Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Tinkerbell Birthday Party

Sophia is 5 years old.  Amazing how time flies . . . 
Every year, since she was 3, we’ve had 2 parties - one is a dinner with her family, and the other, a themed party for friends.  
            3 year old party  - Princess theme, with a cardboard castle and Princess skirts.
            4 year old party -  Dora the Explorer, Treasure Hunt.
This year  - Tinkerbell Fairy Party
We spent the last week getting ready.
Sophi and I made lots of paper flowers from napkins - and toadstools from the cardboard part of a toilet paper roll!  
Anton stayed up late the night before making a special fairy tree and the Valley of the Fairies sign.

We got up early and spent at least a couple of hours decorating the cafe area at our church.
When the children began to arrive, they ran right past all our decorations  . . . 

 . . . to the big room, where they ran and danced with great JOY!   We laughed and Anton asked, “Did they even SEE the decorations?!”
After everyone arrived, we had them all come back in the cafe and Anton helped them “get into” the fairy world.  He told a wonderful story about how God gave us imagination - we can dream big dreams - even dream up whole worlds . . . and creatures . . . and languages . . . 
Then, he got them to talk a little about the world of fairies.  What did they look like?  Where did they live?  How did they get around? . . . 
Of course, all the children knew that fairies have wings!  So, if they were going to play in the fairy world at this party, they would need wings, too!

The girls got busy decorating their wings.  
I had cut them out from one piece of poster board, folded.  I superglued two pieces of elastic to the back so they could slip their arms through.  They worked great!  Sophi’s was the only one that came apart and I taped it back with no more problems.
The boys had a choice they could make wings or pirate eye-patches.  It was unanimous!
May I introduce those pesky pirates of fairy land:  
            Andrey, Roma, Yanik . . . 

                                                      . . . and Losha!
Our beautiful fairies:
                     Angelika, Polina, Masha, and Dasha!
After craft time, it was time to PLAY!
We had several games:  
     MAGIC WAND - played like hot potato - music played and when the music stopped,
                              the one left holding the wand was “out.”
     TINKERBELL BINGO - I made the cards on Picnik.
     LILY PAD RACE - there were 2 teams, each team got two lily pads (I made them from 
                                 green poster board) - one by one, each team member had to 
                                 cross the “pond” walking on only the 2 lily pads.  
                                 The boys’ team one this one all 3 times!  
      TINKERBELL MOVIE QUIZ - Anton had prepared questions and he just got the kids 
                                  to sit together in a group and for each correct answer, the kids 
                                  got a sticker.  They LOVED this game!
STICKERS - for winning, for participation, for just being . . . the children got lots of stickers they put on their wings or eye-patches. 

After working up a hunger playing, it was time for snacks!
I had so much fun putting together the food!

We had sandwiches cut out with acorn and apple shaped cookie-cutters and filled with kalbasa and cheese or tuna salad.
The mushrooms were made with stuffed hard-boiled eggs covered with tomatoes and dotted with mayo.
Snails were made from tortilla roll ups - the heads were grapes and the antennae, carrot sticks.
But, the very best snacks were the cup-cakes . . . 
There were rabbits and hedgehogs, mushrooms . . . 
There were ladybugs and butterflies!
All these magical little cakes were made by our dear friend and baker extraordinaire, Anya!  
Thank you, Anya!

It was all so good!
Thank you to all our friends for celebrating with us!
Our own little “Tinkerbell” sure had fun!

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