A Fairy Good Birthday - Sleeping Beauty -Themed Party

Saturday, August 06, 2022

I’ve had a lot of clients in my 19-year public relations career, but one of my toughest clients to date is my own kid.

We just wrapped another birthday party season for Miss Lennon and let’s just say the party for her classmates really challenged me.

Let’s recap our previous party themes (and I may have some blogging catch up to play):

1 - Flamingle

2 - Tea for Two

3 - Camp Lennon

4 - Strawberry Fields FOURever

5 - Frozen Fifth on Christmas in July

6 - Harry Potter

That brings us to the lucky seven. We invited a small group of family and friends over for a summer barbecue with a “Here Comes The Sun” theme - with some fun rainbow and sun decor. Of course, it rained right when the party was starting, but…then came the sun!

For her classmate party, Lennon decided more than a year ago that it would be “Aurora” theme. Also known as Sleeping Beauty. While a slumber party would have been the natural choice, due to the pandemic and maybe age, these girls weren’t ready for an actual slumber party.

Like I said, Lennon is my toughest client. So after some brainstorming, I decided to hone in on the three fairies that watch over Aurora - Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

I found the perfect location very close to our house - a floral cottage - which reminded me so much of the “cottage” where Aurora, or Briar Rose as she was known, grew up!


I went with some minimal decor - some pastel green, pink, and blue balloon garland and hydrangea centerpieces featuring each fairy. I also added just a garland of flowers matching the fairies that I stocked up on during the after-Easter sales! The benefit of prepping almost a year in advance is scoping up deals when we spot them!

“Make It Pink! Oh no. Not Pink. Make it Blue!” - Wing Station

When guests arrived, they picked a crown egg. Inside was one of the three fairies and that determined what color wings the little “fairy” would receive (blue, pink, or green). We honestly had no arguments about the colors! I found both the crown eggs and wings on Amazon.

“A crown to wear in grace and beauty, as is thy right and royal duty” - Flower Crowns

Next, the girls selected a flower crown. Amazon for the win again, and I purchased this pack of crowns.

“I’ll get the wands!” - DIY Fairy Wands

For the first interactive craft, girls made wants. My helpers and I added glue to wooden star wands and the girls decorated them with sequins and gems. For a final touch, we added glitter!

“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream. I know you, the gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam!” - Face Glitter

I probably could have gone a little bigger here with maybe a face painter, but we always wash that off a few minutes later. I found some face gems and glitter that are apparently very “festival-friendly,” so these girls were totally ready for Coachella by now.

After some chicken nuggets, fruit wands, and butterfly and flower-shaped sandwiches, the girls were ready for the main event - Fairy Gardens.

The floral cottage set up a DIY garden space. Each girl filled a glass bowl with magical gems, dirt, succulents, more dirt, and then some flair - and of course, fairies!


We had just enough time left for a DIY butterfly craft, cupcakes, and presents!


“Oh, you darlings. This is the happiest day of my life. Everything's so wonderful!”

It was truly a magical day for Lennon! After a nap and some rest, I’m ready to take on next year’s challenge!

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Cooking * Watching * Reading

Friday, August 05, 2022

Do you know my Google Doc of unfinished blog posts is 61 pages long!? I mean, you probably don’t. No, you really don’t know that. I mean, I only just found out when typing this post in that doc. Oh and that doesn’t count the notebooks! I love notebooks.

In case you missed me over the last eight months, here’s a quick list of things that I can’t wait to share with you all - focused on what I’ve been cooking, watching, and reading!

I’ve been trying to create a list of go-to recipes for some traditional meals, so I’ve been testing out some new recipes.

Let’s start with my three favorite places to go for recipes: Half Baked Harvest, New York Times Cooking, and I Wash You Dry. Half Baked Harvest released a new cookbook this year and it’s just awesome.

Some of my “keeper” recipes:

Ritzy Cheddar Chicken Breasts - a seriously easy weeknight meal!

BBQ Chicken Dip - I got a little bored with buffalo chicken dip, so I tried this!

Strawberry Pretzel Jello - A Pittsburgh Classic!

Veggie Pizza - I’ve brought this back recently and I’m obsessed.

Zucchini Lasagna - Just made this last weekend and used my mandolin. Make sure you order cutting gloves or you might earn yourself a trip to Urgent Care - I almost did!

We also have this recipe on repeat. The rumor was that Jennifer Aniston ate it every day when she filmed Friends, but she’s denied that. We just call it the Jennifer Aniston salad in this house. I also use quinoa because I originally couldn’t find bulgur wheat and now we like it! There’s some chopping involved, but it’s delish!

While I don’t feel like I have a lot of free time, I’ve binged watched a lot of shows this year. Here are some of my favorites!

Only Murders in the Building - Hulu

Inventing Anna - Netflix

Righteous Gemstones - HBO

Ozark - Netflix

The Summer I Turned Pretty - Amazon

Succession - HBO

WeCrashed - AppleTV

Brigerton Season 2 - Netflix

Starstruck - HBO

If there is one thing I was able to do this summer, it’s READ! I took down three books during a beach vacation and another one in the last week. Here’s my quick list and review:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Read it. It’s awesome. I believe someone has the rights to potentially bring this to TV.

Meant to Be - Read it. The main couple gives off major celebrity vibes and you’ll quickly see who.

The Jetsetters - Pass. I didn’t love it. It was too predictable and kinda boring. Honestly might be better as a movie or show.

Lucky - It was okay. Quick read and not totally predictable.

The Newcomer - Read it. I enjoyed it.

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