A magical forest party is a delightful way to celebrate. Creating an enchanted forest takes a lot of supplies, time and work, but the turnout is well worth the effort. Hold the party outdoors, in a garden or yard surrounded by trees, if possible. If outside is not an option, decorations and lighting can set a woodland scene indoors. Plan magical forest foods, decorations and activities that will render your guests enchanted.
Create magical forest invitations. Have your child dress in a fairy or elf costume. Take a photo and print onto postcards. Fill in the party information on the opposite side of the card.
Create an outdoor scene for indoor parties. Paint a mural of a forest on a large roll of paper or poster boards. Include trees, toadstools, fairies, elves, frogs, insects and flowers. Tape it to the walls.
Gather branches, plants and artificial Christmas greenery to enhance your party setting. Add twinkling lights to the branches and trees.
Create a magical entryway. Line a path with flameless candles leading to the party entrance. Set up a garden arch decorated with twinkling lights for guests to pass under to enter the party. Sprinkle guests with fairy dust made up of confetti as they arrive.
Use a bubble machine to pump magical bubbles into your party.
Hang shimmering balloons and streamers all around the party area. Add garden gnomes, fairies and other woodland creature statues from the garden store.
Give each child a cardboard cutout of a star. Set out paint, crayons, stickers, glitter pens, ribbons, sequins and glue sticks. Have the children use these supplies to decorate their own star. Help them tape the stars to a wooden dowel to create their own magic wand.
Place a magical amulet around the neck of each guest. Make the necklace from jewellery cord and jewel-type beads found in the craft store. Send them on a magical quest through the enchanted forest. Create a scavenger hunt with clues to the location of previously hidden "magic rocks." Use garden rocks and have the guests paint them with glitter paint once they have found them.
Serve magical forest food such as elf cookies (store-bought), star-shaped sandwiches (cut with a cookie cutter), mushroom caps (English muffin pizzas), toadstool cupcakes (overfill cupcake pans with batter so the tops "mushroom" over when baked) and log cake (jellyroll cake frosted in chocolate).
Purchase small, beaded, organza bags from the craft store. Fill with pixie sticks, stickers and bubbles. Send guests home with these favours as well as with their wands, painted rocks and magic amulet necklaces.
Ask guests to come dressed as fairies and elves. Shop in the garden centre clearance aisles to save money on decorative items. Have smocks or cover-ups on hand for painting activities.