and have a 4-year-old and a 21-month-old. Needless to say, it’s fun but hectic in our house.
I don’t have a lot of time to spend on “crafting”, but everything from recipes to ideas for the home to birthday parties, come from Pinterest.
My daughter turned four on Easter Sunday this year. Family was in town and we decided to do a small fairy princess birthday party in our backyard for eight of her friends. I wanted it to be special, but not over the top and time consuming. I searched princess parties on Pinterest and found tons of ideas.
I put my Cricut machine to good work for the party. Each girl received a princess invitation that I printed on my home computer.
I moved her craft table from the playroom to the backyard. I used wrapping paper as a table runner for the table and found matching paper plates and napkins at a wholesale club. Tulips were the centerpiece.
I tied three helium balloons to the birthday girl’s chair. Her name starts with an ‘M’ so I used my Cricut machine to cut out a black M to tape to the center green balloon.
I often make twice baked potatoes for dinner and I started saving the jars of Old English Cheese. I removed the label and used those as a drinking glass for the party. I used ribbon and glued on a crown I cut from my Cricut machine.
I took plain white straws from our pantry and cut a thin strip of pink tape with a paper cutter. I wrapped it around the straw.
For lunch we had fruit and a turkey sandwich. I used a flower cookie cutter to cut the bread and a fairy princess toothpick held the sandwich together.
I searched everywhere for cheap wings. I didn’t want to pay for shipping and I wasn’t exactly sure how many girls would attend the party. So I happened to find fairy princess wings at the Dollar Tree. But they were red. I wanted pink. An employee was so nice and looked for a box in the storage room. She walked out with four pink and four purple wings. At $1 each, it was perfect!
My daughter doesn’t like cake. Who doesn’t like cake? She certainly doesn’t get that from me. So I made strawberry cupcakes in a flower cupcake wrapper and used ice cream as frosting.
I decided to do an Easter egg hunt for the girls. I found $1 pails at Target and glued fabric to each bucket. Then I used my Cricut machine to personalize each bucket with a name. The hardest part was getting a template for the bucket, but once that’s done … it’s simple. The buckets were small and each child was able to collect seven eggs. I thought that was a good amount for 4-year-olds.
The weather was beautiful and the party was a hit! Each girl walked away with fairy princess wings and a personalized bucket with a collection of eggs.