I had counted on my forever art-frenzied daughter to jump at an opportunity to have her birthday party at one of the craft centres but to my shock she wanted to do the party at home. Having planned to outsource the whole thing, I had to get back to the drawing board. Enter Pinterest (as always).
We I narrowed the activities to something not overly messy (no paints indoors) or requiring too much adult intervention. We then bumped into a world of fairy gardens – a whole new concept to me! Building amazing gardens for the fairies to live in seem to be almost an art form in itself, but we settled for a basic concept of plants and decoration.
Materials for fairy gardens
We started the planning at Mr. DIY, my go-to-shop for random stuff – and came home with a load of beads, marbles, shells and colourful stones. Together with tiny treasure chests and bird cages we decided that we had enough of treasures to attract fairies. And of course glitter aka fairy dust.
The plant pots are from Daiso, although prices are very similar at the garden shops in Sungai Buloh. That’s where you should head for cheap plants. The fairy garden buffet minutes before the party started:
The kids loved building their tiny gardens! Boys and girls alike got completely into the design part and the fairy dust was a huge hit (so much so that most things in my house twinkled at night for quite some time afterwards. The fairies may get a headache in these gardens but the main thing was the kids had a great time and they got a very special party favour to take home!
During the night somebody had munched away the leaves of the red-and-green plant. The fairies?!