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Fairy Tale Theme
   

Planning

For small children consider fairy tales.  Is there a story that you tell your child each night?  A favorite book that is so often requested your child can "read" along with you?  Would it be familiar to other children?  Most importantly, would it be fun?  We've included the example of Goldilocks and the Three Teddy Bears picnic as inspiration.  This is a great theme for an outdoor party! 

What is your "Party Picture"? Fairy Tale Party

  • When working with a favorite story or fairy tale, consider the elements and ensure that there isn't something that might frighten your young guests.  A party theme for this age group should be fun, colorful, with an element of silliness that keeps everyone laughing.  If your child's favorite isn't something that would be commonly known by all of your guests, consider including a small printed version of the story with your invitation.  This builds excitement and familiarity in one step.
    • (You're child's name) and the Three Teddy Bears - include a fun version of the story where you have replaced "Goldilocks" with your child's name.  You can even have some fun taking pictures that you use as illustrations - your child walking in the woods, tasting oatmeal and scowling, sitting in a giant chair, sleeping all snug in her bed…  What a fun way to personalize your party for your little birthday girl!
  • Work with the elements of the story - is there something that can be made more familiar, such as turning the "three bears" into the "three teddy bears?"  Or can you take a story that may be a little frightening and soften it, such as making the "monsters" in "Where the Wild Things Are" more colorful and silly?
    • Invite guests to bring their favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal) to this fairy tale inspired party.  You can even have little cups and plates for the stuffed "guests"! 
  • If there are commonly recognized illustrations, such as Dr. Seuss' drawings of that mischievous Cat in the Hat, get inspired by the colors, lines and elements you'll find there.  
  • Do a little internet research on your story or fairy tale.  You may find illustrations or ideas specific to your selection.   

 

 

Invitations

The perfect way to invite guests to this story-inspired party is with a copy or version of the story!  In the alternative, if your story is commonly known, have fun with a specific element, but select something that will make it immediately obvious what you are going for.  Remember, this is typically a party for smaller children, so your invitation should be able familiar enough to excite the smallest guest.

  • Create a personalized version of your inspiration story!  Use your child's name as the name of the main character, and have fun with pictures - you can take pictures of your child as the illustrations.  Keep it simple and fun!
    • (You're child's name) and the Three Teddy Bears - include a fun version of the story where you have replaced "Goldilocks" with your child's name.  You can even have some fun taking pictures that you use as illustrations - your child walking in the woods, tasting oatmeal and scowling, sitting in a giant chair, sleeping all snug in her bed…  What a fun way to personalize your party for your little birthday girl!
  • Photo Invitation:  Have your child dress as the main character, or in a manner inspired by the main character.  Another option is to have a picture of you reading your child the story itself with the cover illustrations showing. 
    • For our Three Bears theme, take a picture of your little girl in the woods as if she's looking around a corner, or, if your child loves to dress up, then fun little bear ears and a little face paint makes an adorable "little bear" that can be captured digitally for another fun photo invitation. 
      • "Some parties are toooo big, and some parties are tooooo small, but if you come to my party, it will be just right…"  Lots of fun phrasing that can happen with this party.  
      • Invite the children to bring their favorite teddy bear for this teddy bear picnic… 
      • When the children arrive they should receive their own bear ears (construction paper ears on a construction paper band that fits like a crown). 

 

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Dress It Up

Decorations Fairy Tale Party

Take your cues from the illustrations and backdrop of your story.  Is it outside?  In the past?  Magical or reality based?  Select a few colors to work with and let your illustrations guide you.  Consider all of your party space, and try to find ways to layer your room.  Even if you are keeping your décor minimal, if you add elements to each layer of your room what you do accomplish will have more of an impact.  Fairy tales and favorite stories are often full of color and whimsy, if you can capture even a small piece of this you will be successful. 

