Ideas for a Fairy and Elf Party

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Ideas for a Fairy and Elf Party
Encourage guests to dress in fairy or elf garb. (flower fairy image by Indigo Fish from

Fantasy theme parties are great fun because they give guests the chance to play make-believe. Whether your fairy and elf party is a birthday bash for a young fairy fanatic or an adult book club get-together, glean inspiration from the places and items associated with fairies and elves.

Flying Fairies, Hidden Elves

Hang cardstock cutouts of fairies from the ceiling with fishing line, taking inspiration from the "Fairy Themed Baptism Decorations" article on Conceal mischievous elf cutouts in unexpected places throughout the party spaces, like behind the punch bowl and on the bathroom mirror.

Ideas for a Fairy and Elf Party
Garden gnomes can serve as table centrepieces. (garden elf on swing image by Lynn M. Johnson from

Toadstool Photo Station

Make a novel fantasyland photo opportunity for your guests by cutting a toadstool out of plywood and setting it up in front of a stool. Measure the stool in advance and make the toadstool just a little taller and wider. Bar-style stools with a single thin support column work best for this craft. Paint the cutout stem white with a red cap and white polka dots. You can even paint green grass at the base of the toadstool for additional realism. Attach support slats, like the ones some picture frames have, to the back of the toadstool so it can stand up on its own. Set a basket of elf and fairy accessories, like green hats, pointy shoes and sparkly wands, next to the toadstool so guests can dress up. Take Polaroid snapshots to give out as party favours.

Ideas for a Fairy and Elf Party
Toadstools come in many colours. (toadstool image by Marius Lazin from

Gingerbread Dwellings

Decorate two large gingerbread dwellings--a fairy castle and an elf house--as suggested in the "Fairy Tale Castle" article on The article advises using upside-down ice cream cones for spires and crushed blue hard candy to represent a moat or a pond. This activity is especially appropriate if the party takes place around Christmas.

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