  • For our Three Bears look to the woods for inspiration.  Note, if your birthday child is a girl, you can accent the flowers and pretty elements of the woods, and if the birthday child is a boy, then have fun with bugs and bears.
    • If you are entertaining at home, make a path from your front door to the party area with brown packing paper, cut with winding curvy sides.  Line the path with construction paper cut outs that resemble plants and trees (toss in some of your house plants for good measure).  Don't make it scary though - small children are easily frightened.  Toss in some friendly birds, a butterfly, a ladybug, some pinecones - things that you would look for if you were going on a walk with your child.  The party area should be whimsical.  They have walked the wooded path to a clearing where the Teddy Bear picnic takes place.  The clearing should be surrounded in flowers, small animals, perhaps a deer peeking out from behind a "tree".  Have fun with this - you can use construction paper flowers or silk flowers (avoid real stuff as these are small children who like to put things in their mouths…) 

Tablescapes Fairy Tale Party

The tablescape is completely dependent on the story you are trying to bring to life.  Is it formal, such as the Mad Hatter's Tea Party?  Is it purely silly, such as the table the Cat in the Hat would set?  For a Teddy Bear Picnic, well, obviously we chose a picnic!

  • Remember all of the elements of your table - it's not just about the centerpiece.  Start with your tablecloth and work up to place settings, napkins, centerpiece, even your chairs and place mats.  Finally, don't forget the space OVER your table.  This is often the perfect place to add an element of fun.
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Food/Drink

What would your story characters eat?  Is there something that speaks directly to this story?  A certain type of food?  A certain way of presenting it?  A certain color of food?  Shape???  Walk through your story to see if there are any elements that would inspire your refreshments.  Even if it's simply a funny name.

  • Teddy Bear Picnics call for sandwiches (my Teddy Bears prefer peanut butter and honey of course, but yours may like a few choices!).  Watermelon, grapes, apples and chips round out this fun picnic with food that is sweet and delicious but definitely would be loved by both Bears and kids!
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Cake

Cakes and Desserts Fairy Tale Party

  • A giant teddy bear face, a bumblebee, or a square cake decorated like a picnic blanket with some little plastic bears sitting around it.  

 

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Entertainment

This is an easy party to do with an arts and crafts activity.   The age group you are targeting is perfect for simple crafts and easy physical activities where they pretend, dance and play.  An obvious choice is also story telling, where a creative, imaginative rendition of the theme story is told (if you aren't the best storyteller, consider enlisting a friend or relative for this task).  Depending on your story you may also find entertainers that fit your theme as well.

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Activities

  • Picnic Area Decorations (A/C):  When the children arrive, a perfect "first" activity would be to settle the children down making construction paper flowers to add to the picnic area walls.  Have precuts and tape (glue will take too long to dry) and help them put together fanciful flowers to hang around the party. 
  • Placemat Creation (A/C):  Help children create their own placemat - have 8X10 construction paper in fun colors with cut outs for flowers, bees, butterflies, ants, caterpillars, etc.  Use tape or have your cut outs in the adhesive backed foamies which will give their placemats dimension as well as color.
  • Bear Necessities:  A Teddy Bear parade to the "Bear Necessities" from the Jungle Book is a fun, active way for the kids to burn a little energy.  They can show off their stuffed guests in the parade as they dance, sing, and get silly. 
  • A little Acting:  If possible, create a very simple version of your story and have the children help you act it out.  Young children will not be able to remember complex things and aren't good at waiting and being patient, so find ways to allow everyone to participate in each part. 
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Prizes / Favors

Prizes and Favors Fairy Tale Party

If you find a nice version of the story your child loves, this would be a wonderful favor.  Inscribe it with a message from your child (you can write it) explaining that it's a story that he/she loves and so they wanted to share it with their friends.  If this is a little out of your price range, then, find items that are inspired by your story. 

  • For a Teddy Bear Picnic, well, it's a picnic, so we'll work with that.  A little water bottle, outdoor toys like a frisbee, or pail and shovel…  You can also find theme related coloring books and toys… 
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